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    Gov. Brian Kemp (R) believes Democrat Stacey Abrams’ candidacy for governor will work to unite Georgia Republicans following a heated GOP primary that Kemp ended up winning in a rout. Kemp told Breitbart News in a phone interview after his victory, “I think Stacey Abrams is going to be the great unifier,” in response to a question about how he would win over Republicans who voted for his primary opponent, Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue. Kemp defeated Perdue by about 50 points after facing significant criticism from both Perdue and former President Donald Trump that Kemp could not win a second general election race against Abrams, whom the governor narrowly defeated in 2018 with Trump’s backing. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a rally on Monday, May 23, 2022, in Kennesaw, Georgia. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) “A vote for RINO Brian Kemp in this primary is a vote for Governor Stacey Abrams,” Trump said in March about Kemp, whom the former president has repeatedly attacked over Georgia’s 2020 election process. When asked about Trump endorsing his primary opponent, Kemp brushed it off, saying,...
    Democrats could face significant headwinds during the 2022 midterm election cycle — President Joe Biden continues to face poor job approval ratings. Americans have been getting walloped by roaring inflation and watching gas prices soar — as of Tuesday, the AAA national average price for a gallon of gas has reached $4.598. A recent AP-NORC poll of adults found that 67% disapprove of how the president is dealing with the economy, while just 33% approve. The poll also found that 56% think that high gas prices are more due to issues beyond Biden's control, while 44% think that the high prices are more due to the president's policies.
    Kennesaw, Georgia (CNN)On the eve of Georgia's primary election, former Vice President Mike Pence had a forward-looking message of support for renominating Republican Gov. Brian Kemp."When you say yes to Governor Brian Kemp tomorrow, you will send a deafening message all across America that the Republican Party is the party of the future," said Pence, speaking to a crowd of a few hundred in an airport hangar north of Atlanta on Monday. Pence's appearance was an implicit rebuke of former running mate Donald Trump, who has endorsed Kemp's primary opponent, David Perdue. Pence did not make a direct mention of the former President nor respond to the relentless attacks Trump has leveled against Kemp. But his appearance at the rally the day before the election spoke volumes. "When Brian Kemp called me and asked me to come out here and be with all of you, I said yes in a heartbeat," Pence said. With strong lead over Perdue, Kemp shifts attention to Abrams in Georgia governors raceThe relationship between Pence and Trump has crumbled following the then-vice president's refusal...
    Crown Media Will Kemp Will Kemp’s new European Christmas movie has finally been officially announced. The star is perhaps best known among Hallmark viewers for his highly-rated “Christmas Waltz” film starring Kemp and Lacey Chabert. His new movie was filmed on location in London.He Stars Opposite Reshma ShettyKemp stars opposite Reshma Shetty in the new movie called “Jolly Good Christmas,” Variety reported. He plays the role of David, an American who relocates to a London architecture firm. He hires Shetty (who plays the role of Anji) as a professional shopper to help him find a gift for his girlfriend. The script was written by Ron Oliver and the movie is directed by Jonathan Wright. Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians Kemp has starred in numerous Hallmark movies, including “The Christmas Waltz,” “Love, Romance & Chocolate,” and “Royal Matchmaker.” He also starred in “The Princess Switch” movie series, “Spinning Out,” “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce,” “Barbarians,” “Doom Patrol,” “Code Black,” “The Great Fire,” “Non-Stop,” “Reign,” and more. Kemp shared...
    by T.A. DeFeo   Gov. Brian Kemp signed a trio of bills he says will help small businesses in the state, including a measure that allows food trucks to operate in more than one county without needing multiple permits. “As a small business owner for more than 35 years, I have always applied a pro-business approach to governing, helping to cut red tape and ensure we have an environment that allows good Georgia companies to thrive and serve their customers,” Kemp said in an announcement. “To boil it down, my approach is all about ensuring that hardworking Georgians in every corner of the state have opportunities to build great careers and raise their families,” the governor added. “…I think these common sense measures further our ability to keep Georgia a top state for business and support those who call the Peach State home.” House Bill 1443 allows mobile food service establishments such as food trucks with up to date permits to operate in multiple counties without needing a permit for every jurisdiction. HB 1058 makes it easier for Georgia-affiliated companies to...
    Watkinsville, Georgia (CNN)David Perdue and Donald Trump often say that Gov. Brian Kemp has irrevocably divided Georgia Republicans."He has alienated a good part of the Republican Party," Perdue said on a humid evening in late April to a group of voters in Oconee County, a short drive from the University of Georgia. "I hate it. It shouldn't be that way. But it's a reality."But while many Republican voters in the state were frustrated with how Kemp handled the 2020 presidential election results -- he refused to reverse Joe Biden's victory, much to Trump's chagrin -- even some of the most committed Perdue voters say they'll support Kemp in the general election should he emerge as the victor of the May 24 primary. After all, the eventual GOP nominee will face off in November against Democrat Stacey Abrams, the arch-villain for Georgia Republicans who one operative described to CNN as the "great unifier" for the GOP."If Kemp wins, then we need to back him," said Tammy Paulson of Watkinsville, who is voting for Perdue, the former senator, in the primary.Don and...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state would go through a 'Cold War' if Democrat Stacey Abrams wins Georgia's 2022 governor's race.  Speaking at a news conference on Friday, DeSantis likened Abrams' liberal policies to that of communist Cuba, saying Florida would be caught between far-left leaders.  'If Stacey Abrams is elected governor of Georgia, I just want to be honest, that will be a Cold War between Florida and Georgia at that point,' DeSantis said.  'I mean, I can't have Castro to my south and Abrams to my north. That'd be a disaster. So, I hope you guys take care of that and we end up in good shape,' he told Georgia voters.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (at the podium) claimed his state would through a 'Cold War' if Georgians elect Democrat Stacey Abrams as governor this fall Abrams (pictured) launched her second bid for Georgia's governor's office in December after claiming Republican Gov. Brian Kemp 'rigged' the 2018 election Despite DeSantis' reference to Castro - whether he was referring to Cold War leader Fidel Castro (left) or his...
    Donald Trump Jr. hit the campaign trail in Georgia on Monday to promote Republican candidates backed by his father, including, most notably, former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who is hoping to unseat Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in the primary race for governor in May. Trump Jr. rallied in the solid red cities of Tifton and Cumming, touting his father’s endorsement of Perdue and bashing the Biden administration, according to videos and reports of the events. In one clip, shared by a Fox 5 Atlanta reporter, Trump Jr.  said “multiple statistical impossibilities” occurred in a handful of counties in the 2020 election but that Democrats did not care because they “got the outcome they wanted.” “That’s why we need, again, people to understand my father is supporting David Perdue. He’s supporting Burt Jones. He’s supporting Vernon, because he understands that these people will actually fight,” Trump Jr. added in reference to former President Donald Trump’s endorsements of congressional candidate Vernon Jones, who was at the Cumming rally, and lieutenant governor candidate Burt Jones, who was at both rallies. Donald Trump Jr. is...
    Georgia Gov. Brain Kemp’s (R) administration says the Peach State will “fully divest” from Russian firms amid Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Kemp spokeswoman Katie Boyd told The Hill in a statement on Monday that the governor’s office last week “began reviewing and taking actions to ensure Georgia taxpayer dollars are not being used to subsidize Russia.” She said that “upon identification” the state will “fully divest the agreements.” Thus far only one instance has been determined. “So far, there has been one instance, and we will be fully divested from that agreement by mid-week,” Boyd said. Asked for information on the “one instance” cited, Boyd referred The Hill to a tweet from a WABE News reporter about an exchange-traded fund called iShares MSCI Russia ETF, which is found in the Employees‘ Retirement System of Georgia. According to the tweet, he makes investments in a “broad range of companies in Russia.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the fund is, in part, made up of Russian companies. Its portfolio reportedly includes companies from the energy, basic materials and financial sectors. On Monday...
    Crown Media Will Kemp It may only be February, but Hallmark star Will Kemp is already working on a Christmas movie for the 2022 holiday season, according to IMDb and other sources. Although he hasn’t mentioned the movie by name himself or which network it is going to air on, IMDb lists the movie as being “Christmas in London.”Kemp Announced His New Movie on Social MediaIn a series of social media posts, Kemp announced that he was working on a new movie that’s being filmed in London. He shared a post listing all his fellow actors on February 6, including James Faulkner, Su McLaughlin, Callum Blue, Reshma Shetty, and more. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Will Kemp (@iamwillkemp) On February 13 he shared another photo. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Will Kemp (@iamwillkemp) When someone asked where he was, Kemp replied that he was in London. Reshma Shetty, who’s also starring in the movie, shared at the end of January that she had just arrived in London for...
    A new poll found that roughly 52% of registered black voters in Georgia have confidence they will have a fair opportunity to vote in 2022 amid claims from Democrats that Republicans are trying to undermine democracy in the state. More than 90% of registered black voters in Georgia said it was easy to vote in 2020, but several top Democrats have since accused Georgia and other Republican-led states of enacting voter suppression policies last year that target minority voters. DEMOCRATS' ATTEMPT TO MAKE IT ALL ABOUT 'VOTING RIGHTS' DIDN'T CONVINCE ANYONE The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,702 registered voters of all races from Jan. 19-24 and had a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points. A total of 323 registered black voters participated in the survey, Quinnipiac Associate Director April Radocchio told the Washington Examiner. Of that group, 18% were very confident, and 34% were somewhat confident that all Georgia citizens would have a fair opportunity to vote in the elections this year. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina referred to a voting law in...
                 Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is scheduled to deliver his 2022 State of the State address Thursday. Kemp is up for reelection this year. The two Republicans who want Kemp’s job said the incumbent governor will deliver a speech that tries to make up for Kemp’s weaknesses as a candidate. The incumbent governor has fallen short on leadership skills and fallen short pushing hard enough for election integrity, said declared gubernatorial candidates Vernon Jones and David Perdue. Members of Kemp’s staff did not return The Georgia Star News’ request for comment Thursday. Jones said this year’s election prompted Kemp to release a laundry list of items to distribute to Georgians to secure Kemp’s reelection. “I am sure he will continue to plagiarize my platform of my contract with Georgia with his failing reelection campaign. He has become a copycat. He has been in hiding for three years, and now he wants to pass constitutional carry, use the surplus to cut state income taxes, and give a false attempt of standing up for Stacey Abrams. It’s a day late and...
    Donald Trump and then-Sen. David Perdue of Georgia listen as Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas makes an announcement on the introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on August 2, 2017. When former Sen. David Perdue launched a primary challenge to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday, his announcement was notably light on policy. Perdue’s only concrete commitment was to eliminate the state income tax. Other than that, he rolled out some very soft, policy-less goals, such as making Georgia safer, taking charge of schools, and fighting President Joe Biden’s pandemic mandates. Perdue’s one clear pledge to eliminate the state income tax arguably runs to the right of Kemp, who signed a modest tax cut into law earlier this year. But other than that, Kemp himself could have listed the same set of goals. What Perdue spent the bulk of his message conveying were two themes: 1) that he, unlike Kemp, is a true Trump ally who will overturn elections on his behalf if necessary (Perdue never said...
    Former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) officially launched his bid for Georgia governor on Monday, taking aim at the lead Democrat candidate, Stacey Abrams, in a video announcing his candidacy. Perdue, a wealthy businessman who served in the U.S. Senate in Georgia from 2015 to 2021, opened his campaign message by saying he decided to run because he wanted to ensure Abrams, a widely known leftist activist and prolific Democrat fundraiser, would “never” be the governor of Georgia. “Make no mistake, Abrams will smile, lie, and cheat to transform Georgia into her radical vision of a state that would look more like California or New York,” Perdue stated in his announcement. Watch: I’m running for Governor to make sure Stacey Abrams is NEVER Governor of Georgia. We need bold conservatives who will stand up to the woke left, not cave to their radical demands. Join me in this fight to Stop Stacey and Save Georgia. pic.twitter.com/iQMMV97ynw — David Perdue (@Perduesenate) December 6, 2021 Perdue’s candidacy sets the stage for a competitive primary battle against incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R), with former...
    Donald Trump campaigning with Brian Kemp in 2018, before their falling out.Daisuke Tomita/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Donald Trump is already stoking fears of election fraud in the Georgia governor race. This time, his baseless allegations are aimed squarely at a member of his own party. This morning, former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) announced that he would run against incumbent Republican Brian Kemp in the GOP gubernatorial primary. It didn’t take long for Trump—still angry at Kemp for refusing to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election—to suggest that a Kemp win would be possible only through fraud. “This will be very interesting, and I can’t imagine that Brian Kemp, who has hurt election integrity in Georgia so badly, can do well at the ballot box (unless the election is rigged, of course),” Trump wrote in a statement. “He cost us two Senate seats and a Presidential victory in the Great State of Georgia.” Never mind that Kemp himself signed a voter suppression law inspired by Trump’s...
    Former President Trump praised former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerduePerdue to challenge Kemp in Georgia governor primary: report Georgia becomes ground zero for 2022 elections The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE on Monday but stopped short of fully endorsing the Georgia Republican's nascent gubernatorial challenge to Gov. Brian KempBrian KempPerdue to challenge Kemp in Georgia governor primary: report The Memo: Media obsess over Trump's past as he eyes comeback Georgia becomes ground zero for 2022 elections MORE (R).  “Wow, it looks like highly respected Senator David Perdue will be running against RINO [Republican In Name Only] Brian Kemp for Governor of Georgia. David was a great Senator, and he truly loves his State and his Country,” Trump, who had pressed Purdue to primary Kemp, said in a statement. “This will be very interesting, and I can’t imagine that Brian Kemp, who has hurt election integrity in Georgia so badly, can do well at the ballot box (unless the election is rigged, of course). He cost us two Senate seats and...
                        Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has scheduled a press conference Thursday alongside state Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey to update the public about their efforts to combat COVID-19. This, according to a press release that members of Kemp’s office emailed on Wednesday. Kemp and Toomey are scheduled to hold the press conference at 11 a.m., Thursday at the North Wing of the Georgia State Capitol. The press release provided no other details. Kemp announced this month that he will spend $5.8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds — taxpayer money — on the state’s tourism industry. Kemp will give the COVID-19 relief money to Explore Georgia, which is the tourism division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDED). This, despite Kemp saying that Georgia’s tourism industry made gains this past year. Georgia officials announced last month that economic development projects throughout the state during the fiscal year 2021 delivered record-setting jobs and investments. Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan (R-Cumming), and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger reportedly accepted generous campaign...
    Former President Donald Trump may have inadvertently helped contribute to the criminal case against him brewing in Georgia during his rally on Saturday, according to one former federal prosecutor. Joyce Vance, a legal analyst for MSNBC, said on Twitter that his comments about a call to Gov. Brian Kemp after the 2020 election would be valuable to the district attorney in Fulton County. "I got this guy elected!" Trump told rallygoers of Kemp in one widely viewed clip. He quickly added, however, that there was no "quid pro quo." He continued: "I said, 'Brian, listen, you know, you have a big election integrity problem in Georgia. I hope you can help us out and call a special election, and let's get to the bottom of it for the good of the country." The evidence to support the Fulton County DA's investigation just keeps getting better -- prosecutors don't always… https://t.co/66QPd7hRvs — Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1632664230.0 "The evidence to support the Fulton County DA's investigation just keeps getting better -- prosecutors don't always have a target on tape explaining...
    Earlier today, Governor Kemp said on social media about President Biden’s vaccine mandate announced Thursday, “This action by President Biden is blatantly unlawful, and Georgia will not stand for it.” In another post on Facebook and Twitter this afternoon, Kemp stated that he, along with other Republican governors, are fighting back against the mandate. “Just ended a call with my fellow Republican governors. We are fighting back against Joe Biden’s outrageous overreach and attack on individual freedom. The vaccine is a choice, and hardworking Georgians, small business owners, and families will not be bullied by this administration.”   Read Biden: DOL to Require Employers With 100 or More Employees to Mandate Vaccinations or Test Weekly
    In a Facebook post today, Governor Brian Kemp said “Georgia will not lock down or impose statewide mask mandates”. The full post read “Georgia will not lock down or impose statewide mask mandates. As the first state in the country to reopen over a year ago, we’ve proven that Georgians know how to come together and protect themselves and their loved ones. The data is clear. Thanks to efforts initiated under the Trump Administration, we have a medical miracle in multiple vaccines that protect from the virus and save lives. Nearly all new COVID hospitalizations in Georgia are among the unvaccinated. My family, myself, and other state leaders have all rolled up their sleeves and gotten their shot. I encourage all Georgians who have concerns or questions to talk to a medical provider and get vaccinated as quickly as possible. The biggest obstacle to getting more people vaccinated and the country returning to normal is the mixed messages from Washington D.C. and those with partisan agendas. In Georgia, we have...
    Crown Media Hallmark star Will Kemp, who is well-known for the popular movie with Lacey Chabert called “Christmas Waltz,” has recently revealed on social media that he’s filming a new movie. Here’s what we know so far.He’s Grown a Beard for the MovieIn an Instagram post, Kemp revealed that he’s grown a beard for the new movie. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Will Kemp (@iamwillkemp) He shared the photo on Instagram on July 5 and wrote: “#mondaymotivation preparation, preparation, preparation! #pre #production #film #prep ???????????? #monday #motivation ???? @lucadelfuego” The photo was tagged in Italy. On the same day, he also shared an Instagram story that he tagged as being a #costumefitting. Instagram One account he tagged in his photo belongs to Luca Del Fuego Confortini, a talent manager and literary agent. Four days earlier, Confortini shared a photo tagged in Rome, Italy, where he referred to Kemp as the “birthday guy.” In that post, he tagged Laurent Germain Maury as the director and Cine 1 Italia as the producers of...
                        Gov. Brian Kemp this week named members of the Georgia Jobs and Infrastructure Committees, responsible for receiving applications and making recommendations regarding federal COVID-19 relief funds allocated to the state through the American Rescue Plan. State government entities and units of local government, as well as industries and nonprofits are eligible to apply, Kemp said in an emailed press release. “Today, I am naming a bipartisan group of state leaders to three Georgia Jobs and Infrastructure Committees focused on broadband, water and sewer infrastructure, and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kemp said in the press release. “These committees will ensure federal coronavirus relief dollars are allocated strategically across our state and address one-time funding needs in these three key areas.” Announced members of the Economic Impact Committee are: • Alex Atwood – Commissioner, Georgia Department of Administrative Services • Gerlda Hines – Commissioner, Georgia Department of Human Services • Pat Wilson – Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) • Jeffrey Dorfman – State Economist, University...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) told Breitbart News exclusively that his ban on vaccine passports in Georgia signed this week bans schools from kindergarten all the way through the university level from requiring students be vaccinated to attend class. “Yes it does,” Kemp said when asked if it stops any school in the state from requiring students get the coronavirus vaccine to attend class in-person. “We continue to encourage that [getting vaccinated] if people are comfortable with it. We urge them to talk to their healthcare provider, pharmacist, anyone else they have confidence in to make that decision. I’ve encouraged people to get vaccinated. But this absolutely bans people from having to be vaccinated to be in the classroom, whether it’s our public university system or the public K-12 system.” Kemp signed the order this week, which bans any government entity — including but not limited to schools — from requiring the vaccination of employees and those who use their services. Kemp said he and his family have all been vaccinated, and he continues to encourage the public to get vaccinated,...
                        Former U.S. Republican Congressman Doug Collins will not run for governor of Georgia in 2022 and he also will not pursue a U.S. Senate seat that year. Collins tweeted the news Monday. “For those who may wonder, this is goodbye for now but probably not forever,” Collins wrote. “I do plan on staying involved in shaping our conservative message to help Republicans win back the House and the Senate and help more strong conservative candidates get elected here in Georgia. I believe that we, as conservatives, must be able to clearly communicate our values and I will help keep that fight going.” I’m announcing today that I will not be a candidate for any office in the next election cycle. Read more ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/IruVtnjZl7 — Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) April 26, 2021 The Georgia Star News publisher John Fredericks tweeted Monday that “this leaves the field open in the GOP Senate race for @HershelWalker — who is now expected to make a bid.” Collins did not immediately return...
    Former Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones announced his decision on Thursday to run for Governor of Georgia in the upcoming 2022 Republican primary. “The time has come. Georgia is ready!” Jones, a lifelong Democrat who became a Republican after he supported former President Donald Trump’s reelection bid, tweeted, Jones’ announcement included details about a national press conference to be held on Friday at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia regarding his campaign bid. The time has come. Georgia is ready! pic.twitter.com/ClIcnF6JtI — Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 15, 2021 Jones received backlash from members of his party after he officially endorsed Trump for reelection on April 14, 2020, making him the first state-elected Democrat to do so. Jones officially announced that he was switching his party affiliation to Republican in January after previously stating that he would not be switching parties. Jones announced in March that he was “looking closely,” at a run for Governor of Georgia against Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, stating that “we need courageous conservatives leading our state, not those afraid to stand up...
                        Georgia officials announced Sunday that SK Innovation will continue to operate its battery manufacturing plant in Jackson County, thus saving 2,600 jobs. Gov. Brian Kemp announced the news in an emailed statement. “The announcement of a settlement between SK innovation and LG Energy Solution is fantastic news for northeast Georgia and our state’s growing electric vehicle industry,” Kemp said. “Our state attracted this massive $2.6 billion investment because of Georgia’s pro-growth leadership, and I have personally participated in countless meetings, calls, and other conversations to make sure this project and the 2,600 expected jobs continued to move forward. I want to offer a special thank you to local leadership in Jackson County and the city of Commerce, our incredible partners with the government of South Korea both here and in Seoul, as well as the Office of the United States Trade Representative for assisting the two companies through the settlement negotiations process.” Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Pat Wilson, in his own press release, said he...
    Loading the player... Georgia’s Republican governor on Saturday stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new voting law, saying the move politicized the sport and would hurt minority-owned businesses. “It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than most because of an invisible virus by no fault of their own,” Gov. Brian Kemp said. “And these are the same minority businesses that are now being impacted by another decision that is by no fault of their own.” Kemp spoke along with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, also a Republican, at a seafood and po’boy restaurant miles from the stadium in a suburb north of Atlanta where the game would have been held, though he said he didn’t think the restaurant was minority-owned. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta, about Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over the league’s objection to a new Georgia...
    Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempSolving the 'primary problem' will repair our government and elections Stacey Abrams urged MLB adviser to keep All-Star Game in Georgia: report Georgia lieutenant governor: Giuliani election claims helped lead to new voting law MORE (R) condemned Major League Baseball (MLB) on Saturday, stating that its decision to  pull its All-Star game out of Atlanta would hurt business owners of color. “It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than most because of an invisible virus by no fault of their own,” Kemp said at a restaurant in Atlanta, The Associated Press reported. The restaurant is near Truist Park, where the All-Star game had initially been slated to take place.  “And these are the same minority businesses that are now being impacted by another decision that is by no fault of their own,” he added. The MLB moved the game to Denver, Colo., on Tuesday in protest of a new voting law in Georgia that Democrats and critics say amounts to voter suppression and targets communities of color in particular.  Kemp signed the legislation into law...
    By Sudhin Thanawala | Associated Press MARIETTA, Ga. — Georgia’s Republican governor on Saturday stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new voting law, saying the move politicized the sport and would hurt minority-owned businesses. “It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than most because of an invisible virus by no fault of their own,” Gov. Brian Kemp said. “And these are the same minority businesses that are now being impacted by another decision that is by no fault of their own.” Kemp spoke along with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, also a Republican, at a seafood and po’boy restaurant miles from the stadium in a suburb north of Atlanta where the game would have been held, though he said he didn’t think the restaurant was minority-owned. He has previously criticized MLB’s decision. The game will now be played in Denver. Kemp noted at Saturday’s news conference that Denver has a much smaller percentage of African Americans than Atlanta. And he said MLB’s...
    MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor on Saturday stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new voting law, saying the move politicized the sport and would hurt minority-owned businesses. “It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than most because of an invisible virus by no fault of their own,” Gov. Brian Kemp said. “And these are the same minority businesses that are now being impacted by another decision that is by no fault of their own.” Kemp spoke along with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, also a Republican, at a seafood and po’boy restaurant miles from the stadium in a suburb north of Atlanta where the game would have been held, though he said he didn’t think the restaurant was minority-owned. He has previously criticized MLB’s decision. The game will now be played in Denver. Kemp noted at Saturday’s news conference that Denver has a much smaller percentage of African Americans than Atlanta. And he said MLB’s move has injected politics into...
                        Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Saturday told Major League Baseball officials and executives at Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines that he will not buckle under their pressure. Kemp, flanked by several supporters at the Georgia State Capitol, said he will not do away with the state’s new voter integrity law, Senate Bill 202. The governor also told state residents that Democrat and former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is lying about the new law and fundraising off of her lies. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA03) also spoke — and they spoke bluntly to anyone who wants to pass off SB 202 as racist. Kemp said MLB officials put Abrams’ wishes ahead of hard-working Georgians — during a pandemic — when, as reported, they announced they will move this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft out of Atlanta. “Georgians and all Americans should know what this decision means. It means cancel culture and partisan activists are coming for your business,” Kemp said. “They are coming...
    In this article UPS T KO HD DAL Protesters gather outside of the Georgia State Capitol to protest HB 531, which would place tougher restrictions on voting in Georgia, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. March 4, 2021.Dustin Chambers | ReutersSeveral major corporations in Georgia have criticized the state's controversial new voting restrictions, signed into law last week by GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.  But some of those companies are keeping quiet on whether they will continue making donations to Kemp and other Georgia Republicans who support the law. CNBC reached out to six companies to ask whether they would continue making corporate donations to Georgia politicians who support the new law. Three responded. One of them, Coca-Cola, pointed to its decision to halt all political giving following the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. The new law creates some hurdles to voting by mail and includes greater legislative oversight over how elections are run. Companies such as Delta attacked the law for being too restrictive. Various advocacy groups have said the law explicitly affects Black voters, who played a key part...
    MESA, Ariz. — The Houston Astros series is looming and Opening Day is just around the corner. Just four games remain in Cactus League play and A’s fans had a few questions about how the lineup will look, how some roster spots will shake out and how some of the newer A’s arms are looking so far. Here’s some answers to your questions. @JoshTooker on Twitter asks: who will be lead off or will Melvin rotate?  It looks like Mark Canha will be the lead off hitter you’ll see most atop lineups, at least when the season begins. With Marcus Semien gone, manager Bob Melvin and the staff lofted Canha as an optimal choice — and now that Canha is more comfortable with the role, it looks like Canha will be a go at lead off. Why is Canha the optimal choice? Similar to Semien, he gets on base and also has the potential to kick off the game with some power (maybe a little more power than Semien, too). Canha has a career .340 OBP,...
    A Democratic Georgia state lawmaker who was arrested on Thursday after knocking on Gov. Brian KempBrian KempThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden shifts on filibuster Liberals think Biden just made getting rid of the filibuster easier Warnock visits Georgia state Rep. Cannon at jail after arrest: 'She did not deserve this' MORE’s (R) door during the signing of a controversial voting bill has been released and said “we will not live in fear.” State Rep. Park Cannon thanked her supporters and tweeted about her release shortly after midnight on Friday morning.  “I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression. I’d love to say I’m the last, but we know that isn’t true,” Cannon wrote. “But someday soon that last person will step out of jail for the last time and breathe a first breath knowing that no one will be jailed again for fighting for the right to vote." But someday soon that last person will step out of jail for the last time and breathe a first breath knowing that no one will be...
    The Faith Protection Act making Georgia a “sanctuary state for people of faith” is enacted into law, Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) said on Wednesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. Kemp contextualized the proposed legislation as a response to assorted lockdown and shutdown decrees ostensibly issued by various state and local authorities as public health measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission. “I want Georgia to be known as a sanctuary state for people of faith,” Kemp declared. “I think we’ve seen around the country there have been a lot of people in power, especially governors around the country, that have denied people that right of religious freedom, if you will, to be able to worship.” Marlow asked about arbitrary and inconsistent application of lockdown and shutdown edicts across the country targeting churches while deeming liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries as “essential” goods and services. “It’s very frustrating for a lot of people in Georgia, including myself,” Kemp said. “We never shut churches down. We asked our pastors and faith leaders across all denominations to work with us and...
              Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday proposed a plan that he said will “recruit, prepare, mentor, and retain the best educators” and give teachers more power to influence the state board of education. Kemp unveiled his proposal at the Georgia State Capitol. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R-Cumming) and Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones (R-Milton) stood alongside Kemp to show their support. Kemp said his proposed legislation would, if enacted into law, employ a variety of methods. The governor, for instance, wants to hire military veterans. “With some of the greatest, high-profile military bases in the country, there is no shortage of dedicated, hard-working veterans in the state who are eager to continue serving their community. To help recruit more teachers, we will strengthen an Armed Force veteran pathway to teacher certification,” Kemp said. “This legislation will support and sustain the existing Georgia center pathways for veterans. Veterans will receive first priority and enrollment for teacher preparation programs and will have continued mentorship and support in the classroom.” Kemp also said that Georgia’s historically Black...
    President Trump on Monday hinted what he’ll be doing once he leaves the White House later this month: commanding US politics. At a rally in Dalton, Georgia on the eve of two crucial Senate runoff elections, the outgoing commander in chief railed against the Peach State’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp for not overturning President-elect Joe Biden’s win there — and said he’d work to remove him from office. “I’m going to be here in a year and a half and I’m going to be campaigning against your governor and your crazy secretary of state, I guarantee you,” the president told a crowd of supporters. “I shouldn’t say this, I shouldn’t say this because I just don’t want you to tell anybody outside of this room, other than the millions of people watching,” he quipped. The president was in Georgia to fire-up support for GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler who are facing off against Democratic Party challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in two races that will determine which party controls the US Senate in 2021. But...
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    ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp says the state of Georgia will keep paying for extra nurses to assist hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities that have struggled to find staff and keep up with demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor made the announcement Thursday during a news conference at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey and an intensive care unit nurse received a coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to demonstrate that it's safe and effective. Kemp said Georgia will commit as much as $70 million to pay staffing agencies that are providing extra nurses through March. Georgia is on track to spend $250 million on the program this year. The state has spent federal coronavirus aid on the program so far. Kemp said he hopes the federal government will free up more money to cover the costs, but spokesman Cody Hall said Georgia would use state money if no federal money is available. Hospitals and nursing homes have struggled with staffing, as some employees are infected or quarantined, and...
    Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images President Donald Trump promoted the deranged idea that two Republican Georgia state officials could be put in jail over utterly baseless claims of election fraud, and Twitter noticed. In a Tuesday morning tweet, pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood claimed that the president gave Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “every chance to get it right. They refuse. They will soon be going to jail.” President Trump @realDonaldTrump is a genuinely good man. He does not really like to fire people. I bet he dislikes putting people in jail, especially “Republicans.” He gave @BrianKempGA & @GaSecofState every chance to get it right. They refused. They will soon be going to jail. pic.twitter.com/7PMBLc8L2N — Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 15, 2020 To top it all off, Wood added a doctored image of the Georgia state officials donning masks with the Chinese flag printed on them, writing that Trump is “a genuinely good man” who “dislikes putting people in jail, especially ‘Republicans.'” Trump, apparently not turned off by the egregious claim, retweeted the post — shocking pundits on both sides...
    Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump has defended his retweeting of specious, outlandish and controversial tweets before, simply by saying that he was putting it out there, that he didn’t necessarily agree with the “white power” chant in a video he promoted, just thought it was worth seeing by his 80+ million Twitter followers. Nonetheless, the outgoing president still sits in a bully pulpit, and when he promotes the concept of putting in jail state officials, ostensibly over baseless and unproven claims of voter fraud? It’s kind of a big deal. In this instance, controversial pro-MAGA attorney Lin Wood claimed that President Trump “does not really like to fire people,” and a guess that he “dislikes putting people in jail, especially ‘Republicans,'” (with the political moniker in scare quotes for full effect.) Wood then noted that President Trump gave Georgia Governer Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “every chance to get it right. They refuse. They will soon be going to jail.” President Trump @realDonaldTrump is a genuinely good man. He does not really like to fire people....
    Georgia plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines within the next 10 days, but the supply may not be enough to cover all those on the priority list, officials said Tuesday. Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey said the first and limited supply of a vaccine would be given to health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities. The rest of the state's population will not be able to be vaccinated until months later. During a news conference Tuesday, Toomey said the state expects to receive "several 100,000 doses" that will be rationed out to hospitals and long-term care facilities weekly. Georgia has been structuring its vaccination plan for months, and it has continued to evolve as federal guidance also has morphed. She expects the number of doses to increase depending on the overall supply. The current allotment, however, will fall short of covering the first group of Georgians. "We are have been talking with [hospitals] and will continue to have communications with them about how to prioritize their own workers within...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Donald Trump is escalating his fight with top Georgia Republicans over his baseless claims of election fraud, and is now declaring that Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will be responsible if the two Senate candidates lose. There are two runoffs in Georgia that will decide the fate of the Senate once Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20th — Kelly Loeffler vs Raphael Warnock and David Perdue vs Jon Ossoff. Trump campaigned in Georgia for Loeffler and Perdue over the weekend, but he still engaged in his baseless attacks on the election. Georgia certified its election results again Monday after another recount confirming Biden’s win, and Sidney Powell’s “Kraken” lawsuit was rejected yet again. Trump took to Twitter Monday night to declare that if Loeffler and Perdue lose, it will be Kemp and Raffensperger’s fault: RINOS @BrianKempGA, @GeoffDuncanGA, & Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, will be solely responsible for the potential loss of our two GREAT Senators from Georgia, @sendavidperdue & @KLoeffler. Won’t call a Special Session or check for Signature Verification!...
    Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, both Republicans, released a statement on Sunday that said they will not call the general assembly back into session to address concerns of election integrity in the presidential election. “While we understand four members of the Georgia Senate are requesting the convening of a special session of the General Assembly, doing this in order to select a separate slate of presidential electors is not an option that is allowed under state or federal law,” the statement said. “State law is clear: the legislature could only direct an alternative method for choosing presidential electors if the election was not able to be held on the date set by federal law,” the statement said. “In the 1960s, the General Assembly decided that Georgia’s presidential electors will be determined by the winner of the state’s popular vote.” “The statement comes just one day after reports that President Donald Trump called Kemp in an effort to pressure him into calling the special session according to The Washington Post and confirmed by CNN,” WXIA-TV reported. “The...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) said Sunday that calling a special legislative session to overturn the results of the presidential election would amount to “nullifying the will of the people.” “At the end of the day, what they're really trying to say is if they did, if — they would be then nullifying the will of the people. If you look at how the election turned out here in Georgia, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump floats a Doug Collins run against Kemp for Georgia governor Defiant Trump insists election was 'rigged' at rally for Georgia Senate Republicans Trump offers condolences to family, friends of Loeffler campaign staffer who died MORE got 10 percent less votes in Cherokee County which is a rich red county in this election cycle. Whitfield County in northwest Georgia, less than 4.5 percent,” Raffensperger told George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Top aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock Chris Christie: Trump's legal team has been 'a national embarrassment' MORE on ABC's "This Week."...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) announced Friday that he will certify the Peach State’s election results, cementing former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner in the state. Kemp stated during a press conference that the law requires him to “formalize the certification, which paves the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options and a separate recount if they choose.” The governor did not explicitly endorse the results. “State law now requires the governor’s office to formalize the certification, which paves the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options and a separate recount if they choose,” he said. Earlier Friday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified Biden’s narrow victory in the state. “Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie,” Raffensperger said in a press conference. “As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state’s office or of courts or of either campaign.” Biden...
    Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempAtlanta mayor: Trump would 'eat his own children' if it helped him Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Trump seeks to settle scores in final days MORE (R) said on Friday that he would certify his state’s election results, formalizing President-election Joe BidenJoe BidenRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: 'That should be paid for' House committee chairs demand briefing from GSA head on presidential transition MORE’s victory in the state.  In a brief speech, Kemp acknowledged that he was bound by state law to accept the certified election results. But at no point in his remarks did he acknowledge Biden as the president-elect, and he noted that certifying the results would give President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include writeoffs: report Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: 'That should be...
    Democratic Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said President Donald Trump would “eat his own children” on a Wednesday appearance with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “He will eat his own children, I’m sure, if he found it prudent. He’s now picking a fight with Brian Kemp… the governor who he was closely allied with,” Lance Bottoms said after Cooper suggested the president will “turn on anybody if the situation warrants it.” “He will eat his own children, I’m sure, if he found it prudent,” says Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of President Trump turning on members of the GOP that don’t support his agenda. “He’s now picking a fight with Brian Kemp… the Governor who he was closely allied with.” pic.twitter.com/uwBwVuvajt — Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) November 19, 2020 The mayor’s comments come amid a widespread recount in Georgia following Trump’s allegations of voter fraud that have yet to be backed by concrete evidence. A total of 3,000 uncounted ballots were uncovered in the state shortly after the audit began, according to Fox News. Trump, in a Thursday morning tweet,...
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