Jan. 14, 2016 -  Atlanta -  U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who served in the Georgia House in 1993, was introduced by Rep. Calvin Smyre (left), D - Columbus, as a guest speaker, as Speaker of the House David Ralston looks on.   Westmoreland, who has announced he is not running for reelection to congress.   Activity in the House and Senate was mostly ceremonial today.  Deal administration officials (Chief of Staff Chris Riley and Office of Planning and Budget Director Theresa MacCartney) held a briefing on the FY17 budget and members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus released it's  2016 legislative agenda.    BOB ANDRES  / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Lynn Westmoreland endorses Drew Ferguson as his successor

8:00 am Jun. 27, 2016

Retiring U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is endorsing dentist Drew Ferguson as his successor in the 3rd Congressional District, giving the former West Point mayor a major boost in his runoff battle against right wing darling Mike Crane next month.

The Coweta County Republican

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio talk after a Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio plot their political futures

6:00 am Jun. 16, 2016

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have laid low since dropping out of the Republican presidential race, but recent dispatches from Washington show both men charting new — or at least slightly different — political

So much for the Donald Trump effect in Georgia

10:00 am May. 29, 2016

One incumbent is seen as the very embodiment of Georgia’s Republican Party establishment. Another defended the Ku Klux Klan. A third was arrested on charges of drunken driving in the middle of the day, a