Georgia Public Broadcasting's "Your Fantastic Mind," a new TV series done in conjunction with Emory University, recently examined Dupree's situation. Click here to watch the YouTube clip:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi applauds President Donald Trump during his the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House on Tuesday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Last night, for the first time, President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union address with someone who is not his friend sitting behind him. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi never said a word – but let her hands do the talking. They're calling it a sarcastic "clapback." From the Washington Post:
[W]hen Trump, who has been accused of exacerbating deep divisions, declared, "we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good," she appeared to be unable to hold back.
Rising from her seat along with others in attendance, Pelosi began applauding with her arms oddly extended out toward the president. When Trump turned toward her and the pair locked eyes, Pelosi, still clapping, appeared to smirk.
Just hours before Stacey Abrams gave her rebuttal, one of her top allies started a "draft Stacey" campaign to urge a U.S. Senate bid.
Sarah Riggs Amico, who lost her bid for Georgia’s No. 2 job last year, launched a crowd-funding campaign on Crowdpac to raise cash to help a future Abrams effort for federal office.
It's seeking donations of $20.20 to push Abrams to challenge Republican David Perdue next year - a task she seems increasingly likely to accept.
On Saturday, Republicans in Georgia will begin the extended, multi-month process of picking delegates to this year's state convention, where a new party chairman will be elected.
John Watson, the current chair, has announced he’s not seeking re-election. Scott Johnson, former chairman of the Cobb GOP, has already jumped into the race. Alec Johnson of DeKalb County, this morning sent out a note reminding Republicans of Saturday’s importance. He offered a strong hint that Johnson won’t be unopposed.
Johnson noted that the Georgia Republican Assembly, a more conservative subgroup within the state GOP, has already endorsed a candidate for chairman -- “when/if he declares.”
That’s former state senator Josh McKoon of Columbus, who was the champion of “religious liberty” legislation in the Capitol, and now is executive director of the Georgia chapter of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. McKoon is also on the staff of state Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck.
The Marietta Daily Journal this morning quotes state Sen. Jen Jordan, D-Atlanta, on why the Legislature should take up ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Call it redemption:
"1920 was the year that the 19th Amendment was passed or ratified in terms of giving women the right to vote, but Georgia ... was the first state to reject the 19th Amendment, and in fact did not ratify the 19th Amendment to give women the right to vote until 1970," Jordan said.
The U.S. Senate has been the bottleneck in recent years for legislation upping federal protections for several Georgia historic parks, but we have some new movement to report. The chamber kicked off debate Tuesday on a public lands package that includes language to expand the boundaries of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island and Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon. Once the chamber passes the legislation it'll be up to the U.S. House to decide its fate.
Lawmakers and President Donald Trump signed off on a bill last year that created Georgia's first national historic park at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta.
U.S Sen. David Perdue hasn't said how he would have voted on a symbolic amendment disapproving of President Trump's troop withdrawals in Syria and Afghanistan, but the first-term Republican hinted Tuesday that he wasn't happy about the Senate's bipartisan vote in the first place.
In a statement about his support of the underlying foreign policy bill on Tuesday, Perdue said he was “disappointed that some have used this process for political posturing.”
Perdue was a no-show at Monday evening’s vote on the Syria and Afghanistan provision, which was ultimately supported by 70 members of the Senate, including his Georgia GOP colleague, Johnny Isakson. A spokeswoman said the Trump ally had previously-scheduled meetings to attend in Georgia that day. Back in 2015, Perdue had warned, with Barack Obama in the White House, against moving too quickly on troop drawdowns.