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.

Congresswoman-elect Greene says she’ll fight for Trump at Capitol rally

By: - November 7, 2020

Supporters of President Donald Trump held what looked like a victory rally at the state Capitol in Atlanta Saturday afternoon, shortly after the Associated Press called the presidential race in favor of his rival, President-elect Joe Biden. Several hundred gathered to wave flags, shout “Four more years!” and share conspiracy theories about how the election […]

Democrat Bourdeaux flips suburban Atlanta 7th Congressional District

By: - November 6, 2020

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux has flipped a suburban Congressional District, according to an Associated Press call this afternoon. Bourdeaux claimed victory in the 7th District earlier this week, which includes parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, with 187,187 votes, good for 51.2%, to Republican Rich McCormick’s 178,577 votes, or 48.8%, according to nearly complete results. In […]

Georgia First Lady announces governor still healthy despite COVID exposure

By: - November 3, 2020

First Lady Marty Kemp gave an update on Gov. Brian Kemp’s health Tuesday night at Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s election night rally. “I am very excited to let you know that your governor is healthy, no symptoms, but he is self-quarantined,” she said. Both of the Kemps entered self-quarantine Oct. 30 after being Gov. Kemp was […]

Five questions: Crowds, COVID and Militia worries on Election Day 2020

By: - November 3, 2020

The end of a long election season interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and domestic strife is in sight. More than 3.9 million Georgians have already cast their ballots before Election Day, but the final tally on Tuesday could count as many as 2 million more expected to line up to vote, smashing turnout records. Georgia […]

State election chief visits scene of long primary lines to detail prep work

By: - November 2, 2020

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger returned to Atlanta’s Park Tavern Monday, Election Day eve, to discuss changes he hopes will help Tuesday run smoothly despite expected record turnout. Park Tavern was the scene of the line during the June 9 primary election, when last-minute precinct closures led to thousands of voters being assigned to the […]

Countdown to a ‘different’ kind of Georgia Election Day nears the end

By: - November 2, 2020

With two days to go before Election Day and millions of Georgia ballots already cast, both major presidential candidates had Georgia on their minds Sunday. Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris flew into DeKalb County Sunday morning to make a last-minute push for voters to turn out for former Vice President Joe Biden. “You all […]

After COVID shook fall semester, colleges plan to ease back to class

By: - November 2, 2020

A fall semester rife with pandemic anxiety and online lessons on Georgia’s college campuses is coming to a close and school officials are preparing for students to spend more time together in a classroom next semester. The University of Georgia’s English department is working to nail down classrooms to accommodate 100% of social-distanced freshman writing […]

Early voting knocked offline in several counties after storm blows through

By: - October 29, 2020

Tropical storm Zeta’s heavy winds caused power outages across Georgia early Thursday morning, including at some of the state’s early voting sites, but the lost access outages will likely not dampen the state’s record early voting numbers, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, 15 counties were opening their early voting […]

Early voting’s short lines likely in the past as turnout is expected to surge

By: - October 28, 2020

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger Wednesday drew an analogy between customers waiting in long lines when they arrive at once at a busy restaurant and what Georgia’s early voters can expect when they arrive at the polls the rest of this week. “This is just like at noontime when everyone decides to go to their […]

Georgia film production action picks up as COVID intermission wraps up

By: - October 26, 2020

Update: This post was edited at noon on Oct. 27 to clarify that the estimated number of productions and economic impact of the film industry in Georgia came from the Motion Picture Association. Actor Gloria Bishop of Decatur is back on the job after seven months off work. She walked off set March 13, the […]

Federal COVID aid program sending up to $55 million to Georgia child care

By: - October 23, 2020

Georgia child care providers could soon receive $240 per child from CARES Act funding, federal aid meant to relieve financial pain caused by the coronavirus. Starting Nov. 16, all licensed Georgia child care providers can apply for a second round of Short Term Assistance Benefit for Licensed Entities payments through the Georgia Department of Early […]

States struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans without details, funding

By: and - October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Across the many pages of plans that state officials sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on distributing and tracking the yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccines, there are more questions so far than answers on how exactly vaccine programs will be carried out. Yet states will be on the front lines for a […]