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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.

Georgia election-year politics jolted by Supreme Court draft abortion opinion

By: and - May 4, 2022

A leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated ruling on abortion rights suggests the nation’s highest court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade and unleash states like Georgia to severely restrict access to the procedure. The unofficial ruling, which was obtained by Politico, became public a couple months before a decision was expected, […]

Voters suing to block Marjorie Taylor Greene from ballot want ‘Marshall law’ text considered

By: - May 3, 2022

Lawyers representing voters challenging the candidacy of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene want to introduce new evidence they say undermines Greene’s testimony in a state hearing last month. The attorneys say a text message from Greene to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sent Jan. 17, 2021, in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack […]

Kemp signs off on laws he says will keep ‘woke politics’ out of public schools

By: and - April 29, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp cemented much of his planned education policy Thursday, signing a raft of bills aimed at keeping controversial ideas out of the malleable minds of Georgia’s youngsters. At a signing ceremony in Forsyth County, Kemp touted recent investments in public education. “This session, we built on that momentum, fully funding the QBE school […]

Georgia college students learning hard economics lessons as cost of living rises

By: - April 28, 2022

Gaggles of dogs frolicked about on Kennesaw State University’s campus green Wednesday, wagging their tails as groups of students scratched their furry heads and tossed them tennis balls. It was part of a university initiative to help students relieve some stress as they head into finals, and college students across the state are dealing with […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene defiant, forgetful in court challenge to reelection eligibility

By: - April 22, 2022

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene took the stand Friday in an at-times raucous court hearing that incorporated a history lesson on the Whiskey rebellion and a stirring speech from a president fighting off an extraterrestrial invasion. Greene was in the hot seat because a group of voters say she should not be allowed to run for […]

Ossoff promotes HBCU and Atlanta Beltline federal funding during Congress’ spring break

By: - April 20, 2022

Sen. Jon Ossoff capped off a three-day tour of Georgia Wednesday with stops in Atlanta touting federal money for the Atlanta BeltLine Trail and the city’s historically Black colleges and universities. “Since I took office, working alongside Sen. Rev. (Raphael) Warnock, we have secured more than $250 million in supplemental investment for Georgia’s HBCUs,” Ossoff […]

Use of Civil War-era law used to challenge Marjorie Taylor Greene candidacy a longshot

By: - April 20, 2022

It’s not unusual for a candidate’s qualifications to be challenged before a big race, but the case facing Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is unique. “What is different about this one is that it’s utilizing this law that was passed after the Civil War, during Reconstruction, to try to use that as the reason to say […]

As Georgia fentanyl overdoses spike, bill to ease access to life-saving test awaits Kemp OK

By: - April 18, 2022

Georgians are suffering through a surge in fentanyl overdoses as the synthetic opioid finds its way into more illicit substances across the state. “We’re packing out clean syringes and taking the dirty ones. We’re also distributing naloxone (a drug that can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses) and training people how to use it. We’re […]

Sporting goods tax program stirs debate over conservation priorities

By: - April 14, 2022

A couple miles from downtown Ball Ground in north Georgia lies a piece of land bounded by the Etowah River and Long Swamp Creek. It’s the kind of spot where a nature lover could spend hours wandering the woods and rolling hills marveling at the wildlife and picturesque scenery. That’s what Cherokee County officials think, […]

Trump sends cash to anti-Kemp group, marking his first big midterm donation

By: - April 13, 2022

Former President Donald Trump has opened up his wallet – or at least his political action committee – in the hopes of thwarting Gov. Brian Kemp’s bid for a second term. Trump’s Save America PAC has donated $500,000 to Get Georgia Right, a Virginia-based anti-Kemp super PAC. As Politico first reported, the check is Trump’s […]

Avian flu flare-ups in other states ruffle feathers in broiler heavyweight Georgia

By: - April 12, 2022

April may be a good month to catch a glimpse of various duck species in Georgia on their way north, but some farmers and public health officials will be watching those flocks with suspicion rather than wonder. Ducks are a major carrier of the highly pathogenic avian influenza, and eight waterfowl representing three duck species […]

Georgia lawmakers leave gambling, medical marijuana, abortion pill laws unchanged

By: , and - April 6, 2022

This year’s legislative session was packed with headliner bills like the speaker’s mental health reform bill and plenty of homages to the culture wars brewing on the GOP home front. Many of those bills now sit on the governor’s desk, kicking off a month-long signing period. Some of them eked it out in the final […]