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Do 25 percent of rural Georgia residents lack high-speed internet?

Many rural Georgians have been left behind because they don’t have access to high-speed internet, said Brian Kemp, a Republican seeking to become Georgia’s next governor.

"With 25 percent of rural residents without access to high-speed internet, bringing this access to all of Georgia is a fundamental component of our plan to strengthen rural Georgia," Kemp said on his campaign website.

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In converted jail cell, Kemp talks tough on illegal immigrants


Jefferson —

Secretary of State Brian Kemp launched his statewide bus tour Monday with a trip to a former city jail converted into a coffee shop, where he outlined a crackdown on illegal immigration.

The Republican told a few dozen supporters it was “insane” that immigrants in the country illegally get healthcare coverage when “residents are getting priced out of the market.” 

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Op-Ed: Plucking the Weeds of Destruction

During his final “State of the State” address, Governor Nathan Deal highlighted the sound investments made during his tenure in office.

From criminal justice reform to economic development initiatives, reforms in education and vital transportation projects, the “orchards of opportunity” planted under his leadership have certainly yielded their first fruits.

Sadly, “weeds of destruction” – opioid addiction, gang violence, and illegal immigration – are beginning to sprout in Georgia and we need a governor who will rip them from the soil before it’s too late.

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Letters to the Editor Tuesday

Police demerger benefits city of Savannah neighborhoods

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police demerger was the best thing that ever happened for my neighborhood, Twickenham. After the demerger, my city police department went from constant complaining that we need more money for more officers to being at least 110 percent staffed.

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(Athens, GA) - Today, conservative businessman and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced the "Putting Georgians First Bus Tour" with stops in 50 counties throughout the state.

"During my time as Secretary of State, I traveled to all 159 counties to meet with elections officials, business leaders, community advocates, and Georgia voters," said Kemp. "My campaign platform was created by putting thousands of miles on the Suburban and listening to the needs of real, hardworking Georgians.

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Georgia’s rural communities are struggling to stay afloat

Rural communities throughout Georgia are struggling to stay afloat. With high unemployment rates, limited economic development opportunities and reduced access to quality healthcare, education, and, yes – high speed internet, it’s tough for residents, businesses and organizations in small towns to get ahead. 

In the 2018 governor’s race, conservative businessman and Secretary of State Brian Kemp is the only candidate with a comprehensive strategy to support rural Georgia. 

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Some next steps toward fighting opioid abuse in Ga.

A new season of A&E Network’s Emmy Award-Winning docu-series aired earlier this month. For many Georgians, the opening scenes – which include shots of Newtown Dream Dog Park, Marietta Square, and North Springs MARTA station - are familiar. Unfortunately, this is not a television production lured to Georgia by our competitive film tax credit. A&E picked the North Atlanta suburbs for its 18th Season of “Intervention” to showcase the opioid epidemic in a region of our state branded “The Heroin Triangle.”

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Interview: Small Business Owner and Sec. of State Brian Kemp

“I know that you can’t completely run government like a company, but you can bring in business principles and processes.”


On January 16, 2018, former Georgia Secretary of State and small business owner, Brian Kemp, joined Merion West’s Henri Mattila for an interview to discuss his vision for Georgia as he campaigns for Governor.

Henri Mattila: Thank you for joining us today, Secretary Kemp. For our readers who aren’t familiar with your background, could you tell me a little bit about why you chose to enter politics?

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