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Georgia 2022: Probate judge challenges Raffensperger in GOP race

Georgia 2022: Probate judge challenges Raffensperger in GOP race

A rural judge became the latest Republican candidate to join the race to unseat Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger with a campaign that will emphasize his experience supervising local elections. resigned as Treutlen County’s probate judge this week and formally announced his race for a statewide post, joining U.S. Rep. Jody Hice and former Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle in a crowded GOP primary.“Experience matters, and I’ve had 17 years of election experience,” said Hudson. “The chief elections officer in the state of Georgia should have this type of experience.”Hudson is a longshot...

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Greg Bluestein
Apr 20
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The Jolt: Vice President Harris says Georgia election law is clear voter suppression

The Jolt: Vice President Harris says Georgia election law is clear voter suppression

For weeks, Georgia Democrats have insisted that the state’s new election law is the prime example for why Congress should adopt federal legislation to expand voting rights.Vice President Kamala Harris made the same case during an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, arguing that a “renewed attempt to suppress the ability of people to vote” imperils ballot access in Georgia.“You can support and defend people’s basic rights to participate in society while also investing in the economy and investing in its growth,” said Harris. “But we have initiatives like what’s happening in...

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Apr 15
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Korean companies reach deal on Georgia battery plant

Korean companies reach deal on Georgia battery plant

The South Korean company behind one of the biggest economic development projects in state history has the green light to keep going.SK Innovation, which is building a $2.6 billion factory near Commerce to make electric vehicle batteries, reached a settlement on Saturday with a rival that had accused it of stealing trade secrets.The company agreed to pay $1.8 billion in cash and royalties to the rival, LG Energy Solution, to settle the dispute and agreed to “work to help the development of EV battery industry in South Korea and the U.S. through healthy competition and friendly cooperation,”...

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Tia Mitchell
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Apr 10
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How bitter Korean rivals settled a rift that threatened Georgia battery plant

How bitter Korean rivals settled a rift that threatened Georgia battery plant

As two rival South Korean industrial giants barreled toward a Sunday deadline still locked in a bitter U.S. trade dispute, Georgia officials grew increasingly worried a $2.6 billion SK Innovation project in Commerce that could employ 2,600 people would to the intractable feud.Most Georgia politicians joined calls urging President Joe Biden to veto a trade commission decision that was in favor of the company’s adversary, LG Energy Solution, which would have torpedoed the project, one of the in state history.U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff took a different approach, one that the manufacturer’s top...

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Greg Bluestein
Apr 11
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The Jolt: Election law controversy ignites 2022 Georgia governor’s race

The Jolt: Election law controversy ignites 2022 Georgia governor’s race

The 2022 race for governor might have started in earnest when Gov. Brian Kemp signed the sweeping election overhaul into law and ignited a new battle over voting rights with his archnemesis Stacey Abrams.Since he signed the measure two weeks ago, the rivals have traded blows over the law and the economic backlash that followed, particularly over who is to blame for the decision to yank the All-Star game from Atlanta.Late Wednesday, Republicans were aflame over a Fox Business reporter’s that Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred decided to pull the game after talking to...

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Tia Mitchell
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Apr 8
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What a Pepsi can says about the GOP’s rift with corporate Atlanta

What a Pepsi can says about the GOP’s rift with corporate Atlanta

Moments after gaveling the legislative session to an end early Thursday, House Speaker David Ralston stood before a bank of TV cameras and admitted something that many lifelong Georgians would never say publicly: He purposely cracked open a Pepsi.Never mind that the Blue Ridge Republican was clutching an ice-cold Dasani, a product of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, as he spoke. Ralston’s acknowledgement he had imbibed Coke’s hated arch-rival earlier in the week capped a barrage of broadsides between state Republicans and Georgia corporate giants that shaped the final day of the legislative...

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Greg Bluestein
Apr 1
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MLB moves All-Star game from Atlanta over voting law

MLB moves All-Star game from Atlanta over voting law

Major League Baseball said Friday it will move this season’s All-Star game, a high-profile event that had been scheduled for Truist Park in July, out of Georgia in response to the state’s new voting law.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision eight days after Gov. Brian Kemp signed the sweeping elections overhaul into law amid fierce opposition from Democrats and voting rights activists.“I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star game,” Manfred said. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all...

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Greg Bluestein
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Protests, lawsuits aimed at voting law after lawmaker’s arrest

Protests, lawsuits aimed at voting law after lawmaker’s arrest

Voting rights advocates ratcheted up the legal battle targeting Georgia’s new voting limitations with a as critics rallied Monday around a state legislator who made a to the state Capitol days after her arrest outside Gov. Brian Kemp’s office while protesting the changes.Pushed to the defensive, state Republican leaders raced to counter a negative narrative about the far-ranging overhaul. Kemp scheduled interviews with conservative outlets declaring that opponents were grandstanding.And Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, under fire from fellow Republicans for to overturn former...

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Mark Niesse
Mar 30
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