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Top Georgia Democrats choose a side in race for DNC chair

The Democratic Party of Georgia’s two top officials endorsed former U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez’s bid to lead the Democratic National Committee, saying Friday he’s the best candidate to bring the newly-energized party’s fight “straight to Donald Trump’s doorstep.” State party chair DuBose Porter and vice-chair Nikema Williams announced their endorsement of Perez a week before DNC members arrive in ...

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Georgia GOP chair contenders clash over party’s top divides

The four candidates running for Georgia GOP chair had their first debate earlier this week, with each focusing on pledges to boost the cash-strapped party’s fundraising and flip Cobb and Gwinnett counties back to the red column. You can watch the whole 67-minute debate between DeKalb attorney Alex Johnson, party vice-chair Michael McNeely, GOP operative John Watson and District 12 ...

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‘Political Rewind’ replay: Dissecting a 77-minute, Donald Trump press conference

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focuses on the extraordinary, 77-minute confrontation that President Donald Trump arranged with the White House press corps on Thursday. Our conversation has a crucial subtext: When is it proper to publicly denounce administration representatives as fountains of untruth and deny them air time? If you missed it live this afternoon, you can listen to ...

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Parsing the silence of Sally Yates, the new hero of Georgia Democrats

She has been spotted here and there in Atlanta, with and without her husband, Comer Yates. At the theater. At a restaurant. And on Wednesday, at a Carter Center event that featured an ex-colleague, former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder. Sally Yates received a standing ovation at that last event, just for walking in. Over the last three weeks, since ...

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A Trump stronghold in Georgia stands by him on his 1-month mark

HOMER — At the end of a dusty dirt road, surrounded by beat-up chain saws and worn-out lawn mowers, Richard Yarber tries to explain his tortured relationship with the new president. “If Donald Trump walked in here, within 10 minutes I’d slap him — he’s so arrogant,” Yarber declared. “But we need someone who is going to stand up. We ...

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Sonny Perdue, Tom Price adjust to life in the D.C. bubble

WASHINGTON — The mood in the great hall of the National Museum of Women in the Arts was a festive one even before former Gov. Sonny Perdue swept through with his cousin, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, and a phalanx of aides on a cloudy January evening. Hundreds of black tie-clad Georgians were assembled there to toast Donald Trump on the eve ...

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Bogus fundraiser claims Karen Handel would ‘end Muslim immigration’

A brief note from the enemy of the people: A Colorado-based political action committee that sent a fundraising appeal in Karen Handel’s name claimed she would help Donald Trump build a wall on Mexico’s border and “end Muslim immigration” has no ties to the candidate, Handel’s campaign reports. Save the American Way sent the email pitch on Friday, allegedly in support ...

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‘Political Rewind’ replay: A widening net sweeps up illegal immigrants in Georgia

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focused on the Trump administration’s apparently stepped-up efforts to round up illegal immigrants – widened for the first time to include “collateral” immigrants swept up in an action. If you missed it live this afternoon, you can listen to it here now: Today’s line-up: Host Bill Nigut; Greg Bluestein, one of your AJC Insiders; ...

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Caution from many Georgia Republicans as reports swirl about Trump, Russia

WASHINGTON — Many of Georgia’s Republican members of Congress kept to the sidelines Wednesday as new details emerged about alleged contact between President Donald Trump’s aides and Russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign. Reaction among the state’s GOP lawmakers was varied but overall muted as Democrats called for an independent investigation into Russia’s involvement in the election, as well as ...

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That time an Alabama jury of 12 white men declared MLK ‘not guilty’

Let me tell you a story you won’t find in history books. It’s about the time in 1960, at the height of often violent passions over integration in the South, when an Alabama jury of 12 white men declared Martin Luther King Jr. “not guilty” and allowed him to walk out of a Montgomery courthouse a free man. I’d never ...

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