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Gov. Nathan Deal, with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, at a Wednesday press conference to announce plans by health care giant Anthem for a 1,800-job expansion in downtown Atlanta. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Nathan Deal’s personal investment in Amendment 1

7:07 pm Oct. 26, 2016

As you sort out the pros and cons of Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot, one of the more important things to remember is this:

Before Nathan Deal was born in 1942, but while the future governor was still in the womb, his father got crossways with the powerful Gillis family, which ran Treutlen County and its school board. Noah Deal was booted from his south Georgia teaching job –

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. AP/Mel Evans

One reason why you shouldn’t expect to see Hillary Clinton in Georgia before Nov. 8: Jim Barksdale

1:20 pm Oct. 26, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has so far bypassed Georgia as part of her push into traditional Republican strongholds.

Atlanta Mayor and top Clinton surrogate Kasim Reed on Wednesday hinted that Georgia could see some more attention in the coming days. But with less than two weeks until Election Day, color us a little skeptical after reading the political tea leaves.

We start with Jim Barksdale.

Despite his deep pockets — he’s

Left to right, U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Libertarian Allen Buckley and Democrat Jim Barksdale on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at Georgia Public Broadcasting. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Barksdale’s new attack on Isakson relies on an old racial discrimination lawsuit

5:00 pm Oct. 22, 2016

Various opponents have raised this issue in the long political career of Georgia’s Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Now, it’s Democrat Jim Barksdale’s turn.

During taping Friday of the only televised debate ahead of the Nov. 8 election, Barksdale brought out a new line of attack involving Isakson’s role in a racial discrimination lawsuit tied to his father. The Democratic challenger, who trails the incumbent by 15 points in our

Republicans David Perdue and Jack Kingston in 2014, when they were both vying for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

Long before Trump, Georgia politicos paid lip service to term limits — but the needle hasn’t moved

3:29 pm Oct. 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump isn’t the first person to propose “draining the swamp” here in the nation’s capital. Many current and former Georgia lawmakers have paid lip service to the idea of congressional term limits over the past two decades — but the talk hasn’t translated into much action.

Term limits obviously aren’t very popular among D.C.’s political class. Who voluntarily wants to give up power?

Proponents of the idea say it prevents lawmakers

A voter comes in to cast his ballot at an early vote location in DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections Office on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. There have been 44 statewide Democratic primaries in Georgia since 1996 and 60 for Republicans. Among the former, DeKalb County Democrats have voted for the winner 42 times. Among the latter, Dawson County Republicans went for the winner 55 times. It's clear then: Any presidential candidate who wants to win in Georgia better win in the right place. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

ACLU sues Georgia to re-open voter registration in storm-hit counties

2:26 pm Oct. 18, 2016

Yet another group has filed suit against the state of Georgia demanding that voter registration be re-opened in counties where Hurricane Matthew forced evacuations and government closures.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in federal court Monday.

“The state’s failure to extend the voter registration deadline, despite the massive disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew, means that thousands of Georgians will be prevented from participating in the November election. This is unethical