(AP and LA Times) — The producers of a new Amazon show aren’t going to be scouting filming locations in Georgia because of the state’s new anti-abortion law. Sister Pictures had planned to consider the Peach State for its upcoming show “The Power.”
That plan has changed since the state passed the “heartbeat bill,” a law that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
Several big names in Hollywood, including director Ron Howard and writer/producer David Simon, have called for boycotts until the law is repealed.
And the L.A Times Reports, the Kristen Wiig movie “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” will not shoot in Georgia, a production source confirmed Tuesday. HB 481, which was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp on May 7 and, barring a legal challenge, is set to go into effect Jan. 1.
(Atlanta, GA-AP) — Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp is getting some pressure from Tinseltown to veto his state’s controversial abortion bill. Actress Alyssa Milano showed up at the State Capitol yesterday, with threats to push the film industry to another state if the bill becomes law.
Kemp says he’s not worried what someone in Hollywood thinks about him. The “fetal heartbeat” bill bans most abortions as soon as a doctor can detect a heartbeat in an embryo. Kemp has until early May to sign it.
(Atlanta, GA-AP) — Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams still isn’t conceding the governor’s race to Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The Republican was ahead by just over two percentage points early this morning, or roughly 100-thousand votes.
Abrams took the stage just before 2 a.m. to say she’s waiting for every provisional and absentee ballot to be counted. Kemp said he’s confident victory is near. There’s been a lot of attention on the Georgia race, with Abrams looking to become the nation’s first black female governor.
(Atlanta, GA) – It’s crunch time. As the campaign trail heads towards the final stretch, the big wigs are coming out to lend their support to Georgia Governor Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.
If elected, Abrams would be the first black female governor is U.S. history. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey and former President Barack Obama want to make sure that happens. Oprah is expected to participate in two town hall meetings with Abrams in Atlanta, GA on November 1st, while Barack Obama will campaign for her in Atlanta on Friday.
The polls show Abrams with a slight lead over Secretary of State Brian Kemp who has come under heavy criticism lately with charges of voter suppression and corruption. Almost 60 thousand absentee votes have been rejected, 70 percent of which are from African Americans.
The official date for the midterm elections is Nov. 6th.
(Atlanta, GA) – All eyes will be on the state of Georgia on November 6th as the heated race to the Governor’s seat will finally come to a head.
This election has been under heavy watch and scrutiny because for one Brian Kemp is still the Secretary of State which means he oversees the voting process. A call for straight up fraud has also been issued because more than 70 percent of 50 thousand black voter registrations have been held for failure of an exact match to driver licenses and social security numbers.
There have also been charges of voter suppression, the purging of voting roles and faulty machines. The race is neck and neck and Former President Jimmy Carter says it is a conflict of interest for Brian Kemp to oversee an election that his a candidate in. Reportedly, Carter sent him a letter earlier this month requesting that he step down.
The polls show them neck and neck in the race.
Stacey Abrams would be the first black and female Governor of Georgia if she wins.
(Atlanta, GA-AP) — A Georgia federal judge is ordering election officials to stop rejecting absentee ballots. U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May ordered that the ballots being rejected be marked provisional and voters need to be given a chance to appeal the decision or confirm their identity.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp is rejecting the ballots because of Georgia’s exact match law, which says ballots are tossed if anything is wrong. Kemp is the Republican candidate for governor and his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, has accused him of trying to disenfranchise black voters. Most of the ballots that have been rejected have been from African Americans. Abrams is trying to become the nation’s first black woman governor.
(By Frank Bajak) – The Georgia attorney general’s office will no longer represent the state’s top elections official in an elections integrity lawsuit filed three days before a crucial computer server was quietly wiped clean.
The lawsuit aims to force Georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily questioned touchscreen election technology, which does not provide an auditable paper trail.
The server in question was a statewide staging location for key election-related data. It made headlines in June after a security expert disclosed a gaping security hole that wasn’t fixed for six months after he first reported it to election authorities. Personal data was exposed for Georgia’s 6.7 million voters, as were passwords used by county officials to access files.
The assistant state attorney general handling the case, Cristina Correia, notified the court and participating attorneys Wednesday that her office was withdrawing from the case, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press. Spokeswoman Katelyn McCreary offered no explanation and said she couldn’t comment “on pending matters.”
Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the main defendant, is running for governor in 2018 and his campaign said in a statement emailed to the AP that the attorney general’s office has a conflict of interest and cannot represent either Kemp’s office or the state elections board. Campaign spokesman Ryan Mahoney said in a text message that the conflict stems from “too many co defendants with potential differences in strategy, approach, etc.”
The secretary of state’s office had said in an earlier statement that the law firm of former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes would represent Kemp and other state election officials. It made no mention of a conflict of interest.
The campaign statement quoted Mahoney as saying: “There is no scandal or vast conspiracy. This is a tasteless nothingburger cooked up by liberal activists who know their lawsuit is nothing short of stupid.”