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4:27 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Voters Will Decide Whether to Cap Income Tax

As voters head the polls Tuesday, they’ll cast ballots for governor and U.S. Senate. But they’ll also be asked to weigh in on some state and local initiatives. One measure is a proposed constitutional amendment that would cap the state’s income tax rate.

The question seems like a no-brainer: who wouldn’t want to stop their taxes from going up?  But is it good economics?

“I think this amendment is much more to do about politics than economics,” says

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2:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Candidate Interviews 2014

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit Chris Ferguson / WABE

Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day, and three races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are those for U.S. Senate, Governor, and State Schools Superintendent.

Below we have compiled WABE's interviews with the candidates in all three races.

Candidates are presented in alphabetical order by last name, along with the broadcast version of their interview. Links go to the original post.

Georgia Governor

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8:40 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Candidate Interview: Sen. Jason Carter

State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta), the Democratic candidate for Governor, talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the station's studios on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

  

  Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day, and three races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on 90.1 WABE, you’ll hear interviews with candidates in all three races.

This conversation is with State Senator Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for Governor.

Carter spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the WABE studios.

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5:50 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Candidate Interview: Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt, the Libertarian candidate for Governor, speaking with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the WABE studios on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

  Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day, and three races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on 90.1 WABE, you’ll hear interviews with candidates in all three races.

This conversation is with Andrew Hunt, the Libertarian candidate for Governor.

Hunt spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the WABE studios.

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8:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Candidate Interview: Gov. Nathan Deal

Governor Nathan Deal (right) talks to WABE's Denis O'Hayer on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Deal campaign headquarters in downtown Atlanta.
Credit Katie King / WABE

Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day, and three races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on WABE, you’ll hear interviews with candidates in all three races.

This conversation is with incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal, who is seeking a second term.

The Governor sat down recently with WABE’s Denis O'Hayer at Deal campaign headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

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7:37 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Candidate Interview: Amanda Swafford

2014 Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Swafford.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Election day is fast approaching and all this week WABE is airing interviews with some of the candidates running for statewide office. 

The tight race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat includes Republican David Perdue, Democrat Michelle Nunn, and Libertarian Amanda Swafford.

Swafford works as a paralegal in Gainesville and is a former Powder Springs councilwoman. Polling shows Swafford is positioned as a spoiler who could force a runoff between the two major party candidates.

WABE’s Jonathan Shapiro sat down with Swafford. 

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5:50 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Candidate Interview: David Perdue

Credit Evan Jang / WABE

Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day, and three races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on WABE, you’ll hear interviews with candidates in all three races.

This afternoon, we focus on the U.S. Senate race, where David Perdue is the Republican nominee.

Perdue sat down recently with WABE’s Michell Eloy.

Perdue is running against Libertarian Amanda Swafford and Democrat Michelle Nunn.

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4:46 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Judge Won't Intervene in Voter Registration Lawsuit

Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

A Fulton County Superior Court judge Tuesday refused to get involved in a legal battle over Georgia’s voter registration process. Judge Christopher Brasher dismissed a lawsuit filed by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

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10:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Candidate Interview: Michelle Nunn

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn speaks with WABE's Michelle Wirth.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

  Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day. Three of the races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor, and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on WABE, you’ll hear interviews with the candidates in all three of those races. Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, recently spoke with WABE’s Michelle Wirth. 

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6:23 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Sunday Voting Could Contribute To Higher African-American Turnout

Credit WABE

For the first time this year, many local residents were able to take advantage of Sunday voting. Some political experts and state leaders have predicted it will mean an increase in African-American voter turnout.

It certainly appears to be the case in Fulton County. Fulton County Director of Registration and Elections Richard Barron doesn’t know exactly how many African-Americans voted this past Sunday.

But he said the two polling places with the highest number of Sunday voters were in areas with a large number of black voters.

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5:50 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Candidate Interview: Richard Woods

Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day. Three top races are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent. WABE has interviewed the candidates in those races.

In the State Schools Superintendent race, Richard Woods is the Republican candidate.

In South Georgia’s Irwin County school system, Woods has been a principal and curriculum director for Kindergarten through fifth grade. But, he spent most of his 22 years there as a high school social studies teacher.

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8:50 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Candidate Interview: Valarie Wilson

Credit John Bazemore / AP Photo

Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day. This week, WABE will air interviews with some candidates in statewide races. Monday we focused on who might succeed John Barge as State Schools Superintendent. Democratic Candidate Valarie Wilson spoke with WABE’s Martha Dalton. Wilson served on the Decatur school board and the state School Boards Association. But some might wonder why a candidate for superintendent has never been a teacher. The interview starts with Wilson’s answer.

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2:53 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Are The Debates Having Any Impact On Likely Voters?

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter at Sunday's Atlanta Press Club debate.

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Are voters tuning into the debates and is anyone changing their mind after watching them?

“It’s really a waste of time,” said David Perkins of midtown Atlanta. “For me, I don’t believe it’s really necessary to watch because most of the stuff you already know because of the party they represent.”  

The few we spoke to who have tuned in didn’t watch for very long. Rebecca Brooks-Fournier of DeKalb County criticized moderators for not being tough enough.

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12:43 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Barge Endorses Wilson in State Schools Superintendent Race

Republican State Schools Superintendent John Barge (far left) endorsed Democrat Valarie Wilson to take his place.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Republican State Schools Superintendent John Barge Thursday endorsed Democratic candidate Valarie Wilson. Barge decided against a second term as superintendent to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican gubernatorial primary last spring. Deal won by a wide margin.

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11:50 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Governor Deal and State Senator Carter Address Faith at Forum

Governor Nathan Deal and Senator Jason Carter debate during a forum last month.
Credit John Bazemore / AP

The questions asked at the Georgia Faith Forum were as varied as the faith leaders who posed them.

Representing a variety of denominations, leaders asked Governor Nathan Deal and State Senator Jason Carter about issues ranging from healthcare and human trafficking to gun policy and immigration.

The evening’s discussion was part of the Georgia Gubernatorial Faith Forum held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

The primary topic for the night was criminal justice reform - more specifically the re-entry of convicted felons into society.

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5:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Polls Show Runoffs Possible In Georgia's Top Races

Credit Chris Ferguson / WABE

In Georgia, candidates need to receive more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. That means if Georgia’s contests for U.S. Senate and governor are as close as they appear in the polls, they might not end on November fourth.

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3:13 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Voter Registration Group Questions Kemp on Transparency

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, said she was confused by Secretary of State Brian Kemp's recent comments. Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is to her right.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Leaders of a voter registration group said Monday they’re confused by recent comments made by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The group, called the New Georgia Project, sued Kemp’s office and five counties over thousands of voter registration forms they say are missing. 

Kemp denied that last week, saying officials have added 40,000 new voters to the rolls.

Group founder and Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams Monday asked Kemp for clarity.

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8:11 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Do Political Endorsements Help Candidates?

Experts say endorsements can say a lot about a race, even if they don't produce votes.
Credit WABE

With elections coming up next month, some Georgia candidates are racking up endorsements. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was in town this week to support Republican Senate candidate David Perdue. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in Atlanta Thursday stumping for Gov. Nathan Deal. But do endorsements really give candidates an edge?

It may be nice for a nominee to get a pat on the back from a big-name politician or even a celebrity. But does it matter to voters?

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2:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Kemp Fires Back at Critics: Eligible Voters Have Been Processed

Brian Kemp denied that more than 50,000 voter registration applications have not been processed.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp Thursday shot back at critics who accused his office of failing to register thousands of voters. Last week, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights sued Kemp's office and five Georgia counties over 55,000 'missing' voter registration forms. Kemp called the lawsuit frivolous.

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9:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Are Atlanta Voters Ready for Next Month's Election?

Credit Chris Ferguson / WABE

It’s less than a month until November's General Election. But are Atlanta voters tuned into the races? WABE asked some registered voters if they’re ready to cast a ballot.

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11:37 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Perdue And Nunn Spar In Perry Debate

Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn

Georgia’s U.S. Senate hopefuls faced off Tuesday in Perry, Georgia. It was a raucous evening that highlighted some of the central themes of the campaigns.

Thousands packed the auditorium at the Georgia National Fairgounds. Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn both have roots in the area and it showed.

Perdue: "Wow, it’s great to be home. Welcome to Perdue country."

Nunn: "I am really grateful to be here just a few miles from our family farm."

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11:33 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Deal And Carter Face Off In Debate

Sen. Jason Carter, left, and Gov. Nahan Deal.

The first formal debate between the candidates for governor was a rowdy affair. It took place at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

Republican incumbent Nathan Deal had more supporters in the auditorium than Democrat Jason Carter and Deal used it to his advantage, confidently rebutting attacks about the state’s unemployment rate, which recently fell to worst in the country.

“Senator Carter, I know you’re young and inexperienced but obviously you’re trying to hold me accountable for the great recession,” said Deal.

He touted his record on jobs.

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6:10 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Gov. Deal Endorsed by Former Rival Karen Handel

Karen Handel endorsed Governor Nathan Deal during an event at the State Capitol on Monday.
Credit Gov. Nathan Deal

Governor Nathan Deal gets an endorsement from a one-time political rival.

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel announced her support for the incumbent Republican governor during a “Women for Deal” rally at the State Capitol on Monday.

According to a release from Deal’s office, Handel praised Deal for creating nearly 300, 000 private sector jobs during his term.

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4:14 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Fate Of Ellis Now In Jury's Hands

Suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
Credit facebook.com/burrellellis2012

After three weeks of testimony, attorneys for both sides in Burrell Ellis’ corruption trial delivered their closing arguments Monday. Whether Ellis goes to prison or retains his position as DeKalb County CEO is now up to a jury.

Ellis faces charges of extortion and bribery, the latter of which carries a sentence of up to 20 years. Three county contractors testified Ellis shook them down for campaign donations. Another contractor testified Ellis wanted a bribe of $25,000.

Ellis denies all wrongdoing and his lawyers claim the charges are politically-motivated.

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8:41 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Campaign Targets Korean American Voters in Gwinnett

Helen Ding registers to vote at the Super H Mart in Doraville.
Martha Dalton/WABE News

Monday is the last day to register to vote before next month’s election. With some tight races in Georgia this year, voter registration groups have ramped up their efforts. One group tried to sign up thousands of Korean Americans in Gwinnett County.

A Grassroots Campaign

Volunteers stand outside a Korean supermarket in Duluth. They’re trying to catch the attention of potential voters.

“Are you registered to vote?” They ask in Korean and English. “Are you 18 or older?”

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11:12 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Romney Visits Georgia to Support Perdue Campaign

David Purdue campaigning earlier this year.
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

Mitt Romney raised money in Georgia on Wednesday to help U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue as the former Dollar General CEO seeks to help Republicans keep a key seat in a nationally watched race.

The private fundraiser was followed by a lunchtime stop at The Varsity restaurant in downtown Atlanta to campaign with Attorney General Sam Olens, an early supporter of Romney during the 2012 presidential race. Olens is up for re-election this year.

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5:23 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

House Committee Wants To Consolidate Inspections For State Childcare Providers

Say you want to help care for children who’ve been placed in state care.

First you’d have to undergo a license inspection from the state Department of Human Services, along with some follow up inspections.

There’s also a federal licensing process that requires its own inspection.

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6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

U.S. Senate Ads: A Short Analysis of Negativity

InsiderAdvantage C.E.O. Matt Towery.
Credit InsiderAdvantage

  It is clear the gloves have come off in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race.

A short clip from a recent campaign ad from Republican David Perdue: “She funded organizations linked to terrorists.”

And Democrat Michelle Nunn’s response: “That’s a terrible lie.”

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7:45 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Film Makers Get Drone Approval: Are Georgia Lawmakers Ready for the Expanding Technology?

State Rep. Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell)
Credit Georgia General Assembly

  On Thursday, September 25, 2014, Federal officials gave six movie and TV production companies permission to use drones in their film shoots, with some restrictions.  

It's a major step toward wider use of drones in commercial operations.  And it increases the attention on Federal and state lawmakers as they scramble to come up with rules for this rapidly-expanding technology.  

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8:15 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Carter Meets with Jobless Georgians

Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter (far right) meets with Georgia job seekers to hear their stories.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Atlanta’s unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percent in August. The state’s jobless rate also rose about a half a point. Thursday Democratic state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter met with some of the jobless to hear their stories.

At the Silver Skillet in Midtown, Carter spoke with five Georgians who’ve had trouble finding work after losing their jobs. 

Lamont Hawthorne has two associate degrees and a bachelor’s in construction technology. He’s been laid off three times in three years and said he’s worked 15 months out of the last 36.

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