Report: At least 20 members of Congress live outside their districts

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Democrat Jon Ossoff. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

The Washington Post reports that, should he win a June 20 runoff, Democrat Jon Ossoff would be the third member of Congress living in John Lewis’ Fifth District. What’s more, at least 20 federal lawmakers, including many Republicans, are in a similar residential situation:

According to voter data provided to The Post by the political data firm L2, Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) is also registered to vote in the district, instead of the 13th District that he represents.

 

In fact, The Post identified 20 members of Congress who are registered to vote outside of the districts they serve. In some cases, it’s clearly a function of redistricting. Four members of the House from southern Florida, for example, live outside of the districts they represent, but that’s likely because the Florida Supreme Court redrew the district boundaries at the end of 2015.

Of those Florida members of Congress, two are Democrats and two are Republican.

 



 

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Here’s a tidbit that may have slipped through the cracks on Friday afternoon: Sally Yates has been re-invited to testify on Capitol Hill.

The onetime Atlanta prosecutor and former acting attorney general won notoriety earlier this year when she refused to enforce President Donald Trump’s first travel ban and was quickly fired.

She was initially asked to testify before the House Intelligence Committee back on March 28 about Russian interference in last year’s election, but GOP leaders cancelled the hearing after the Trump administration reportedly objected.

Yates is now invited to go before the committee on May 2. Also invited to testify are two other top Obama administration intelligence officials, CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, as well as FBI chief James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers.

In the months since she’s been fired, there’s been plenty of talk swirling in Democratic circles about Yates possibly running for governor in 2018. So far Yates herself has stayed silent.

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We told you last week about a bill from U.S. Sen. David Perdue that would repeal an Obama-era consumer protection regulation and also benefit a Georgia-based company that’s donated to his campaign. We also mentioned that a D.C. liberal advocacy group, Allied Progress, is making a six-figure ad buy in order to convince centrist GOP senators to vote against the bill should it come up for a vote.

Allied Progress is now out with its ads, which it said will be running in Maine, Alaska, Nevada and D.C. Perdue isn’t mentioned by name, but you can check it out here:

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Speaking of David Perdue, Georgia’s junior senator was at the Treasury Department on Friday for an executive order signing ceremony with President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

What wasn’t captured on C-SPAN was a private moment before the cameras turned on with Perdue, U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney and her son, a member of the Marine Corps. From Syracuse.com:  

While waiting for Trump to arrive, Tenney and Perdue chatted in a private room at the Treasury Department. Tenney mentioned that her son, Trey, was due to deploy Saturday to Iraq out of Dulles International Airport in suburban Washington.

 

“He said, ‘That’s amazing. You should say something to the president,'” Tenney recalled.  She was reluctant to bring it up when Trump arrived, but Perdue told the president and asked if he could sign an autograph for the Marine.

 

Tenney pulled out a piece of stationery from her backpack, and the president wrote, “To Trey. Thanks. Donald Trump.”

 

Then the president asked, “Can we call him?” Tenney said she replied, “Sure, but let me text him first.”

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich struck out on landing a high-profile job in the Trump administration. But he still holds much sway in the White House – just not necessarily with the president.

From the New York Times piece over the weekend on the 20 people outside the West Wing who influence him:

The former House speaker talks more with Mr. Trump’s top advisers than he does with the president, but his presence permeates the administration. Mr. Gingrich’s former spokesman is at the State Department, and two former advisers work in the West Wing. Mr. Gingrich has relentlessly promoted Mr. Trump’s policy adviser, Stephen Miller, as the West Wing conservative ballast as the chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, has been under fire.

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There was much wagon-circling at the Georgia GOP 6th District convention on Saturday in Dunwoody, where Republican Karen Handel appeared with her erstwhile rivals Bob Gray, David Abroms and Kurt Wilson. Each urged the crowd of dozens of activists to rally behind Handel.

Handel appealed to the audience to protect the suburban swath from Democrat Jon Ossoff, whom she called a “liberal lightweight” while invoking history.

“We will hold it as the legacy of Newt Gingrich and Johnny Isakson,” she said.

 

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We have another entrant in what’s fast becoming a crowded field to succeed Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle told the Forsyth Herald he’s getting in the race.

The 42-year-old was elected mayor in 2012 and is in the waning days of his second term in office. He told the newspaper he would use Alpharetta’s growth – including a new downtown complex and the Avalon mega-center as a template for his candidacy.

That would make three Republicans from the same slice of suburbia in north metro Atlanta: State Reps. Buzz Brockway of Lawrenceville and Brad Raffensperger of Johns Creek are already in the race, and Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann has said she’s considering a run. Several other GOP officials are eyeing the open seat.

On the Democratic side, state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler and activist R.J. Hadley have said they will run.


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