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Republicans try to scrap Obamacare one last time

7:00 am Sep. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON —The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare seemed all but dead this summer. Now it’s not. Again.

Against all odds, Georgians both for and against the effort are watching warily as GOP leaders try one last pass at taking down the signature health care law of the Obama administration before their ability to do so expires Sept. 30.

What exactly the legislation’s impact would be on Georgia isn’t entirely

Isakson aims to pressure Trump on Charlottesville response

11:33 am Sep. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — A new measure from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson seeks to pressure President Donald Trump to more sharply condemn white supremacists in the aftermath of last month’s fatal protests in Charlottesville, Va.

Isakson and a bipartisan group of senators introduced a joint resolution on Wednesday that calls on the Trump administration to use all available resources to improve data collection on hate crimes and coordinate plans to address

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

An uneventful Johnny Isakson town hall? Perhaps not

6:00 am Aug. 11, 2017

Insiders’ note: This story first appeared on Political Insider’s subscription blog. Read more here

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

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

Senate to vote on FBI pick Christopher Wray Tuesday

12:53 pm Aug. 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the Senate would vote to confirm Georgia-based attorney Christopher Wray as FBI director on Tuesday afternoon.

The vote comes roughly two months after the Atlanta-based former federal prosecutor was tapped to lead the agency, which is currently investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“I would hope that with all the threats facing us at home and abroad, our Democratic colleagues would not launch the first filibuster