Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Greg:

UGA poll: More Georgians back Kemp’s rollback of virus restrictions

A growing number of Georgians approve of Gov. → Read More

Atlanta protests: Live updates on 5th day of demonstrations

Metro Atlanta residents plan to gather around the region Tuesday for the fifth straight day of protests against racism and police brutality. → Read More

Violence rocks Atlanta as rioters smash windows, set fires, loot shops

Spasms of violence shook Atlanta overnight Friday as a peaceful march against police violence transf... → Read More

Georgia officials race to prevent another round of violence

Georgia officials are preparing to prevent a second round of violent demonstrations Saturday after a... → Read More

Georgia is relaxing more coronavirus rules. Here’s what it means.

Bars, nightclubs and amusement parks can soon reopen, summer schools can resume in-person coursework... → Read More

Pence to return to Atlanta for second time in a week

Vice President Mike Pence will return to Atlanta on Friday to highlight the state’s aggressive... → Read More

Kemp faces a choice over whether to allow bars, nightclubs to reopen

Gov. Brian Kemp has indicated he’ll extend coronavirus restrictions on businesses and restaurants that are set to soon expire, and he could also outline new guidelines that allow bars, nightclubs and live performance venues to reopen. The governor is expected to detail his coronavirus strategy at a Thursday press conference at the state Capitol, where he’s expected to address a sweep of safety… → Read More

Georgia governor aims to roll back more coronavirus restrictions

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Georgia officials prepare for Memorial Day 'like no other'

Georgia officials are preparing for an increase in Memorial Day travel that will test the state’s coronavirus response strategy as more stir-crazy residents are expected to return to the roadways and visit parks, beaches and other destinations. Mark Williams, commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, said most of the agency’s law enforcement division officers will be assigned to… → Read More

Pence to visit Atlanta on Friday to discuss Georgia's pandemic respons

Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Atlanta on Friday to meet with Gov. Brian Kemp to discuss Georgia’s aggressive approach to reopening Georgia’s economy during the coronavirus pandemic. He also plans to gather with restaurant executives to highlight their plans to resume dine-in operations, as well as talk about safety precautions they're taking to bring their employees back to work.… → Read More

Jill Biden to hold virtual events in Georgia on Thursday

Jill Biden is returning to Georgia on Thursday – virtually, that is. The wife of the presumptive Democratic nominee will hold a virtual coffee with medical workers in Albany – the epicenter of Georgia’s worst coronavirus outbreak – followed by a listening session with Atlanta teachers and a campaign event. It’s part of the Democrat’s effort to keep up a traditional campaign at a time when many… → Read More

ELECTION 2020: A new internal GOP poll suggests tight prez, Senate rac

An internal poll conducted by a group backing Gov. Brian Kemp showed a deadlocked presidential race in Georgia and tight contests for both U.S. Senate seats, underscoring the challenges Republicans face keeping the state in the GOP column. The poll pegged Joe Biden at 47% of support and President Donald Trump with 46%, within the margin of error of 4 percentage points. A small number of voters –… → Read More

Kemp set to extend restrictions on bars, nightclubs amid pandemic

Georgia is among the first states to reopen broad parts of its economy that were closed during the... → Read More

Governor urges all Georgians to get testing for coronavirus

Gov. Brian Kemp urged all Georgians to schedule an appointment for coronavirus screening regardless of whether they have symptoms, as the state continues to expand testing for the disease even as the rapid growth has exposed new strains. With the state no longer facing crippling shortages of key supplies, Kemp said Thursday that the capacity for testing now outstrips the public’s demand in the… → Read More

Shooting death of Georgia jogger prompts calls for state hate-crimes l

The shooting death of an unarmed jogger in Brunswick has drawn widespread condemnation from Georgia politicians, and prompted demands for a fuller investigation, the swift arrest of suspects and new calls for a state hate crimes law. Candidates for a sweep of Georgia offices, from local posts to the U.S. Senate, criticized how Brunswick authorities handled the Feb. 23 shooting death of Ahmaud… → Read More

In hard-hit Albany, Kemp warns of new outbreak in north Georgia

Albany – The rapid spread of coronavirus infections turned the area around Albany into one of the nation’s most startling epicenters of the disease. Gov. Brian Kemp visited Tuesday to celebrate efforts to contain the virus in southwest Georgia – and warn of another outbreak across the state. The governor toured a temporary medical pod that’s been stationed at Phoebe Putney Hospital since April… → Read More

Few cited statewide for shelter-in-place violations

For four weeks, Georgians were under an executive order to shelter in place to help slow the spread... → Read More

What to know about Kemp’s decision to ease Georgia’s stay-at-home order

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Records show fierce battle over Tybee Island’s beach reopening

An urgent plea by Tybee Island’s mayor to reconsider a state order reopening the beaches. A message from a Republican legislator siding with local officials over Gov. Brian Kemp. And an irate city official said Kemp could “come lock me up” for opposing the decision. Tybee Island officials were among the most outspoken critics of Kemp’s decision to lift local restrictions that shuttered the… → Read More

Georgia governor to decide whether to extend shelter in place

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