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Rule of law v. human toll: The diction behind Ga. lawmakers’ DACA responses

4:22 pm Sep. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia lawmakers’ responses to the Trump administration’s decision to end deportation protection for nearly 800,000 young immigrants Tuesday fell along the predictable partisan lines. Even more fascinating were the very words the officials used to voice their opinions.

The Republicans used terms like ‘unconstitutional’ to describe their opposition to former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. They said President Donald Trump was adhering

Georgia Republicans dazzled by Trump’s speech, despite few new specifics

7:00 am Mar. 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — In the lead up to Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday, several of Georgia’s Republican congressmen said they were looking for concrete policy specifics from the new president on issues like health care and infrastructure.

They got relatively little of that, especially by way of new details — such presidential speeches to Congress are designed, after all, to be broad and sweeping — but the state’s Republicans were still dazzled by

Where every Georgia congressman stands on Donald Trump’s refugee ban

1:03 pm Jan. 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — One by one, Georgia’s Republican members of Congress lined up behind President Donald Trump’s divisive executive order barring some Middle Eastern refugees from entering the country.

Nearly all of the dozen Republicans elected to represent the Peach State on Capitol Hill came out in favor of the executive action — or most of it — on Monday, three days after Trump first issued the directive.

“America will always be a compassionate country, and

All of Georgia’s congressmen appear poised for reelection

9:04 pm Nov. 8, 2016

All of Georgia’s members of the House of Representatives appear poised to return to Congress in 2017, according to early election returns.

Few of the 13 House incumbents on the ballot today — Republican or Democrat — faced competitive challengers and all appeared to have punched their tickets back to Washington as of 11 p.m. The only race that had yet to be called at that point was Lawrenceville Republican Rob Woodall’s in the 7th District

Georgia GOP congressmen furious at Smithsonian for Clarence Thomas snub

7:00 am Nov. 4, 2016

Half a dozen Georgia GOP congressmen wrote an angry letter to the head of the Smithsonian Thursday criticizing curators for all but leaving out native son Clarence Thomas in the recently-opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Georgians joined a dozen other House conservatives in citing “grave concerns” about Thomas’ “conspicuous absence” from the museum given his rise from a modest upbringing outside of Savannah to becoming the second African-American to serve on the Supreme

Long before Trump, Georgia politicos paid lip service to term limits — but the needle hasn’t moved

3:29 pm Oct. 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump isn’t the first person to propose “draining the swamp” here in the nation’s capital. Many current and former Georgia lawmakers have paid lip service to the idea of congressional term limits over the past two decades — but the talk hasn’t translated into much action.

Term limits obviously aren’t very popular among D.C.’s political class. Who voluntarily wants to give up power?

Proponents of the idea say it prevents lawmakers