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Strangers on a plane: An intoxicated tale of bipartisanship

6:10 pm Jul. 19, 2017

Just seven days ago, Joan Kirchner had drawn a middle coach seat on the 3 p.m. Delta flight from D.C. to Atlanta. Her boss, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, was in first-class.

A stranger arrived — a Delta million-miler who preferred an aisle seat. A late booking had awarded him the window, but it was no matter. He is the type who can sleep on planes, and immediately nodded off.

Eventually, Drunk Guy

Isakson weighs options as Obamacare replacement effort collapses

3:33 pm Jul. 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — As the Senate was laying the groundwork for its repeal of Obamacare back in January, Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson insisted that tearing down the seven-year-old law without a replacement was “unsustainable and impractical.”

“It’s wrong for us to say we’re going to repeal Obamacare without replacing it with a plan that we know works and has the opportunity [to work],” Isakson said in a speech on

Senate faces do-or-die moment on health care

8:00 am Jul. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – He might not have realized it at the time, but Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue may have perfectly summed up the GOP’s current predicament on health care.

“If you fix it, then nobody is going to be 100 percent happy with what you do,” the first-term Republican told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “If you don’t fix it, then it’s your fault.”

That ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’

Never mind Trump Jr. Keep an eye on health care and South Georgia

6:00 pm Jul. 12, 2017

You’re forgiven if you think all of America is obsessed with the Trumps and their bewildering matryoshka doll, which always seems to have one more Russian surprise nesting inside.

Cable TV can do that to you.

Just so long as you know that the real news in Washington on Thursday will be the unveiling of a second Senate Republican attempt to do away with the Affordable Care Act and replace it with

A renewed Johnny Isakson on health care’s ‘individual mandate’

9:00 am Jul. 8, 2017

We were 15 minutes into our lunchtime discussion when Johnny Isakson got to the crux of what Senate Republicans face this week when they renew their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“You have do away with the individual mandate, and then define what the new individual mandate is,” Georgia’s senior senator said.

Put another way: With or without Obamacare, somebody will be telling you and me that we need to

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