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Isakson backs Obamacare repeal-and-delay effort he once criticized

8:29 pm Jul. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s vote Wednesday to back an Obamacare repeal-and-delay effort wasn’t exactly a surprise, but it was still notable given his past criticism of the approach.

As we’ve reported over the last few months, Isakson has kept his comments on health care intentionally vague in order to give himself maximum room to negotiate on the GOP’s Obamacare replacement effort. Put another way, he’s not viewed as a

David Ralston won’t join the race for governor — but he’ll try to define it

5:53 pm Jul. 26, 2017

House Speaker David Ralston won’t be joining next year’s Republican race for governor. But he’s doing his best to define it.

“I think it’s important for somebody to stay here and do the work. And I’m enjoying the work,” he said late Tuesday afternoon. We were in his third-floor office within a nearly abandoned state Capitol.

At least four statewide offices will be open and up for grabs next year: Governor, lieutenant

The day a former pharmacist sent us hunting on Urban Dictionary

5:09 pm Jul. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — It’s not every day that a Savannah-area baby boomer can stump a millennial like your Insider when it comes to slang, but then again there have been a lot of surprises in the nation’s capital lately.

It all originated from a comment U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter made on MSNBC this afternoon that has been making the rounds on social media.

Anchor Ali Velshi had asked the Pooler Republican about what

‘Political Rewind’ replay: A transgender ban announced on Twitter

5:05 pm Jul. 26, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focuses on President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement that transgender individuals would no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.

The Twitter declaration caught members of Congress and the Pentagon, too, off-guard. If you couldn’t catch it live, click below to listen now:

Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; Kyle Wingfield, the AJC columnist; longtime GOP strategist Heath Garrett; Andra Gillespie, the Emory University political

Running tally: How Perdue, Isakson voted on Senate health care proposals

12:43 pm Jul. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — If you’re having trouble keeping track of the various health care proposals floating around the Senate, you’re not alone.

As GOP leaders look to cobble together 50 votes behind an Obamacare replacement plan — any plan, at this point — there are a ton proposals receiving test votes. Some are trial balloons, leaders seeing how much support they have for particular policies. Others represent leaders fulfilling promises to

In the midst of a race for governor, Stacey Abrams lands a book deal

11:15 am Jul. 26, 2017

So it looks like we’ll have a battle of biographical narratives in the 2018 Democratic race for governor:

NEW YORK — Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a book deal.

Henry Holt and Co. told the Associated Press on Wednesday that Abrams’ ”Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change” is scheduled for next spring. According to Holt, her book will combine her life story with “real-world, how-to