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All about the Georgia 6th congressional district election

8:48 am Feb. 28, 2017

Much of the nation will be watching

Something different happened in November. Many conservative voters chose Hillary Clinton for president. Donald Trump only won the district by 1.5 percentage points even as GOP District 6 incumbent

Lines formed outside a Georgia Lottery kiosk. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM

Your tip sheet: Senate to Georgia Lottery: Pay up

7:30 am Feb. 28, 2017

Days remaining in the session: 15

Both the House and Senate are rushing toward Friday’s key Crossover Day deadline. The Senate has eight bills on its agenda; the House has 15. Most are uncontroversial or fairly innocuous. Then there’s Senate Bill 5.

Majority Leader Bill Cowsert‘s bill would mandate the Georgia Lottery transfer a specific percentage of its revenue to the state every year for educational programs. Current law simply gives

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Ga. politicos clutch wish lists as Trump takes Capitol Hill spotlight

7:00 am Feb. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s prime-time address to Congress tonight is being watched closely by Georgia leaders looking for more detail on everything from infrastructure to health care.

State lawmakers said they’re eager for Trump during his first speech before a joint session of Congress to fill in the details on many of his sweeping campaign pledges, including overhauling the tax code, replacing Obamacare and injecting $1 trillion into infrastructure projects.

“What I’m

Rep. John Lewis and President-elect Donald Trump. AP file.

John Lewis might skip Donald Trump’s first Capitol Hill speech

8:50 pm Feb. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — Six weeks after engaging in a personal and very public tiff with President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, declined to say whether he’ll attend Trump’s address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday.

“I’m just not speaking about it,” the civil rights icon said just outside the House chamber on Monday evening, steps from where Trump will address Washington’s power players.  “I don’t know what I’m going

AJC file

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Talking about the ‘T’ in ‘LGBT’

6:10 pm Feb. 27, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focused primarily on the recent Trump administration to withdraw a “letter of guidance” issued by President Barack Obama, advising public schools across the nation on the treatment of transgender students.

With the implied threat, opponents noted at the time, of the withholding of federal funding should school systems do otherwise.

Taking sides were Dave Baker of the Faith & Freedom Coalition of Georgia, and Jeff

Music supporters, including members of Georgia Music Partners and The Recording Academy, gathered at the State Capitol earlier this month as part of Georgia Music Day, which launched the initiative to pass HB155, the Georgia Music Investment Act. Photo credit: @F22Studio

Tax credits for a ‘music investment’ measure just got more expensive

4:15 pm Feb. 27, 2017

Updated: We reported earlier today on House Bill 155, a “music investment” bill that offered tax credits but also would have required concert organizers to collect a 5 percent income tax on musicians who perform in the state.

We’re now told that the language we cited regarding the income tax levy had been removed at a subcommittee level on Friday. A new version of the bill, containing those and other