Ross Williams

Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal. His work earned recognition from the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors and the Georgia Press Association, including beat reporting, business writing and non-deadline reporting.

Georgia’s short runoff election turnaround to spark frenzied ground game to capture U.S. Senate prize

By: - November 10, 2022

Herschel Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock may be enjoying a break from their hectic campaign schedules for now, but they will soon be back on the roads and the airwaves hoping to convince Georgians to vote for them in the Dec. 6 runoff election. So will the grassroots organizations that aim to help them. On […]

Georgia U.S. Senate race headed for a Dec. 6 runoff 

By: and - November 9, 2022

Updated 5 p.m. Nov. 9.  WASHINGTON — Control of the U.S. Senate once again might hinge on Georgia, as voters in the Peach State will head back to the polls next month in a runoff election. Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and former professional football player and GOP nominee Herschel Walker are in a dead heat in […]

Election Day on the line: Georgia candidates for Senate, governor crisscross state with closing arguments.

By: and - November 8, 2022

Whether you kept your eyes on the skies, the road or the screen Monday, there’s a good chance they caught a peek of your favorite candidates as they crisscrossed the state in a last-minute bid for votes. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s bus took him to Macon and Columbus, while his Republican rival Herschel Walker’s bus […]

Trump favorites Jones and Walker aim to ride former president’s backing to Georgia election wins

By: - November 4, 2022

Former president Donald Trump’s two remaining Georgia endorsees, Senate candidate Herschel Walker and lieutenant governor hopeful state Sen. Burt Jones met up outside a Smyrna gun store Thursday evening as the sun set on the state’s penultimate day of early voting. Republican nominee Walker is neck-and-neck with Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, while polls show […]

Party heavyweights cheer for Abrams and Kemp to land knockout in countdown to Election Day

By: and - November 2, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp and his rival Stacey Abrams are crisscrossing the state in the last week of voting in hopes of rallying supporters to the ballot box.    Kemp enters the homestretch with a lead in recent polls that show him potentially winning a second term without a runoff in his rematch with Abrams, who narrowly […]

What’s wrong with this picture? State auditors give Georgia’s movie tax credit mixed reviews

By: - October 31, 2022

Georgia’s film tax credit helped bring blockbuster productions like “Stranger Things,” “Ozark” and “Spiderman: No Way Home” to the state, along with an estimated $4.4 billion in spending during the 12 months ending June 30. But a new report from the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts finds lingering concerns about the program’s transparency and […]

Georgia’s soaring midterm early voting turnout ranks among top states as battlegrounds lead the way

By: - October 25, 2022

More than 1 million Georgians have cast their ballots early for the Nov. 8 election as of Tuesday afternoon, nearly a 70% increase over this point in the 2018 midterm election, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Raffensperger, a Republican who is running for re-election against Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen of Atlanta, celebrated […]

Abrams rejects GOP claim that Georgia’s record early voting means new election rules don’t suppress votes

By: - October 24, 2022

Georgia’s record-breaking midterm turnout is encouraging, but should not be seen as a sign that votes are not being suppressed, said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in a Monday press conference. “It is wrong to suggest that there is a correlation between voter turnout and voter suppression because suppression is about barriers,” she said. “If […]

Could Abrams ride Georgia’s record midterm early-vote surge to outperform the polls?

By: and - October 21, 2022

This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, to correct the in-person early voter turnout total.  Turnout in the first three days of in-person early voting approached presidential election level, with Black voters – who have become the recent focus in the race for governor – especially turning out in force.  Republican […]

Sen. Lindsey Graham calls for Georgia to reshape Senate

By: - October 18, 2022

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham crossed the border into Georgia Tuesday to lay out the stakes as he sees them in the Peach State’s Senate election, now just three weeks away. “I’m your neighbor, and the reason I’m here is I’m tired of being canceled out by your two Democratic senators,” Graham told a […]

Sparks fly in state school superintendent candidate debate in clashes over past governance

By: - October 17, 2022

The two candidates hoping to head Georgia’s public schools traded barbs on the debate stage Monday, each accusing the other of not doing enough to help the state’s 1.8 million public school students. “As a member of the General Assembly, you did not issue or try to attempt to pass any bill or put forward […]

Georgia poll finds party affiliation best predictor of feelings about Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan

By: - October 13, 2022

When Danny Randle graduated from Clark Atlanta University five years ago, he had big dreams for his future, but he quickly learned that would not be as easy as he planned. Randle started a graphic design company, but with $80,000 of student loan debt, goals like growing his business and buying his first home seem […]