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A Democratic state representative has entered the 2018 Georgia governor's race.

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Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna says her campaign will focus on how to protect and improve the state's HOPE college scholarship program.

Evans, who grew up in Ringgold, says she was the first in her family to graduate from college thanks to the program.

Jon Ossoff Meets Millennials And Emphasizes Young People Voting

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Without even realizing it, we are constantly projecting our opinion into the world whenever we click on the “like” button on Facebook or comment on an Instagram post. We have become professionals at typing our views of the world and sharing them with others on different social media outlets, but there is one aspect of inciting change in which young people’s participation is lacking: voting.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign, telling the Russians that continued meddling would backfire and prevent and warming of relations after the election.


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Voter Registration Numbers Surge In 6th District

May 22, 2017
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More than 5,000 people have registered to vote in Georgia's 6th Congressional District in the last 19 days.

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Earlier this month, on May 4, a federal judge order the state to reopen voter registration for the runoff between Republican candidate Karen Handel and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. It has become one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country. Registration for the June 20 runoff closed Sunday, May 21. 

Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA-09)
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Pressure has been building for U.S. Congress members to hold in-person town halls in their districts. On Thursday night, northeast Georgia Rep. Doug Collins held one over the phone.

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In an hourlong call, Collins took 12 full questions from constituents. He assured listeners that his staff doesn’t unfairly screen calls.

“They simply put up the questions so we can get as many as we want to,” Collins said.

A voter takes a "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker after voting during Georgia's primary election at the polling station at South Lowndes Recreation Complex in Lake Park, Ga., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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The national Democratic Party wants reinforcements for the closely watched 6th Congressional District election, helping pay for 10 new field workers to reach more minority voters in the traditionally conservative Atlanta suburbs.

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A new ad in the Georgia 6th Congressional District runoff campaign is tackling thorny issues around women's health care. In it, Democratic candidate John Ossoff attacks Republican Karen Handel on her controversial time as the head of a prominent breast cancer nonprofit.


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Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff nearly won the April 18 special election to replace Tom Price as the U.S. House member from Georgia's 6th Congressional District.  Now, he faces Republican Karen Handel in the June 20 runoff in a district that has been solidly Republican for years.  

On "Morning Edition," Denis O'Hayer talked with Ossoff about a wide range of issues, including reports of President Donald Trump disclosing classified information to Russian officials; healthcare reform; and whether Ossoff could take the independent course he has promised if he were elected.

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Republican Kay Kirkpatrick has won a state Senate seat representing several suburban Atlanta communities, keeping the 32nd District in GOP hands.


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According to unofficial results of Tuesday's runoff election, Kirkpatrick defeated Democrat Christine Triebsch.

The district includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.


Rep. John Lewis Meets Ga. Constituents At Meet-And-Greet

May 16, 2017
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Nearly 200 people turned out Monday night to meet with Congressman John Lewis.

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The group included Wilhelmina Jenkins, who lives in Atlanta's West End.

"I love that Congressman Lewis is always at town hall meetings, out among the people," Jenkins said. 

Lori Leary, who lives in Decatur, agreed.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his right to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has "an absolute right" as president to do so.


Trump's tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State group, as published reports have said and as a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.


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Voters in some suburban Atlanta communities are choosing their next state senator.


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Democrat Christine Triebsch and Republican Kay Kirkpatrick are on today's ballot in the 32nd state Senate district. The district includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.


Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.


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The last time Harriet Zoller volunteered for a political campaign, she was too young to vote for the Massachusetts Democrat running for president.

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"I was a Kennedy girl," she says, smiling back to 1960.

Veronica Savoy's previous campaign experience was volunteering multiple times for Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

"I'm not a political party person," she explains.

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President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week, The Washington Post reported Monday.

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The newspaper cited current and former U.S. officials who said Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The threat was related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

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The Trump administration has picked the wife of former House Speaker and longtime Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, days before President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign trip.

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Trump will nominate Callista Gingrich for the post, two people with direct knowledge of the discussions said Monday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly before an official announcement.

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Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday implored Georgia voters to vote Republican in next month's special election, linking the Democratic candidate in the surprisingly competitive House race to the California liberal who leads the rival party in the House.

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"The left and Nancy Pelosi ... are trying to hit you with an avalanche of television," Ryan said, to drum up support "for a guy who does not share your values."

Voters cast ballots in Georgia's primary election at a polling site in a firehouse Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Atlanta.
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There’s a small election Tuesday in Atlanta’s suburbs, but it could be a sign of big political changes coming to the Georgia Statehouse. State Senate District 32 in east Cobb County sits inside a political district getting a lot more attention, and money right now: Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

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Even in a world that is now accustomed to big surprises, it was a dizzying week in politics.

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President Donald Trump, who had just visited the Atlanta area to support Karen Handel's 6th Congressional District campaign, abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey. 

That event, in turn, could affect the close battle for the seat left vacant by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price -- at least according to political strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson.

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A young Georgia immigrant is fighting back after federal authorities revoked her protection from deportation.

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Jessica Colotl, a former Kennesaw State student whose case sparked national debates over immigration in 2010, lost her reprieve from deportation this month under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  

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It won’t be decided until June 20, but there’s already a big winner in the special election for Georgia’s 6th District Congressional race: Atlanta's local TV stations.  

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The Republican in a closely watched suburban Atlanta congressional race is echoing the White House after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Karen Handel says Trump's move is "probably overdue." Her Wednesday statement says Comey "lost the confidence of Republicans, Democrats and broader institutions."

Handel says Trump should "quickly nominate a strong, independent" successor. But she makes no mention of the FBI's inquiry into Trump's ties to Russia, and she says nothing about calls for a special prosecutor.

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Those wishing to vote in the 6th Congressional District runoff and have not registered have until May 21 to do so.

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A federal judge last week ordered the state of Georgia to re-open registration for the June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

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President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, saying it was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the nation's top law enforcement agency following several tumultuous months.

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"The FBI is one of our nation's most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement," Trump said in a statement.

The White House said the search for a new FBI director was beginning immediately.

Governor Nathan Deal signs Senate Bill 219 on Monday, allowing for self-driving cars on Georgia roads.
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Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Monday making self-driving cars that have the proper insurance and registration legal on Georgia roads.

Harry Lightsey, General Motor's executive director of public policy on emerging technologies, said GM already has 50 cars it's testing in three cities: San Francisco, Scottsdale, Ariz. and Detroit.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for him, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.
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Former President Barack Obama is starting to define his new role in the age of Donald Trump.


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After dropping out of sight for a pair of glamorous island getaways, Obama is emerging for a series of paid and unpaid speeches, drawing sharp contrasts with Trump even as he avoids saying the new president's name.

Georgia Students Respond To New 'Campus Carry' Law

May 8, 2017
Governor Nathan Deal signed the campus carry bill into law last Thursday.
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Starting in July, licensed gun owners, age 21 and older, will be able to carry concealed weapons on Georgia's public college campuses.

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University of Georgia freshman Parrish McWhorter, who is a double major in women’s studies and printmaking, said she’s been involved in protests against "campus carry" and had called Gov. Nathan Deal’s office every day in protest.

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Georgia's university system has less than two months to implement a law that will allowing concealed guns on college campuses after Gov. Nathan Deal signed the measure Thursday.

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The law, which goes into effect July 1, will allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on campus, except for some areas, including student housing facilities, faculty offices and athletic venues.

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Gov. Nathan Deal has approved the "campus carry" bill which would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses.

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On Monday, Deal had said he wasn't "satisfied" with local law enforcement efforts to protect students around college campuses. In his statement after signing the bill, the governor echoed these remarks.

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who last week helped persuade President Donald Trump not to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Wednesday that the administration would renegotiate the pact with Canada and Mexico with a focus on what has worked and what hasn't.

Clarkston Limits Cooperation With Immigration Officers

May 3, 2017
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The Clarkston City Council passed legislation that limits cooperation with federal immigration officers.

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City council members voted unanimously in favor of this measure that adopts a "non-detainer" policy, which means that federal immigration officers can still detain people for immigration violations, but the local police won't get involved.