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Georgia Dreamers gird for Washington’s impending immigration fight

6:00 am Sep. 22, 2017

Jaime Rangel vividly recalls the day the letter arrived five years ago in his family’s mailbox in Chatsworth, an event that prompted his mother to burst into tears.

A Mexican native who was brought to America as an infant, Rangel learned from the letter that he had been accepted into the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program would make it possible for the former Boy

Republicans try to scrap Obamacare one last time

7:00 am Sep. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON —The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare seemed all but dead this summer. Now it’s not. Again.

Against all odds, Georgians both for and against the effort are watching warily as GOP leaders try one last pass at taking down the signature health care law of the Obama administration before their ability to do so expires Sept. 30.

What exactly the legislation’s impact would be on Georgia isn’t entirely

Ga. Congressman Barry Loudermilk, wife recovering following car accident

2:46 pm Sep. 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — The office of Congressman Barry Loudermilk said the two-term Republican and his wife are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after a car accident near Knoxville, Tenn., on Tuesday.

Loudermilk and his wife Desiree were driving on I-40 on the way back to Washington, D.C. early on Tuesday morning when their car was struck from behind by a second vehicle, which caused their car to veer off the road and flip multiple times,

Trump picks Augusta lawyer to be U.S. attorney

5:58 pm Sep. 8, 2017

President Donald Trump on Friday nominated a Columbia County lawyer to be U.S. attorney in eastern Georgia.

The White House announced its intent to nominate Bobby Christine to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Georgia’s Southern District, saying he and a slate of other nominees shared Trump’s vision of “making America safe again.” If confirmed, Christine would have jurisdiction from Augusta to Savannah,

A University of Georgia graduate, Christine worked for about

White House nominates two Georgia judges for federal bench

11:00 am Sep. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON —The Trump administration on Thursday nominated a Georgia Court of Appeals judge and a U.S. Magistrate judge to fill a pair of federal judicial vacancies based in Atlanta and Brunswick.

The White House said Thursday it would tap state Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Branch to fill a Georgia spot on the busy 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Trump also nominated Stan Baker, a federal magistrate judge,

Once a rabble-rouser, Tom Graves changed his tune to gain influence

7:00 am Sep. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — The weeks leading up to the October 2013 government shutdown proved to be pivotal ones in the career trajectory of Georgia Congressman Tom Graves.

The Ranger Republican and a band of upstart young conservatives had scored a major political victory after they orchestrated a behind-the-scenes GOP revolt over Obamacare. They managed to push then-Speaker John Boehner and his lieutenants into supporting their gambit of withholding needed government funding in

Isakson aims to pressure Trump on Charlottesville response

11:33 am Sep. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — A new measure from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson seeks to pressure President Donald Trump to more sharply condemn white supremacists in the aftermath of last month’s fatal protests in Charlottesville, Va.

Isakson and a bipartisan group of senators introduced a joint resolution on Wednesday that calls on the Trump administration to use all available resources to improve data collection on hate crimes and coordinate plans to address

Rule of law v. human toll: The diction behind Ga. lawmakers’ DACA responses

4:22 pm Sep. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia lawmakers’ responses to the Trump administration’s decision to end deportation protection for nearly 800,000 young immigrants Tuesday fell along the predictable partisan lines. Even more fascinating were the very words the officials used to voice their opinions.

The Republicans used terms like ‘unconstitutional’ to describe their opposition to former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. They said President Donald Trump was adhering

Harvey aid, debt limit, funding fight to complicate Congress’ September

12:00 pm Sep. 5, 2017

Lawmakers return to Washington on Tuesday to face a mountain of must-pass items for September, a workload that threatens to divide lawmakers as leaders look to avoid a government shutdown, debt default and dry coffers at the emergency management agency tasked with rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey.

There are also items of state interest that Georgia lawmakers are hoping to advance, including halting cuts to charity

Georgians push for health care action as Congress returns

7:00 am Sep. 5, 2017

Carol Lander’s family premiums went up by $500 a month this year alone. Deb Vance lost her insurance subsidy because she lost her income, so then she lost her doctor. Some Atlanta small businesses need to nail down their next health insurance plans fast, but can’t, because the ground is shifting so much.

With the smoking ruins of the GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare behind them, members of Congress