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Georgia gov hopefuls: Yes to RFRA, no dice to casinos

6:00 am Oct. 8, 2017

The four leading Republican candidates for governor stood in unison behind Georgia’s controversial “religious liberty” measure and were lockstep against an effort to legalize casino gambling at the party’s first GOP gubernatorial forum.

It was the

Yes, Tom Price reimbursed government $52K for his trips on private jets

1:56 pm Oct. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — Before resigning last week, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price indeed reimbursed taxpayers for nearly $52,000 — the amount he said covered his portion of recent official trips on private jets.

A spokesman for the department said Friday that Price wrote a personal check to the U.S. Treasury “for the expenses of his travel on private charter planes” before he tendered his resignation on Sept. 29.

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Georgia governor’s top lawyer takes off for Delta

3:44 pm Oct. 2, 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal tapped a new executive counsel on Monday after his top attorney landed a new job leading the lobbying team for Delta Air Lines.

David Werner is jetting to the Atlanta-based airline after less

Tom Price promises to reimburse taxpayers for private flights

4:51 pm Sep. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Health chief Tom Price said Thursday he will reimburse taxpayers for the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of travel he logged on private jets in recent months.

“Today, I will write a personal check to the US Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes,” the former Roswell congressman said in a statement. “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.”

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Former colleagues steer clear of Tom Price’s private jet woes

7:00 am Sep. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Some liberal Democrats may have been quick to call for health Secretary Tom Price’s resignation on Wednesday amid his private plane rigmarole, but the former congressman’s onetime Georgia colleagues are keeping their distance or urging patience as a government watchdog probes Price’s official trips.

“I really don’t know the details, so I’ll reserve judgment,” said U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville.

“I don’t really have a comment on that,”

House Democrats call for Tom Price’s ouster

3:19 pm Sep. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — At least five House Democrats are calling on Health Secretary Tom Price to resign from his Cabinet post following news reports that the former Georgia congressman took two-dozen publicly-funded trips on private jets in recent months.

Jamie Raskin of Maryland tweeted on Wednesday that his former colleague should step down.

“Time for @SecPriceMD to resign,” Raskin tweeted, referring to Price’s user name on the site. “King Trump’s spending is bad