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Georgia Recount Confirms 'the Verdict of the People'

Trump can still request the votes be counted a third time

(Newser) - Georgia certified its presidential election results Friday, after a recount confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's victory Nov. 3 over President Trump. "I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct," said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. "The numbers reflect the verdict of the people....

Governor Drops Suit Over Atlanta Mask Mandate, But...

...Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to sign an executive order on the subject on Saturday

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday announced that he was withdrawing the suit he filed against Atlanta's mayor and city council in a bid to block it from enforcing a mask mandate—but not because he's admitting defeat. Far from it. In a statement, the Republican said he...

Georgia Governor Sues Atlanta Mayor Over Masks

Brian Kemp says Keisha Lance Bottoms has no authority to enforce mask mandate

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is suing Atlanta's mayor and city council to block the city from enforcing its mandate to wear a mask in public and other rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kemp and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, in a suit filed in state court late Thursday...

Georgia Governor Voids Local Mask Orders, Bans Them

Brian Kemp says cities, counties have no power to order masks be worn

(Newser) - Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp is explicitly banning Georgia's cities and counties from ordering people to wear masks in public places, the AP reports. He voided orders on Wednesday that at least 15 local governments across the state had adopted even though Kemp had earlier said cities and counties...

In Georgia, 20K New Drivers Never Took a Road Test
Petition Slams
State's New Driving
Rule: This Can
Turn 'Catastrophic'
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Petition Slams State's New Driving Rule: This Can Turn 'Catastrophic'

Georgia sees nearly 20K teens who just got their licenses without having to take a road test

(Newser) - Lots of excited young people have taken one state up on its offer to get behind the wheel during the coronavirus pandemic— almost 20,000 , to be exact. That's how many new under-20 drivers there have been in Georgia over the past two weeks after Gov. Brian Kemp issued...

During 'Unprecedented Times,' an Unusual Change on Driving

New Georgia drivers don't need road test to get license during pandemic state of emergency

(Newser) - Georgia teens nervous about taking their road test can breathe a little easier, though everyone else on the road may not. CNN reports that, due to the logistical challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Brian Kemp has temporarily eased driver's license requirements so that new drivers with a...

Trump Didn't Like It—But This State Gets to Reopen

Georgia businesses are grappling with the governor's new order

(Newser) - Georgia business owners faced a dilemma Friday: to open or not to open? After Gov. Brian Kemp issued the nation's most aggressive order allowing non-essential businesses to reopen, some took advantage. "It's essential. It's like food," a customer tells the Wall Street Journal while waiting...

Trump's Criticism of Georgia Governor Gets Even Harsher

President says he's 'not happy' about Gov. Brian Kemp 'violating' federal guidelines

(Newser) - President Trump said Wednesday that he "strongly disagreed" with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's plan to start aggressively reopening his state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On the eve of that reopening Friday, the president kicked things up a notch. Discussing a phone call he had with Kemp, Trump said...

An &#39;Abrupt Shift in Tone&#39; for Trump on Reopening
An 'Abrupt Shift in Tone'
for Trump on Reopening
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An 'Abrupt Shift in Tone' for Trump on Reopening

President says he 'disagrees strongly' with Georgia's plan

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is allowing certain nonessential businesses to reopen Friday, albeit with restrictions, and some people aren't happy with the plan—including, apparently, the president. "I want him to do what he thinks is right," President Trump said at Wednesday's press briefing. "But...

Atlanta Mayor Disagrees With Governor&#39;s Virus Move
Georgia Mayors Not Thrilled
With Governor's COVID Move
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Georgia Mayors Not Thrilled With Governor's COVID Move

Gov. Kemp is loosening restrictions starting Friday

(Newser) - Much has been written about the friction between the states and the federal government on the coronavirus. Now comes friction on a different level—between governors and the mayors of cities on how fast to reopen. It's now showing up in Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp declared that businesses...

On Friday, Georgia Starts to Reopen
On Friday,
Starts to

On Friday, Georgia Starts to Reopen

Other states make similar plans, though even some business owners have doubts

(Newser) - Georgia's economy will start reopening this week, Gov. Brian Kemp has announced, despite the fears of health officials and some business owners that it's not safe yet. Gyms, bowling alleys, salons, and tattoo parlors can open their doors Friday, as long as they observe hygiene and social distancing...

In 2 States, a 'Giant Leap Forward' in Virus Testing

CVS Health launches 2 new rapid-testing drive-thrus in Georgia, Rhode Island

(Newser) - People who think they might have COVID-19 now have two new locations to go to for confirmation: CVS Health drive-thrus in Georgia and Rhode Island. Per CNBC , the company hopes to handle up to 1,000 tests daily, using Abbott Laboratories' new rapid-testing kits, at the sites in Atlanta and...

Governor's Statement Causes Some Double Takes

Georgia's Brian Kemp says he just learned asymptomatic people can spread coronavirus

(Newser) - Holdout Georgia has joined the list of states under stay-at-home orders, but a statement from Gov. Brian Kemp while announcing the restrictions is causing a stir as well. Kemp explained Wednesday that he just learned asymptomatic people with the coronavirus can spread the disease, reports the Hill . "We didn'...

Celebs Threaten State Over New Abortion Bill

Alyssa Milano spearheads petition against Georgia's 'heartbeat' bill

(Newser) - Hollywood has Georgia on its mind—and not in a good way. Fifty actors have signed a petition threatening to urge film and TV production away from the state if it passes a new abortion bill, the Huffington Post reports. Alyssa Milano spearheaded the petition, which says "billions of...

Abrams Ends Georgia Bid With Fiery Parting Shot

She acknowledges Brian Kemp will be the next governor, accuses him of voter suppression

(Newser) - It's over in Georgia: Stacey Abrams called a press conference Friday to acknowledge that Republican Brian Kemp will be the state's next governor, reports Politico . But Abrams made clear that she thinks Kemp, who oversaw the election as secretary of state, is guilty of foul play. "To...

In Contentious Ga. Governor's Race, Kemp Resigns as Secretary of State

Stacey Abrams is still hoping for a runoff

(Newser) - Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia's secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he has enough votes to become Georgia governor, even though his election rival is conceding nothing in one of the nation's marquee midterm races. As the state's top election official, Kemp...

Stacey Abrams Not About to Concede in Georgia
Stacey Abrams Not About
to Concede in Georgia
Election 2018

Stacey Abrams Not About to Concede in Georgia

She's hoping for a December runoff against Brian Kemp

(Newser) - The next governor of Georgia has yet to be decided, with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams declining to concede the race to Republican Brian Kemp. As of 11am ET, CNN reports Kemp led Abrams by almost 68,000 votes with 99% of precincts reporting. That gives him 50.4% of the...

Governors&#39; Races: 2 Big Ones Dominate
Governors' Races:
Gillum Concedes in Florida
election 2018

Governors' Races: Gillum Concedes in Florida

Scott Walker loses bid for 3rd term in Wisconsin

(Newser) - Thirty-six governors' races were on the ballot Tuesday, but two of those contests—in Florida and Georgia—dominated the political landscape. In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum, who was vying to become the state's first black governor, conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis, a strong ally of President Trump, reports the...

Already-Hot Georgia Governor's Race Just Got Hotter

GOP candidate Kemp says his office investigating state Democrats over alleged voter hack

(Newser) - If you thought the race for Georgia governor had gotten testy enough , welcome to an even testier Sunday: The office of Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate, announced overnight that it is investigating a "failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system," specifically, "...

Obama Stays on Trump, GOP: Why 'So Angry All the Time'?

Former president appeared Friday at rallies in Georgia, Florida

(Newser) - Barack Obama has been hitting the campaign trail, stumping for Democratic candidates and making "fiery speeches." He continued making the rounds Friday, and while rallying in Georgia for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who's running against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the former president said he was...

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