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Why Georgia Republicans are nervous about House health plan

Georgia Republicans are sharply divided over the GOP proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act that’s galloping through the U.S. House of Representatives, raising concerns about the lack of a cost estimate for the overhaul and its impact on the state’s budget as it moves through Capitol Hill. As House lawmakers prepare to vote on the sweeping rewrite of health ...

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Your tip sheet: Beer Monday

Days remaining in the 2017 legislative session: 9 The General Assembly has entered the final turn and is limping, ever so slowly toward the finish line. The House and Senate convene for Day 32 at 10 a.m.. Only one bill is in the House calendar, but it’s a popular one: Senate Bill 85 would allow craft beer and liquor manufacturers ...

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Jon Ossoff rattles conservatives in race for Georgia’s Sixth

How much has Jon Ossoff unsettled Republicans who want to keep a grip on suburban Atlanta’s Sixth District? The 30-year-old Democrat was invoked throughout a GOP candidate forum as a sort of sword of Damocles hanging over the race for the seat held by Republicans since Jimmy Carter was president. Many of the candidates at the Fulton County GOP breakfast ...

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House, Senate renew annual post-Crossover Day bickering

It’s a legislative tradition unlike any other.  Every year in the Georgia General Assembly, as soon as Crossover Day passes, the House and the Senate engage in a choreographed effort to define the other chamber as a bunch of layabouts. Take last week. Lawmakers met for three days and accomplished very little. Each chamber passed a handful of mostly minor bills. ...

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Four months after a Hillary Clinton win, Cobb GOP ousts chairman

Frustrated Cobb Republicans ousted chairman Rose Wing over the weekend and replaced her with an avowed Donald Trump supporter, months after the county voted for a Democrat in the presidential race for the first time since 1976. Jason Shepherd, running on a “Make Cobb Red Again” platform, beat Wing by a 173-114 vote. We’re told his support came from a ...

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Getting Back To Our Roots, Looking To Modernize Southern Traditions The Millennial Way

South Fulton District 1 candidate Ehimen “E” Inegbedion might not have much political experience, but he is no stranger to democracy. Inegbedion’s father was instrumental in helping to establish democracy in Nigeria. His father came to the United States in 1980 with the goals of finishing his degree in political science and returning to Nigeria. During this time, Nigeria was ...

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Under pressure to do town halls, some Ga. Republicans opt for tele-forums

WASHINGTON – At a time when many constituents are demanding face time, several Georgia congressmen are instead choosing to pick up the phone. Demonstrators frustrated with the Trump administration are continuing to pressure the state’s 10 Republican congressmen and two GOP senators to hold in-person town hall events. Phone lines and email inboxes have been flooded, and protesters meet weekly ...

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SonnyWatch: Perdue’s paperwork has been sent to the Senate

The long delay for the U.S. Senate to set a confirmation hearing for Sonny Perdue as agricultural secretary could soon be over. The former Georgia governor’s paperwork has been sent to the Senate, according to a source with direct knowledge of the development, meaning that lawmakers should soon begin to formally vet the Republican. The paperwork was held up for ...

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Trump tries to sell Georgia tea party leader on healthcare plan

President Donald Trump met with a Georgia tea party leader and other conservative groups upset with the House GOP’s healthcare plan, struggling to quell growing backlash from the right over the measure. Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said she was encouraged that Trump heard her concerns about the healthcare plan, but said she left without any promises of ...

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David Scott: Rip up GOP health plan, let bipartisan panel start over

WASHINGTON — On many issues, U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, fashions himself as a man in the middle on Capitol Hill, ready and willing to use his moderate credentials to broker agreements across the aisle. The question has always been whether there were any Republicans to meet him halfway. When it comes to the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill, Scott, like virtually every Democrat, isn’t ...

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