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Johnny Kauffman


Johnny joined WABE in March, 2015. Before joining the station, he was a producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting, and NPR in Washington D.C.

At NPR, Johnny worked as a producer for "Morning Edition," "Weekend Edition," and "Tell Me More."

Johnny got his start in radio as host and station manager at WECI in Richmond, Indiana, where he went to Earlham College and graduated with a degree in English.

Johnny is a native of Goshen, Indiana, a small town in the northern part of the state.

Wednesday was the first day of Georgia state Sen. Michael Williams's "deportation bus" tour. The Republican candidate for governor is a long-shot in next week's primary election.

Williams began his bus tour in a few metro Atlanta cities that have a reputation for being more sympathetic to immigrants than others in the state.

Georgia State Capitol gold dome.
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In upcoming elections, Georgia's state ethics commission will audit the campaign fundraising reports of all major statewide candidates, according to its executive secretary Stefan Ritter.

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A bipartisan panel of Georgia lawmakers showed interest last week in a major overhaul of the state’s election systems.

But what may have been the first public indication in over a decade of significant support for the change showed signs of a likely debate over the cost to replace Georgia’s electronic-only voting machines, which were first purchased in 2002 and are being phased out around the country.

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Farmers Drew Walker and Will Ellis are in a 100-acre peanut field, surrounded by rows of green plants sticking up about two feet. On each plant there are about 40 peanuts underground.  

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The farmers see crows flying above.

“That’s the first tell-tale sign that you’ve got worms coming in,” Walker says.

He and Ellis bend over, whacking the plants back and forth to see what falls off.

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A more than 3-year-old voter registration fraud inquiry by the office of candidate for governor, and Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp shifted course Wednesday. Investigators revealed publicly for the first time that their original target, an organization focused on registering voters of color and young people, was effectively cleared in the case.