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One year later: How Donald Trump has transformed Georgia politics

6:00 am Nov. 6, 2017

President Donald Trump may be lacking in signature legislative achievements a year after his election victory, but he has one undeniable accomplishment: He has shaped the Republican Party — both in Georgia and nationally — to his will.

Whether it be a matter of respect, compliance or bonhomie, the Never Trump movement among Republicans in Georgia has all but vanished. There are now no outspoken high-profile critics of the president

Josh McKoon takes a surgical break from campaigning

9:49 pm Sep. 1, 2017

If you haven’t seen state Sen. Josh McKoon of Columbus, a Republican candidate for secretary of state, there’s a reason. From his Facebook page:

It has always been a cornerstone of my commitment to public service that government be transparent, and that includes me.

During this summer I was experiencing some stomach trouble and after consulting with my physician and having some tests run, it was determined I had gallstones that

Ashley Bell named associate director for U.S. Peace Corps

12:00 pm Jul. 7, 2017

The White House announced today that Ashley Bell, the former Hall County commissioner and Republican National Committee operative, will serve as the new associate director for external affairs for the U.S. Peace Corps.

Bell will be in charge of agency communications, relations with Congress and intergovernmental affairs. From the press release:

“Peace Corps volunteers represent the best the United States has to offer and I am grateful for the opportunity to support

Georgia 2018: Stump speeches and the shape of the GOP race for governor

6:31 pm Jul. 5, 2017

The Fourth of July and the hot days that follow are where stump speeches — the memorized spiel that can be trotted out at the whisper of an invitation — are hammered, rewritten and otherwise forged into the shape of a candidate.

Or at least, the shape that the candidate would have you see.

Since the Republican climb to power 15 years ago, the Independence Day celebration hosted by the Cobb County

John Watson elected chairman of the Georgia GOP

6:53 pm Jun. 3, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. — For the first time since Republicans won total control of the state Capitol, an establishment-backed candidate was elected chairman of the Georgia GOP on Saturday.

John Watson, a Capitol lobbyist with deep ties to former Gov. Sonny Perdue and U.S. Sen. David Perdue, was elected on the third ballot in a drawn-out, three-hour process that left more than 1,500 delegates weary and more than a little frustrated.

Watson, a