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Ross Williams

Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal. Williams' reporting took him from City Hall to homeless camps, from the offices of business executives to the living rooms of grieving parents. A native of Cobb County, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. The Florida Phoenix is a sister media outlet to the Georgia Recorder. Both outlets are part of the nonprofit States Newsroom.

Georgia Supreme Court restores state’s strict six-week abortion ban, for now

By: - November 23, 2022

Most abortions are now once again illegal in Georgia because of a state Supreme Court decision. Last week, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert C. I. McBurney blocked the state’s controversial law, which bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected in the fetus, typically six weeks into a pregnancy, before most women know they are […]

Georgia Senate candidates hit campaign trail as Trump factor could again aid Warnock

By: - November 11, 2022

It’s already started. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker were back on the campaign trail Thursday, two days after an election in which neither of them received a majority of votes. The two are set to face off in a Dec. 6 runoff that is likely to be brutal and expensive. Depending on the outcome […]

Georgia’s short runoff election turnaround to spark frenzied ground game to capture Senate prize

By: - November 10, 2022

Herschel Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock may be enjoying a break from their hectic campaign schedules for now, but they will soon be back on the roads and the airwaves hoping to convince Georgians to vote for them in the Dec. 6 runoff election. So will the grassroots organizations that aim to help them. On […]

Georgia U.S. Senate race likely headed for a Dec. 6 runoff

By: - November 9, 2022

Updated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.  Georgia’s U.S. Senate race appears to be headed into a runoff as neither incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock or Republican challenger Herschel Walker are projected to exceed 50% of the vote. By late Wednesday morning, Warnock held 49.34% of the vote to Walker’s 48.6%, according to unofficial […]

Republican allies want to change subject after Herschel Walker abortion story bombshell

By: and - October 5, 2022

Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker faced the toughest challenge of his candidacy so far Tuesday as twin scandals rocked his bid to unseat freshman Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Late Monday night, the Daily Beast published a report alleging that Walker encouraged a former girlfriend to get an abortion and wrote a check to pay for the procedure. […]

Yes, expecting parents in Georgia can now claim their embryo as a dependent

By: and - September 20, 2022

Even with a wave of new state-level abortion restrictions passing or taking effect this summer, Georgia’s law stood out because of its so-called personhood provisions that accompanied the better known six-week ban on the procedure. One particular change that drew national attention was a new tax break for expecting parents. The state Department of Revenue […]

Georgia abortion law’s ‘personhood’ clause debated in the wake of abortion ruling

By: and - July 19, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court may have cleared the way for Georgia’s ban on most abortions after about six weeks, but the debate over the state law’s far-reaching “personhood” provisions remains unsettled. The state’s anti-abortion law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court judge in 2020, and the state’s appeal of that decision was paused last year while the Supreme […]

Trump battle cry muted in Georgia primary elections for non-football stars

By: - May 25, 2022

Tuesday night was a disappointment for most of former President Donald Trump’s endorsed Republican candidates in Georgia’s statewide races. Herschel Walker, a former UGA football star and Trump surrogate in Georgia, ran away with a primary win and is set for general election fight against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. But Gov. Brian Kemp, the former […]

Georgia officials say Marjorie Taylor Greene will not be disqualified as a candidate

By: - May 9, 2022

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is eligible to appear on the ballot for re-election after a judge determined she did not participate or plan the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger signed off on the judge’s opinion late Friday, making the ruling official. A group of voters pointed to video […]

Georgia High School Association OKs bans of transgender athletes

By: - May 5, 2022

The Georgia High School Association has changed its rules for determining the gender of a student athlete in a move that will prevent transgender students from playing on teams that match their gender identities. The association, which oversees sports in 465 public and private schools across the state, approved the change with a unanimous vote […]

Marjorie Taylore Greene defiant, forgetful in court challenge to reelection eligibility

By: - April 24, 2022

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene took the stand Friday in an at-times raucous court hearing that incorporated a history lesson on the Whiskey rebellion and a stirring speech from a president fighting off an extraterrestrial invasion. Greene was in the hot seat because a group of voters say she should not be allowed to run for […]

Trump sends cash to anti-Kemp group, marking his first big midterm donation

By: - April 14, 2022

Former President Donald Trump has opened up his wallet – or at least his political action committee – in the hopes of thwarting Gov. Brian Kemp’s bid for a second term. Trump’s Save America PAC has donated $500,000 to Get Georgia Right, a Virginia-based anti-Kemp super PAC. As Politico first reported, the check is Trump’s first big […]