ATLANTA – Georgia's COVID-19 case count rose by more than 2,500 overnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
ATLANTA — Four of Georgia’s state senators are calling for the General Assembly to go into a special session to address the state’s election administration, further adding to the in-party feuding over the outcome of the presidential election.
ATLANTA — County elections workers have a little more than a week to recount some 5 million votes cast in the presidential election for a third time.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump’s administration and allowing Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on Jan. 20.Trump, who had refused to concede the election, said in a tweet that he is directing his team to cooperate on the transition but is vowing to keep up the fight.Administrator Emily Murphy made the determination after Trump efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states, citing, “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.” Michigan certified Biden’s victory Monday, and a federal judge in Pennsylvania tossed a Trump campaign lawsuit on Saturday seeking to prevent certification in that state.Yohannes Abraham, the executive director of the Biden transition, said in a statement that the decision “is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.”He added: “In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies.”Murphy, a Trump appointee, had faced bipartisan criticism for failing to begin the transition process sooner, preventing Biden’s team from working with career agency officials on plans for his administration, including in critical national security and public health areas.“Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official—including those who work at the White House or GSA—with regard to the substance or timing of my decision,” Murphy wrote in a letter to Biden.Trump tweeted shortly after her letter was made public: “We will keep up the good fight and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”Pressure had been mounting on Murphy as an increasing number of Republicans, national security experts and business leaders said it was time for that process to move forward.Retiring Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, who has repeatedly called for the transition to begin, released a new statement Monday saying that Trump should “put the country first” and help Biden’s administration succeed.“When you are in public life, people remember the last thing you do,” Alexander said.Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio on Monday called for Murphy to release money and staffing needed for the transition. Portman, a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, also said Biden should receive high-level briefings on national security and the coronavirus vaccine distribution plan.Alexander and Portman, who have both aligned themselves with Trump, joined a growing number of Republican officials who in recent days have urged Trump to begin the transition immediately. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., also urged a smooth transition, saying in a statement Monday that “at some point, the 2020 election must end.”Meanwhile, more than 160 business leaders asked Murphy to immediately acknowledge Biden as president-elect and begin the transition to a new administration. “Withholding resources and vital information from an incoming administration puts the public and economic health and security of America at risk,″ the business letters said in an open letter to Murphy.Separately, more than 100 Republican former national security officials — including former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte — said in a statement that Trump’s refusal to concede and allow for an orderly transition “constitutes a serious threat” to America’s democratic process. The officials signing the letter worked under four Republican presidents, including Trump.The statement called on “Republican leaders — especially those in Congress — to publicly demand that President Trump cease his anti-democratic assault on the integrity of the presidential election.”Trump had publicly refused to accept defeat and launched a series of losing court battles across the country making baseless claims of widespread voter fraud and seeking to overturn the election results.Murphy missed a deadline on Monday set by House Democrats to brief lawmakers about the delay in beginning the transition, which is usually a routine step between the election and the inauguration. A spokeswoman for the GSA said that a deputy administrator would instead hold two separate briefings for House and Senate committees on Nov. 30.In response, the Democratic chairs of four committees and subcommittees said they could reschedule the meeting for Tuesday, but no later.“We cannot wait yet another week to obtain basic information about your refusal to make the ascertainment determination,” the Democrats said in a letter to Murphy. “Every additional day that is wasted is a day that the safety, health, and well-being of the American people is imperiled as the incoming Biden-Harris administration is blocked from fully preparing for the coronavirus pandemic, our nation’s dire economic crisis, and our national security.”Portman said it was “only prudent” for GSA to begin the transition process immediately.“Donald Trump is our president until Jan. 20, 2021, but in the likely event that Joe Biden becomes our next president, it is in the national interest that the transition is seamless and that America is ready on Day One of a new administration for the challenges we face,″ Portman wrote in an op-ed calling for the transition to begin.Murphy's ascertainment will free up money for the transition and clear the way for Biden’s team to begin placing transition personnel at federal agencies. Trump administration officials had said they would not give Biden the classified presidential daily briefing on intelligence matters until the GSA makes the ascertainment official.“Now that GSA Administrator Emily Murphy has fulfilled her duty and ascertained the election results, the formal presidential transition can begin in full force,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. “Unfortunately, every day lost to the delayed ascertainment was a missed opportunity for the outgoing administration to help President-elect Joe Biden prepare to meet our country’s greatest challenges. The good news is that the president-elect and his team are the most prepared and best equipped of any incoming administration in recent memory.”Among those signing the letter from business leaders were Jon Gray, president of the Blackstone private equity firm; Robert Bakish, president and CEO of ViacomCBS Inc.; Henry Kravis, the co-chief executive of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., another private equity giant; David Solomon, CEO at Goldman Sachs; and George H. Walker, CEO of the investment firm Neuberger Berman and a second cousin to former President George W. Bush.
ATLANTA — With multiple COVID-19 vaccines said to be on the horizon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends health care workers, adults with high-risk medical conditions and the elderly be prioritized for initial vaccinations.
VALDOSTA – Lowndes County's COVID-19 case count pushed to 5,040 Monday, adding 27 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
VALDOSTA – Lowndes County's COVID-19 case count pushed to 5,013 Sunday, adding 19 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
ATLANTA – COVID-19 cases in Georgia increased by 3,025 overnight with deaths at more than 8,600, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Saturday report.
ATLANTA — U.S. Senate candidates have not been shy to remind voters the fate of the upper chamber will be decided on Jan. 5 in Georgia.
ATLANTA — Georgia’s massive hand audit of the presidential contest statewide upheld the results that President-elect Joe Biden won the Peach State, election officials announced Thursday.
ATLANTA — Congressional leaders said this week immigrants who allege they were subjected to forced hysterectomies at a Georgia detention center must not be deported by ICE.
ATLANTA – Georgia neared 394,000 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, adding 40 deaths and 2,514 cases from Tuesday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
ATLANTA — At least four Georgia counties have found batches of uncounted votes during the state’s unprecedented hand audit of the presidential election, but not enough to significantly impact President-elect Joe Biden’s lead.
THOMASVILLE — Archbold officials reported Tuesday that to date there have been 1,876 positive test results for COVID-19 across their system, with 111 deaths, since testing began March 11. There also have been 15,459 negative test results.
ATLANTA – Georgia passed 391,000 COVID-19 cases Tuesday, adding 25 deaths and 3,536 cases from Monday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
ATLANTA – Georgia neared 388,000 COVID-19 cases Monday, adding nine deaths and 981 cases from Sunday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
ATLANTA — In the midst of a tumultuous election process Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is in self-quarantine after his wife tested positive for COVID-19.
ATLANTA — State election officials say the process of tallying the large increase of mail-in ballots went exactly as they predicted, and there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have announced an audit of presidential election results that will trigger a full hand recount.
ATLANTA — Georgia’s two Republican senators called for Georgia’s Secretary of State to resign over election management, but have no evidence to support their claims of an inaccurate count.
ATLANTA — At the base of the John Lewis Mural in Atlanta, a small group of women raised a champagne toast to the depiction of the former civil rights icon after it was announced Joe Biden would be the next President of the United States.
ATLANTA – Georgia COVID-19 cases reached nearly 371,900 with about 8,200 related deaths, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s 3 p.m. daily status report Saturday.
ATLANTA — Georgians will cast their votes in not one, but two runoffs in January after incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue slipped below the 50% vote threshold to avoid a runoff.
ATLANTA — By mid morning Friday, the situation was clear enough to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to declare: Georgia will more than likely see a recount of votes cast in the general election.
ATLANTA — As President Donald Trump and his supporters watched his lead over Democrat Joe Biden decrease in Georgia, Republicans placed blame on the election itself.
ATLANTA — Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger hoped all votes would be tallied in Georgia by Wednesday and the state would be out of the national spotlight —but that didn't happen.
ATLANTA — Georgia’s top elections official said Wednesday he expects counties to have “every legal ballot” counted by the end of the day.
ATLANTA — Putting an end to a months-long GOP divide, Congressman Doug Collins conceded Tuesday night to U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the U.S. Senate special election race, sending her into an inevitable runoff.
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