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Emory University’s annexation request: No fist-pumps allowed

6:00 pm Jun. 28, 2017

The 2013 decision by the Atlanta Braves to take their business elsewhere was an economy-changing event that sparked open celebration on the Cobb County side of the Chattahoochee River.

At the risk of using an out-of-season metaphor, one might even say they spiked the football.

By contrast, the announcement of Emory University’s petition to become part of the city of Atlanta, a move with far greater potential to change the face of

‘Political rewind’ replay: A health care bill placed on hold

5:02 pm Jun. 28, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” dissects the Senate Republican struggle to get 52 votes for a repeal/replace measure aimed at upending Obamacare.

A new participant was Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who disclosed why she didn’t jump into the 2018 race for governor (she consider it too late) and spoke up on the link between health care and jobs in “the other” Georgia.

“You can’t talk about economic development, and have

Sally Yates gives detailed account of events that led to her firing

1:31 pm Jun. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Sally Yates’ 10 days leading the Justice Department this January were incredibly eventful ones, as we’ve detailed here in the past.

The Georgia native has made a few public appearances since then, including a starring role in a blockbuster hearing before a Senate panel last month and a speech to Harvard Law School’s graduating class. She’s also given interviews ruling out a run for Georgia governor

With Senate health care bill in jeopardy, Perdue, Isakson to huddle with Trump

3:36 pm Jun. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s two U.S. senators were planning to join many of their GOP colleagues at the White House Tuesday afternoon after Senate leaders abruptly hit the breaks on a health care overhaul they had been planning to bring to a vote later this week.

Republicans David Perdue and Johnny Isakson both voiced support for their party leaders’ decision to take the July 4th recess to rework their Obamacare replacement legislation

Ethics group says its complaint likely prompted inquiry into John Lewis’ top aide

12:40 pm Jun. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — The head of a right-leaning watchdog group said he is fairly certain his organization’s previous complaint regarding the dual-employment status of U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ top aide prompted a new House Ethics inquiry into the matter.

Matthew Whitaker, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, said it appears that FACT’s January allegation that Michael Collins, Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, broke ethics rules that bar

A week later, a coda on Ossoff’s 6th District campaign

6:00 am Jun. 27, 2017

Jon Ossoff’s campaign for Georgia’s 6th District is at once tantalizing and haunting for Democrats preparing for next year’s midterms.

He raised more money than any other U.S. House candidate in history and transformed the contest

Jokes, cameras, rituals mark Karen Handel’s first day on Capitol Hill

12:01 am Jun. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — There was a brief photo-op with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a few formalities from U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a hug and then an oath.

The whole affair took less than half an hour. And just like that, Karen Handel made Georgia history, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman.

Monday evening’s events on the House floor were a coda, an end to the state’s omnipresent 6th Congressional District