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Georgia 6th: Special interests dump cash in race ahead of debate

6:09 pm Jun. 6, 2017

As Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel prepare for their first debate tonight on WSB-TV, special interest groups opened the spigots again on Tuesday.

Republican and Democratic groups reported spending at least $1.3 million on the race Tuesday.

Gabriel Debenedetti, a national political reporter for Politico, first announced the cash dump on Twitter:

Debenedetti found that the House Majority Fund, a Democratic group, reported $250,000 and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added another $600,000.

Sonny Perdue endorses former aide in race for GOP chair

11:07 am Jun. 1, 2017

John Watson was Sonny Perdue’s campaign consultant when the Bonaire Republican upended Georgia politics by becoming, in 2003, the first Republican governor since Reconstruction and was later Perdue’s chief of staff.

So it may not be a surprise that now-Agriculture Secretary Perdue has endorsed Watson, now a lobbyist, in his bid to become the next chairman of the Georgia Republican Party.

“Let(s) remind ourselves that it has been 15 years since Republicans

Cobb Democrat files ethics complaint against Barry Loudermilk

9:00 am May. 29, 2017

A prominent Cobb County Democrat has filed an ethics complaint against Barry Loudermilk, claiming the 11th District Republican congressman has used his old state campaign account to funnel money to his congressional fund.

A Loudermilk campaign spokesman dismissed the complaint as merit-less and “partisan hooey.”

Will Fowlkes of Kennesaw filed the complaint last week with the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Federal Election Commission and the Office of Congressional Ethics. Fowlkes is a

Georgia 2018: Rick Jeffares joins race for 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

Georgia Republicans remember Roger Ailes’ impact

10:33 am May. 19, 2017

Doug Chalmers was 24 and working on his first political campaign in 1988 when he first met Roger Ailes, the veteran GOP operative and Fox News founder who died this week.

It was a U.S. Senate campaign and Chalmers and others were in Ailes’ New York office in February.

“All of a sudden a staffer comes in and says, ‘Mr. Ailes, you have a phone call,’” Chalmers, now one of the top

New poll has Ossoff, Handel neck-and-neck in 6th District runoff

11:24 am May. 14, 2017

A new poll out Sunday shows Georgia’s high-profile runoff for the 6th District congressional seat remains a dead heat.

Florida-based Gravis Marketing released the results of a new survey that shows Democrat Jon Ossoff leading Republican Karen Handel 47 percent to 45 percent with just more than a month left before the June 20 runoff.

Ossoff’s advantage is within the poll’s 3.3 percentage point margin of error, however, meaning the race remains

Sonny Perdue keeps familiar faces on staff at USDA

1:32 pm May. 12, 2017

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has wasted no time in adapting to his new-ish role as agriculture secretary under President Donald Trump.

In just a few short weeks, Perdue has moved to change school lunch policies,  issued a “religious liberty” order and tried to reassure America’s farmers about U.S. trade policy.

But Perdue has kept a pair of familiar faces around to help.

Heidi Green, Perdue’s former business partner and a

Live in the Sixth and want to register for the June 20 runoff? Too late.

2:18 pm Apr. 20, 2017

We told you a week or so ago that the Sixth District voting pool on Tuesday wouldn’t be much different from November.

Tuesday’s balloting was a special election, quickly called. There was no evidence of a Democratic effort to put more, friendlier voters on the rolls – a traditional strategy in both parties.

But it turns out that there won’t be any kind of voter registration drive in preparation for the

Facebook reminds 6th District users to vote today

10:24 am Apr. 18, 2017

If you aren’t sure if you live in Georgia’s 6th congressional district —

The company spokesman said Facebook matches districts with its users based on location information and from “a variety of sources and civic engagement