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    Former President Donald Trump’s crusade for vengeance suffered a devastating blow on Tuesday after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp won his primary despite rejecting Trump’s entreaties to overturn his 2020 election defeat in the state. Voters also demonstrated an openness to embracing scandal-plagued candidates — depending on the candidate, and the scandal. Here are some takeaways from Tuesday’s primary elections in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Minnesota: TRUMP’S BIGGEST PRIMARY DEFEAT Trump had hoped to turn Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp into an example of the danger in defying him. Instead, Kemp on Tuesday became an example of how Republican incumbents might not have as much to fear from Trump as the former president would like. Kemp cruised past former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in the Republican primary, easily clearing the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. The victory came a year and a half after Kemp rejected Trump’s demands to help overturn the presidential election by declaring Trump the winner in Georgia instead of Joe Biden, who actually won. Despite the former president’s efforts, Kemp comfortably led in polls and fundraising...
    (CNN)Former Vice President Mike Pence will rally support for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp as the Republican incumbent seeks to fend off a May 24 primary challenge from Donald Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue.The decision by Pence to campaign for one of Trump's top GOP targets marks yet another break with his former boss after saying earlier this year that the former President was "wrong" in his belief that Pence could have overturned the results of the 2020 election. Pence will rally with Kemp on Monday, a day before the Republican primary, which has turned into a proxy fight between the establishment and Trump wings of the GOP. Vice President Mike Pence, left, speaks as Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, right, listens at the Star Cafe in Atlanta, Friday, May 22, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)"Brian Kemp is one of the most successful conservative governors in America," Pence said in a statement released Friday. "Brian Kemp is my friend, a man dedicated to faith, family and the people of Georgia. I am proud to offer my full...
    Stacey Abrams Stacey Abrams is a skilled chess player … meaning that in all likelihood, she is moving at lightning speed ahead of Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who she is running against this November. Her latest move is a suit filed Monday seeking court approval to use the same law that gives Kemp an enormous advantage in raising money for his reelection bid.  The suit is asking the court to give her the right to use the law that allows “leadership committees” in campaign fundraising.  The law approving the use of the committees was signed by the GOP-controlled Georgia General Assembly last year, and it gives Kemp as the incumbent the ability to raise as much money as possible throughout the campaign, even during legislative sessions. The law weighs heavily in favor of the incumbent, as the challenger can’t use money from these leadership committees until they win their party’s nomination.  RELATED STORY: As artful a politician as she is shrewd in chess, Abrams silence on Georgia bid is freaking Dems out Abrams, who is unchallenged for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Georgia, would like to use One...
    Former President Donald Trump held an expensive fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday night on behalf of former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who is challenging Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in the gubernatorial primary in May. Trump, who has been a vocal critic of Kemp since the 2020 election, said in a statement after the fundraiser that he believes Perdue is the “only” candidate able to defeat Stacey Abrams, the Democrat voting rights activist who is also running for governor. “David is a fearless and outstanding conservative leader, and he is the ONLY candidate who can beat Stacey ‘The Hoax’ Abrams this November,” Trump stated. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Greg Bluestein shared a copy of the event invitation, which showed attendance cost $3,000 per person, and a photo with Trump and Perdue required raising or donating $24,200. David Perdue’s campaign says it expects to raise $600,000 from tonight’s fundraiser with Donald Trump, on top of the $150K that Perdue raised from Donald Trump Jr.’s visit last week. #gapol pic.twitter.com/MF1Ea9g3ZM — Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 16, 2022 Perdue shared photos of...
    by T.A. DeFeo   Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp plans to use more than $217 million in federal money to fund grants for hospitals, assisted living communities and personal care homes. The state will use money from the American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for grants to bolster COVID-19 response efforts. The bulk of the money, $170 million, will go to hospitals, and under the program, facilities are eligible for grants of up to $950,000. They can use the grants for various purposes, including building or improving COVID-19 testing sites or laboratories and installing or improving ventilation systems. The state will dole out the remaining $47 million to assisted living communities and personal care homes with at least 25 beds and licensed by the Department of Community Health. Under the program, facilities are eligible for grants of up to $100,000. They can use the grants for various purposes ranging from improving ventilation to buying personal protective equipment to supporting isolation or quarantine. Facilities that receive grants can use the money to reimburse costs they incurred...
    Georgia Governor Brian Kemp condemned progressive activist Stacey Abrams on Thursday for comparing her fight to change her state's election laws to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky leading his country against a Russian invasion. Speaking to the Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Wednesday, Abrams suggested Kemp and Russian President Vladimir Putin were both waging a 'war on democracy' --- though Kemp is fighting a legislative battle as Putin orders weapons into Ukraine that are reportedly being used to slaughter civilians.  Democrat Abrams is running to challenge Kemp for governor in November, after having lost to him in 2018. A spokesman for Kemp's 2022 campaign told DailyMail.com that Abrams' comparison is 'disgusting' and suggested she was using the unfolding tragedy for her own gain. 'This is a disgusting comparison. President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people are fighting for their freedom against a callous invasion that has killed innocent civilians,' Kemp campaign press secretary Tate Mitchell said. 'Stacey Abrams is a political opportunist who has lined her pockets on lies about common-sense election integrity measures like voter ID. The two are not the...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Vernon Jones, who dropped out of Georgia’s governor’s race on Monday at Donald Trump’s behest, confirmed Tuesday that he’s entering the crowded Republican primary in the state’s 10th Congressional District. His switch came days after Trump pledged to endorse Jones in a congressional race if he quit the governor’s race to clear the Republican field for former Sen. David Perdue, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. Jones announced his choice of the 10th district on social media and in an interview with Fox News. The open seat, stretching from Atlanta’s suburban fringe to the college town of Athens, has drawn more than 10 other Republicans already. Jones listed his priorities as preventing federal election legislation, doing more to secure borders and protecting “medical freedoms.” Anticipating attacks from other Republicans, he tweeted: “Hell, they even call me the Black Donald Trump! Bring it on, liars!” “Look, I’m a conservative, I have traditional values,” he told Fox News. “The left has taken this country too far to the...
    Donald Trump greeted then-Sen. David Perdue of Georgia as he arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base for a campaign event in Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving to Georgia Democrats. Trump’s incessant whining about nonexistent 2020 election fraud helped depress GOP turnout in the January Senate runoffs and create an opening for two Democrats to claim the seats. But dooming former GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue wasn’t enough for Trump. His real goal is to make Republican Gov. Brian Kemp pay the price of defeat for failing to overturn the state’s thrice-recounted results. Now, one of the GOP senators who lost his reelection bid earlier this year due to Trump’s petty grousing has taken up the mantle of Trump’s crusade against Kemp. Although Perdue said in his video announcement on Monday that nothing about his challenge to Kemp was “personal,” his entire pitch was punctuated with swipes at Kemp, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He has failed all of us and cannot win in November,” Perdue said, claiming he was the...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, with Trump backing, takes on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022 GOP primary for governor. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ripped Georgia Governor Brian Kemp for his opposition to President Joe Biden’s Covid vaccine mandates. Psaki briefed reporters on Friday, and wrapped up with the now-regular appearance of a local reporter via video chat. This time, it was Rafael Olavarría of Univision 23 Atlanta. Mr. Olavarría asked Psaki what her message to Kemp’s opposition to the mandates would be, given the low vaccination rate and potential for spread of Omicron in the state: MR. OLAVARRÍA: Hello, Secretary Psaki, and thank you for taking my question. I’ll ask you something that is a cause of concern for our communities here in Georgia. As you probably know, our state is only — we have only 51 percent of our population fully vaccinated, and we even have counties where only 20 percent of our residents are vaccinated. Yesterday, Dr. Cameron Webb from the White House COVID-19 Response Team told me that states like Georgia are potentially some of the most vulnerable ones to the new variant. Nevertheless, our Governor, Brian Kemp, has been laser focused on fighting federal vaccine...
    Sean Rayford, Getty Images Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp lauded the verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial and called for “reconciliation.” Arbery, a Black man, was shot and killed in a Georgia neighborhood last year by three White people – Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan – who were convicted on Wednesday for his death. “Ahmaud Arbery was the victim of a vigilantism that has no place in Georgia,” said Kemp in a statement. “As legal efforts continue to hold accountable all who may be responsible, we hope the Arbery family, the Brunswick community, our state, and those around the nation who have been following his case can now move forward down a path of healing and reconciliation.” My statement on the verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery trial: pic.twitter.com/tIEtrJZr8f — Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) November 24, 2021 Other Georgia politicians reacted to the verdict. “This verdict upholds a sense of accountability, but not true justice. True justice looks like a Black man not having to worry about being harmed—or killed—while on a jog, while sleeping in...
    Governor Brian P. Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr today announced the State of Georgia has filed a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for health care workers. The emergency regulation, issued on Nov. 5, 2021 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), mandates full COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs by Jan. 4, 2022. “After healthcare heroes went above and beyond the call of duty to keep Americans safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Biden is now threatening their livelihood if they refuse COVID-19 vaccination,” said Governor Kemp. “Yet another unlawful mandate from this administration will only worsen worker shortages in a critical-need area as we continue to balance the everyday healthcare needs of hardworking Georgians and fighting COVID-19. We will continue to fight this repeated, unconstitutional overreach by Joe Biden and his administration in court.” “President Biden’s reckless ‘one-size-fits-most’ approach to governing continues to create immense disruption and uncertainty for Georgia...
    Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced in a press release Friday that they are leading the charge of GOP-led states in filing a lawsuit against President Joe Biden and his COVID-19 vaccine mandates for federal contractors. [email protected]_AG & I, joined by other states, are filing a lawsuit today vs. @POTUS’s unlawful vaccine mandate. We won’t allow the federal gov’t to circumvent the law or force hardworking Georgians to choose between their livelihood or a vaccine. Read more: https://t.co/doAZBbj897 — Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) October 29, 2021 Friday was the second consecutive day that a GOP-led state hit Biden with a lawsuit regarding vaccine mandates. (RELATED: Florida Sues Over Vaccine Mandate) Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Utah, West Virginia, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and “many federal agencies within the administration in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia (Augusta Division) joined Kemp and Carr, according to a press release. Biden signed an executive order Sept. 9 requiring vaccination for employees of the executive branch and contractors who do business with the...
    Gov. Kemp meets with Georgia National Guard Troops stationed in McAllen, Texas on October 6, 2021. Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday visited McAllen, Texas to receive a briefing from the Georgia National Guard and stand with nine other governors to outline a plan to secure our nation’s southern border. “Last month, I joined twenty-five other governors to request a meeting with President Biden because the crisis on the southern border requires swift federal action,” said Governor Kemp. “Like their complete lack of attention to our unsecured border, the president and the vice president have not responded to our request. Gov. Kemp joins Texas Gov. Abbott and 8 other governors for a press conference in Anzalduas Park in Mission, Texas on October 6, 2021 to discuss the US-Mexico border crisis. Gov. Kemp receives a security briefing on the US-Mexico border at Texas Department of Public Safety Headquarters in Weslaco, Texas on October 6, 2021. “That’s why I was proud to stand with nine other governors to outline ten actions President...
      Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced a $1,000 pay supplement for all eligible sworn law enforcement officials and first responders in Georgia. Local governments and employers of public safety officials and first responders are encouraged to visit the Office of Planning and Budget’s grant funding opportunities website for more information on how to apply, receive, and distribute these funds. Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. “Our law enforcement officials and first responders answered the call of duty and bravely served on the front line of our fight against COVID-19, despite the unprecedented challenges thrown their way,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “Working with Speaker Ralston and the General Assembly, today, we are taking yet another step in supporting our men and women in uniform and first responders by providing this well-deserved bonus. Like they do every day, these heroic Georgians ran toward the COVID-19 crisis and put their lives on the line to protect others. My family and the...
    The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is again offering a $1,000 grant to a kindergarten through fifth-grade public or private school teacher in the state who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences. Science specialists covering those grade levels can also apply. The grant recipient will be recognized as the DNR Conservation Teacher of the Year. Teachers who apply must use Georgia’s native animals, plants and habitats as the context for covering Georgia Standards of Excellence. Although the grant emphasizes life science, cross-curricular teaching is highly encouraged. Preference will be given to teachers who demonstrate creativity in project design and take learning outside, as well as for projects that could not be funded otherwise. Teaching may take place in-person on school grounds or online. “By fostering connections with nature, teachers help improve students’ health and well-being,” said DNR outreach coordinator Linda May. “The fresh air is safer during the pandemic, and the benefits of outdoor experiences will last a lifetime.” The Conservation Teacher of the Year grant is...
    GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Spencer R. Moore urges customers to utilize driver license and ID services online over the upcoming Labor Day Holiday.  DDS will be closed for the scheduled break from Friday, September 3 thru Monday, September 6.  Customers are still able to conduct most licensing services from their home, office or on the go at the Agency’s website dds.georgia.gov. Over four thousand (4,350) Georgia drivers conducted their driver licensing business from the comfort of their home, office or on the go over the last July 4th holiday via the DDS’ website dds.georgia.gov or the free mobile app DDS 2 GO. “DDS online services are available around the clock even during nonbusiness hours and holidays,” said Commissioner Moore. “Whether completing a renewal, update, replacement or reinstatement, customers can print and legally drive on the temporary receipt available for printing.” Many  transactions can be initiated online including: Renew Online (if you have a Gold Star on your license) Replace a lost or stolen license Change...
    Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempKemp says FDA needs to upgrade its authorization for vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Savannah becomes first major city in Georgia to reinstate masks MORE (R) is calling on President BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE to push the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide full approval for the COVID-19 vaccine, upgrading it from the lesser emergency authorization. “I’d love to see the Biden administration put an 'Operation Warp Speed' on moving away from the emergency use authorization,” Kemp told reporters Thursday, The Associated Press reported. Kemp said he’s heard from people that they won’t get the vaccine as long as it is only under emergency authorization by the FDA. Pfizer and Moderna have already submitted applications to become fully approved by the FDA, but it is not clear how long approval will take. The goal is to have the vaccines fully approved in six months, according to...
                        Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger accepted generous campaign donations from a medical company that got a $434 million no-bid contract with the state to help fight COVID-19. This, according to a new article in The Georgia Health News. According to its website, The Georgia Health News (GHN) is a nonprofit that covers health care issues throughout the state. The medical company, Jackson Healthcare, is based in Alpharetta, according to its website. Jackson Healthcare spokeswoman Jessica Lacy told The Georgia Star News in an email that she was out of the office and unavailable for comment Monday afternoon. Press secretaries and other communications staff members for Kemp, Duncan, and Raffensperger did not return The Star News’ requests for comment before press time Monday. Jackson Healthcare reportedly provides medical staff to several of Georgia’s hospitals and nursing homes through its subsidiary HWL. The contract expires in March, The Georgia Health News reported. The no-bid process, The Georgia Health News reported, has...