Government & Politics

Abrams rejects GOP claim that Georgia’s record early voting means new election rules don’t suppress votes

BY: - October 24, 2022

Georgia’s record-breaking midterm turnout is encouraging, but should not be seen as a sign that votes are not being suppressed, said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in a Monday press conference. “It is wrong to suggest that there is a correlation between voter turnout and voter suppression because suppression is about barriers,” she said. “If […]

Poll finds most Georgia voters favor casinos, online sports betting support comes up short

BY: - October 24, 2022

In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the spigot to the $165 billion U.S. sports betting industry by allowing states to legalize online sports gambling as legislatures pressed for ways to close budget gaps. Revenue from taxes from online betting has flowed into the treasuries of 22 states, including Georgia’s neighbor Tennessee, which has […]

Biden student debt forgiveness plan on temporary hold after appeals court ruling

BY: and - October 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from carrying out its student loan forgiveness plan, until the court makes a determination on a request for an injunction brought by six Republican-led states, according to multiple media reports. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is giving the Biden administration […]

Jan. 6 panel issues subpoena to Trump demanding his testimony

BY: - October 21, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol sent a subpoena Friday to former President Donald Trump, demanding documents and testimony from the person the panel has said was central in orchestrating a plan to overturn the 2020 election that culminated in the insurrection. The panel set a deadline of Nov. […]

New Georgia poll of likely Hispanic voters finds Abrams and Kemp knotted, Walker leading Warnock

BY: - October 19, 2022

When Raysa Aragon immigrated to the United States at the age of 38, living under the tyrannical regime of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was more than enough to deter her from blindly joining a political party.  For the next several decades, the 66-year-old retired interpreter and Clayton County resident voted for the candidates she thought […]

Sen. Lindsey Graham calls for Georgia to reshape Senate

BY: - October 18, 2022

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham crossed the border into Georgia Tuesday to lay out the stakes as he sees them in the Peach State’s Senate election, now just three weeks away. “I’m your neighbor, and the reason I’m here is I’m tired of being canceled out by your two Democratic senators,” Graham told a […]

Georgians set first day early voting turnout record in biggest test yet of 2021 election overhaul

BY: - October 17, 2022

On Monday, thousands of Georgia voters descended upon early voting sites like the Smyrna Community Center on a record-setting first day of early voting in the high-stakes midterm election looming on Nov. 8. Across Georgia, some voters waited in long lines and the state’s voter registration system crashed multiple times, with reports from voting rights […]

Biden pitches to the middle class as Democrats fight for support in advance of midterms

BY: - October 16, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. — President Joe Biden at a community center here Saturday promoted Democrats’ efforts to bring down health care costs, in a visit to a normally Democratic state three weeks before midterm elections that will determine control of Congress for the next two years. Speaking on the first day of Medicare open enrollment, Biden […]

Georgia leader of state safety net agency for people with disabilities to retire

BY: - October 14, 2022

The head of Georgia’s safety net system for people with disabilities and behavioral health needs has announced she will retire after six years leading the agency. Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, will stay on through the end of the year to allow time to name a successor […]

Georgia elections chief clarifies that no, you can’t challenge another voter’s eligibility at the polls

BY: - October 13, 2022

A state elections office bulletin sent out this week further inflamed charges of voter suppression and showcased some of the confusion surrounding Georgia’s voter challenge rules that state that any person can question the eligibility of an unlimited number of voters. Turns out you can’t lodge a challenge to other voters attempting to cast a […]

Georgia poll finds party affiliation best predictor of feelings about Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan

BY: - October 13, 2022

When Danny Randle graduated from Clark Atlanta University five years ago, he had big dreams for his future, but he quickly learned that would not be as easy as he planned. Randle started a graphic design company, but with $80,000 of student loan debt, goals like growing his business and buying his first home seem […]

Warnock gains momentum as Walker turmoil prompts some Republicans to split ticket

BY: - October 12, 2022

Despite political headwinds favoring Republicans, freshman Sen. Raphael Warnock has outshined his Democratic ticket-mates and remained neck-and-neck with Republican candidate Herschel Walker. A new statewide poll of likely voters paid for by the Georgia News Collaborative and conducted by the University of Georgia finds Warnock with a slight lead and picking up steam with key […]