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Ross Williams

Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal.Williams' reporting took him from City Hall to homeless camps, from the offices of business executives to the living rooms of grieving parents. 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. A native of Cobb County, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Federal judge allows Georgia ban on handing voters food, water to stand

By: - August 19, 2022

If you’re voting in person this November, remember to bring your own snacks. A federal judge in Atlanta Thursday upheld a provision in Georgia’s 2021 election overhaul forbidding people from handing out water, food and other gifts to people standing in line to vote, also known as line warming or line relief. But he left […]

Georgia state school superintendent candidates lay out visions for teacher retention, funding

By: - August 19, 2022

The two candidates vying to lead Georgia’s public schools shared a stage Thursday to sound off on the top issues facing teachers and students at a forum sponsored by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. Incumbent Republican Superintendent Richard Woods listed his achievements over his eight years in office and pledged to build on […]

It’s the economy: Kemp, Abrams campaign on competing visions for Georgia’s surplus billions

By: - August 16, 2022

Georgia has got a lot of extra money right now. If the state’s estimated $5 billion budget surplus were printed out in dollar bills, it would come up to just under 20 square miles, enough bills to carpet every square inch of the state’s five busiest airports, with enough singles left over to buy five […]

Kemp counters Abrams economic plan with tax rebates

By: - August 11, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp proposed a combined $2 billion in tax rebates Thursday that could return about $1,000 to taxpayers if approved by state lawmakers early next year. Kemp, who is facing a November rematch election with Democrat Stacey Abrams, made the announcement at the state Capitol just days after Abrams unveiled her economic plans for […]

Rising costs deliver extra pain for back-to-school shoppers this year

By: - August 11, 2022

Nearly all of Georgia’s public school students are back at their desks this week as the bell rings on a new school year. But dressing those kids and filling their desks with school supplies is putting more of a pinch on parents’ wallets than normal as inflation creeps into every aspect of American life, especially […]

State legislators preparing for session shaped by new abortion law

By: - August 9, 2022

This post was updated at 6 p.m. Aug. 12. A previous version attributed a quote spoken by Rep. Kimberly Alexander to Sen. Sally Harrell. When Georgia lawmakers return to the Capitol in January, it will be their first time convening since the end of Roe v. Wade and the implementation of Georgia’s six-week abortion ban […]

Georgia’s anti-abortion law could again be temporarily blocked

By: - August 8, 2022

A Fulton County judge could soon decide whether to once again temporarily block Georgia’s six-week abortion ban, which a federal appeals court allowed to take effect last month. “I understand that this is something that needs immediate attention, and I will give it that,” said Judge Robert C.I. McBurney following a Monday hearing in a […]

Kemp extends Georgia gas tax break into mid-September as pain at the pump eases

By: - August 3, 2022

Georgians will continue to fill up their tanks without paying the state fuel tax for at least another month, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office announced Wednesday. Georgia first suspended its fuel tax in March after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent already-high prices skyrocketing, and he has re-upped the discount every month since.  With Kemp’s latest renewal, […]

Powerful state lawmakers to recalculate Georgia’s politically fraught school funding math

By: - August 1, 2022

When Georgia lawmakers created the formula to pay for its public schools, President Ronald Reagan was celebrating the start of his second term, Purple Rain cassettes were flying off of the shelves, and children were monopolizing family TVs with their state-of-the-art Nintendo Entertainment Systems. The White House has changed occupants six times since then, and […]

Kemp grants more federal COVID relief cash for Georgia teachers to shop for supplies

By: - July 29, 2022

MCDONOUGH – Georgia teachers will soon be heading back to their classrooms with some extra cash for supplies. Gov. Brian Kemp visited Ola High School in Henry County Friday to announce a $125 grant using his office’s share of COVID-19 federal relief funds for full-time public school teachers and staff members who provide instructional and […]

ACLU, doctors open new legal front to challenge Georgia anti-abortion law

By: and - July 26, 2022

A new attempt to stop Georgia’s anti-abortion law has been filed in Fulton County Superior Court, opening a new front in state court for the post-Roe legal fight one week after a federal appeals court let Georgia’s law take effect. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia on behalf […]

First Lady visits Athens summer learning program, plugs Biden administration COVID relief aid

By: - July 21, 2022

ATHENS – First Lady Jill Biden came to Athens Thursday to promote a key educational piece of her husband’s American Rescue Plan. The first lady’s visit came hours after the White House announced President Joe Biden has contracted COVID-19. Jill Biden did not mention her husband’s diagnosis during her brief remarks, but at a previous […]