Activists plan to rally in downtown Atlanta in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.
Organizers say the "Community Speakout" is set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Underground Atlanta, a shopping area in the heart of the city.
Thousands of people demonstrated late Monday in several U.S. cities to protest the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who killed Michael Brown, who is black, on Aug. 9.
President Obama’s executive action on immigration will provide temporary deportation relief and work permits for millions of undocumented immigrants. But some faith-based communities are split on whether it was wise for the president to take matters into his own hands.
Atlanta’s Catholic Archdiocese favors the president’s plan.
Rev. Bernice King, one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children and CEO of the King Center, has issued a statement asking for nonviolent and restraint while the world waits for the grand jury verdict in Ferguson. The grand jury's findings are expected to be announced Monday evening.
The full statement is below.
As the world awaits the grand jury decision regarding Officer Darren Wilson, my thoughts and prayers continue to be with Michael Brown’s parents, Michael Brown, Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, his family, and the entire Ferguson community.
Charley English, the Director of Georgia's Emergency Management Agency is set to step down.
English, who has led GEMA since 2006, was in charge of the emergency response during the snowstorm in January 2014. He was strongly criticized for not acting fast enough during the early hours of the storm and not opening the state emergency operations center until hours after roads were already gridlocked. In emails released after the storm, English seemed hesitant to react during the emergency - a decision that he later would say was a "terrible error in judgment."
Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson expects to have a more productive next year in Washington.
He says the new Republican-controlled Senate plans to force the President’s hand on a number of hot-button issues, including authorizing the Keystone pipeline and eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax.
Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson said Friday President Obama’s recent moves on immigration overstep executive authority and should be challenged in court.
“What he was trying to do was buy friends last night. That’s all he was trying… I mean, that was a political speech. This whole thing is a political exercise," said Isakson at a GOP luncheon in Marietta. "We’ve got to make sure we don’t get trapped into playing the political game. The president was constitutionally and legally wrong and that’s the issue.”
President Obama is expected to announce Thursday night he’ll expand his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The policy provides temporary deportation relief for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. WABE’s Martha Dalton asked some in Atlanta’s Latino community to weigh in on the issue.
At Plaza Fiesta, a shopping mall on Buford Highway, Roberto Jimenez stands at a counter selling items like t-shirts. He says expanding the DACA program is a good idea.
With President Barack Obama poised to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration, Speaker of the House John Boehner has told reporters, "We're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path. This is the wrong way to govern."
President Obama will unveil his executive action plan for immigration today. The president is expected to expand deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), a program that has allowed many who arrived illegally in this country as children to temporarily stay in the U.S. and apply for work visas.
One Georgia Republican lawmaker is already trying to combat the efforts.
A bill pre-filed by Republican state Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) would make getting a driver’s license illegal for those who qualify for deferred action status.
Efforts to legalize medical marijuana are back again this legislative session. A state lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that would allow for the limited use of cannabis oil.
The actual details of the bill are still being worked out. But State Rep. Allen Peake said it would legalize cannabis oil for those who suffer from conditions like seizure disorders, cancer and glaucoma.
It’s official, Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) announced he will seek a third term in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Isakson stood near his wife, Gov. Nathan Deal and a large number of state lawmakers as he pledged to run again for the U.S. Senate.
“I want to try and continue to do what I’ve done for 16 years in Washington, and that’s bring Georgia values and Georgia conservatism to the Capitol of United States of America in Washington,” said Isakson.
Exit polls from Tuesday’s midterm election show while nationally Latinos are still voting mostly Democrat, Republicans are cutting into the party’s stronghold. And while Georgia was no exception, some groups dispute the results.
National exit polls show Republican Governor Nathan Deal took 47 percent of Latino votes, while Republican Senator-elect David Perdue got 42 percent.
On Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear Florida's appeal in the long-running water war with Georgia.
In agreeing to hear Florida's case, the Court injected a new note of uncertainty into Georgia's position that it can use Lake Lanier as metro Atlanta's primary source of drinking water. A good chunk of the state's legal bills so far have been paid by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
WABE's Denis O'Hayer got reaction to the latest round in the water wars from Katherine Zitsch, the ARC's Natural Resources Division manager.
Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 7:44 am
With a loss by Sen. Mark Pryor, the first Democratic incumbent fell in the 2014 midterms, setting off a chain of events that brought the Republicans a new Senate majority. The man who would lead them in Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell, coasted to a win in Kentucky.
McConnell was projected to defeat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by a 15-point margin, 56 percent to 41 percent, with almost a third of the vote tallied.
In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor lost to Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, a first-term member of Congress. Pryor has served in the Senate since 2003.
Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Michelle Nunn hoped to head to a runoff or claim victory last night. But ultimately, she didn’t get enough votes to turn the seat of retiring US Senator Saxby Chambliss blue.
Some of Nunn’s supporters cried as she gave her concession speech. But Nunn herself was composed and even managed to smile.
“At our best we not only accept the electoral results, but we the practice the art of bridge building and reconciliation, and so I offer David my strongest possible support as he works to unite Georgia.”
Sen. Jason Carter’s campaign hoped a surge of Democratic votes from metro Atlanta might be enough to keep him in the game. As results continued coming in Tuesday night, it became clear that would not happen.
In fact, Jason Carter never saw a lead. By 11 p.m., he conceded the race and called to congratulate Republican Gov. Nathan Deal on his reelection.
Deal achieved 53% of the vote compared to Carter's 45%.
“I was going to come out and tell you not to feel bad," Jason Carter told supporters amid their applause. "But you don’t, so that’s exciting.”
Republican Businessman David Perdue greets supporters after being declared the out-right winner of a contentious race to replace outgoing U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss Tuesday at the Intercontinental Hotel in Atlanta.
Republican businessman David Perdue pulled in enough votes Tuesday night to avoid a runoff election, making him the state’s next U.S. senator.
The former Dollar General and Reebok CEO got out to a sizeable lead over Democrat Michelle Nunn early in the evening and never really lost ground, even as votes from the more traditionally left-leaning metro-area counties began rolling in.
Republican Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday won re-election over Democrat Jason Carter by a larger margin than many pollsters expected, 53-45. For Deal, it's affirmation of his first four years and a vote of confidence for the next four.
Just after 11 p.m., in front of hundreds of supporters at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta, Deal took the stage.
"I just got the call from Sen. Jason Carter conceding the election."
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has won election handily to a second term.
With 99% of precincts reporting, Olens has defeated Greg Hecht, a former Democratic state lawmaker, 57% to 43%.
Olens campaigned on his efforts to stop human trafficking in Georgia, and he says that work remains a top priority. He recently appointed a statewide prosecutor whose sole job will be trafficking cases.
Olens says also he plans to work to strengthen existing legislation to fight human trafficking and train law enforcement and district attorneys.