Election to Replace Georgia State Supreme Court Justice Canceled to Allow Republican Governor to Appoint Replacement
The United States Supreme Court isn't the only judicial body that Republican lawmakers are willing to tamper with, if some recent developments in Georgia are to be any indication.
Georgia's state constitution dictates that judges must be elected by the people. For decades, the Georgia Supreme Court has sidestepped this rule with a tradition that Justices step down from their posts before the end of their term—allowing the governor to pick a replacement who—after serving a couple of years—will be up for election with an incumbent advantage.
No sitting incumbent has ever been defeated in Georgia's state Supreme Court elections.
Trump Ally Publicly Rebuffs Trump's Offer to Be His Intelligence Chief Just Hours After He Floated It
President Donald Trump replaced former Acting Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats with longtime Trump ally and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. The move came after Trump rebuffed Coats for announcing Russia's ongoing attempts to interfere in the 2020 election.
Grenell was deemed vastly unqualified for the position, to the point that officials had to assure Americans that the new Director of National Intelligence would be announced soon.
Trump said he was considering his longtime ally in Congress, Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), for the position...but there's just one problem.
Georgia Congressional Candidate Basically Just Threatened AOC and Bernie Sanders' Lives in Bonkers New Campaign Ad
People can be motivated or inspired to act by multiple means. But in politics—like religion—most looking for support use one of two motivations: hope and fear.
Georgia Republican candidate Harrison Floyd definitely chose the latter for his latest campaign ad. Seizing on a pervasive GOP theme of "socialism bad, Republican good," Floyd figuratively and literally targeted New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Totally Destroyed the Arguments That Georgia's New Abortion Law Isn't a Ban
On May 7, Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed the "fetal heartbeat" bill. The new law prevents women from getting abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy, or after a heartbeat can be detected - which can happen before a woman even knows she's pregnant.
The law is one of the most restrictive in the country, and effectively criminalizes abortions for pregnancies that have not been caught in the first few weeks. To provide some context: a woman is usually 4-6 weeks pregnant by the time she realizes she's missed her period.
After Georgia Passed a Radical Anti-Abortion Bill, Hollywood Is Threatening to Boycott, and a Democratic Governor Has a Plan for Where They Can Shoot Instead
Despite promises of a boycott from denizens of the film industry, Georgia's H.B. 481—which would ban abortion in the state after only six weeks—is headed to the desk of Republican Governor Brian Kemp, who is expected to sign the legislation into law.
Georgia is the most popular filming location in the United States and the second most popular in the world, with the film industry pouring billions of dollars into the state's economy each year while reaping the benefits of its generous tax incentives in exchange. That revenue is expected to diminish once Kemp's pen hits paper.
With sweeping tax credits provided to film and television productions that spend more than $500,000 in the state, Georgia is the second most popular filming location in the world and number one in the United States.
It's likely you've seen the state onscreen in productions like The Walking Dead and Black Panther. In 2017, film and television productions brought nearly $10 billion in spending to the state.
Federal Judge Just Sided With Democrats in Florida Recount Lawsuit, Will Allow Thousands More Ballots to Be Counted
Over a week after the 2018 midterm elections, 11 major elections remain undecided. Seven in the US House, two in the US Senate and 2 Governor's races. Two of those 11 are in the state of Florida, where a Senate seat and Governor's race await recounts.
But not everyone supports counting all the votes cast. The GOP in several states—including Maine and Georgia in addition to Florida—took steps to halt recounts and run-offs. Federal lawsuits were filed by the GOP to stop counts while Democrats filed to count all of the ballots.