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Rule of law v. human toll: The diction behind Ga. lawmakers’ DACA responses

4:22 pm Sep. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia lawmakers’ responses to the Trump administration’s decision to end deportation protection for nearly 800,000 young immigrants Tuesday fell along the predictable partisan lines. Even more fascinating were the very words the officials used to voice their opinions.

The Republicans used terms like ‘unconstitutional’ to describe their opposition to former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. They said President Donald Trump was adhering

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,

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

With collapse of Senate GOP effort, a sigh of relief from Georgia hospitals

9:41 am Jul. 28, 2017

In the hallways of many a hospital in Georgia, a sigh of relief rushed out at news of the collapse of the Senate Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a manner that would have would have sent the U.S. health care system deeper into uncharted territory.

Here’s the statement from Earl Rogers, president and CEO of the Georgia Hospital Association:

“The proposals being considered last night by the U.S.

The day a former pharmacist sent us hunting on Urban Dictionary

5:09 pm Jul. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — It’s not every day that a Savannah-area baby boomer can stump a millennial like your Insider when it comes to slang, but then again there have been a lot of surprises in the nation’s capital lately.

It all originated from a comment U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter made on MSNBC this afternoon that has been making the rounds on social media.

Anchor Ali Velshi had asked the Pooler Republican about what

Buddy Carter looks to drug test recipients of unemployment benefits

1:53 pm Jul. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter is reviving a fight over drug testing that could have major implications in Georgia.

The Pooler Republican introduced a bill in the House of Representatives on Thursday that would let states screen unemployment insurance applicants for drug use if they so choose.

“Unemployment Insurance recipients should be drug-free and ready to reenter the workforce and my legislation works to make that happen,” Carter said in a statement.

Under Carter’s

Georgia’s GOP congressmen vote in lockstep with Trump

12:11 pm Jul. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Georgia’s Republican lawmakers in Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives during the president’s first six months in office.

In fact, the state’s 10 GOP representatives and two Republican senators have voted in lockstep with the president’s positions an average of 98.8 percent of the time.

That’s according to a database compiled by the political analysis blog FiveThirtyEight. The outlet cross-referenced how every member of Congress voted on

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

Savannah port would get more money under Trump proposal

10:48 am May. 24, 2017

By Tamar Hallerman and J. Scott Trubey

The Trump administration proposed sending more federal dollars to Georgia’s top economic development project in its new budget request to Congress. However, the proposal for the Savannah port’s deepening project still falls far below boosters’ original ask of $100 million.

In its request for the 2018 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, the Trump administration told Congress it would like to set aside some $50