Government & Politics

Election shuffles state lawmakers; redistricting chair loses on map she helped draw up

BY: - May 25, 2022

A redistricting process set new boundaries for many state legislators ahead of Tuesday’s midterm primary, which led to some surprising outcomes, including the defeat of an incumbent lawmaker who oversaw the drawing of her district’s ‌new‌ ‌boundaries. Republican state Rep. Bonnie Rich of Suwanee, whose district was redrawn in her favor in a reapportionment committee […]

FDA chief cites ‘egregiously unsanitary’ conditions at Michigan baby formula plant

BY: - May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that he’s found no evidence of intentional delay or malfeasance within the agency — though it took months to act on a whistleblower report of what he called “egregiously unsanitary” conditions at an infant formula plant in Michigan. FDA Commissioner […]

Bipartisan tributes to Max Cleland’s upbeat spirit delivered at memorial service

BY: - May 25, 2022

The late Max Cleland is being remembered as a national leader who channeled his own personal struggles into a life of public service, particularly to other military veterans. The former U.S. senator and Veterans Affairs administrator died at the age of 79 in November and was buried with full military honors during a private ceremony […]

Trump battle cry muted in Georgia primary elections for non-football stars

BY: - May 25, 2022

Tuesday night was a disappointment for most of former President Donald Trump’s endorsed Republican candidates in Georgia’s statewide races. Herschel Walker, a former UGA football star and Trump surrogate in Georgia, ran away with a primary win and is set for general election fight against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. But Gov. Brian Kemp, the former […]

Few hiccups reported in Georgia’s first big election since 2021 overhaul

BY: - May 24, 2022

A record number of Georgians were on track to have cast ballots for Tuesday’s Election Day, breaking 2018’s midterm primary record that sets up a repeat gubernatorial race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams.  Election day ended with nine of the state’s 2,500 voting precincts extending their voting hours after delays that were […]

It’s official: GOP voters deploy Herschel Walker to run against Sen. Raphael Warnock

BY: - May 24, 2022

Football star-turned politician Herschel Walker has fought off a crowded field of Republican competition and secured a spot in the general election against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in November. The Associated Press projected Walker would be the winner about an hour after polls closed. With just under a quarter of the votes tallied Tuesday night, […]

Commission recommends new names for 9 Army bases to end ties to Confederacy

BY: - May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The group in charge of renaming military installations that have continued to honor Confederates released its recommendations for nine bases on Tuesday. The Naming Commission, created by Congress in a defense authorization bill, is set to give its final report to the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services committees before Oct. 1, though […]

Battle for Georgia Ballot 2022: Ongoing Election Day coverage

BY: - May 24, 2022

The Georgia Recorder staff is fanning out on Election Day to report from precincts, the secretary of state’s war room and from communities that will select winners in some of the most fiercely fought campaigns. States Newsroom Democracy Reporter Kira Lerner joins the team to watch for problems at the polls.    

Time runs short for candidates trailing Herschel Walker in Georgia’s key U.S. Senate race

BY: - May 20, 2022

While a bluegrass band serenaded voters chowing down on ribs and pulled pork sandwiches Thursday evening, Gary Black walked from table to table making a last-minute pitch for support to make him Georgia’s next U.S. senator. “These are very serious things,” he said at a campaign stop at the Vinings Bank in Smyrna. “This is […]

Georgia Supreme Court hears case arguing for Confederate monument protections

BY: - May 19, 2022

Georgia Supreme Court justices heard arguments Thursday on cases that could determine if an organization with Confederate roots must prove they would be harmed by the removal of monuments in order to sue local government officials. The consolidated case stems from lawsuits filed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans against the Henry and Newton County […]

Jan. 6 investigators want Georgia’s Loudermilk to explain pre-attack U.S. Capitol tour

BY: - May 19, 2022

The U.S. House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday asked Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia to appear before the committee to answer questions about a tour of the Capitol that Loudermilk gave the day before the assault. But Loudermilk and the top Republican on the House Administration […]

Congress clears $40B in Ukraine aid for Biden’s signature, but some in GOP balk

BY: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators voted overwhelmingly Thursday to send President Joe Biden a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine that will provide additional economic, humanitarian and military support to the country. The 86-11 vote marks the second time Congress cleared a multibillion-dollar package since Russia invaded in late February. Negotiators opted both times to increase […]