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Source: Brian Kemp to run for Georgia governor in 2018

 Secretary of State Brian Kemp will join the the 2018 race for Georgia governor, according to an official with direct knowledge of the Republican’s decision. It’s unclear when Kemp will formally announce. He declined comment on Monday, though he’s been dropping hints for months that he’ll run and has been lining up staffers and donors. “I am uniquely positioned to ...

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Georgia Democrat leader demands details on voter data breach

The chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia on Monday demanded that Secretary of State Brian Kemp accept help from the Department of Homeland Security after an alleged breach of confidential data that could affect millions of Georgia voter records. DuBose Porter also criticized Kemp for disclosing few details about the nature and origin of the attack, and raised concerns ...

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Democrat in Georgia’s Sixth urges candidates to unite against CDC cuts

The Republican healthcare plan swiftly moving through the U.S. House has divided the GOP candidates in the race for Georgia’s 6th District. But the leading Democrat in the race to represent the suburban Atlanta district said one part of the plan should unite all the contenders. Jon Ossoff on Monday seized on a provision to gut the federal Prevention and ...

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Sam Nunn: Pentagon may have to take the lead in Asian diplomacy

As Rex Tillerson, the understaffed U.S. secretary of state, wings his way to Asia for crucial visits to Japan, South Korea and China, Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) dropped in on former U.S. senator Sam Nunn. Nunn said the recent spate of missile launches by North Korea, coupled with last week’s successful ouster of the president of South Korea, has ...

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Ossoff’s Democratic rivals vow he won’t get ‘coronation’ in Georgia Sixth

Jon Ossoff has soaked up the lion’s share of Democratic attention in the race for Georgia’s Sixth District. He claims to have raised more than $3 million in campaign cash across the nation, has attracted the interest of national Democratic groups and has fast become the target of Republicans in the race. Which is to say the other four Democrats ...

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Ga. Republicans in damage control mode on health care

WASHINGTON – Many Georgia Republicans scrambled to re-frame the health care conversation Monday on Capitol Hill after the release of a nonpartisan report that estimated that 24 million fewer people would be on the health insurance rolls by 2026 under GOP leaders’ Obamacare replacement plan compared to the current law. Several Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation emphasized the more flattering aspects of the Congressional ...

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Your tip sheet: Save! Earn! Win!

Days left in the 2017 legislative session: 8 The House and Senate both return to action today at 10 a.m. While the Senate has begun to pick up the pace on bills on the floor, the House has just a pair of minor matters. Much more action is happening in committee. The House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee has Senate ...

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Why Trump’s purge of U.S. attorneys bypassed Atlanta’s top prosecutor

President Donald Trump’s demand that 46 U.S. attorneys to resign and immediately vacate their offices bypassed two of Georgia’s three lead federal prosecutors. The Friday order, which took Washington by surprise, included only the U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama. That meant John Horn, who heads the Atlanta-based Northern District office, and Pete Peterman, who leads the Macon-based Middle ...

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When foreigners ask if it’s safe to visit the United States

If the Friendship Force were a woman, she would be the empress dowager of Atlanta’s ambitions to become an international city. The foreign exchange network made its debut 40 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, during a White House ceremony presided over by two of Washington’s newest residents, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter. The concept was novel. Rather ...

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SonnyWatch: Perdue plans to divest assets after confirmation

WASHINGTON – Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to step down from his business holding company and restructure his family trusts in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest should the Senate confirm him to be secretary of agriculture, according to new federal ethics documents. As part of an agreement struck with the Office of Government Ethics, Perdue would resign ...

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