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The fight over Tom Price’s seat could be a referendum on Trump

The race to represent U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s affluent suburban district is shaping up to be an early test of Donald Trump’s popularity, and the field of candidates range from liberal Democrats running against the new president to conservatives who promise to be his biggest ally. With Price’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Trump’s health secretary, the contest to ...

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Delta, Braves, and Home Depot execs place their bets in Atlanta race for mayor

The Atlanta mayor’s race may seem like a free-for-all, but campaign finance disclosures from the candidates show who some of the big fish are betting on. Peter Aman raked in big checks from some of Atlanta’s corporate heavyweights. Delta chief executive Ed Bastian gave $4,000, and developers Ken Ashley, Jim Borders, Matt Bronfman all chipped in. So did Doug Hertz, ...

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‘Political Rewind’ replay: The White House aide who would pull the system down

With the shadow of the Atlanta Falcons’ Super Bowl loss hanging overhead, today’s cast of GPB’s “Political Rewind” sought refuge in the weekend doings of the Trump administration. Specifically, chief White House strategist Steve Bannon. On the line with us was David Von Drehle, author of a Time magazine article on Bannon’s role as Trump’s ideologist. From the piece: Bannon ...

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Your tip sheet: House takes up firefighter’s bill

Days remaining in the 2017 Legislative session: 28 Lawmakers are back after a long Super Bowl (sigh) weekend. Both chambers will start at 10 a.m. On the House calendar: House Bill 14, which would require sheriffs to deposit fees they collect into the county’s general fund; HB 88, which would force judges to resign if they are disbarred or suspended ...

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Bernie Sanders helps Atlanta mayoral candidate raise campaign cash

State Sen. Vincent Fort has raised nearly $250,000 in the six weeks since he announced his Atlanta mayoral bid, thanks in part to support from Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Atlanta Democrat will report Tuesday that more than 6,300 donors contributed to his campaign, which netted more than $100,000 of those donations after Sanders endorsed Fort’s mayoral bid. He ...

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New David Perdue bill would end 22-year-old immigration lottery

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.,  would abolish a federal green card program originally created to bolster diversity under an immigration plan he plans to unveil later this morning. The freshman Republican would like to do away with a special lottery system started more than two decades ago that annually selects 50,000 people from countries with traditionally lower immigration rates ...

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Speaker declares Britain’s Parliament off-limits to Donald Trump

Sometime this year, President Donald Trump will slip across the pond to pay a formal visit to Britain and his Brexit soulmate, Prime Minister Theresa May. But he may not be accorded the honor of an address before Parliament. From the Washington Post: Citing “racism” and “sexism,” Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers Monday that he was “strongly opposed” to the ...

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Corporate powers line up behind Georgia’s new Attorney General

Attorney General Chris Carr raised nearly $250,000 in the two months since he was appointed the state’s top attorney with the help of corporate powers, establishment Republicans and at least one potential adversary. Facing a potential 2018 challenge from his right flank, Carr has quickly tried to build up a campaign war chest since he replaced Sam Olens on Nov. ...

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Reading of Coretta Scott King’s letter forbidden by U.S. Senate

In the midst of a Democratic protest this evening against the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as the next attorney general, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., began reading the contents of a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King, widow of the slain civil rights leader, protesting his nomination as a U.S. District judge. (That nomination was unsuccessful.) But ...

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Atlanta mayoral candidates face fundraising test

The top candidates for Atlanta mayor face a key test this week with a campaign finance deadline that could show which contenders have enough fundraising firepower to stay in the crowded contest. Political newcomer Peter Aman, the former city chief operating officer, showed he’s willing to dig deep in his wallet in a campaign filing report filed Wednesday. He raised ...

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