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5:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Atlanta’s Latino Community Weighs In On Obama’s Expected Immigration Actions

Immigration reform advocates rallied last year outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Downtown Atlanta.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

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.

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5:46 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A Question of Authority: President Obama and Immigration. A Talk With Emory Law Prof. Polly Price

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."
Credit Evan Vucci / Associated Press

On Nov. 20, 2014, President Barack Obama will announce the executive actions he will take on the nation's troubled immigration system.  

The President is expected to expand the policy that grants temporary deportation relief to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

But, whatever one thinks of the policy change, does the Constitution give the President the power to do that on his own?  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Emory Law professor Polly J. Price.

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9:20 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Senator Proposes Banning Driver's Licenses For Immigrants Granted Deferred Action

Sen. McKoon's bill would make getting a driver’s license illegal for those who qualify for deferred action status.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

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 millions 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.

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8:11 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Kennesaw City Council Tables Vote on Islamic Center

Kennesaw Commons is the proposed site of the Islamic prayer center.
Credit Google

The Kennesaw City Council Monday tabled a vote on a proposed Islamic prayer center. This isn’t the first time such a plan has hit a roadblock.

City of Kennesaw spokesperson Pam Davis declined to give details, but said the public had its say during a two-hour hearing.

“Many people spoke both for and against the request,” she said. “There were strong emotions on both sides.”

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Politics
7:47 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

A New Effort to Legalize Betting on Horse Racing: A Talk with Rep. Harry Geisinger

Jockeys race down the stretch at last year's Kentucky Derby horse race.
Credit Churchill Downs / Associated Press

Despite several failed attempts in recent years, supporters of legalizing horse race betting in Georgia have already filed legislation for the upcoming 2015-16 session of the General Assembly.  

A proposed constitutional amendment would make parimutuel wagering legal, while a companion bill would set up the structure to administer and supervise the industry.  

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5:24 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

State Lawmaker Continues Push For Medical Marijuana Law In Georgia

State Rep. Allen Peake speaks on behalf of his bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Georgia for patients with certain illnesses earlier this year.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

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.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Sen. Isakson Announces Re-Election Bid

Sen. Johnny Isakson
Credit Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

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.

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Politics
5:04 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Isakson To Announce 2016 Re-Election Bid

Sen. Johnny Isakson, left, and Sen. Patty Murray confer before walking into the Senate chamber.
Credit J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Just a week after the midterm elections, Georgia’s soon-to-be Senior Senator Johnny Isakson announced his re-election bid for 2016.

Isakson said in a statement he’ll make his formal announcement next week at the state Capitol, but analysts are already speculating on what this means for Republicans and Democrats.

The 69-year-old Republican senator is now in his second term, and there was some speculation that maybe he wouldn’t run for a third.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Are More Georgia Latinos Looking To The GOP?

Credit Chris Ferguson / WABE

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.

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Politics
7:17 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Georgia Prepares for New Water Wars Battle: A Talk with the ARC's Katherine Zitsch

Katherine Zitsch, manager of the Natural Resources Division of the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Credit Atlanta Regional Commission

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.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Saxby Chambliss: 'I'm Happy With My Decision' To Leave The Senate

Outgoing U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss greets supporters at an election night party for David Perdue on election night.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

  Georgia’s retiring Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss says he’s ready to leave Washington.

Speaking on Election Night Tuesday, the state’s senior senator said he feels good about the decision.

“The best decision I made was to look at life after the Senate two years ago and say now’s the time for me to go,” he told reporters.

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Election 2014
1:13 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Voters' Voices: "What Would You Like To See Done In Georgia?"

Clayton voters Rhonda Shelton, Lewis Corbitt & Michael Ozment
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

Election results have dominated the news as people learn who will lead their state as well as their country.

WABE producers spoke to voters who made it to the polls here in Metro Atlanta yesterday and asked them what they hope their newly elected officials will do.

WABE producers Stephannie Stokes and Myke Johns spoke with voters in Southwest Atlanta and in Clayton County.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Deal Takes Re-election in Stride, Names Inaugural Team

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference on Nov. 5 in Atlanta.
Credit Branden Camp / AP Photo

  Despite a big day for Republicans this Election Day, there was no gloating from the governor.

“None of us need to be prideful, we need to be thankful, but we don’t need to be prideful.  Pride goes before the fall,” said Gov. Nathan Deal.

Deal called his opponent, Democratic State Senator Jason Carter, an honorable opponent, and said he believes his supporters were full of “good will.”

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Fight For The Senate: Republicans Take Control, Adding 7 Seats

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell arrives at his midterm election night rally with his wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, in Louisville. McConnell, who won re-election, stands to become the next Senate majority leader.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

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.

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Politics
2:52 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Despite a Competitive Race, Nunn Loses Bid for Senate

Democrat Michelle Nunn concedes the election to Republican David Perdue.
Credit Katie King / for WABE

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.”

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Politics
2:06 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Disappointed Carter Supporters Hope He'll Run Again

Bryan Arwood of College Park says despite Tuesday's defeat, he thinks Jason Carter will again run for office
Credit Katie King / for WABE

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.”

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Politics
1:53 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Perdue Bests Nunn, Avoids Runoff Election

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.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE

  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.

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1:29 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal Claims Decisive Win Over Jason Carter

Governor Nathan Deal takes the stage at his election night party.
Ryan Nabulsi twinlensatl.com

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."

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Politics
1:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens Wins Second Term

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens was first elected to the post in 2010. Prior to that, he served as Cobb County Commission Chair.
Credit John Amis / Associated Press

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.

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Politics
12:53 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Georgia Executive David Perdue Wins Senate Seat

U.S. Senator-Elect David Perdue, speaks at his victory party election night.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE

Businessman David Perdue has kept Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat in GOP hands, beating a challenge by Democrat Michelle Nunn on the strength of white voters in the reliably Republican state.

Democrats hoped Nunn, the centrist daughter of popular former Sen. Sam Nunn, would enable them to pick up a seat in an otherwise dismal midterm election.

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12:51 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP Wins All Statewide Posts; Perdue, Deal Win Without Runoffs

U.S. Senator-Elect David Perdue, speaking at his victory party Tuesday night.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE

Georgia Republicans swept the 2014 midterm election Tuesday. 

U.S. Senate GOP candidate David Perdue and Gov. Nathan Deal won their races by margins sufficient to avoid runoffs.  Republicans were elected or reelected to every statewide position in Georgia.

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12:29 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal Wins Reelection

Deal supporters waited for news at the College Football Hall of Fame on election night.
Credit Ryan Nabulsi / twinlensatl.com

Gov. Nathan Deal will serve a second term after overcoming a challenge from Democrat Jason Carter, a state senator from Atlanta and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

Unofficial returns on Tuesday showed Deal winning by a wide margin over Carter.

Deal, a former congressman, trumpeted the state's No. 1 rating by business publications and criminal justice reforms during the campaign. Republicans counted on the party's base to hold off Carter and to win Deal enough votes to prevent a runoff.

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Politics
10:11 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Georgia's Exit Polls: What You Need to Know

  Voters in Georgia deciding a close race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn appeared troubled by the economy and considered how their decision might affect control of the U.S. Senate, according to exit polling results. Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, was also facing a challenge from Democrat Jason Carter.

Here are some preliminary findings from exit polling conducted for The Associated Press:

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Politics
8:46 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Nov. 4 General Election Results - Live Updates

WABE's and NPR's election night special has ended, but we'll have more information, and analysis coming up on wabe.org and during Morning Edition on 90.1FM.  

This post contains election results and  updates on selected races as we receive the vote counts from the Georgia Secretary of State's office.  

This information will be updated regularly throughout the evening as we receive new information about the results.

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8:11 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Lewis Stands By Voter Suppression Claims

Georgia Congressman John Lewis leaves a campaign stop Monday.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

In an effort to get more people out to the polls this Election Day, a new group launched an effort to register first-time voters.   But the group has claimed more than 40,000 registration forms went missing.

The issue of the so-called missing forms created a public tug-of-war between Secretary of State Brian Kemp and voter registration group the New Georgia Project. The group sued Kemp and some Georgia counties.

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Counties Explain Why It Takes So Long On Election Night

Credit Charles Edwards / WABE News

The polls close at seven tonight. But it could be long time before you find out if your candidate won, or if Georgia’s top contests are heading to a runoff. One of the reasons? It sometimes takes Georgia’s largest counties a long time to tally the votes.

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Politics
7:51 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

A Fact Check on Some Last-Minute Claims and Ads in Georgia's U.S. Senate Race

Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, which appears in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  In the final days of the campaign for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat, the major party candidates and their backers have unleashed a blitz of new ads.  

But the themes they emphasize are pretty much the same ones they've hammered since their campaigns began.  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a check on how truthful the new ads and claims are, in a conversation with Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, the non-partisan fact-checking arm of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and myajc.com.

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7:35 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Critics Question Georgia's Participation in Crosscheck Voter System

Asian Americans Advancing Justice campaigned to register 10,000 Korean Americans registered to vote in Gwinnett County.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

A system used by 27 states, including Georgia, to check voter registrations has flagged thousands of ‘double voters’.  That is, voters who’ve registered in more than one state. But some critics say the system is unreliable.

The intent of the Crosscheck system is to safeguard against voter fraud. But advocacy groups say there are problems.

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2014 Midterm Elections
4:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Voting in Georgia: A Primer

Voters cast their ballots at a polling site in Fulton County.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

We encourage you to cast your ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

We hope this primer will provide you answers about the process.

  If you are not sure about your voting status, your first stop should be the Georgia Secretary of State’s website: www.sos.ga.gov. There you can find your registration status, your polling place, and a sample ballot.

DeKalb County Elections Director Maxine Daniels says a big problem is people showing up at the wrong polling place or at a site that was used for early voting. 

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Politics
5:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Clinton Stumps For Nunn Days Ahead Of Midterm Election

Former President Bill Clinton stumps for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Michelle Nunn Friday at Paschal's restaurant.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE News

Just four days ahead of the Midterm Election, former President Bill Clinton campaigned in Georgia Friday for the state’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Michelle Nunn.

In front of a crowd of about 200 supporters gathered at Paschal’s, Clinton said this election is about “growing together” rather than toward more partisan gridlock.

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