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Democrats aim to define struggle against Trump in Atlanta

6:00 am Feb. 25, 2017

The uneasy clash between grass-roots activists and establishment figures at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta isn’t hard to spot. It’s on display at caucus meetings, panel discussions and the maneuvering behind Saturday’s vote

Noe Garcia Marquez harvests Vidalia onions at Sikes Farms in Collins, Ga. in 2011. He came to the farm from Mexico through the federal guest worker program. AJC file

What might happen when Donald Trump meets a Vidalia onion

7:33 pm Feb. 24, 2017

We are close to finding out what happens when President Donald Trump meets a hand-harvested Vidalia onion. Or a blueberry bush. Or a field of carrots.

Six years ago, the Legislature passed House Bill 87, an effort aimed at discouraging illegal immigrants in Georgia.

It did just that. And Georgia farmers quickly saw their crops rot in the fields. A University of Georgia study identified a shortage of 5,244 farm

AJC file

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Deconstructing a casino bill and ‘the administrative state’

5:03 pm Feb. 24, 2017

Friday’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” was on the road, in front of a gathering of the State Bar of Georgia.

What can you say? Enemies of the people need lawyer, too. Several, in fact. Discussion started with the casino bill and the state Capitol, and includes an attempt to get into the head of White House strategist Steve Bannon, who told CPAC that the “deconstruction of the administrative state”

February 21, 2017 Atlanta : A patrol car remained outside the residence where a homeowner was unhurt after confronting burglars inside his northwest Atlanta home on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The burglars stole stole two vehicles from the residence. Atlanta police officer D.T. Hannah told the AJC through e-mail that Atlanta police officers responded to a burglar in a residence call in the 600 block of Norfleet Road NW Atlanta. The homeowner told police he was downstairs in the basement sleeping when he heard suspects walking around upstairs in the living area of the home that consisted of three levels, 1st Basement, 2nd Living area, 3rd Bedrooms. The homeowner stated he came upstairs and saw 3 suspects gathering his property and yelled at them. The suspects immediately ran out the rear door and down the driveway toward the street. Suspects had entered the house by forcing open the rear door. Upon arrival, officers located a stolen handgun belonging to one of the suspects, outside on the ground, near the rear door. The suspects fled in two vehicles they took from the location. A 2012 Silver Audi Q7 and a Green Lexus . Suspects also rambled through the interior of a third vehicle in a detached garage. The homeowner, who was unharmed could only provide a description of 3 young males wearing dark clothing. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM

Your tip sheet: Back the badge

7:30 am Feb. 24, 2017

Days remaining in the 2017 Legislative session: 17

It’s a week away from Crossover Day (not that anyone’s counting), with both chambers beginning to open the floodgates to move their bills through the pipeline.

The Senate is in at 9 a.m. Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, has unofficially declared it “law enforcement day” in the chamber, and five of seven bills on the calendar deal with public safety issues.

That includes Senate bills

Sen. Johnny Isakson, center, chats with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle during a get-out-the-vote rally in his hometown of Marietta last year.    Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

Johnny Isakson undergoes back surgery

3:53 pm Feb. 23, 2017

This is the first recess week for Congress since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. And so resulting meetings with constituents are getting a close examination.

In Georgia, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler is the only Republican member of Congress who has scheduled public gatherings. But U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has an acceptable excuse. Here’s the press release:

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was released today from Emory Saint Joseph’s