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Recent articles by Greg:

Kemp uses State of the State to launch ‘new phase’ of crime crackdowns

Gov. Brian Kemp outlined fresh plans to crack down on violent crime in Georgia, laying out a pledge in his State of the State address to enact tougher penalties on gang offenders and address the “revolving door of criminal justice” as he opens his second term. → Read More

Violence over police training center tests Georgia’s political leaders

Georgia’s most prominent political leaders condemned the violent protest that roiled downtown Atlanta after the shooting death of an activist who authorities say was killed after the 26-year-old opened fire at a state trooper. → Read More

In second term, expect a ‘frank’ Kemp to push boundaries

As Gov. Brian Kemp confirmed details of a monumental solar energy expansion this week, he jolted the crowd of business executives and political officials by venting about the earlier-than-planned release of the project. → Read More

Live Updates: Kemp to be sworn in for second term

Four years ago, Gov. Brian Kemp pledged to “put people ahead of divisive politics” as he took his oath office after an exceedingly bitter campaign that ended with some Democrats claiming his narrow victory would always cloud his tenure. → Read More

Why is Brian Kemp going to an elite Swiss conference?

The Swiss ski resort of Davos transforms one week each year into a gathering spot for the world’s richest and most powerful people. Next week, these global titans will be joined by a new face: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. → Read More

Georgia Democrats face uphill fight to move state up on 2024 primary calendar

President Joe Biden’s proposal to reorder the 2024 nominating schedule by elevating Georgia to the first wave of states to cast ballots faces an uncertain future amid opposition from Republicans who will have the final say on his plan. → Read More

Analysis: How Raphael Warnock defeated Herschel Walker

Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s triumph in the last election battle of 2022 was helped by Herschel Walker’s pile of personal issues, bizarre behavior and campaign blunders during the runoff. that baffled his biggest allies. → Read More

A pair of Georgia Supreme Court orders jostle pre-runoff landscape

A pair of one-page orders by the Georgia Supreme Court jostled the political landscape days before the Dec. 6 runoff between Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker. → Read More

Obama to hold Dec. 1 runoff rally for Warnock in Atlanta

Former President Barack Obama is returning to Atlanta for the second time this campaign season, this time to hold a rally for U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff. → Read More

Why Herschel Walker needs Brian Kemp in the runoff

Gov. Brian Kemp on Saturday will campaign publicly for the first time with Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker, the most significant effort yet to persuade voters who backed both the governor and Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock to return to the GOP fold for the runoff. → Read More

Warnock says Walker ‘crossed a line’ with attacks on his family

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock said Republican Herschel Walker “crossed a line” ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff when he escalated his personal attacks against his rival by accusing the Democrat of being a negligent father to his two young children. → Read More

How Warnock became the last Democrat standing in Georgia’s top 2022 races

Across the nation, many wondered how U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock was dragged into a runoff despite Republican Herschel Walker’s personal baggage and troubles on the campaign trail. But the more telling question might be how Warnock avoided an outright defeat on Tuesday even as every other statewide Democratic candidate wiped out. → Read More

David Ralston won’t seek another term as Georgia House leader

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said Friday that he will not seek another term as leader of the chamber, citing a “health challenge” as the reason why he’s relinquishing his role as one of the state’s most powerful political leaders after more than a decade in the job. → Read More

On the Georgia Trail: Herschel Walker issues Biden retort; Kemp stumps with Ducey

ST. MARYS — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker delivered what his campaign promoted as a “prebuttal” to President Joe Biden’s prime-time speech Wednesday on how democracy is on the line in the midterm elections. → Read More

WATCH LIVE: Final Kemp-Abrams gubernatorial debate

What to watch ahead of the final debate between Gov. Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams on Oct. 30, 2022. → Read More

Abrams offers lots of plans, but she’ll face uphill fight putting them into action

Stacey Abrams has unveiled dozens of proposals to tackle stubborn policy dilemmas if she breaks a 20-year GOP hold on the state’s highest office and is elected the first Black governor in Georgia history. So many that she even jokes about it. → Read More

Texts from Loeffler’s phone shed light on activities ahead of Jan. 6 and 2021 runoff

Fifty-nine pages worth of texts from former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s iPhone offer a rare peek into Loeffler’s private deliberations during her final weeks in office as she fought to hold onto her Senate seat while Trump and his allies cast doubt over the election results. → Read More

‘They’re desperate’: Herschel Walker denies abortion reports

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker rejected claims that he paid for a 2009 abortion for a woman who said she later bore his child, saying at a campaign stop that it was part of a plot by allies of Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock to damage his campaign. → Read More

Where the candidates for Georgia governor stand on the issues

The rematch between Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams has exposed stark policy divides on Georgia’s most pressing issues. → Read More

It’s on: Walker and Warnock to debate in Savannah on Oct. 14

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican hopeful Herschel Walker will meet in an Oct. 14 debate in Savannah, ending weeks of wrangling, taunting and name-calling by agreeing to a nationally watched showdown that will be one of the campaign season’s biggest events. → Read More