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U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., gives a speech about overhauling the budget process on Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate Democrats consider slow-walking Tom Price’s Cabinet confirmation

5:00 am Dec. 6, 2016

As we pointed out last week, math pretty much guarantees that Georgia Congressman Tom Price will be confirmed as Donald Trump’s health and human services secretary in the new year.

If Republicans can stick together, they can fend off Democratic opposition to the nomination thanks to a change to Senate rules made by Democrat Harry Reid in 2013 that gutted the filibuster on executive nominations.

That doesn’t mean Democrats will

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) listens to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory during a campaign rally at Wilmington International Airport on the weekend before Election Day. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In North Carolina, Republican Pat McCrory concedes governorship

1:23 pm Dec. 5, 2016

Given that he was one of the few Republicans in the South to lose in the midst of a Donald Trump wave, look for this to further dampen appetites within the state Capitol of Georgia for a fourth year of debate over “religious liberty” legislation. From the Associated Press:

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that he’s conceded the election to Democrat Roy Cooper, the state’s

North Carolina governor formally concedes defeat

1:19 pm Dec. 5, 2016

Athens – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday he was conceding the election to Democrat Roy Cooper, the state’s attorney general, nearly a month after the vote.

McCrory’s race was widely seen as a litmus

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lynn Westmoreland, eyeing run for governor, embarks on ‘reconnect tour’

12:00 pm Dec. 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Don’t count retiring U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland out of the wide-open race for governor in 2018.

The Coweta County Republican, who is wrapping up his 12-year stint on Capitol Hill this week, said he has been traveling around the state on a “reconnect tour” to gauge interest. He plans to continue the rounds in the months ahead.

“It’s definitely something that we talk to people about every day,” Westmoreland said in