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.

Conservatives in U.S. House tank McCarthy bid to be speaker on multiple ballots

By: , and - January 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republican control of the U.S. House got off to a rocky start Tuesday when the party was unable to decide who should become speaker amid a sharp disagreement within the party’s more conservative faction. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy didn’t clinch the backing of the 218 lawmakers he needed to become the head of the […]

A rearview mirror look at 2022: Roe v. Wade ends, Fulton Trump probe simmers, Warnock wins again

By: - December 30, 2022

A lot happened in Georgia in 2022. The end of Roe v. Wade kicked off an ongoing court fight set to shape the future of reproductive care. The state lost one of its most vaunted leaders when House Speaker David Ralston died last month. The nation watched as a Fulton County district attorney launched a […]

Rare snail slowly crawls back from near extinction along northwest Georgia river

By: - December 27, 2022

In a stretch of north Georgia river lives a snail that has come back from the dead. The interrupted rocksnail, a slimy little orange guy, was once thought to be extinct, but in 1997, the United States Geological Survey found a single snail. They called Paul Johnson, program supervisor at the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center, […]

State workers sue to end ban on transgender health care benefits

By: - December 14, 2022

Micah Rich, a staff accountant at the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts, said it felt like his life was put on hold when his employer refused him the medical care his doctor recommended. “From the time I first got denied surgery, I was expecting that I was going to have it within a month […]

Youth must be served: Warnock schooled Walker in winning young voter turnout

By: - December 13, 2022

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock kicked off his runoff campaign in Atlanta last month beneath a mural of his friend and former parishioner, the late Congressman John Lewis with an introduction not by a fellow senator or other powerful surrogate, but by Morehouse student RJ Jackson. Heading into last week’s runoff, Warnock’s final campaign events of […]

Economists predict 2023 recession, but Georgia could escape worst effects

By: - December 12, 2022

Georgians have been pinching pennies to get by during a rough economy, and the hard times are likely to continue next year. Economists at the University of Georgia’s annual Georgia Economic Outlook say odds are high the nation will experience a recession in 2023. “We are expecting that Georgia’s economy in 2023 will end its […]

Time is running short for federal wildlife protection plan to pass Senate

By: - December 9, 2022

Georgia conservationists are calling on a flock of lame ducks to help protect the state’s wildlife. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act calls for dedicating $1.3 billion annually for state fish and wildlife agencies to help restore and protect threatened wild lands and creatures. If it becomes law, Georgia is set to get $27.4 million of […]

Raphael Warnock wins U.S. Senate runoff, giving Democrats a 51-seat majority

By: - December 6, 2022

This story was updated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022.  Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock will return to Washington to represent Georgia for the next six years after winning his Senate runoff Tuesday, handing Senate Democrats a coveted 51st seat. The Associated Press called the race at 10:26 p.m. Tuesday. By early Wednesday morning, […]

Decision day: Georgia’s whirlwind U.S. Senate runoff comes to a dramatic close

By: - December 6, 2022

When the sun rises Wednesday morning, Georgians will hopefully know who will represent them in the U.S. Senate for the next six years. Democrats are hoping to elect incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock and end their year on a happy note. Though the party outperformed expectations nationwide, just narrowly losing control of the U.S. House, the […]

Warnock, Walker rally with closers as Georgians vote in droves to build Senate muscle

By: and - December 2, 2022

Sen. Raphael Warnock’s reelection bid received a late boost Thursday from former President Barack Obama, who urged supporters to show up once again in force at the ballot box despite the lower stakes in this year’s runoff. “Some folks are asking, ‘Well if Democrats already have control of the Senate, why does this matter? What’s […]

Black voters, students home for the holiday help drive early turnout for Georgia Senate race

By: - November 29, 2022

Early voting in the U.S. Senate runoff got off to a busy start in Georgia, with more than half a million ballots cast as of Monday night, including more than 300,000 votes cast Monday. “Just…WOW!” tweeted Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer for the secretary of state Monday night. “GA voters, facilitated through the hard work […]

Voting rights advocates, Democrats urge voters to cast a ballot early and avoid mailing it in

By: - November 24, 2022

Democratic-leaning groups are urging Georgians to cast their ballots in person if they can for the Dec. 6 runoff election. “As you know, the mail is slow,” reads a recent email from the Gwinnett County Democratic Party. “If you want the Gwinnett County Elections office to send you a request for an Absentee Ballot, it […]