Candidates in two tight U.S. House contests exchange sharp attacks

This story was updated at 1 p.m.  The candidates battling to represent a pair of competitive congressional seats in the north Atlanta suburbs sharpened their attacks in debate performances Tuesday as voters turned out in record numbers in the first week of early voting. U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath of Marietta is in a rematch with former U.S. Rep. Karen Handel of Roswell, who lost the seat two years by a little more than 3,000 votes.

‘Frustrating’ long lines stretch into second day of Georgia’s early voting

Gwinnett County’s Enise Deane offered a brutal assessment of how Georgia’s 2020 general election is going at a Tuesday press conference intended to draw attention to early voting headaches. She spent eight hours Monday waiting in line to vote. Deane grew tired of watching her mailbox for an absentee ballot to arrive that she’d requested back in August. So she showed up at a precinct in person. “This is a system that’s broken and it

Early end to census count could cost Georgia lots of money, power

The U.S. Supreme Court this week sided with the Trump administration in its effort to shut the U.S. Census count down early, putting an end to a contentious census season marred by the COVID-19 pandemic and other obstacles. Data collection is now set to stop Thursday at midnight rather than Oct. 31 as planned before Tuesday’s ruling. And despite Georgia reaching 99.9% of households counted, the loss of those extra weeks could mean residents miss

Bookman: Of Georgia’s voter surge, Trump’s COVID and health care

Scenes from America, in a nice fall week in October of 2020… More than 125,000 Georgians stood in long, socially distant lines – some for five hours, six hours, eight hours, even 11 hours – to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting this week. Another 111,000 voted Tuesday, and half a million have already voted absentee.  “To sum it up, Georgia voters are excited, and setting records every hour,” as Secretary

Headed to Trump’s Macon rally? Know the COVID-19 infection risk

President Trump’s barnstorming rallies are nothing new. They still have some of the same classic rock tunes for a soundtrack. They still pack out airport tarmacs. But what is new in this final month of the presidential campaign is the likelihood for Trump’s rallies, like the one planned for Macon on Friday, to spread the coronavirus. When Trump last visited Macon, in 2018, and after the screams and chants from his supporters subsided, he repeated a

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Challenges loom after federal approval of Kemp health plan

Gov. Brian Kemp held a signing ceremony at the Georgia Capitol Thursday to mark the federal approval of a plan he says will help put insurance cards in the hands of residents who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to qualify for subsidies on the federal exchange. The $218 million-per year plan aims to expand Medicaid coverage to about 50,000 of more than 400,000 uninsured Georgia adults who could be covered