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Atlanta’s suburban U.S. House seats are back in the crosshairs
 Atlanta’s northern suburbs have played host to the nation’s most expensive congressional race and, most recently, its closest. Originally drawn to be safe Republican seats, Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts have transformed into the political front line as the parties scramble for suburban dominance in the era...

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Atlanta’s northern suburbs have played host to the nation’s most expensive congressional race and, most recently, its closest. Originally drawn to be safe Republican seats, Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts have transformed into the political front line as the parties scramble for suburban dominance in the era...
The Jolt: Why a conservative split on medical pot could have MARTA implications
 Legislation filed Thursday would allow medical marijuana oil to be sold to patients in Georgia. The author of House Bill 324 is state Rep. Micah Gravley of Douglasville, vice-chairman of the House Republican caucus. Four other prominent Republicans have also put their name to the measure, along with Calvin Smyre of Columbus, the most...

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Legislation filed Thursday would allow medical marijuana oil to be sold to patients in Georgia. The author of House Bill 324 is state Rep. Micah Gravley of Douglasville, vice-chairman of the House Republican caucus. Four other prominent Republicans have also put their name to the measure, along with Calvin Smyre of Columbus, the most...
Border security compromise splits Georgia lawmakers
 A bipartisan border security bill that raced through both chambers of Congress on Thursday won over several Georgia Republicans along the way.  The spending deal, which would set aside nearly $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall and stave off another government shutdown through September, prompted “yes&rdquo...

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A bipartisan border security bill that raced through both chambers of Congress on Thursday won over several Georgia Republicans along the way.  The spending deal, which would set aside nearly $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall and stave off another government shutdown through September, prompted “yes&rdquo...
Savannah port boosters: Fed funding safe under national emergency
 Top officials connected to the Savannah port said Thursday that federal funding for the state’s top economic development project is safe after the White House announced President Donald Trump would declare a national emergency to build a border wall.  Congressman Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, whose 1st Congressional District is home...

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Top officials connected to the Savannah port said Thursday that federal funding for the state’s top economic development project is safe after the White House announced President Donald Trump would declare a national emergency to build a border wall.  Congressman Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, whose 1st Congressional District is home...
The Jolt: Gwinnett’s MARTA vote and the search for a GOP champion
 One of the more important referendums in the history of metro Atlanta is little more than 10 days away. Early voting to determine whether MARTA and heavy rail should be extended into Gwinnett County begins on Feb. 25. Election day is March 19. The original plan had been to conduct the referendum as part of last November’s general...

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One of the more important referendums in the history of metro Atlanta is little more than 10 days away. Early voting to determine whether MARTA and heavy rail should be extended into Gwinnett County begins on Feb. 25. Election day is March 19. The original plan had been to conduct the referendum as part of last November’s general...
Ga. lawmakers fume after Michael money omitted from spending deal
 South Georgia lawmakers whose districts were battered by Hurricane Michael are seething after congressional negotiators unveiled a compromise spending agreement on Thursday without any emergency money for recovery efforts.  As the border security package was being negotiated over the last three weeks, the state’s lawmakers...

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South Georgia lawmakers whose districts were battered by Hurricane Michael are seething after congressional negotiators unveiled a compromise spending agreement on Thursday without any emergency money for recovery efforts.  As the border security package was being negotiated over the last three weeks, the state’s lawmakers...
Georgia congressman scolded for Confederate book displayed in office
 A federal employee union is demanding an apology from Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson for a Confederate book displayed in his Capitol Hill office this week. Several Georgia members of the American Federation of Government Employees were visiting the West Point Republican’s office on Monday when said they saw a copy of “Gen....

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A federal employee union is demanding an apology from Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson for a Confederate book displayed in his Capitol Hill office this week. Several Georgia members of the American Federation of Government Employees were visiting the West Point Republican’s office on Monday when said they saw a copy of “Gen....
The Jolt: Attempted health care rollback cost GOP the U.S. House, top Republican says
 In print editions of today’s AJC, you’ll see a column on the changing attitude of Georgia Republicans toward the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. Or waivers. “We don’t care if they call it manna from heaven. Whatever works for them,” one wag at the state Capitol told us. In that article, we note that...

Posted: 4 days ago

In print editions of today’s AJC, you’ll see a column on the changing attitude of Georgia Republicans toward the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. Or waivers. “We don’t care if they call it manna from heaven. Whatever works for them,” one wag at the state Capitol told us. In that article, we note that...
Ga. Republicans approach emerging border deal with caution
 Georgia Republicans on Tuesday sounded cautious notes about an emerging  agreement that would set aside new money for barriers on the southern border but provide billions less than what President Donald Trump had been seeking for a wall. Congressman Tom Graves, R-Ranger, the only Georgia member of the bipartisan negotiating committee...

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Georgia Republicans on Tuesday sounded cautious notes about an emerging agreement that would set aside new money for barriers on the southern border but provide billions less than what President Donald Trump had been seeking for a wall. Congressman Tom Graves, R-Ranger, the only Georgia member of the bipartisan negotiating committee...
The Jolt: Stacey Abrams welcomes a GOP shift on Medicaid
 We’ve got something of a theme this morning. For years, Stacey Abrams and her fellow Democrats have assailed Republicans for their refusal to expand Medicaid under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. So she is taking the news that Gov. Brian Kemp is set to back legislation to allow “waivers” that...

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We’ve got something of a theme this morning. For years, Stacey Abrams and her fellow Democrats have assailed Republicans for their refusal to expand Medicaid under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. So she is taking the news that Gov. Brian Kemp is set to back legislation to allow “waivers” that...
The Jolt: Democrats are coming, warns spokesman for a city of East Cobb
 Over the weekend, the Marietta Daily Journal noted that Phil Kent, the conservative pundit and anti-illegal immigration activist, had been hired to do some spokes-personing for supporters of a proposed city of East Cobb. Arguments for the new city has focused on law enforcement and roadways, but according to Kent, there’s another...

Posted: 6 days ago

Over the weekend, the Marietta Daily Journal noted that Phil Kent, the conservative pundit and anti-illegal immigration activist, had been hired to do some spokes-personing for supporters of a proposed city of East Cobb. Arguments for the new city has focused on law enforcement and roadways, but according to Kent, there’s another...
Georgia 7th: A look at who could run
 It didn’t take long after five-term U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall announced he wouldn’t seek re-election for a sprawling field of roughly a dozen would-be candidates to come into focus.  The last time Georgia’s 7th Congressional District seat was open in 2010, no fewer than eight Republicans jostled to represent the Gwinnett...

Posted: 9 days ago

It didn’t take long after five-term U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall announced he wouldn’t seek re-election for a sprawling field of roughly a dozen would-be candidates to come into focus.  The last time Georgia’s 7th Congressional District seat was open in 2010, no fewer than eight Republicans jostled to represent the Gwinnett...
The Jolt: Brian Kemp named a high-clout judicial commission. Here’s the law firm that won
 On Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp announced his selected 25 attorneys who will make up one of the most influential bodies under his oversight -- the Judicial Nominating Commission, which builds short lists for vacancies on court benches throughout the state. It’s fair to say that the Robbins Firm, former home to executive counsel David...

Posted: 9 days ago

On Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp announced his selected 25 attorneys who will make up one of the most influential bodies under his oversight -- the Judicial Nominating Commission, which builds short lists for vacancies on court benches throughout the state. It’s fair to say that the Robbins Firm, former home to executive counsel David...
Carolyn Bourdeaux to seek 7th District seat after razor-thin loss
 Within minutes of Congressman Rob Woodall’s, R-Lawrenceville, announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2020, Carolyn Bourdeaux said she planned to jump into the 7th District contest.  The Democrat, who narrowly lost to Woodall by 433 votes last fall, said she is “coming back to finish the job.” ...

Posted: 10 days ago

Within minutes of Congressman Rob Woodall’s, R-Lawrenceville, announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2020, Carolyn Bourdeaux said she planned to jump into the 7th District contest.  The Democrat, who narrowly lost to Woodall by 433 votes last fall, said she is “coming back to finish the job.” ...
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall will not seek re-election 
 Congressman Rob Woodall will not seek re-election next year, all but ensuring his rapidly-diversifying suburban Atlanta district will become one of the country’s fiercest political battlegrounds in 2020.  The Lawrenceville Republican said Thursday he plans to step aside at the end of the current Congress because of recent political...

Posted: 10 days ago

Congressman Rob Woodall will not seek re-election next year, all but ensuring his rapidly-diversifying suburban Atlanta district will become one of the country’s fiercest political battlegrounds in 2020.  The Lawrenceville Republican said Thursday he plans to step aside at the end of the current Congress because of recent political...
The Jolt: The ‘no’ vote in the House just doubled
 Though the lift never would have been an easy, the odds against a bill to allow concealed weapons to be carried without a permit just got a good bit slimmer. On Wednesday, the state House cast its 15th vote of a slow-starting session, passing a resolution to name a new judicial building after Nathan Deal – a nod to the former...

Posted: 10 days ago

Though the lift never would have been an easy, the odds against a bill to allow concealed weapons to be carried without a permit just got a good bit slimmer. On Wednesday, the state House cast its 15th vote of a slow-starting session, passing a resolution to name a new judicial building after Nathan Deal – a nod to the former...
EXCLUSIVE: Trump on Stacey Abrams running for U.S. Senate: ‘I don’t think she can win’
 President Donald Trump was dismissive about the future political prospects of former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, saying in an Oval Office interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday  that the Democrat could not defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue in a statewide battle.  Hours after Abrams delivered...

Posted: 11 days ago

President Donald Trump was dismissive about the future political prospects of former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, saying in an Oval Office interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that the Democrat could not defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue in a statewide battle.  Hours after Abrams delivered...
The Jolt: A debate coach grades Stacey Abrams’ post-SOTU performance
 Aaron Kall, director of debate at the University of Michigan, is well-versed in the art of public discourse, and is the editor/co-author of “The State of the Union Is...Memorable Addresses of the Last Fifty Years." Last night, Kall was kind enough to tap out some thoughts on Stacey Abrams’ performance as the...

Posted: 11 days ago

Aaron Kall, director of debate at the University of Michigan, is well-versed in the art of public discourse, and is the editor/co-author of “The State of the Union Is...Memorable Addresses of the Last Fifty Years." Last night, Kall was kind enough to tap out some thoughts on Stacey Abrams’ performance as the...
Analysis: Stacey Abrams snaps ‘curse of State of Union response’ 
   At a dress rehearsal for her State of the Union response, Stacey Abrams made one thing clear to organizers: I don’t need lip balm, she told them, and hold the water.  It was a joke, but it also underscored a truth: She told supporters she was “terrified” of squandering the chance to rebut Donald Trump’s...

Posted: 11 days ago

  At a dress rehearsal for her State of the Union response, Stacey Abrams made one thing clear to organizers: I don’t need lip balm, she told them, and hold the water.  It was a joke, but it also underscored a truth: She told supporters she was “terrified” of squandering the chance to rebut Donald Trump’s...
Ga. lawmakers’ State of the Union reviews span from ‘spot-on’ to ‘hot air’
 Georgia Republicans gave President Donald Trump positive reviews on Tuesday for his second State of the Union address, praising what they saw as a unifying message and inspirational guests.  Congressman Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, called the speech “spot-on.”  “He reached out across the aisle. He was conciliatory....

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia Republicans gave President Donald Trump positive reviews on Tuesday for his second State of the Union address, praising what they saw as a unifying message and inspirational guests.  Congressman Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, called the speech “spot-on.”  “He reached out across the aisle. He was conciliatory....
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