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Georgia GOP lawmakers condemn white supremacists but steer clear of Trump

6:00 am Aug. 16, 2017

Several of Georgia’s Republican members of Congress condemned the white supremacists, nationalists and members of the Ku Klux Klan whose rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly over the weekend. But all on Tuesday evening steered clear of criticizing President Donald Trump directly, even after a particularly testy news conference in which the commander-in-chief doubled down on his initial claim that “both sides,” including the “alt-left,” were responsible for

Isakson hedges on Trump, Perdue’s contentious immigration proposal

12:00 pm Aug. 15, 2017

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was conspicuously silent earlier this month as his Georgia GOP colleague David Perdue rolled out a bill slashing immigration levels with President Donald Trump at his side.

So when a group of constituents asked the third-term Republican whether he supported the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, or RAISE Act, at his rowdy town hall on Monday, the crowd leaned in a

Johnny Isakson: Donald Trump shouldn’t have dithered over Charlottesville

5:25 pm Aug. 14, 2017

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Monday leveled some sharp criticism of President Donald Trump’s failure to immediately condemn racist organizers of a Charlottesville, Va., protest that turned deadly this weekend.

Isakson made his remarks on GPB Radio’s “Political Rewind,” in what was essence a prequel to this evening’s town hall meeting at Kennesaw State University.

Asked if he were satisfied with Trump’s response, Isakson said:

“If something that rises to

Ga. Congressman: Use fed money to clear rape kit backlog ‘unless they’re a sanctuary city’

9:59 am Aug. 12, 2017

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said he’s supportive of using federal grant money to help clear the rape kit backlog – but only for cities that are compliant with federal immigration law.

The left-leaning blog Jezebel has footage of the Pooler Republican staking that position at one of his nine town halls this week across his coastal Georgia district.

After a constituent asked him about what he could do as a

Buddy Carter on transgender troops: ‘I don’t want ’em serving in the military’

9:54 am Aug. 11, 2017

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At the last of his nine town hall meetings on the Georgia coast last night, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter drew “jeers and boos” when he defended his use of a colloquial threat against certain Republicans in the opposite chamber,

An uneventful Johnny Isakson town hall? Perhaps not

6:00 am Aug. 11, 2017

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If Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was hoping to be greeted by a low-key crowd next week at his first in-person town hall of the year, that may be wishful thinking.

A local chapter of the progressive group Indivisible indicated it’s planning to make its presence known when the Republican takes the stage at

Ethics watchdog recommended that John Lewis’ top aide be subpoenaed

2:59 pm Aug. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — Congress’ nonpartisan watchdog recommended that the House Ethics Committee subpoena Michael Collins, U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, and the Atlanta Democrat’s campaign committee after alleging they did not fully comply with an ethics inquiry this spring, according to newly released documents.

The recommendation came at the tail end of a report from the Office of Congressional Ethics, or OCE, which concluded that it had “substantial

Johnny Isakson to host town hall meeting at KSU

9:39 am Aug. 9, 2017

As U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, continues to wind his way through his nine in-person town hall meetings in along the Georgia coast, we’ve gotten word that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson will be holding his first such gathering of the year on Monday.

The public event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center.

Health care is expected to be a major theme during next week’s