GPB 2020

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta.
John Bazemore / AP

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is hitting the campaign trail to stump for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Bottoms announced on Twitter she will travel to South Carolina, an important early primary state, to appear at events and fundraisers for the Biden campaign.

GPB News

Freshen up your resume and bust out your thesaurus for the cover letter – it's application season for those seeking to be the next person to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.

Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that his office will be vetting would-be lawmakers who submit an application, including contact information, a resume or C.V., confirmation that you meet age and residency requirements and an acknowledgement that the public will get to see your interest in being appointed.

Democratic presidential candidates resume their debate Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, after a break during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.
DAVID J. PHILLIP / AP

Which Democratic candidates for president are getting the most endorsements from Georgia elected officials and politicians?  

Editor’s Note: This story will be updated throughout the campaign. 

Joe Biden

Sept. 12, 2019

Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the congregation of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 15, 2019.
Robert Jimison / GPB News

On Sunday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden stood in the well of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where, 56 years ago, four members of the Ku Klux Klan detonated explosives, causing the deaths of four girls and injuring 22 others. Speaking during the Sunday school service, minutes before the 10:22 a.m. anniversary of the bombing, Biden delivered remarks addressing the hate in our country's past and the notably similar hate of today. 

During the memorial service, Biden referenced this being the 400th anniversary of the first slaves arriving in the United States, adding, “The domestic terrorism of white supremacy has been the antagonist of our highest ideals from before our founding: lynch mobs, arsonists, bomb makers and lone gunmen. And, as we all now realize, this violence does not live in the past.”

John Bazemore / AP Photo

More than two dozen black Georgia state legislators have endorsed Joe Biden for president ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in Houston Thursday night.

In a press release, the Biden campaign announced 59 total endorsements from black state lawmakers across the country, just hours before he was set to take the stage with nine other Democratic hopefuls.

Jon Ossoff announces his candidacy for U.S. Sen. seat currently held by David Perdue
GPB

On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp has moved to revitalize the task force assigned to maximize participation among all Georgians in the 2020 census. We ask his press secretary, can immigrant communities be reassured they have no reason to fear being counted?

 


Jon Ossoff

Investigative filmmaker and one-time Congressional candidate Jon Ossoff is now the fourth Democrat running in the primary election to challenge Republican Sen. David Perdue in 2020.

Candidate headshots. Graphic GPB News.

As you might already know, both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats will be on the ballot next November.

But questions about who Gov. Brian Kemp will pick to replace Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson on the ballot in 2020 (and, if successful, the governor’s reelection campaign in 2022) has created an unending cascade of speculation and game theory about who will mount campaigns for the elected offices.

David Goldman / AP Photo/File

The news that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) will resign his seat at the end of 2019 sent shockwaves through the political landscape in Georgia, as leaders on both sides of the aisle reflect on his decades-long legacy and look ahead to how his absence will shift electoral politics in the coming years.

His current term will not end until 2022, but the 74-year-old Republican said Wednesday that because of growing health concerns he has “concluded that [he] will not be able to do the job over the long term in the manner the citizens of Georgia deserve.”


Jill Biden campaigns on behalf of her husband, Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Great Falls, S.C.
Meg Kinnard / AP

Speaking at a private event in Atlanta on Tuesday, former second lady Jill Biden celebrated recent endorsements for her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, from prominent Atlanta politicians and shared a glimpse into her life on the campaign trail.

Stephen Fowler / GPB News

Less than a year after losing the race to lead the Georgia State Senate, Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico has announced her campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Amico, who runs car-hauling business Jack Cooper Holdings, said in a campaign launch video that “these are times that test our faith,” and shared her vision to help “build a government as good as the people of Georgia” if elected.

“We need leaders who will renew our faith in America’s loftiest ideals,” she said.