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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

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