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Rick Jeffares joins race for Georgia lieutenant governor

10:10 am May. 26, 2017

It’s been whispered about for a while now, but state Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-McDonough, has filed paperwork to run for lieutenant governor.

Jeffares, first elected in 2010, is chairman of the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee and a member of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee. A small business owner, he is a former Locust Grove city manager and Henry County commissioner.

Efforts to reach Jeffares were unsuccessful.

He joins a crowded field in the race for

The GOP prevented an upset in Montana. What does that mean for Georgia-6?

6:00 am May. 26, 2017

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Republicans in Atlanta’s northern suburbs can sleep a little bit easier tonight after GOP candidate Greg Gianforte pulled off a solid win here Thursday evening.

After weeks of hand-wringing and a surreal final 36 hours, Gianforte convincingly bested Democrat Rob Quist, a Bernie Sanders-style populist, for Montana’s at-large congressional seat, even with a Libertarian candidate in the race.

Thursday’s results in this nationally-watched contest poke holes in Democrats’ argument that an

New Montana rep apologizes to reporter he allegedly ‘body-slammed’

1:39 am May. 26, 2017

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Republican Greg Gianforte, the newly-minted representative-elect for Montana’s at-large congressional district, apologized to the reporter he allegedly assaulted here less than 36 hours ago.

In his acceptance speech before several hundred supporters, Gianforte said he “made a mistake” in the way he treated Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, ahead of a campaign stop on Wednesday. He apologized to Jacobs by name.

“Last night I made a mistake, and

A familiar punching bag emerges in Montana, Georgia races: Nancy Pelosi

3:14 pm May. 25, 2017

MISSOULA, Mont. – The north Atlanta suburbs that comprise Georgia’s 6th congressional district lie some 2,000 miles from this funky college town nestled between snow-capped Rocky peaks. But turn on the television in both and the same polarizing figure appears again and again, and no, it isn’t the president.

Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat and first female speaker of the House, is being invoked over and over again as a political

Montanans facing same onslaught as Georgia’s 6th District voters

12:00 pm May. 25, 2017

HELENA, Mont. — If there’s anyone who can empathize with the voters of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, who have been blitzed by a flurry of political canvassers, robo-calls and attack ads for the better part of three months, it’s the people of Montana.

Their statewide congressional race has become the subject of the same national intrigue that’s shaped the special election in the north Atlanta suburbs to replace Health and