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Civil rights icon backs Abrams in Georgia governor race

6:00 am Aug. 21, 2017

Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery endorsed Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign for governor on Monday, calling her a leader who “puts people first and refuses to leave anyone behind.”

Lowery’s endorsement gives Abrams a boost in a

A Democratic race for governor that could feel like Beyonce vs. Taylor Swift

9:00 am Jul. 29, 2017

If certain parties have their way, next year’s Democratic race for governor in Georgia could have the feel of a feud between Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

Or so I have been informed. I have let my attention to music industry politics slide since Simon & Garfunkel broke up.

What I do know is that state Rep. Stacey Abrams is attempting a profound shift in how Democratic primaries are won in Georgia, which

David Ralston won’t join the race for governor — but he’ll try to define it

5:53 pm Jul. 26, 2017

House Speaker David Ralston won’t be joining next year’s Republican race for governor. But he’s doing his best to define it.

“I think it’s important for somebody to stay here and do the work. And I’m enjoying the work,” he said late Tuesday afternoon. We were in his third-floor office within a nearly abandoned state Capitol.

At least four statewide offices will be open and up for grabs next year: Governor, lieutenant

In the midst of a race for governor, Stacey Abrams lands a book deal

11:15 am Jul. 26, 2017

So it looks like we’ll have a battle of biographical narratives in the 2018 Democratic race for governor:

NEW YORK — Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a book deal.

Henry Holt and Co. told the Associated Press on Wednesday that Abrams’ ”Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change” is scheduled for next spring. According to Holt, her book will combine her life story with “real-world, how-to

Bob Trammell replaces Stacey Abrams as House minority leader

5:18 pm Jul. 24, 2017

Something of an upset occurred at the state Capitol on Monday afternoon, with the election of state Rep. Bob Trammell of Luthersville as House minority leader, replacing Stacey Abrams of Atlanta – who’s running for governor.

Trammell won on the second round, beating state Rep. Carolyn Hugley of Columbus and Winfred Dukes of Albany. Dukes was ousted on the first round, gaining only nine votes.

In the second round, Trammell received 32