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Despite meager competition, Ga. congressmen spent millions on reelection bids

1:43 pm Aug. 21, 2017

WASHINGTON —The money went to luxury fishing trips on the Chesapeake Bay, fundraisers at D.C.’s poshest restaurants and a 75th-birthday blowout at the Tabernacle in Atlanta.

There were also tickets to the Masters golf tournament and a hotel room in the Virgin Islands, not to mention a stable of high-level campaign and social media consultants.

Georgia’s U.S. House members faced only token opposition at the ballot box last year, but you wouldn’t be

Kennesaw to debate Confederate symbolism as a damper on economic development

9:33 am Aug. 21, 2017

The city of Kennesaw will take up a resolution this evening asking the state Legislature to reconsider a state law that prohibits local governments in Georgia from removing or relocating the Confederate memorials in their midst.

The Confederate battle emblem currently flies in the city’s Commemorative Park, though it was removed last week. City officials blame vandals. From Shaddi Abusaid of the Marietta Daily Journal:

Yvette Daniel, an Army veteran

Civil rights icon backs Abrams in Georgia governor race

6:00 am Aug. 21, 2017

Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery endorsed Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign for governor on Monday, calling her a leader who “puts people first and refuses to leave anyone behind.”

Lowery’s endorsement gives Abrams a boost in a

Andrew Young: Don’t blame the Klan or ‘uneducated white people’

11:07 am Aug. 20, 2017

If you watched NBC’s “Meet The Press” this morning, you saw former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young address President Donald Trump’s self-made crisis over race and symbolism:

But if you relied on the video alone, you missed much of what Young said. Some 20 minutes before the Atlanta broadcast, MTP released a transcript of Young’s entire interview with Chuck Todd. Much of it was the 85-year-old

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Steve Bannon exits the White House tent

6:03 pm Aug. 18, 2017

On today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind,” the late Friday exit of White House strategist Steve Bannon couldn’t be avoided.

Here’s the question: Would it have been better – as Lyndon Johnson might have said — to keep the Breitbart executive inside the tent, [looking] out, or outside the tent [looking] in?

If you couldn’t catch it live, click below to listen now:

Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; yours truly; Michael Owens,

Georgia congressman has ties to Macon firm charged in federal corruption probe

7:00 am Aug. 18, 2017

A political consulting company that U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop hired to lead his re-election campaign in 2014 was charged by the Justice Department last week with conspiring to launder money.

The Albany Democrat, who has represented Georgia’s 2nd U.S. House District for 24 years, spent more than $95,000 on the services of the Macon-based Positiventures Initiative LLC in 2014, according to federal campaign finance filings. Positiventures is an