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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

Watch Karen Handel get sworn in as Georgia’s first GOP congresswoman

7:44 pm Jun. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — Karen Handel made Georgia history Monday evening, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman when she was sworn in by House Speaker Paul Ryan to represent Georgia’s 6th District.

The occasion came six days after she defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a closely-watched special election that saw record levels of outside spending.

In a brief speech to her new colleagues from the well of the House, the former secretary

House Ethics appears to be investigating John Lewis’ top aide

5:42 pm Jun. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee on Monday launched an inquiry into a complaint filed against a congressional staffer who appears to be U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ longtime top aide.

The panel’s top Republican and Democratic members said they agreed to investigate a complaint filed against Michael Collins, a House aide, on May 11. That’s the name of Lewis’, D-Atlanta, longtime chief of staff, and a search through LegiStorm’s database of

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Hotel Trump, and a brewing Democratic fight for governor

5:39 pm Jun. 26, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” started with a conversation with Time magazine’s Alex Altman whose cover story on President Trump’s D.C. as the new center of GOP politics is making waves.

But beyond that, the primary point of discussion was Gov. Roy Barnes’ Monday endorsement of state Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna in the Democratic race for governor, over House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams of Atlanta.

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Forces that once opposed Karen Handel helped notch historic 6th District win

12:00 pm Jun. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — It might not have seemed that way, but the scene at a stuffed Roswell restaurant on the eve of last week’s runoff was a quietly remarkable one.

It was the night before the 6th Congressional District vote, and Gov. Nathan Deal was campaigning for a former opponent his staff once described as a spout of “unhinged blather.” Sprinkled in the crowd of hundreds of energetic Karen