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U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., gives a speech about overhauling the budget process on Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate Democrats consider slow-walking Tom Price’s Cabinet confirmation

5:00 am Dec. 6, 2016

As we pointed out last week, math pretty much guarantees that Georgia Congressman Tom Price will be confirmed as Donald Trump’s health and human services secretary in the new year.

If Republicans can stick together, they can fend off Democratic opposition to the nomination thanks to a change to Senate rules made by Democrat Harry Reid in 2013 that gutted the filibuster on executive nominations.

That doesn’t mean Democrats will

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lynn Westmoreland, eyeing run for governor, embarks on ‘reconnect tour’

12:00 pm Dec. 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Don’t count retiring U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland out of the wide-open race for governor in 2018.

The Coweta County Republican, who is wrapping up his 12-year stint on Capitol Hill this week, said he has been traveling around the state on a “reconnect tour” to gauge interest. He plans to continue the rounds in the months ahead.

“It’s definitely something that we talk to people about every day,” Westmoreland said in

House Speaker David Ralston, center, at a 2015 press conference. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

David Ralston: Let Congress take a crack at ‘religious liberty’ measure

10:40 am Dec. 4, 2016

On Friday afternoon, House Speaker David Ralston joined host Bill Nigut and I for some conversation on GPB’s “Political Rewind.”

Many topics were touched, and you can listen to the entire exchange here. Perhaps most important was Ralston’s contention that an end to gridlock in Washington was a reason to give the “religious liberty” issue a rest come January – and let Congress take a crack at it.

The House

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., talks with reporters after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Following Donald Trump meeting, David Perdue indicates he’ll stay in the Senate

1:26 pm Dec. 2, 2016

David Perdue said he will stay in the U.S. Senate come January rather than moving to the Trump administration after spending nearly two hours in Trump Tower Friday.

The freshman Republican senator told pool reporters that during his meeting with Trump and his team, “I committed my position in the Senate to full support about getting this 100-day plan executed.”

Watch a video of his remarks here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4634147/sen-perdue-trump-tower

Perdue, who has

Elevators close on Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as he arrived at Trump Tower on Wednesday. AP/Carolyn Kaster

When Tom Price dabbled with something like Obamacare

9:11 am Dec. 2, 2016

Former Georgia Democratic operative Liz Flowers points us to an experimental period in the life of Tom Price, now President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Price now

Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, speaks on the House floor. (CSPAN screenshot)

How Tom Graves could gain the purse strings to Donald Trump’s White House

2:00 pm Dec. 1, 2016

If Congressman Tom Graves gets his way, he will gain major sway over Donald Trump’s White House in the new year.

Sure, he’s in line to become Georgia’s senior-most House Republican in 2017 thanks to Tom Price’s expected confirmation as health and human services secretary. But the Ranger Republican’s stock could rise even further if GOP leaders grant him the powerful leadership post he’s seeking on the House Appropriations Committee.

Graves is angling to become