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A changed Phil Gingrey: ‘Retain, repair and revise’ Obamacare

10:32 am Jul. 11, 2017

Here’s an eye-opener: Phil Gingrey, the former Georgia congressman and physician who was one of the most ardent foes of the Affordable Care Act and urged its repeal throughout a 2014 campaign for the U.S. Senate, has changed his mind.

From a piece written for the District Policy Group, a Washington lobbying firm where Gingrey now works:

We should all recognize that the dominant health care policy and program we are

Why Paul Ryan is still not ready to endorse Donald Trump

12:00 pm May. 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — Congress’ top elected Republican stopped short of endorsing Donald Trump for president on Thursday but reported an “encouraging” and “productive” initial conversation after meeting with the presumptive nominee for roughly an hour this morning.


A sudden, state Capitol fight over plastic bags

9:37 am Mar. 2, 2015

The ubiquitous plastic bag used by retailers across the country may be the surprise issue of the 2015 session of the Legislature.

Our AJC colleague Kristina Torres Officials on Tybee and Athens have discussed a local

Watch Jack Kingston and Stephen Colbert raise a ruckus on Capitol Hill

11:00 am Dec. 10, 2014

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, was the first member of Congress to appear on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report,” and with both men now leaving their jobs — Colbert for The Late Show, Kingston for “to be determined” — the two reunited in a bit that aired Tuesday night.

It’s all there: The awkward pauses and uncomfortable Colbert innuendos, followed by an Alice Cooper-themed romp around Capitol Hill with a special cameo by

Storm warnings on the right for Johnny Isakson

10:10 am Nov. 13, 2014

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is planting his re-election flag on Monday, as no obvious challenger has presented him or herself.

Some forces on the right would like one.

The Club For Growth, a well-funded Washington group that