Georgia

Watching a GOP Senate race in Atlanta, northern Georgia

Watching a GOP Senate race in Atlanta, northern Georgia

Neither Republican running in Georgia’s closely watched Senate race has a natural advantage in metro Atlanta, where the state’s most populous area and a ring of northern exurbs are serving as the key battleground ahead of Tuesday’s runoff. Both Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue have been spending a […]

Former CEO touts business record in Senate race

Former CEO touts business record in Senate race

David Perdue proudly points to his executive experience running major corporations as evidence that he’s best positioned to tackle the nation’s debt. The former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok touts his business acumen while campaigning for Georgia’s Republican Senate nomination and hopes to follow his cousin, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, into politics. Voters […]

Outside groups spending big bucks in Georgia Senate race

Outside groups spending big bucks in Georgia Senate race

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce shelled out $920,000 for TV and online ads promoting Rep. Jack Kingston in the crowded race for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat. At the same time, a grass-roots conservative group in neighboring South Carolina spent $515,000 on commercials supporting rival Republican and business executive David Perdue. Other groups are showering […]

In Georgia, most can carry guns almost anywhere

In Georgia, most can carry guns almost anywhere

Criticized by one group as the “guns everywhere” bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances. Following mass shootings in recent years, some […]

Republicans struggle in Georgia Senate primary

Republicans struggle in Georgia Senate primary

Seeking promotion to the U.S. Senate, Republican Rep. Jack Kingston avoids an explicit yes-or-no answer when asked by a voter if he considers himself a tea party candidate. Instead, the 11-term congressman offers the lunch crowd at a northeast Georgia community center a careful plea for a unified party that can sell limited-government arguments to […]

Sherrod: Thanks but no thanks

Sherrod: Thanks but no thanks

Shirley Sherrod, ousted from the Agriculture Department during a racial firestorm that embarrassed the Obama administration, rejected an offer to return to the USDA on Tuesday. But at a cordial news conference with the man who asked her to leave — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — she said she may do consulting work for him […]

Memo to Sarah: Your 15 minutes of fame are over

Memo to Sarah: Your 15 minutes of fame are over

It’s been a summer of setbacks for Sarah Palin. Candidate “cubs” endorsed by the Mama Grizzly in Chief have been suffering a recent string of primary election losses. The Republicans’ 2008 vice presidential nominee promised a pack of “mama grizzly” candidates would rise up and defeat Democrats in this November’s elections. But office-seekers she supported […]

On second thought…

On second thought…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he will reconsider the department’s decision to oust a black employee over racially tinged remarks after learning more about what she said. Vilsack issued a short statement early Wednesday morning after Shirley Sherrod, who until Tuesday was the Agriculture Department’s director of rural development in Georgia, said she was […]

Racism, bigotry in health care protest

Racism, bigotry in health care protest

Racism and anti-gay bigotry reared their ugly heads Saturday as Tea Party participants protested the health care vote that is scheduled for a historic vote Sunday. Protesters taunted openly-day Democratic Congressman Barney Frank with “faggot,” “homo” and other homophobic slurs and called African-American Georgia Congressman John Lewis a “nigger” as he left the Cannon House […]