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Despite meager competition, Ga. congressmen spent millions on reelection bids

1:43 pm Aug. 21, 2017

WASHINGTON —The money went to luxury fishing trips on the Chesapeake Bay, fundraisers at D.C.’s poshest restaurants and a 75th-birthday blowout at the Tabernacle in Atlanta.

There were also tickets to the Masters golf tournament and a hotel room in the Virgin Islands, not to mention a stable of high-level campaign and social media consultants.

Georgia’s U.S. House members faced only token opposition at the ballot box last year, but you wouldn’t be

Rob Woodall: The next chairman of the House Budget Committee?

7:00 am Aug. 4, 2017

Insider’s note: This post first appeared on myAJC’s political blog. Check there for all things Georgia politics. 

WASHINGTON — If Capitol Hill is nothing but a constant game of musical chairs, then Georgia’s Rob Woodall might have just caught his lucky break.

Thanks to a game of political dominoes, the Lawrenceville Republican has a good shot at becoming the chairman of the House Budget Committee this fall.

Let us explain.

House Republicans tend

Shock, anger, relief in Georgia after health care effort tanks

12:00 pm Jul. 31, 2017

Christy Nelson survived thyroid cancer but has been fighting insomnia for months, terrified of the GOP effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. She and her husband, who has Crohn’s disease, depend on protections for pre-existing conditions to afford health coverage, and following the collapse of the repeal effort their relief is only slowly starting to bloom. “We are a family scared to death,” she said. “This has been a

Donald Trump to Tom Price: Get the health care votes or ‘you’re fired’

8:07 pm Jul. 24, 2017

The upcoming Senate Republican effort to repeal Obamacare moved to West Virginia and a gathering of Boy Scouts. From the Associated Press:

Among the holdouts is Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, a state with a greater share of its population covered by Medicaid than any other. Trump traveled there Monday evening for a rally at the National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America.

“Many West Virginians have benefited from

Move to cut federal teen pregnancy money sparks fear in South Georgia

7:00 am Jul. 23, 2017

WASHINGTON —Angelina Jackson of Edison, Ga., population 1,451, likes the classroom work she does for Quest for Change.

The 17-year-old is proud of the “scenario” she and her fellow teenagers set up at Calhoun County High School placing classmates in the role of a girl who had unprotected sex and doesn’t know whether she’s pregnant.

They set up desks around the room in the role of different services the teen might have

Tom Price holds the keys to Obamacare after Senate bill collapse

6:00 am Jul. 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — With the Senate’s health care overhaul dead in its current form, Obamacare lives another day.

That leaves a familiar Georgia face, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in charge of implementing the law, one that he’s vilified for the past seven years.

As health chief, the former Roswell congressman has nearly unparalleled power to determine how health care gets delivered in America. Through special rule makings, guidance

Watchdog groups: Tom Price illegally used campaign funds to bolster Cabinet bid

1:00 pm Jul. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — A pair of campaign finance watchdogs alleged Friday that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price illegally used money he raised for his congressional campaign to bolster his Cabinet bid.

A complaint the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed with the Federal Election Commission argues that Price donated $40,000 in campaign funds to America Rising. The opposition research group then “promoted research and videos promoting Price’s confirmation,” the

Donald Trump ‘wrassles’ his way out of MSNBC feud

11:18 am Jul. 2, 2017

In President Donald Trump’s arena, this is how you shift the American attention away from a feud with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” crew:

The president explains himself here:

From the Associated Press on the wrasslin’ video:

It’s not clear who produced the brief video, but it was posted from Trump’s official Twitter account.

Trump’s been stepping up verbal attacks on the media — and cable networks particularly. But an adviser thinks “no one would perceive