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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

David Perdue rips into Democrats, CBO in searing health care speech

1:24 pm Jul. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — A longtime U.S. Senate tradition is for junior lawmakers of the party in power to preside over the chamber’s floor debate. As a first-term Republican, Georgia’s David Perdue has spent his share of time in the Senate president’s chair over the last two years, watching over what are often mundane speeches.

Perdue was on the late shift Monday night as Democrat after Democrat took to the floor in a last-ditch effort

Pressure mounts on Perdue, Isakson ahead of health care vote

6:00 am Jul. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday to kick off debate on legislation that would repeal Obamacare, but what’s in store is still a mystery.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to disclose whether he plans to immediately push a replacement for the 2010 health care law or simply a repeal-only plan, much like what the Senate voted on two years ago. Working with the slimmest of GOP

Donald Trump to Tom Price: Get the health care votes or ‘you’re fired’

8:07 pm Jul. 24, 2017

The upcoming Senate Republican effort to repeal Obamacare moved to West Virginia and a gathering of Boy Scouts. From the Associated Press:

Among the holdouts is Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, a state with a greater share of its population covered by Medicaid than any other. Trump traveled there Monday evening for a rally at the National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America.

“Many West Virginians have benefited from