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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.

Herschel Walker plays up farmer kinship, links Warnock to Biden at Athens livestock auction

By: - July 21, 2022

ATHENS – Republican U.S. Senate nominee Herschel Walker played opening act for a herd of cows Wednesday during a campaign stop at Northeast Georgia Livestock LLC, a livestock auction house in Athens. “I grew up in, like I said, Wrightsville, Georgia,” Walker told the crowd of farmers and ranchers. “I grew up with goats, cows, […]

Georgia abortion law’s ‘personhood’ clause debated in the wake of abortion ruling

By: and - July 18, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court may have cleared the way for Georgia’s ban on most abortions after about six weeks, but the debate over the state law’s far-reaching “personhood” provisions remains unsettled. The state’s anti-abortion law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court judge in 2020, and the state’s appeal of that decision was paused last […]

If Georgia’s strict anti-abortion law takes effect, uneven prosecutions could follow

By: - July 18, 2022

With Roe vs. Wade a thing of the past and Georgia expected to enact its 2019 fetal personhood law any day now, women seeking abortions are set to enter unknown legal territory. The law expands the concept of personhood to recognize an unborn child as a human being after about six weeks of pregnancy, meaning […]

Walker latest to get flagged for campaign filing omission as Georgia Senate race heats up

By: - July 14, 2022

Republican senate candidate Herschel Walker is once again facing scrutiny over a finance disclosure originally filed in December, and a left-leaning political action committee is renewing its call for an investigation. End Citizens United asked the U.S. Department of Justice in April to investigate whether Walker broke the law in a report they said omitted […]

Georgia’s public health officials warn against COVID complacency as virus cases rise

By: - July 12, 2022

Georgia and the United States could be heading for a new wave of COVID-19, but public health officials are hoping new infections won’t bring new hospitalizations and deaths as in previous waves since more residents are now vaccinated. In both the U.S. and Georgia, COVID-19 case numbers have been relatively flat, though data show a […]

Gas price politics, inflation fuel Georgia campaigns for governor, Senate

By: - July 8, 2022

Many Georgians hitting the road for the Fourth of July travel season saw a familiar face at the gas station as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams smiled from screens on over 5,500 gas pumps across the state. Abrams’ campaign purchased ads on the pumps in an attempt to defang Gov. Brian Kemp’s messaging on high […]

Failed GOP governor candidate cheers ‘satanic’ Georgia Guidestones blast

By: - July 7, 2022

ELBERTON – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an explosion that destroyed much of the Georgia Guidestones, a quirky granite monument in Elberton near the South Carolina border. Sometimes called “America’s Stonehenge,” the guidestones consisted of several large, upright stone blocks built in alignment with stars and constellations and weighing in at 119 tons […]

Warnock pushes caps on prescription costs, negotiated Medicare drug prices

By: - July 2, 2022

A senior center in Fayetteville hosted a U.S. Senate committee hearing the first day of July on the high cost of prescription drugs for American seniors, a topic Gretchen Spring of Marietta is deeply familiar with. Her husband, Peter, died in April after doctors diagnosed him with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. During his fight with […]

Georgia teacher raises, anti-CRT law, needs-based college aid take effect in July

By: - July 1, 2022

The calendar for 2022 is officially halfway complete, but for state officials, a new year is just beginning. July 1 starts a new fiscal year for the state of Georgia, bringing in a new budget and the effective date of laws passed earlier in the year, including many that will affect how Georgia public school […]

Will Georgia’s anti-abortion movement target pills by mail again post-Roe?

By: - June 28, 2022

The battle over Roe v. Wade is done, but the fight over abortion is likely to continue in courtrooms and state legislatures, and medication abortions– those carried out by pills rather than surgery– are likely to be at the center of the conflict. By 2020, medication abortion accounted for more than half of U.S. abortions, […]

Abortion foes push for Kemp to call special session to expand Georgia restrictions

By: - June 27, 2022

With the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe v. Wade Friday, abortion access is poised to face strict limits in Georgia, but Gov. Brian Kemp is facing calls to do more sooner than later to prevent abortions in the state. Abortion remains legal in Georgia up to 20 weeks. That’s likely to shrink to around […]

Georgia’s strict abortion law could take effect soon. Here’s what the law does.

By: and - June 27, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Roe v. Wade has ushered in a new era for women’s health and legal rights, potentially far beyond the right to an abortion. Under the decision released Friday, the states will be left to decide limits on abortion access. Georgia does not have a trigger law like some […]