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Is Georgia’s 7th District the next big battleground?

7:00 am Jul. 12, 2017

Jon Ossoff’s 4-point defeat in Georgia’s 6th District has Democrats optimistic they can compete for another conservative stronghold right next door: a Gwinnett-based district represented by a low-profile Republican who has coasted to easy

Georgia’s GOP congressmen vote in lockstep with Trump

12:11 pm Jul. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Georgia’s Republican lawmakers in Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives during the president’s first six months in office.

In fact, the state’s 10 GOP representatives and two Republican senators have voted in lockstep with the president’s positions an average of 98.8 percent of the time.

That’s according to a database compiled by the political analysis blog FiveThirtyEight. The outlet cross-referenced how every member of Congress voted on

A Sixth District epitaph: Democrats had a turnout problem – GOP didn’t

9:07 am Jul. 6, 2017

The precinct-by-precinct results in the recent Sixth District contest are out, and a Republican number-crunching friend has turned up some interesting tidbits that boil down to this:

Democrat Jon Ossoff had a turnout problem on and before June 20. Republican Karen Handel didn’t. Some examples:

— The Pleasantdale Road precinct at the Gwinnett border is the only majority-black precinct in the DeKalb County part of the District. Ossoff won 82 percent in

GSU professor jumps into expanding 7th District race with health care message

4:00 pm Jul. 5, 2017

A Georgia State University professor is jumping into the rapidly expanding race for the state’s 7th District congressional seat, challenging Republican Rob Woodall with a health care-focused platform.

Policy Prof. Carolyn Bourdeaux, a first time candidate, said her father’s experience with swelling health care costs and frustration with the GOP’s fledging Obamacare replacement effort drove her to run for office.

The House and Senate replacement bills “will allow insurance companies to raise rates