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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill  earlier this year. AP/Cliff Owen

AJC poll: Most Georgians dissatisfied with Paul Ryan

8:00 am Oct. 23, 2016

The majority of Georgians hold an unfavorable view of Paul Ryan less than two weeks after the House Speaker made the extraordinary announcement that he would no longer defend his party’s nominee for president.

A recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll found that 41 percent of Georgians – including 36 percent of Republicans – view the Wisconsin Republican unfavorably. Slightly more than one-third of respondents and 40 percent of Republicans and said

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Fox News anchor and moderator Chris Wallace after the third U.S. presidential debate in Las Vegas last week. Mark Ralston-Pool/Getty Images

Donald Trump and the search for virtue in defeat

7:00 pm Oct. 22, 2016

Chris Wallace: “Do you make the …commitment that you will absolutely — sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of this election?”

Donald Trump: “I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now.”

Chris Wallace: “One of the prides of this country is the peaceful transition of power… Are you saying you’re not prepared now to commit to that principle?”

Donald Trump: “What I’m saying is that

Left to right, U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Libertarian Allen Buckley and Democrat Jim Barksdale on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at Georgia Public Broadcasting. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Barksdale’s new attack on Isakson relies on an old racial discrimination lawsuit

5:00 pm Oct. 22, 2016

Various opponents have raised this issue in the long political career of Georgia’s Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Now, it’s Democrat Jim Barksdale’s turn.

During taping Friday of the only televised debate ahead of the Nov. 8 election, Barksdale brought out a new line of attack involving Isakson’s role in a racial discrimination lawsuit tied to his father. The Democratic challenger, who trails the incumbent by 15 points in our

A blast from the past: Libertarian Allen Buckley, left, and Republican Johnny Isakson, center, debating in 2004. (BILLY SMITH II/STAFF)

Johnny Isakson has a big target on his back ahead of Georgia’s lone Senate debate

6:00 am Oct. 21, 2016

We predict Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson will receive lots of attention today.

The two-term incumbent is the man to catch as Georgia’s three U.S. Senate candidates tangle in the only televised debate of the general election cycle later this morning. (It will air at 6 p.m. Sunday on Georgia Public Broadcasting.)

Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley have been chomping at the bit for the chance to throw some punches at

Republicans David Perdue and Jack Kingston in 2014, when they were both vying for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

Long before Trump, Georgia politicos paid lip service to term limits — but the needle hasn’t moved

3:29 pm Oct. 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump isn’t the first person to propose “draining the swamp” here in the nation’s capital. Many current and former Georgia lawmakers have paid lip service to the idea of congressional term limits over the past two decades — but the talk hasn’t translated into much action.

Term limits obviously aren’t very popular among D.C.’s political class. Who voluntarily wants to give up power?

Proponents of the idea say it prevents lawmakers