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Funeral, memorial service details for Tommy Irvin

5:36 pm Sep. 15, 2017

The family of the late Tommy Irvin, the longtime Georgia agriculture commissioner, has passed on these memorial service details:

Visitation: Saturday, Sept. 16, 4 to 8 p.m. at Whitfield Funeral Home North, 245 Central Avenue, Cornelia, Ga. 30531.

Funeral: Sunday, Sept. 17, 4:30 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 2175 Antioch Church Road, Mount Airy, Ga., 30563. (Seating will be limited.)

Memorial service: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist

The political import of Tommy Irvin

10:16 am Sep. 15, 2017

Tommy Irvin, who as agriculture commissioner was Georgia’s longest-serving constitutional officer, died late Thursday, his grandson has confirmed. He was 88.

Irvin passed at his home in Mount Airy in east Georgia, with family around him, his grandson, Chris Irvin said.

For decades, Irvin was an inside player in the state Capitol, serving as a top aide to one governor and mentor to another.

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A theory behind Jon Ossoff’s early exit last night

10:06 am Apr. 21, 2017

Sixth District contender Jon Ossoff was the clear star at Thursday night’s annual fundraiser for the state Democratic party.

Held 48 hours after his first-place finish in the initial round of voting, Chairman DuBose Porter called

Dems project confidence about keeping fire alive in Ga.’s 6th District

11:00 am Apr. 19, 2017

Democrats couldn’t avoid a runoff in Georgia’s 6th District special election Tuesday evening, but they came remarkably close for a congressional seat that tends to favor Republicans. Now the most important question becomes whether the party can harness the anti-Trump fervor that propelled Jon Ossoff to the top of the polls into an upset victory on June 20, when it faces a Republican political machine that’s uniting behind Karen Handel.

Democrats sought to project confidence in a

Doug Collins: Georgia Dems ‘complicit’ as D.C. groups run 6th District race

7:00 am Apr. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON — Top Georgia Democrats have been “complicit” in the special election to replace Tom Price in the 6th District, letting their national party take over operations in the closely-watched, multi-million-dollar race. That’s the take of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, the three-term lawmaker who recently joined the House GOP leadership team.

“The liberal machine in D.C. is running this operation,” Collins said in an interview Wednesday evening. “This is not a

Donald Trump could change what it means to be a Sixth District conservative

9:39 am Apr. 10, 2017

So far, the storyline of the Sixth District congressional race has focused on Jon Ossoff, and whether the young first-time candidate can consolidate his Democratic vote, tap the anti-Trump angst of  GOP women and independents, and win the north metro Atlanta contest outright on April 18.

But there’s a subplot that hasn’t been fully explored, in part because it’s still taking shape. And that is how a President Donald Trump has