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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

Access v. security? Baseball shooting prompts Georgia discussion

11:17 am Jun. 14, 2017

We nearly missed this as news of this morning’s GOP baseball practice shooting began to trickle out of Washington, but over at Fox Business two Georgia Republicans offered their opening salvos to a debate that’s sure to rage on Capitol Hill in the weeks ahead.

After expressing their shock and horror over Wednesday’s events, U.S. Sen. David Perdue and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich both discussed whether security for elected leaders

Buddy Carter in the crosshairs for partnering with Elizabeth Warren on hearing aid bill

7:00 am Jun. 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – Liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is frequently framed as a bogeyman, ermm bogeylady, for the right. What’s less common is using the first-term Democrat to pressure Republicans to buckle on policy issues.

But that’s exactly what a new television and digital ad airing in Georgia’s 1st congressional district is looking to do for an under-the-radar fight over hearing aids.

The Virginia-based Frontiers of Freedom, a conservative nonprofit that lobbies for limited

Openly gay ‘progressive Republican’ mounts primary bid against Austin Scott

4:18 pm Jun. 6, 2017

Support for Congress remains as anemic as ever. Now a self-described “progressive Republican” affiliated with a coalition of Bernie Sanders alumni is arguing he has the winning formula for breaking through the Washington antipathy.

Danny Ellyson, a business owner and disabled Iraq War veteran, is mounting a primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, in Georgia’s 8th congressional district.

His agenda centers on breaking through Washington’s political tribalism to ensure that people have

The GOP prevented an upset in Montana. What does that mean for Georgia-6?

6:00 am May. 26, 2017

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Republicans in Atlanta’s northern suburbs can sleep a little bit easier tonight after GOP candidate Greg Gianforte pulled off a solid win here Thursday evening.

After weeks of hand-wringing and a surreal final 36 hours, Gianforte convincingly bested Democrat Rob Quist, a Bernie Sanders-style populist, for Montana’s at-large congressional seat, even with a Libertarian candidate in the race.

Thursday’s results in this nationally-watched contest poke holes in Democrats’ argument that an