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Georgia 6th: Republicans circle the wagons around Karen Handel

8:58 pm Jun. 19, 2017

Some of the top elected Republicans in Georgia on Monday evening had a message to relay just 12 hours before the polls opened in the 6th Congressional District: it’s all hands on deck for Karen Handel.

Top officials from the state Republican Party, the congressional delegation, local government and the state house huddled at Houck’s Grille in Roswell for a final get-out-the-vote rally before Tuesday’s special election to replace Tom Price.

Top billing

6th District race prompts many locals to get involved for first time 

8:00 am Jun. 19, 2017

Tuesday’s special election to replace Tom Price in Atlanta’s affluent northern suburbs has generated an unprecedented amount of voter enthusiasm, money and attention, locally and beyond. People who have never before been civically active or participated in political campaigns have cut checks, joined social media groups and even volunteered their time to help shape what many see as a uniquely important race with national implications.

For some voters, including

Georgia lawmaker recounts ball field shooting: ‘He was targeting us’

2:03 pm Jun. 14, 2017

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk was standing near home plate on Wednesday morning as the GOP baseball team kicked off its final practice before the annual bipartisan charity game.

The second-term lawmaker from Cassville was one of the Republican team’s designated hitters, and after spending some time warming up at the batting cages in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va., he was ready to slug. He was getting ready to bat when gunshots were

Livable wages, health care lectures: The most striking 6th District debate moments

6:00 am Jun. 7, 2017

There were plenty of telling exchanges Tuesday during the 6th District’s first and only live televised debate between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

There were the “how dare you” moments focused on preexisting conditions, as well as Handel’s infamous dealings with Planned Parenthood as vice president of public policy at the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

And then there were the press release moments: the ones that both campaigns will seize on

Washington, not Marietta or Roswell, dominates first Sixth District debate

10:22 pm Jun. 6, 2017

Former House Speaker Tip O’Neill coined the slogan “all politics is local.” But that once reliable catchphrase felt like a relic Tuesday during the first head-to-head debate in the nationally-watched contest for Georgia’s 6th District congressional seat.

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel tangled over many of the same big-ticket policy items that dominated last year’s presidential contest, from terrorism to health care and campaign finance.

And as much as

Syrian refugees in the Sixth become a focus of GOP attack on Jon Ossoff

11:09 am Jun. 1, 2017

With the Sixth District race still 19 days from the finish line, House Republicans have leveled a new TV attack on Democrat Jon Ossoff, this time over Syrian refugees brought to the United States. Some of the ominous language:

“ISIS is infiltrating America, and is using Syrians to do it. The FBI warned we can’t simply screen every Syrian, and Jon Ossoff’s liberal party bosses brought 10,000 Syrian refugees to America.”

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Georgia 6th: Dems double down on Handel’s ‘big spending,’ past runs for office

3:13 pm May. 30, 2017

A super PAC aligned with House Democratic leaders is out with a big new ad buy that hits Republican 6th District candidate Karen Handel on familiar issues: her past runs for office and “fancy” spending habits.

The House Majority PAC, which aims to wrest control of the House from the GOP, said Tuesday that it’s putting $500,000 behind a new spot that repeats many of the same attacks that Handel’s