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Raffensperger blames Stacey Abrams for federal election lawsuit

Raffensperger blames Stacey Abrams for federal election lawsuit

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is turning up the heat on the Justice Department over its lawsuit challenging controversial election law changes the General Assembly adopted last March. Raffensperger announced Wednesday he has filed a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) with the federal agency to release any records of contacts it may have had with civil and voting rights organizations in light of the lawsuit. “We believe there’s potential they’ve been following orders from [2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee] Stacey Abrams and others,” Raffensperger said. “We think something is going on.” The FOIA request calls for the release of…
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Here’s how much Georgia candidates have raised in statewide races

Here’s how much Georgia candidates have raised in statewide races

The slow drip of campaign fundraising reports culminated Thursday with a few surprises as state-level politicking begins to ramp up again with Georgia poised for a return to the national spotlight. It’s still early to draw many conclusions, and some races – most notably, the governor’s race – are not even fully set. But Thursday’s campaign fundraising deadline gave some candidates a chance to flex their fundraising muscle as the 2022 matchups begin to take shape. Governor’s race: Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s is socking away millions in anticipation of a hard-fought reelection bid. He reported raising $3.9 million during the last…
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Justice Department sues Georgia over voting restrictions

Justice Department sues Georgia over voting restrictions

The U.S. Justice Department announced today that it plans to sue the state of Georgia over the state's new voting laws, which opponents of the law have called restrictive. The lawsuit is the latest chapter in the fight between Republicans and Democrats over voting laws and voting rights in Georgia. While Georgia's Republican Governor and Republican Secretary of State have stood behind the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, both have been ardent supporters of election reforms made by Republican lawmakers on the heels of the election. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp have…
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Black faith leaders bash Abrams and Biden over election law statements

Black faith leaders bash Abrams and Biden over election law statements

(The Center Square) – A group of Black ministers and pastors have published a full-page ad against President Joe Biden and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to combat their criticisms of the state's new election law. In the ad, which appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Conservative Clergy of Color accused Biden and Abrams of lying about the new voting rules passed in the Georgia Election Integrity Act of 2021. The law has received criticism and backlash from business leaders and community leaders since it was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp last month. Most notably, Major League Baseball pulled…
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Stacey Abrams leads charge against Republican changes to voting

Stacey Abrams leads charge against Republican changes to voting

Prominent voting rights groups and a high-profile Democratic election attorney argued Monday that Georgia Republicans are trying to pass state laws to make it harder to vote simply because statewide GOP candidates suffered defeats at the ballot box in the 2020 cycle. Fair Fight founder Stacey Abrams, attorney Marc Elias and the Southern Poverty Law Center announced a joint effort to oppose GOP proposals to dismantle the state’s no-excuse absentee voting, eliminate absentee ballot drop boxes and add ID requirements to vote absentee, to name just a few proposed new barriers. The Republicans behind the proposals say more security will…
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Georgia elections chief fires back at Trump

Georgia elections chief fires back at Trump

The dissension among the republican ranks following Donald Trump's loss to Joe Biden continued Saturday with Georgia's elections chief firing back at the president in response to an earlier Trump tweet. The war of words among republicans began earlier this week when both of Georgia's republican senators sent a statement demanding Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger -- also a republican -- resign due to mishandling of the election. The senators did not cite specific examples. Raffensperger responded with a statement of his own, telling the senators in no uncertain terms that his resignation was "not going to happen." He…
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Georgians played a big role in night two of the Democratic convention

Georgians played a big role in night two of the Democratic convention

The second night of the virtual Democratic National Convention was a Georgia-infused affair. The early lineup was flush with notable Georgians, including former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn and former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates. Stacey Abrams, the party’s nominee for governor two years ago, and state Rep. Sam Park were featured as rising stars in the party. “Basically tonight is GA night at the #DNC2020!” tweeted state party chair and state Sen. Nikema Williams, referring to Abrams as “our next governor.” Williams cast Georgia’s 117 votes for the party’s now-official nominee, Joe Biden, while standing in…
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