Geoff Duncan

Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor isn’t running for reelection. Here’s why

Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor isn’t running for reelection. Here’s why

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced Monday he will not seek reelection to another term as Georgia’s second-highest state elected official, opening the door for a fierce 2022 campaign between Republicans and Democrats vying to replace him. In a statement, Duncan – a Republican – said he plans to create a political organization called “GOP 2.0” aimed at “healing and rebuilding” the national Republican Party amid the fallout from former President Donald Trump’s continued claims of voter fraud in the 2020 elections. Duncan’s pivot away from Trump via public statements and television news appearances since the November 2020 general election pitted…
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Georgia official says Republicans need leadership, not election reform

Georgia official says Republicans need leadership, not election reform

The Players: Georgia's Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan appeared on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd to discuss Georgia's controversial election reform bills. About Geoff Duncan: Duncan, who is a Republican, has been critical of Donald Trump in the past. During the controversy surrounding the Nov. 6 election, Duncan was quoted as saying that the Republican party is bigger than one person, referring to Trump. He has criticized claims of voter fraud in Georgia. In December, Duncan said he believed misinformation about the election hurt the Republican brand and that the party was "certainly bigger than one person." The Quote: Here's…
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Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor doesn’t want to end no-excuse absentee voting

Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor doesn’t want to end no-excuse absentee voting

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan became the latest high-ranking Georgia Republican Tuesday to oppose ending no-excuse absentee voting following the state’s 2020 election cycle. Duncan, who presides over the state Senate, said halting the ability of Georgians to request mail-in ballots for any reason besides just living out of state or due to disability should not be part of “meaningful election reform” state Republicans are seeking in the 2021 legislative session. His stance mirrors Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who earlier this month also urged Republican lawmakers to avoid proposals ending no-excuse absentee voting. Ralston wants to focus on…
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Why Brian Kemp won’t call a special session of the legislature

Why Brian Kemp won’t call a special session of the legislature

In the wake of Joe Biden's win over Donald Trump in Georgia, Trump and his supporters have called on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to call a special session of the state legislature for the purpose of appointing a new slate of electors to vote for Trump in the Electoral College. Today, Brian Kemp -- along with Lieutenant Gov. Geoff Duncan -- made clear the reason they would not call the legislature into such a session. The short answer is: it would be unconstitutional according to the state constitution to gavel the legislature into session to appoint a different set of…
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Republican Party is ‘bigger than one person,’ Georgia Lieutenant Governor says

Republican Party is ‘bigger than one person,’ Georgia Lieutenant Governor says

(The Center Square) – Georgia's Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan took to CNN on Tuesday to defend Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both fellow Republicans, and urged the party to move forward. Kemp and Raffensperger have faced repeated Twitter attacks from President Donald Trump over the state's handling of the election and, more recently, over Kemp's refusal to intervene in its aftermath. Duncan appeared on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday morning. "It's an honor to go to work everyday with Gov. Kemp," Duncan said. "Certainly over the first two years of both of our terms we've…
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The Georgia state senate will hold hearings on the 2020 election

The Georgia state senate will hold hearings on the 2020 election

Top Republican state lawmakers announced Tuesday they plan to hold hearings later this week on the integrity of Georgia’s election system and to take testimony on alleged “elections improprieties” stemming from the 2020 general election. Back-to-back hearings have been scheduled for Thursday by the Senate Government Oversight Committee to “evaluate the election process” and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to field election-impropriety claims. The two meetings come as officials in Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office continue to dismiss claims of widespread voter fraud by allies of President Donald Trump, who certified results show lost the Nov. 3 presidential election to…
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Here’s what Georgia’s top three republicans are saying about the election

Here’s what Georgia’s top three republicans are saying about the election

Georgia's top three republican elected officials released a joint statement today expressing their confidence in Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's role in ensuring a fair and transparent election in Georgia. The statement came Friday afternoon from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Gov. Geoff Duncan and Speaker of the House David Ralston. “Free and fair elections are the foundation of our American government. Any allegations of intentional fraud or violations of election law must be taken seriously and investigated. We trust that our Secretary of State will ensure that the law is followed as written and that Georgia’s election result…
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Georgia is getting serious about police reform

Georgia is getting serious about police reform

Police training and tactics like chokeholds, no-knock warrants and rubber bullets for crowd control in Georgia will face scrutiny from a group of state lawmakers tasked with making reform recommendations for law enforcement agencies before year’s end. The Georgia Senate study committee looking at policing techniques and oversight comes after the General Assembly passed legislation outlawing hate crimes following testy debate in the 2020 legislative session between Republican and Democratic state senators. The study committee will assess the use of lethal force, training procedures, de-escalation techniques and “practices which may need to be prohibited or more strictly regulated” such as chokeholds, no-knock…
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