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Thousands of new voters have registered in Georgia to vote in next month’s senate runoff elections.

 

About 75,000 new voters registered in Georgia before the December 7th deadline. Those are voters who couldn’t vote in November's Presidential election but will be able to vote in the two Senate runoffs on January 5th.

 

According to the AJC, these new voters are predominantly non-white, with Hispanic and Asian voters registering at a higher rate than their share of the electorate.

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 In an abrupt turn, Republicans in the Georgia Senate have removed protections for police from hate crimes legislation, just days after adding them in over the objection of civil rights groups and Democrats. 

A revised version of Georgia’s state  budget for the upcoming year would cut $2.6 billion in state money after Gov. Brian Kemp told lawmakers to reduce spending by 11%. 

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Georgia’s state Senate has passed legislation that would protect some patients from receiving unexpected medical bills. The legislation passed Monday would require insurers in many cases to pay for care by a doctor or at a hospital that is not within their network of medical providers. It also would limit patient liability for costs. Republican state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler of Rome said the bill has been carefully crafted with many hours of work by the governor's office, the House and the Senate.

Former U.S. Prosecutor Plans to Oppose Georgia's New Senator

Jan 10, 2020
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A former federal prosecutor who served under President Barack Obama says he plans to join the race to challenge newly sworn-in Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia.

Democrat Ed Tarver of Augusta confirmed Friday that he plans to announce soon his campaign for the seat vacated by GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson.

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