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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill  earlier this year. AP/Cliff Owen

AJC poll: Many Georgians dissatisfied with Paul Ryan

8:00 am Oct. 23, 2016

A plurality of Georgians hold an unfavorable view of Paul Ryan less than two weeks after the House Speaker made the extraordinary announcement that he would no longer defend his party’s nominee for president.

A recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll found that 41 percent of Georgians – including 36 percent of Republicans – view the Wisconsin Republican unfavorably. Slightly more than one-third of respondents and 40 percent of Republicans and said they

Republicans David Perdue and Jack Kingston in 2014, when they were both vying for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

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

Democratic Senate candidate Jim Barksdale at an immigration roundtable last week. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Jim Barksdale looks to capitalize off voter outrage over Donald Trump’s treatment of women

11:24 am Oct. 19, 2016

Democrat Jim Barksdale is grasping onto U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s continued support of Donald Trump in the final weeks of the campaign as he looks to capitalize off voter outrage over the GOP nominee’s treatment of women.

The Democrat, who is looking to close a substantial gap in the polls, constantly hits Isakson on the issue in press releases and Twitter posts. Barksdale’s campaign website now prominently features a

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Barksdale is greeted by Adelina Nicholls, executive director of Georgia Latino Alliance For Human Rights, after a roundtable with immigration advocates last week. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Jim Barksdale improves fundraising but still trails Johnny Isakson significantly in money game

5:26 pm Oct. 17, 2016

Democrat Jim Barksdale considerably beefed up his fundraising effort in recent months in his bid to oust U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. But it may be too little, too late against a Republican incumbent with nearly $2.3 million in the bank heading into October.

Fresh fundraising reports seen by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday showed Barksdale raised more than $323,000 between July and the end of September, more than three times better than he did earlier

Jack Kingston speaks to the crowd after losing his runoff election for U.S. Senate in July. (AJC/Curtis Compton)

Unshackled from elected office, Jack Kingston goes hardcore on Twitter

2:30 pm Oct. 17, 2016

Former U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston has been spending a lot of time on television lately.

As an adviser to Donald Trump, the longtime Savannah congressman has become one of the campaign’s go-to surrogates for cable news.

And it seems that Trump’s pugnacious social media style has rubbed off on Kingston, whose own Twitter presence has grown substantially sassier or more combative as of late, depending on who you ask.

Now free from the political constraints that come

August 20, 2016 Atlanta - Sharon Huff, of Atlanta, fills in voter registration form at the desk of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta, in The Sweet Auburn Curb Market on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Advocacy groups have made Georgia one of the most closely watched states for hampering voter turnout come November. Two federal lawsuits have already filed and others are threatened, with the heightened discord forcing Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to defend the state's handling of voter records as the presidential election looms. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Judge orders voter registration in Chatham extended to Oct. 18

2:44 pm Oct. 14, 2016

A judge in Chatham County has ordered voter registration in the coastal county extended to this coming Tuesday, granting a voting-rights group a victory over state officials.

Voter advocates filed the suit just before midnight Wednesday, arguing that an emergency extension of the registration deadline was needed because some coastal residents forced to flee Hurricane Matthew last weekend did not have enough opportunity to submit applications.

“The right to vote is the