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Georgia lawmaker recounts ball field shooting: ‘He was targeting us’

2:03 pm Jun. 14, 2017

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk was standing near home plate on Wednesday morning as the GOP baseball team kicked off its final practice before the annual bipartisan charity game.

The second-term lawmaker from Cassville was one of the Republican team’s designated hitters, and after spending some time warming up at the batting cages in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va., he was ready to slug. He was getting ready to bat when gunshots were

Access v. security? Baseball shooting prompts Georgia discussion

11:17 am Jun. 14, 2017

We nearly missed this as news of this morning’s GOP baseball practice shooting began to trickle out of Washington, but over at Fox Business two Georgia Republicans offered their opening salvos to a debate that’s sure to rage on Capitol Hill in the weeks ahead.

After expressing their shock and horror over Wednesday’s events, U.S. Sen. David Perdue and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich both discussed whether security for elected leaders

Dear Donald Trump: Less ‘Casey at the Bat’ and more Hank Aaron

2:12 pm Apr. 28, 2017

Earlier this week, CBS’ “Sunday Morning” had a brief montage of four Americans passing judgment on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Each wrote a letter. Snippets were pieced together.

Leo Smith of Smyrna, in charge of minority participation for the Georgia Republican party, was one of the quartet. The CBS video shows Smith giving Trump an “A” for disruption, but his letter was more nuanced. And much

Report: John Lewis orchestrating protest of GOP plan to punish sit-ins

1:25 pm Jan. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Lewis is expected to lead a Democratic protest of the House GOP’s plan to punish future sit-ins on the House floor Tuesday afternoon, according to a report.

Politico reported that the protest will come when the House of Representatives votes on its rules package for the new Congress later this afternoon. The package includes a provision that would garnish lawmakers’ wages for taking pictures, recording audio or

N.C. GOP lawmakers say bathroom deal proves effort was a Dem ‘political stunt’

9:00 am Dec. 20, 2016

North Carolina just can’t seem to quit legislating. 

Four days after Republican lawmakers there hammered through measures in a special session designed to cripple incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, N.C. legislators are set to again return to Raleigh tomorrow.

The purpose? Supposedly to scrap the controversial House Bill 2, aka “the bathroom bill” that has roiled Tar Heel politics.

Veteran N.C. scribe Jim Morrill and his colleagues at the Charlotte Observer break