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Jokes, cameras, rituals mark Karen Handel’s first day on Capitol Hill

12:01 am Jun. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — There was a brief photo-op with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a few formalities from U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a hug and then an oath.

The whole affair took less than half an hour. And just like that, Karen Handel made Georgia history, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman.

Monday evening’s events on the House floor were a coda, an end to the state’s omnipresent 6th Congressional District

Watch Karen Handel get sworn in as Georgia’s first GOP congresswoman

7:44 pm Jun. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — Karen Handel made Georgia history Monday evening, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman when she was sworn in by House Speaker Paul Ryan to represent Georgia’s 6th District.

The occasion came six days after she defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a closely-watched special election that saw record levels of outside spending.

In a brief speech to her new colleagues from the well of the House, the former secretary

House Ethics appears to be investigating John Lewis’ top aide

5:42 pm Jun. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee on Monday launched an inquiry into a complaint filed against a congressional staffer who appears to be U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ longtime top aide.

The panel’s top Republican and Democratic members said they agreed to investigate a complaint filed against Michael Collins, a House aide, on May 11. That’s the name of Lewis’, D-Atlanta, longtime chief of staff, and a search through LegiStorm’s database of

Forces that once opposed Karen Handel helped notch historic 6th District win

12:00 pm Jun. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — It might not have seemed that way, but the scene at a stuffed Roswell restaurant on the eve of last week’s runoff was a quietly remarkable one.

It was the night before the 6th Congressional District vote, and Gov. Nathan Deal was campaigning for a former opponent his staff once described as a spout of “unhinged blather.” Sprinkled in the crowd of hundreds of energetic Karen

In Iowa, Trump basks in Handel’s victory: ‘All we do is win, win, win”

7:44 am Jun. 22, 2017

President Donald Trump may have been in Iowa last night, but Georgia was clearly on his mind.

The commander-in-chief called Republican Karen Handel soon after her victory over Jon Ossoff and tweeted about the race several times Tuesday, but he wasn’t done reflecting on the contest and its symbolism for his agenda. The GOP’s stronger-than-expected win in Georgia was still very much on Trump’s mind as he took the stage at a

One early lesson from Georgia-6: Pelosi a potent campaign villain

6:00 am Jun. 21, 2017

President Donald Trump may have been the 800-pound gorilla in Georgia’s 6th District race, but Nancy Pelosi ended up being the albatross.

Republican Karen Handel’s larger-than-expected win over Democrat Jon Ossoff Tuesday proved how potent her side’s messaging regarding the House minority leader could be in mobilizing GOP voters.

Handel and her allies took every opportunity on the campaign trail to frame Ossoff as a shill for the California Democrat whose