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At DNC meet, Kasim Reed stresses Democratic ‘unity’

Amid a bitter battle to lead the Democratic National Committee, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told the hundreds of delegates gathered in the city Friday to aim their fire at President Donald Trump. “This is going to end up being unity weekend in the city of Atlanta, and unity weekend in the state of Georgia, and unity weekend in the Democratic ...

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‘Political Rewind’ replay: Deconstructing a casino bill and ‘the administrative state’

Friday’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” was on the road, in front of a gathering of the State Bar of Georgia. What can you say? Enemies of the people need lawyer, too. Several, in fact. Discussion started with the casino bill and the state Capitol, and includes an attempt to get into the head of White House strategist Steve Bannon, ...

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Democrats aim to define struggle against Trump in Atlanta

The uneasy clash between grass-roots activists and establishment figures at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta isn’t hard to spot. It’s on display at caucus meetings, panel discussions and the maneuvering behind Saturday’s vote to elect a new party leader. And for a party struggling to find a balance between the liberal wave of outrage at Donald Trump and ...

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What might happen when Donald Trump meets a Vidalia onion

We are close to finding out what happens when President Donald Trump meets a hand-harvested Vidalia onion. Or a blueberry bush. Or a field of carrots. Six years ago, the Legislature passed House Bill 87, an effort aimed at discouraging illegal immigrants in Georgia. It did just that. And Georgia farmers quickly saw their crops rot in the fields. A ...

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Tom Perez wins: Democrats pick first Latino chairman to lead party

Updated at 3:20 p.m.: Democratic leaders picked a political veteran with ties to the party’s establishment as a new face of the resistance to Donald Trump at a party meeting Saturday in Atlanta, charging former U.S. labor secretary Tom Perez with turning the explosive protests against the president into election gains. Perez becomes the first Latino chairman of the party, ...

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A pro-Trump ‘Spirit of America’ rally lands in Atlanta

Donald Trump supporters are staging the first round in a wave of conservative rallies in Atlanta on Monday to push back against the explosive protests and town hall meetings by the president’s critics. Georgia tea party guru Debbie Dooley is helping to organize the “Spirit of America” events across the nation, which she said are open to anyone supporting Trump ...

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Mary Norwood burnishes her credentials at the DNC meeting in Atlanta

Back in 2009, Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed were locked in a tight runoff to become the next mayor of Atlanta. In the final ballot round, Norwood trailed Reed by a mere 700 votes. One of the reasons: The Georgia Democratic party had weighed in on Reed’s side, spending at least $165,000 attacking Norwood as a closet Republican. The Atlanta ...

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Why Nathan Deal isn’t at Trump’s major meeting with governors

Donald Trump hosted 46 of the nation’s governors at the annual Governor’s Ball at the White House on Sunday night. One of the four state leaders missing from the first major social event of the Trump administration: Gov. Nathan Deal. The Georgia Republican, who supported Trump after he locked up the GOP nomination, has largely spurned events in Washington since ...

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Your tip sheet: Medical marijuana, casinos, guns on campus — oh my

The House and Senate are in at 10 a.m., although the bills on the floor are really only the appetizer for work being done in committee later today. The Senate will consider four bills including Senate Bill 121, which would codifies an emergency rule by Gov. Nathan Deal expanding access to an anti-opioid overdose drug called naloxone and let pharmacists ...

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Senate Judiciary chair accuses Sally Yates of sabotaging Trump immigration ban

Sally Yates, former acting U.S. attorney general, remains a hero to Georgia Democrats and is still on the wish list for many as a 2018 candidate for governor. But a few days ago, we offered a few points that Yates might be pondering before she took any such leap. Among them was the fact that, while she might be through ...

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