Government & Politics

Biden promises ‘no national shutdown’ despite surge in COVID-19

BY: - November 20, 2020

WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden pressed the urgent need for economic relief and a vaccine distribution plan for states and tribes after a video meeting Thursday with bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association. But Biden in a press conference in Wilmington, Del., also vowed there will be “no national shutdown” despite a surge in COVID-19 cases […]

Georgia’s election audit shrinks Biden lead, outcome remains same

BY: - November 18, 2020

Post updated Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. with full write-through Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is set to release Thursday the results of a closely watched statewide audit of the 5 million ballots cast in the presidential election. About 20 county election offices worked into Wednesday evening to try to meet the midnight deadline […]

Recount of votes finds 2,775 missed, Biden lead holds as audit nears end

BY: - November 17, 2020

A memory card found Tuesday in a Fayette County counting room during a statewide presidential election audit contained 2,755 votes poll workers missed earlier, the second day in a row just-discovered Georgia ballots ate into Joe Biden’s still-comfortable lead over President Donald Trump. An aide working for Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says […]

Georgia election chief under siege as Trump loyalists attack vote count

BY: - November 17, 2020

Georgia’s counties neared the end of an audit of 5 million votes in the presidential election Monday just as 2,600 new ballots turned up to add fuel to a continuing war of words over the outcome of Georgia’s GOP-run election. Poll workers did not scan the ballots at first and adding them to Georgia’s total […]

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 […]

Newly elected Greene condemns face masks at U.S. House frosh orientation

BY: - November 13, 2020

WASHINGTON—Newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won a northwest Georgia congressional district Nov. 3, denounced the usefulness of wearing masks to other House freshmen at their orientation session here on Friday. “I proudly told my freshman class that masks are oppressive,” Greene, a Republican who supports the far-right conspiracy group QAnon, tweeted. Greene added that people in Georgia don’t […]

Key dates coming up for Georgians voting in twin U.S. Senate runoffs

BY: - November 13, 2020

Georgia was long expected to have a January runoff for one U.S. Senate seat, but not many people expected there to be two with Democrats and Republicans facing off. With important dates coming up fast, here’s a guide to dates to mark on your calendar leading up to Jan. 5.  Georgia’s highly anticipated Jan. 5 […]

Non-Georgians warned not to relocate to state to game Senate election

BY: - November 13, 2020

Georgia officials are warning outsiders to butt out if they plan to move to the state just to vote in two U.S. Senate runoffs on the Jan. 5 ballot – something both political parties say they also oppose. National attention remains on Georgia as it starts the tense recount of the 5 million votes cast […]

Benefits for displaced workers finally arriving at pre-pandemic pace

BY: - November 12, 2020

Eight months after the pandemic shutdown caused unemployment claims to hit record highs, the Georgia Department of Labor is finally processing unemployment claims at pre-COVID-19 rates. The department, which processed more than 4 million regular unemployment claims and disbursed more than $15.7 billion in benefits since March, announced that it had caught up with its […]

Georgia’s high-stakes U.S. Senate race features pair of combo campaigns

BY: - November 12, 2020

Even as Georgia election officials prepared to recount votes in the last presidential election, campaigning intensified in a new race to get staunch partisans to vote in the state’s pair of U.S. Senate runoffs. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio led a rally in Marietta Wednesday to make the case for backing Georgia U.S. Sens. Kelly […]

Georgia GOP lawmakers draw the lines, political map is election spoils

BY: - November 11, 2020

While county election workers were still counting the votes in Georgia, the Republican State Leadership Committee declared victory in the state. That political action committee’s goal is to elect Republicans to state offices and protect their seats. In Georgia, it spent nearly $3 million to defend Republican seats. “Georgia Republicans have stopped the liberal onslaught […]

Ga. Democrats pick new leaders after disappointing state House elections

BY: - November 11, 2020

Georgia Democrats named Rep. James Beverly of Macon to lead the minority party’s efforts to advance its policy agenda as lawmakers prepare for a contentious redistricting process next year. Beverly takes over as state House minority leader for Bob Trammell, a Luthersville attorney who lost his Nov. 3 re-election bid after Republicans spent $1 million […]