Black Politics

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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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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