Here's what's trending in politics in Georgia and around the nation on Thursday.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for six counties along Georgia’s coast as Hurricane Irma moves closer to the U.S. The emergency declaration includes Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties.
Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday is set to talk with staff members on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Trump will be talking about a meeting he had with Russians during his father’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump said in July that he agreed to the meeting because he was told that he would receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton during the meeting.
Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson on Wednesday joined Virginia’s two Democratic senators to sponsor a resolution condemning the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R), sponsored the resolution that recognized the three people killed (counterprotester Heather Heyer and two Virginia State troopers killed in a helicopter crash), and 19 injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 following a white-nationalist rally there.
A candidate for lieutenant governor says he believes there should be a constitutional amendment that limits the number of terms a person can serve in that position.
Georgia Sen. Rick Jeffares, (R- McDonough), said in a statement, “I believe that term limits are good for politicians, their constituents, and Democracy itself. Citizens should serve, contribute their ideas and passion, then return to the private sector to live under the laws they pass.
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia filed suit against the U.S. government Wednesday saying President Donald Trump’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was driven by prejudice. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include New York, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.
President Trump on Wednesday struck a deal with Democratic leaders to extend government funding and raise the debt ceiling until December. The move angered many Republican leaders.
According to an internal investigation by Facebook, fake Russian accounts and pages purchased $100,000 in political ads during 2016. The ads, according to Facebook, focused on such issues as race and immigration.
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