Blog Topic: Breaking News

  • In the Loop: Deal Endorses Houston Gaines for State House

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    Gov. Nathan Deal endorsed Republican Houston Gaines for state House District 117 today, saying "Gaines is the only candidate in the race who can deliver results for northeast Georgia and maintain our strong business climate."

    Gaines is running against state Rep. Deborah Gonzalez (D-Athens), who beat him in a special election last year. The seat had previously been held by Republicans since it was redrawn in 2012 but is now a swing district.

    From the Gaines campaign:


  • In the Loop: Abrams Accuses Kemp of Voter Suppression in Packed Athens Appearance


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    Stacey Abrams speaks at Hendershot's Coffee and Bar Thursday evening.

    Democrat Stacey Abrams accused her Republican opponent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, of trying to suppress minority turnout to win the governor’s race during a recent appearance in Athens.

    Abrams spoke at two local bars, Hendershot’s and Wayward Lounge, on Thursday, Oct. 11, the day after the Associated Press reported that Kemp’s office had not processed 53,000 voter registration applications because of minor discrepancies, such as accents in names, between the applications and other documents. Seventy percent of those would-be voters are black.

    Abrams, the former House minority leader who’s been running voter registration drives for Democrats for years, is no stranger to sparring with Kemp. Her organization, the New Georgia Project, previously filed a lawsuit against the secretary of state’s office over a similar issue.

    “I know what his tricks are,” Abrams said. “He’s a one-trick pony when it comes to voter suppression. It’s not going to work this time.”


  • In the Loop: Voters Asked to Resubmit Mail-in Ballots Due to Error

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    Athens-Clarke County has asked about 300 voters to fill out new absentee ballots after an error was discovered in the ones they'd already they'd already been sent.

    According to ACC, those 300 voters received ballots that included a candidate for state Senate District 46 who should not have been included.

    The ballot listed Republican incumbent Bill Cowsert, Democrat Marisue Hilliard and independent John Fortuin. However, Fortuin did not qualify as an independent candidate. He is a write-in candidate, and write-in candidates' names do not appear on the ballot.


  • In the Loop: CCSD Closed, UGA Opens Late Thursday

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    Clarke County public schools will be closed Thursday and the University of Georgia will delay opening, officials announced as Hurricane Michael rampaged through the state Wednesday night.

    UGA will open at 10 a.m., with the first classes starting at 11 a.m.

    Gov. Nathan Deal extended a state of emergency to Clarke County on Wednesday afternoon. Forecasts call for 3–5 inches of rain and winds up to 30–40 miles per hour in Athens later tonight and Thursday morning, possibly downing trees and causing power outages. 


  • In the Loop: Security Plan Announced for Trump Jr. Appearance


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    Athens-Clarke County police will close down streets around the Classic Center Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance.

    The courthouse parking deck will be closed at 2 p.m.

    At 4 p.m., Foundry Street from Broad to Dougherty streets and Thomas Street between Clayton Street and Hancock Avenue will be closed. In addition, Thomas from Clayton to Broad will be closed to northbound traffic, but will remain open to southbound traffic.


  • In the Loop: Donald Trump Jr. Will Campaign for Brian Kemp in Athens



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    Donald J. Trump Jr. isn’t the only big name that will be at the Classic Center next Tuesday. Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp will be holding a rally with Trump Jr., according to an email the Kemp campaign sent to supporters on Thursday.

    The rally is scheduled for 5–6 p.m Tuesday at the Classic Center. The announcement added that tickets would be $50 per person, and space is limited.


  • In the Loop: Donald Trump Jr. Speech Moved to Classic Center



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    So many people want to attend a speech by Donald Trump Jr. that a right-wing campus group has moved the event to the Classic Center.

    Six hundred free tickets were distributed in three hours, forcing organizer Turning Point USA to move it from the Ramsey Concert Hall in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music to a larger venue, said Erin Cooke, president of TPUSA's University of Georgia chapter. 

    The event remains scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 9. Cooke advised attendees to arrive early, since there will be heightened security. It will be first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.


  • In the Loop: Donald Trump Jr. Is Coming to UGA



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    Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, his girlfriend, will visit the University of Georgia next month for the right-wing group Turning Point USA’s Campus Clash.

    TPUSA founder and Executive Director Charlie Kirk and Communication Director Candace Owens are also scheduled to speak at the event.

    The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m. in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s Ramsey Concert Hall.


  • In the Loop: UGA Student Hit by Bus



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    A University of Georgia bus hit a female student on the East Campus Express route this morning. Witnesses said the student was walking across the crosswalk between Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication building and the back of the university bookstore.

    William Peebles, a freshman animal science major, said he was on the bus that hit the woman.

    “The bus driver made that right turn right there going up to North Campus and hit her,” Peebles said. “I don’t think she was hit hard enough to fall or anything, but I heard the bus driver make a kind of shocked noise when she made that turn.”

    The student did not appear to be severely injured. Peebles said he noticed her holding her hand after the bus hit her.

    Greg Trevor, the executive director of media communication, confirmed the incident occurred but did not release further details.

    “The driver has been sent home pending the completion of a review of the incident,” Trevor said.


  • In the Loop: UGA Students Condemn Library-Wide Email Railing Against Undocumented Immigrants


    A University of Georgia library employee is under investigation by UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office after sending an email via the university-wide library email list stating her controversial views on immigration in June.

    The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs and organizations such as the Hispanic Student Association, NAACP, Listo and MIXED recently received an anonymous letter that contained a copy of the email originally written by the library employee, Kay Altschul. The letter was sent during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15–Oct. 15.

    “To encourage illegal activity and give them food, house and rest and a Country to break our laws. That is how they began their life with our Country. What makes us think they will live with different morals since they’ve crossed over the border illegally? What do we want for this Country now? Total Immorality? Injustice? Chaos? Cheating? Lying? Stealing? Killing?,” the email sent on June 20 reads.


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