In his State of the State Address, Governor Brian Kemp touted progress in his first term, and laid out next steps that include increased education, incentives for law enforcement and healthcare professionals, and targeted Medicaid expansion through the Georgia Pathways to Coverage program. “Over the last four years our greatest…Read More
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Governor Kemp, Atlanta Mayor, and Other Officials Condemn Violence in Atlanta
Georgia state and Atlanta officials criticized a violent protest in the city on Saturday; Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said that some business’ windows were broken and a police car was set on fire, but said that no citizens or officers were injured.Read More
Kemp Presents Budget to Georgia Legislators by Zoom While at World Economic Forum in Switzerland
Governor Brian Kemp presented his budget to state legislators by Zoom on Tuesday; Kemp explained that he was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “I just want to apologize for not being there in person, that had been my intention,” Kemp said. “But this is just a great opportunity for me to be out here to share Georgia’s success story with people from around the world, because I believe they can certainly learn a thing or two from us.”Read More
Loeffler: Georgia Is ‘Red State Awash in Blue State Money’
In an after-action report on the 2022 elections in Georgia, Greater Georgia Chairwoman Kelly Loeffler argued that Georgia is still a red state, but that Democratic spending from outside the state is the reason for losses in the federal elections. “Republicans won every statewide office and held both the State House and Senate. Georgia isn’t just a red state – it is a red state despite the challenges posed by the Left’s massive national funding, organization on the ground, and growing demographic advantages,” Loeffler, a former U.S. senator, wrote in the report.Read More
Georgia December 2022 Tax Revenues Up Thanks to Corporate Tax
Georgia’s December 2022 tax revenues hit $3.21 billion, up $224.9 million and 7.5 percent higher than the same month in 2021 despite decreases in fuel tax and personal income tax revenues.
The report also marks the first six months of Fiscal Year 2023.Read More
Kemp Budget Proposal Includes More Tax Rebates, Spending on Schools and Police, and a 2024 Cost of Living Increase for State Employees
Governor Brian Kemp announced his budget proposal on Friday, highlighting $250 income tax rebates, one-time discounts on homeowner property tax, and spending on education, economic development, improving healthcare access, and a $2,000 cost-of-living increase for state employees.
“Despite national economic headwinds caused by 40-year high inflation, Georgia’s economy remains a leader nationwide. As we look ahead to the upcoming fiscal year, we expect the state’s economy to be well positioned to withstand any further national economic slowing,” he said in a letter to lawmakers.Read More
At Inauguration, Georgia Gov. Kemp, LG Jones Call for Tax Relief, Money for Law Enforcement and Schools, and Tougher Sentencing Guidelines
During their inaugural speeches, Governor Brian Kemp and newly-elected Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones painted a picture of Republican successes in Georgia but called for further tax relief, investment in schools and health care, and tough-on-crime policies. “Last year on the campaign trail, no matter where we went, hard-working Georgians told…Read More
Solar Panel Manufacturer Invests $2.5 Billion in Georgia Factories
Governor Brian Kemp announced that solar panel manufacturer Qcells will invest $2.5 billion to build two new factories in Georgia, a significant expansion after the company opened the largest solar panel factory in the western hemisphere in Dalton in 2019.
“I am honored to announce the growth of Qcells in Georgia for a second time in less than a year,” Kemp said in a press release.Read More
Georgia Gas Tax Moratorium Ends, Rises to 31.2 Cents
Governor Brian Kemp allowed Georgia’s moratorium on state gas and diesel taxes to expire on Tuesday night, after first introducing the moratorium in May and renewing it six times since then.
In 2022, Georgia’s gas tax was 29.1 cents and the diesel tax at 32.6 cents, but that’s going up on Wednesday to 31.2 cents and 35 cents, respectively. As of January 10, before the taxes took effect, Georgia’s average gas price was $2.808, below the national average of $3.270, according to AAA Gas Prices.Read More
Georgia House Elects Speaker Jon Burns
The Georgia House of Representatives elected former Majority Leader Senator Jon Burns (R-Newington) to be Speaker of the House in its first day of session. Burns replaces Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones (R-Milton), who became Georgia’s first woman Speaker of the House after late Speaker David Ralston died November 2022. Jones was re-elected to be Speaker Pro-Tempore on Monday.
“This is, admittedly, a very bittersweet moment,” Burns said in a speech after he took the dais. “Just a matter of weeks before today, I never would have imagined standing for this office. The passing of Speaker David Ralston has left a hole in the heart of this House.”Read More
Kemp Announces $234 Million in Grants to Expand Broadband Access
Governor Brian Kemp announced $234 million in 29 grants for broadband expansion using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds; the money will go to 12 internet service providers in 28 counties and will be matched with other funds for a total $455 million to support 76,000 locations.
“Georgia is again leading the nation in identifying where the digital divide is the deepest and acting on that knowledge to improve service for hardworking people all the way from Seminole County to Gordon County and beyond,” Kemp said in a Wednesday press release.Read More
Representative-Elect Rampey Resigns, Kemp Schedules January 31 Special Election
Governor Brian Kemp has set a January 31 special election for House District 119 to replace Representative-elect Danny Rampey. Kemp called for the election in a New Year’s Eve order; the election date coincides with special elections in Senate District 11 and House District 172.
Rampey was elected in the November General Election, where he ran unopposed after defeating Marcus Ray with 82.7 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. But Rampey hadn’t yet taken office when he was arrested in December, facing allegations that he stole narcotics at a retirement complex that he managed, according to the AP. The Athens Banner-Herald reported that Rampey faces 19 felony counts, including burglary and drug possession.Read More
Augusta University Health Systems to Potentially Join Wellstar Health System
Augusta University Health System (AUHS) announced Tuesday the signing of a letter of intent to join Wellstar Health System. The potential deal would join the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), the state’s only public medical school, with one of the largest safety net hospital operators in Georgia.
“This is good news for the Augusta region and for health care across our state. It means more doctors and medical service providers, more options for health care, and greater innovation in this field are coming to Georgia communities,” Governor Brian Kemp tweeted after the AUHS announcement.Read More
Georgia Gov. Kemp Issues State of Emergency Ahead of ‘Arctic Blast’
Governor Brian Kemp has issued a state of emergency ahead of an “Arctic blast” expected to hit Georgia beginning Thursday. Although snow is possible in parts of the state, in a press conference Wednesday Kemp and administration officials focused on black ice, downed power lines, and unusual cold.
“We also need to warn everyone that windchills will be near zero or in the negative digits by midday on Friday. Temperatures as we know it likely won’t reach 40 degrees across Georgia until Monday afternoon,” Kemp said. “Communities across the state are about to experience temperatures they haven’t experienced in a decade or more.”Read More
Kemp Bans TikTok on State Devices
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp banned TikTok, WeChat, and Telegram on state-issued devices in a memo sent to state agency heads on Thursday.
“The TikTok software platform has the capability to track and store its users’ highly detailed public and non-public personal information, and the Chinese government is able to access this information under national security laws that require Chinese companies to assist in intelligence work through data sharing and other means. This requirement has already resulted in the CCP [Communist Party of China] influencing TikTok’s content and censorship algorithms to further its own political interests and poses an ongoing threat to the data of all users,” Kemp explained in the memo obtained by 11AliveNews reporter Nick Wooten.Read More
Hyundai and Battery Manufacturer Select Bartow County Site for $4 Billion Electric Vehicle Battery Plant
Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and SK On have selected a site for a new electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing plant in Bartow County. The project is expected to create 3,500 jobs with an investment of $4-5 billion, one of the largest economic development projects in Georgia history, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
“Hyundai Motor Group and SK On are valued partners and key players in our state’s ever-growing automotive industry,” Governor Brian Kemp said in a Thursday press release. “Since day one, my administration has been focused on bringing jobs and opportunity to communities across the state that may have been overlooked in the past. SK and HMG share this goal, and we’re proud they are choosing to invest even further in this number one state for business.”Read More
1.6 Million Ballots in Election Day Turnout Weren’t Enough for Herschel Walker to Catch Sen. Warnock
Georgians cast 3.5 million ballots in the Senate runoff, including 1.9 million early and absentee ballots and 1.6 million votes on Election Day. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office said more election day votes were cast in the runoff than on election day in the general election.
That should have equaled a win for Herschel Walker, according to Republican estimates on Monday that suggested turnout of just one million election day votes would be enough for him to cancel Senator Raphael Warnock’s (D-GA) early vote lead. Instead, Warnock won 1.8 million total votes and Walker 1.7 million — 51.37 percent to 48.63 percent, according to unofficial results.Read More
Sen. Warnock Projected to Defeat Herschel Walker
Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is projected to win by multiple media outlets; at press time, Warnock led Herschel Walker 50.81 percent to 49.19 percent with 95.6 percent of counties and precincts reporting. However, that margin is expected to widen with many of the Atlanta-area counties only partially reporting results and rural counties having largely complete their reporting.
In Georgia, a candidate can request a recount if the race margin is less than or equal to 0.5 percent, according to a state website. In a short speech after the race was called, Walker acknowledged the results and thanked his supporters, telling them to never stop dreaming and believing in America.
“There’s no excuses in life, and I’m not going to make any excuses now, because we put up one heck of a fight. And that’s what we got to do, because this is much bigger than Herschel Walker,” he said.Read More
‘Mega MAGA Bus Tour’ Bus Tour Launches to Support Walker, Lift Republican Turnout
A “Mega MAGA Georgia Bus Tour” to boost Republican turnout in the runoff election between Herschel Walker and Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA), a continuation of GOP efforts to get supporters to embrace early voting. The tour has nine scheduled stops beginning Tuesday morning on the outskirts of Atlanta before heading north, and organizers confirmed that Walker will attend some stops, although specific details are still pending.
The tour comes after the same organizers supported Trump-endorsed former Senator David Perdue in his efforts to primary Governor Brian Kemp, who easily defeated Perdue. That’s left some antipathy in the Georgia GOP at a time when the party can’t afford to lose either moderates or MAGA voters. Kemp has appeared at rallies for Walker, and both are supporting Walker while maintaining distance from each other. Fredericks sees the tour as a chance for party unity.Read More
Youngkin to Stump for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Kansas GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Derek Schmidt
Governor Glenn Youngkin will attend a meet and greet in Kansas Thursday with gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Derek Schmidt, stop in Texas Friday for an appearance at the Texas Tribune Festival, and then headline an event for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on September 27. Republican governors campaigning for other Republicans are a normal feature of an election year with a number of high-profile races, but Youngkin’s national appearances have also raised questions about Youngkin’s aspirations for higher office, which Youngkin himself has largely brushed off.Read More
Governor Kemp Announces Certified Nurse Program Grant as Healthcare Staffing Shortages Linger
Governor Brian Porter Kemp announced in a Monday press release that a grant that will award some $800,000 to 500 Georgian high school students through the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Pilot Program.
“Here in Georgia, we are committed to meeting the needs of our young people as they prepare to enter our world-class workforce following years of pandemic disruptions, and we are excited to see how this program will make a difference in their lives as it also helps us fulfill a critical workforce need,” the Republican governor said.Read More
Governor Kemp Extends Gas Tax Suspension, Supply Chain State of Emergency
Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed two executive orders on Wednesday that extended the gas tax suspension and renewed the state of emergency for supply chain disruptions. These executive orders will be effective through September 12th.
“I have extended the temporary suspension of the state’s motor fuel tax to alleviate the financial burden placed on Georgians due to the federal government’s gross mishandling of inflation,” Gov. Kemp said.Read More
Brian Kemp Extends Lead Over Abrams to Eight Points in Latest Poll
A poll published Friday by Beacon Research, found that Governor Brian Kemp (R) has extended his lead over Democrat nominee for Governor, Stacey Abrams, by eight points.
“I’m not surprised about his lead over Abrams. I know for a fact a lot of people are disgusted about the Democrat policies,” Barrow County GOP Executive Committee Rep. Laura Petcu (04) told The Georgia Star News on Friday.Read More
Governor Kemp Picks Up Additional Law Enforcement Endorsement
Governor Brian Kemp picked up an additional endorsement from the Police Benevolent Association of Georgia, which is a division of a larger law enforcement group.
The incumbent, who is running for a second term, often touts his public safety record, including bonuses for law enforcement officers.Read More
Copper Foil Manufacturer to Invest $430 Million in Richmond County Facility
A high-quality electrodeposited (ED) copper foil manufacturer Denkai America announced Wednesday in a joint statement with Governor Brian Kemp that it will invest $430 million in a Richmond County-based facility that will create 250 jobs over the next five years.
“As Georgia continues to lead in the emerging electric vehicle market & next-gen jobs, I’m proud to announce that Denkai America will invest $430M & create 250 new jobs over the next five years in Richmond County through its new manufacturing facility and North American Headquarters!” Kemp said.Read More
Kemp Targets Abrams as David Ralston Calls on MLB Commissioner to Award Future All-Star Game to Atlanta
As Governor Brian Kemp (R) called out Stacey Abrams on Tuesday for her role in the removal of the 2021 MLB All-Star Game from Atlanta, the state’s speaker of the house pressed the commissioner of baseball for answers.
“Last year, Stacey Abrams pressured MLB to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia. After costing Georgia businesses $100 MILLION in lost revenue, imagine the damage Abrams would cause to our economy if she’s elected governor,” Governor Kemp said on Tuesday.Read More
Governor Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams Announce Latest Fundraising Totals
Republican Governor Brian Kemp and Democrat challenger Stacey Abrams announced their fundraising totals for the previous quarter.
The numbers reflect a sharp financial advantage for Abrams as she seeks to flip the seat to Democratic control.Read More
Georgia Officially Launches ‘Gang Prosecution Unit’
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr on Friday officially launched the state’s ‘Gang Prosecution Unit’ to target criminals connected to gang networks throughout the state.
The new unit will work under the same devision as the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and the Public Integrity and White Collar Crime Unit.Read More
Governor Brian Kemp Extends Gas Tax Suspension as Costs Remain High
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced an additional extension of the suspension of the state’s gas tax—an effort to curb high prices.
Kemp first enacted the suspension on March 18, signing legislation passed by the General Assembly.Read More
Kemp Touts 1,100-Acre Development of ‘The Middle Georgia Megasite’
Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Wednesday the purchase of a 1,100-acre economic development site that will be the location of the “Middle Georgia Megasite.”
“Even after announcing the two largest projects in the State’s history back-to-back, we remain focused on attracting key industries and investment by providing the project sites companies need,” said Governor Brian Kemp in a press release.Read More
Brad Raffensperger Calls for Federal Amendment on Election Security
In a follow-up tweet that expounded on his letter penned in January on election reform, Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, reiterated his call for a federal Constitutional amendment on U.S. citizenship and election integrity.
“A citizenship amendment is a necessary security measure that will ensure that only American citizens are voting in our elections. We need an amendment now,” Raffensperger said.Read More
Brian Kemp Denounces Stacey Abrams’ Calls for More Government Mandates
Governor Brian Kemp condemned Stacey Abrams on Monday for her support for increased government involvement in the lives of Georgians.
“Stacey Abrams wants longer lockdowns, more government mandates, and higher taxes. Not on my watch! Join the fight for the soul of our state,” the governor said. “When Georgia was the first state to re-open, Stacey Abrams campaigned for longer lockdowns.”Read More
Burt Jones States Intent to Fight Inflation with Tax Cuts for Georgia
Republican Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Burt Jones, took to Twitter on Friday to propose a possible solution to Bidenflation, which recently peaked at a record 8.6%.
“Inflation is out of control—and it’s making virtually everything more expensive for Georgia families. As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll be focused on continuing to cut taxes, lower costs, and put more money back into the pockets of hardworking Georgians,” the Trump-endorsed Jones said.Read More
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr Picks Head of State Gang Prosecution Unit
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has hired Fulton County Deputy District Attorney, Cara Convery, to head the state’s first Gang Prosecution Unit, per a Wednesday press release from the Office of the Attorney General.
“Cara Convery has established herself as a force in the field of criminal gang prosecution and is a proven leader in Georgia’s legal community,” Carr said.Read More
Kemp Takes Aim on Key 2022 Issues: Abrams Lied About Election Integrity, Supports the Defund the Police Movement, and Wants to Raise Taxes on Georgia Families
Governor Brian Kemp took to Twitter on Sunday to follow-up critiques of his Democrat gubernatorial opponent, Stacey Abrams, on vital 2022 political issues.
“Stacey Abrams lied about election integrity, supports the Defund the Police movement, and wants to raise taxes on Georgia families as they fight Bidenflation. I’ll keep fighting to ensure Georgia continues to be the greatest state in the country to live, work, and raise a family,” said Governor Kemp on Sunday.Read More
Georgia Gov. Kemp Appoints New State Election Board Chair
Governor Brian Kemp tapped William S. Duffey, Jr. to be the next Chair of the State Elections Board.
“I announced the appointment of Judge William Duffey as Chair of the State Elections Board. With vast experience & as someone who upholds the highest ethical standards, he will help to ensure our elections continue to be secure, accessible, & fair,” said Kemp in a tweet on Friday.
William S. Duffey Jr, was a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia before his retirement in 2018. Before he received a post on the federal bench, Duffey was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.Read More
Former President Trump Blasts Georgia Governor Kemp, Reinforces Support for Perdue
Former President Donald Trump on Thursday blasted Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and reinforced his support for GOP challenger David Perdue.
Additionally, the former president connected Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to an effort to remove Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA-14) from the ballot.Read More
President Trump Amplifies Accusations That Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Blocked Election Integrity Bill
President Trump amplified accusations that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp used Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan to block an election integrity bill in a Monday morning email to supporters and media.
Trump shared a statement issued by VoterGA, a Georgia-based election integrity group. Its website says it is “a coalition of citizens working to restore election integrity in Georgia. We advocate for independently verifiable, auditable, recount-capable and transparent elections.”Read More
‘Gasoline Misery Index’ Details Direct Impact of Record-High Gas Prices
The “Gasoline Misery Index” from the Metro Business Daily Network details the direct impact record-high gas prices have had on consumers across the United States.
Since President Joe Biden took office, prices of gas and other goods and services have continued to increase, as many peaked after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.Read More
Governor Kemp and Lt. Governor Duncan Block Key Election Integrity Measure to Unseal Ballots: VoterGA
A key integrity measure of unsealing election ballots in Georgia was blocked by Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan right before the Georgia Senate adjourned sine die on Monday, according to a press release from VoterGA.
The non-partisan, non-profit election integrity organization’s co-founder Garland Favorito detailed that Duncan’s subversive actions regarding SB89 were at the request of Kemp.Read More
CEO of Buckhead City Committee Bill White: ‘A Vote for Burt Jones Is a Vote to Get Buckhead City on the Ballot’
Live from Virginia Friday morning on The John Fredericks Show, host Fredericks welcomed CEO of Buckhead City, Georgia, Bill White to the show to discuss candidates who support the right to vote in Buckhead City.Read More
Republican Governors Association Ad Boosts Brian Kemp in Georgia Gubernatorial Race
The Republican Governors Association (RGA) launched a new ad to boost Governor Brian Kemp against his rivals in the Georgia gubernatorial race.
The new video, entitled “Results,” targets Democrat Stacey Abrams for seeking “fame,” while Kemp worked to enact policies to help residents of the state.Read More
LeVell: Trump ‘The Number One Kingmaker in the GOP, Period’
The Star News Network’s National Political Editor, Neil W. McCabe, visited Dunwoody, Georgia, on Wednesday and spoke to former Diversity Advisor Bruce LeVell under President Trump about why the president appealed to black voters.Read More
Georgia House Approves Constitutional Carry Bill
The Georgia House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation to allow individuals to carry a concealed handgun without obtaining a license from the state.
House Bill 1358, known as a “constitutional carry” bill, will strengthen Second Amendment rights of citizens in the state, supporters of the bill argue.Read More
Mark Walters Tells The Star News Network: Georgia Is ‘Light Years Ahead’ on Gun Rights
The Star News Network National Political Editor, Neil W. McCabe talked with Armed in America host Mark Walters about how far gun rights have come in the state of Georgia. TRANSCRIPT: McCabe: Georgia is about to become the next state with a constitutional carry law, which means Georgians no longer…Read More
Governor Kemp Maintains Lead Over GOP Challenger David Perdue, Fox News Poll Shows
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp maintains a solid lead over Republican primary challenger David Perdue, according to a new Fox News poll.
Based on the survey, Kemp has gathered 50 percent of support from GOP primary voters, compared to Perdue’s 39 percent.Read More
Poll Shows Governor Kemp, U.S. Senate Candidate Herschel Walker Leading in Respective Georgia Republican Primary Races
A new poll, conducted by the Trafalgar Group, showed Governor Brian Kemp and U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker leading in their respective Republican primary races.
The survey, which spoke to 1,072 likely GOP primary voters, measured opinion on the Senate and gubernatorial races, in addition to efforts of local leaders in Buckhead to separate from the City of Atlanta.Read More
New Poll Provides Insight to Contentious Georgia Political Races
A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University demonstrates close competitions in both the Georgia gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races.
Based on the poll, the GOP primary frontrunners have a slim lead over Democrats in multiple hypothetical matchups ahead of the November 2022 midterms.Read More
Titan Steel Door to Expand Operations, Invest $11 Million in Northeast Georgia
Titan Steel Door will invest $11 million in northeast Georgia to create a new manufacturing facility, according to a release from Governor Brian Kemp.
The new project will establish a 145,000 square feet building and create more than 90 Jobs in Hart County, based on projections released by Kemp’s office.Read More
Heritage Foundation Ranks Georgia Top State for Election Integrity
The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday released a new scorecard that ranks each state by security and integrity level of their election process.
In the initial rankings, Georgia ranked number one in the country, closely followed by Alabama and Tennessee.Read More