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Johnny Isakson and David Perdue’s opening offers on health care

7:00 am May. 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – One could say that Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson kept close tabs on the House’s tumultuous effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this spring.

In fact, Georgia’s senior senator followed much of the initial debate in real time from his hospital bed as he recovered from a pair of surgeries on his lower spine.

“Involuntary,” Isakson deadpanned as he recounted the hours spent watching cable news coverage of the legislation. “Under the

Muted responses from Georgia lawmakers after Comey’s firing

3:33 pm May. 10, 2017

WASHINGTON — Most of Georgia’s members of Congress dodged the spotlight in the hours after President Donald Trump’s surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday evening.

With the House on recess this week, the majority of the state’s 14 congressmen avoided the media entirely on Wednesday, ignoring requests for comment or relaying through spokespeople that they were still processing the previous night’s news.

The latter was the line out of Sen.

The local take on Karen Handel’s decision to skip a Sixth District debate

10:02 am May. 10, 2017

As tempting as it might be to leave coverage of the Sixth District congressional race solely to national outlets, or even large-ish organizations like the AJC, this is no time to give up on smaller, neighborhood-oriented news operations.

They do good work – essential work. Tuesday provided a pair of examples.

You know that, during this year’s session of the Legislature, state Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, floated the first rewrite of

Georgians sort through health care changes as Senate takes up effort

12:30 pm May. 9, 2017

By Ariel Hart, Misty Williams and Tamar Hallerman

When the U.S. House of Representatives finally made good on its promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act Thursday, Josh Schiffer felt a pit in his stomach.

Schiffer’s five-year-old daughter has a congenital heart defect, the kind of pre-existing condition that insurance companies used to refuse to cover or charge with outlandish premium prices — before the Obamacare law. Would she be able

Feds to reimburse state for most firefighting costs in South Georgia

10:46 am May. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday that it plans to reimburse Georgia for about 75 percent of the cost of fighting the wildfire that has charred more than 140,000 acres in a Southeast portion of the state along the Florida border.

FEMA said it would make grant funding available to reimburse three-quarters of the “eligible firefighting costs” for managing and mitigating the natural disaster. Eligible costs including equipment and supplies

Yates said she warned White House that Flynn might have been ‘compromised’

4:14 pm May. 8, 2017

WASHINGTON — Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told senators Monday that she warned the White House’s top lawyer in January that then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have been “compromised” by the Russians and that the administration needed to “take action they thought was appropriate.”

In her first public remarks since being fired by President Donald Trump on Jan. 30, Yates also stood behind her decision not to defend the White

Sally Yates is about to change the subject in Washington

9:50 am May. 8, 2017

Former acting U.S. attorney general Sally Yates, a former federal prosecutor in Atlanta, will testify before U.S. senators this afternoon about warnings she gave to the Trump Administration that contacts with the Russian ambassador by