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Dear Donald Trump: Sonny Perdue’s paperwork is in your desk. No, the left-hand drawer.

So about 7:30 a.m., while you were headed to work today, President Donald Trump gave his Twitter thumbs a workout: It is so pathetic that the Dems have still not approved my full Cabinet. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017 Here’s the problem: Especially in the case of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, “Dems” aren’t the problem. A detail-challenged ...

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Johnny Isakson suggests that Donald Trump release his tax returns

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has always treaded carefully when it comes to President Donald Trump, backing him but very much keeping him at arm’s length. As chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, Isakson has been careful not to criticize the businessman’s specific plans for avoiding conflicts of interest. Isakson will often shift the focus to his own ethics choices ...

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Ossoff strikes back: Democrat rushes to define himself with trio of ads

Democrat Jon Ossoff released a trio of television ads on Friday in a rush to define himself in his bid for a conservative-leaning suburban Atlanta House district before his Republican opponents can. In the first ad, former Gov. Roy Barnes calls Ossoff a “relentless warrior against corruption” and Rep. John Lewis says he can “shake things up in Congress.” It ...

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‘Political Rewind’ replay: Sixth District follies, and the Crossover Day scramble

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” opens on the latest doings in the state Capitol – on the day that most legislation needs to pass one chamber or another to stay alive. The stillbirth of casino legislation dominated the conversation. We talked some of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ dilemma in D.C., but finish the program by dissecting the latest Republican ...

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The one gaming bill with traction in the state Capitol

Most of us think that the power of a law lies in its commands — in the “shall” and “shall not.” But just as often, the true authority is hidden in a statute’s definitions. Within the words that say what is, and what is not. Last Monday, Republicans in the state Senate abandoned their effort to bring the roulette wheel ...

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Watch Georgia’s ‘White Ice Cube’ melt into history

Georgia’s “White Ice Cube” took less than a minute to melt into history. At a Sunday ceremony led by Gov. Nathan Deal, the old Georgia Archives building was imploded to make way for a sparkling new state courts building. You can watch the entire ceremony here. See the pictures below from the AJC’s Kent Johnson: The 14-story building, so nicknamed for ...

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Dan Moody’s ad debut: ‘I’m going to need a bigger shovel’

Dan Moody launched his debut TV ad in the race for Georgia’s Sixth District on Sunday, opening with a 60-second spot that features braying donkeys, stumbling elephants and a politician declaring himself ready to clean up after both of them. The former state senator from north Fulton County positioned himself in the ad as the consensus-builder who can clear the, ...

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Marco Rubio picks a side in Georgia’s Sixth District race

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed former state Sen. Judson Hill on Monday in his campaign for Georgia’s wide-open 6th District seat, giving the Marietta Republican a high-profile supporter who was popular in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. Rubio easily won the district, an establishment-friendly swath stretching from east Cobb to north DeKalb, in Georgia’s March 2016 presidential primary. Donald Trump’s struggles in ...

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Your tip sheet: A Crossover Day hangover and a tax break for yacht owners

Days remaining in the session: 12 We may have had the weekend to recover, but most of us are likely to still have a Crossover Day hangover heading into the final four weeks of this year’s legislative session. The Senate is in at 10 a.m., the House at 1 p.m., although after a marathon session last Friday the House has ...

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SonnyWatch: Why Perdue’s confirmation hearing is still TBD

WASHINGTON — Sonny Perdue wasn’t mentioned by name when President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to lambaste Senate Democrats for slow-walking consideration of his two remaining Cabinet picks, but Georgia’s former two-term governor was clearly high on the chief executive’s mind. It’s been more than six weeks since Trump tapped the Republican to be his secretary of agriculture, and the Senate ...

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