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Watch Karen Handel get sworn in as Georgia’s first GOP congresswoman

7:44 pm Jun. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — Karen Handel made Georgia history Monday evening, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman when she was sworn in by House Speaker Paul Ryan to represent Georgia’s 6th District.

The occasion came six days after she defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a closely-watched special election that saw record levels of outside spending.

In a brief speech to her new colleagues from the well of the House, the former secretary

Georgia 6th: Republicans circle the wagons around Karen Handel

8:58 pm Jun. 19, 2017

Some of the top elected Republicans in Georgia on Monday evening had a message to relay just 12 hours before the polls opened in the 6th Congressional District: it’s all hands on deck for Karen Handel.

Top officials from the state Republican Party, the congressional delegation, local government and the state house huddled at Houck’s Grille in Roswell for a final get-out-the-vote rally before Tuesday’s special election to replace Tom Price.

Top billing

6th District race prompts many locals to get involved for first time 

8:00 am Jun. 19, 2017

Tuesday’s special election to replace Tom Price in Atlanta’s affluent northern suburbs has generated an unprecedented amount of voter enthusiasm, money and attention, locally and beyond. People who have never before been civically active or participated in political campaigns have cut checks, joined social media groups and even volunteered their time to help shape what many see as a uniquely important race with national implications.

For some voters, including

Livable wages, health care lectures: The most striking 6th District debate moments

6:00 am Jun. 7, 2017

There were plenty of telling exchanges Tuesday during the 6th District’s first and only live televised debate between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

There were the “how dare you” moments focused on preexisting conditions, as well as Handel’s infamous dealings with Planned Parenthood as vice president of public policy at the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

And then there were the press release moments: the ones that both campaigns will seize on

Washington, not Marietta or Roswell, dominates first Sixth District debate

10:22 pm Jun. 6, 2017

Former House Speaker Tip O’Neill coined the slogan “all politics is local.” But that once reliable catchphrase felt like a relic Tuesday during the first head-to-head debate in the nationally-watched contest for Georgia’s 6th District congressional seat.

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel tangled over many of the same big-ticket policy items that dominated last year’s presidential contest, from terrorism to health care and campaign finance.

And as much as

Georgia 6th: Dems double down on Handel’s ‘big spending,’ past runs for office

3:13 pm May. 30, 2017

A super PAC aligned with House Democratic leaders is out with a big new ad buy that hits Republican 6th District candidate Karen Handel on familiar issues: her past runs for office and “fancy” spending habits.

The House Majority PAC, which aims to wrest control of the House from the GOP, said Tuesday that it’s putting $500,000 behind a new spot that repeats many of the same attacks that Handel’s

What clues does Montana’s special election hold for Georgia’s 6th District?

1:30 pm May. 24, 2017

HELENA, Mont. – The Treasure State may lie some 2,000 miles away from the northern Atlanta suburbs, but the politics in this sparsely-populated slice of the Rockies may hold some major clues for how Georgians could vote in the June 20 runoff for health Secretary Tom Price’s House seat.

Much like the race in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, Thursday’s special election here to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Congress is

Karen Handel raises more than $1 million a week into Georgia 6th runoff

2:09 pm Apr. 24, 2017

Democrat Jon Ossoff may have raised an eye-popping sum of money in the lead-up to last week’s 6th District special election, but Karen Handel responded with an impressive haul less than a week into the runoff.

The Republican’s campaign said Monday afternoon it raised more than $1 million since she advanced into the runoff.

“We expected a surge of donations since Tuesday’s special election, but we never expected this kind of momentum,”