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.

Ga. GOP rift widens, House Speaker scorches state’s election chief

By: - December 11, 2020

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is one of a handful of powerful Georgia Republicans to publicly reject conspiracy theories about President-elect Joe Biden’s election win over President Donald Trump. Raffensperger continues to feel the heat for that stand from members of his own party, many not publicly accepting Trump’s defeat and instead sowing doubts that […]

Georgia election officials launch inquiry into Coffee County recount

By: - December 11, 2020

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office is investigating Coffee County’s handling of the recount of the Nov. 3 presidential election. The south Georgia county with about 43,000 residents did not complete its recount by midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 2, the deadline set by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office. Five days after the deadline, the […]

Georgia Democrats, GOP court Latino voters ahead of U.S. Senate runoff

By: - December 9, 2020

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro spent Monday and Tuesday in Georgia working to drum up Latino voter support for Democratic Senate candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in their runoff races against Republican incumbent Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Castro, whose grandmother came to the United States from Mexico, is […]

Kemp confronted with election conspiracy protest at COVID update

By: - December 9, 2020

Unfounded conspiracy theories about the presidential election in Georgia hound Republican Gov. Brian Kemp even as he works to get the word out about Georgia’s new COVID-19 vaccination plan. Following a COVID-19 update Tuesday inside the Capitol, Kemp was approached by a group of demonstrators with two large bags they said contained more than 2,000 […]

Obama, U.S. Senate rivals agree Biden’s agenda at stake in runoff

By: - December 4, 2020

Republicans and Democrats are in agreement — a Republican Senate majority will make it next to impossible for President-elect Joe Biden to accomplish his agenda. Where they disagree is whether that is a positive or a negative. Both sides made their cases Friday as President Barack Obama logged into Zoom to rally Georgians to vote […]

Georgia Capitol latest port in a storm for Giuliani’s state legislature tack

By: - December 4, 2020

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani came to the Georgia Capitol Thursday to repeat unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud and urge state legislators to use powers experts say they don’t have to appoint Georgia’s electors and hand the state’s Nov. 3 election to the president despite President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. “That power, right, […]

Will frustrated Trump supporters back GOP senators in runoff?

By: - December 3, 2020

Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters gathered at an Alpharetta park Wednesday as speakers cast doubt on the integrity of Georgia’s presidential election last month and found some sympathetic ears in the crowd. Some in the crowd said they aren’t sure whether they’ll bother to cast ballots in Georgia’s high-stakes pair of U.S. Senate races. “Why […]

Ossoff, Warnock unveil joint campaign leadership in tense runoff races

By: - November 30, 2020

Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock are bringing on new campaign staff as they fight for the seats of Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. The Democrats announced the formation of a joint leadership team to direct the campaign leading up to the Jan. 5 runoff election that will determine […]

Retailers ready to ‘social distance the savings’ for Black Friday 2020 style

By: - November 24, 2020

Black Friday this year marks the start of what could be a difficult holiday season for many Georgians. Tens of thousands of workers continue to struggle to find jobs after COVID-19 decimated retail businesses. One third of holiday shoppers are in a worse financial shape than last year, according to consulting firm Deloitte, and two […]

Pandemic fatigue, holiday stress create ‘perfect storm’ for COVID surge

By: - November 19, 2020

Journei Hayles of Paulding County pushed her baby in a stroller past the colorful Christmas displays at Kennesaw’s Town Center Mall Tuesday. It was the type of morning outing she missed dearly just a few months ago, when the pandemic sparked business shutdowns across the state. “Honestly, I didn’t know if it was real or […]

Georgia lacks plan to distribute new COVID vaccines to most vulnerable

By: - November 18, 2020

Millions of people are pinning hopes for a return to normal on a COVID-19 vaccine as cases and deaths continue to mount in Georgia and the U.S., but public health officials have work to do to make sure communities hit hardest by the virus have access to treatment. Two potential vaccine candidates are showing promising […]

GOP faithful rally for senators at Forsyth sports bar as Trump slumps

By: - November 13, 2020

The pivotal race for Georgia’s two U.S.Senate seats stopped by a Cumming restaurant Friday afternoon as hundreds of supporters gathered to hear Florida’s U.S. Sen. Rick Scott try to energize voters for his Georgia colleagues, Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. “How do we win these elections? It’s votes,” Scott said. “The moment you can […]