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ISIS, policy details and reconciliation: Georgia’s hopes for Trump’s big speech

6:55 pm Feb. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republicans want details and Democrats want an olive branch. What’s unclear is whether either side will get ’em.

Anticipation is running high for President Donald Trump’s first speech before a joint session of Congress later tonight. Georgia lawmakers have a long list of issues they hope the new president will address during his prime-time speech.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is looking for more details on Trump’s plan to defeat

Johnny Isakson undergoes back surgery

3:53 pm Feb. 23, 2017

This is the first recess week for Congress since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. And so resulting meetings with constituents are getting a close examination.

In Georgia, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler is the only Republican member of Congress who has scheduled public gatherings. But U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has an acceptable excuse. Here’s the press release:

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was released today from Emory Saint Joseph’s

Senate confirms Tom Price as health chief

2:16 am Feb. 10, 2017

WASHINGTON – Senators voted early Friday to confirm Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price as the 23rd secretary of health and human services, elevating the former orthopedic surgeon to a Cabinet-level position that will be at the crux of efforts to remake health care policy in America.

The 52-47 party-line vote was cast shortly after 2 a.m. Every Republican supported the seven-term congressman, while all Democrats and both left-leaning Independents voted to reject

Isakson, Perdue plan to back Betsy DeVos at tomorrow’s nail-biter vote

2:08 pm Feb. 6, 2017

Both of Georgia’s U.S. senators plan to vote tomorrow to confirm Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s divisive nominee to lead the Department of Education. One, GOP U.S. Sen. David Perdue, has received campaign money from the charter schools advocate and Michigan mega-donor.

Our Cox Washington colleague Patrick Terpstra did the math and found that Perdue was on the receiving end of a total of $18,200 from several DeVos family members during the final stretch of

Isakson, Perdue’s offices inundated by calls during Trump’s first days

7:00 am Feb. 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — Zachary LaVigne was a big supporter of Bernie Sanders during last year’s presidential primary, but the Atlanta chiropractor said he kept an open mind after Donald Trump won the election late last year.

That was until the New York businessman began announcing his Cabinet picks.

“It’s one thing if it’s one or two people, but it seems like everyone that he’s picking is just like the worst possible person to