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Kempner: How a big, fat tax break from D.C. might curb generosity

Kempner: How a big, fat tax break from D.C. might curb generosity

One big item in Republican tax plans would make figuring out our individual income taxes a little less crazy. But it comes at a price. So here’s a basic question millions of Americans may soon face, one that highlights the link between behavior and money: Will we donate less to charities if it’s harder to get a tax break for doing so? Nonprofit leaders are nervous. In fact, they fear they...
Voters head to the polls today in metro Atlanta

Voters head to the polls today in metro Atlanta

Voters will cast ballots today in what will likely be the first of two Atlanta mayoral elections. Eight credible candidates have spent more than $10 million on the race. The crowded field left most of the public struggling to keep up. Experts predict a low turnout, which could open up the door to a surprise victory. A Landmark Communications poll released this past Friday revealed an something of...
First test starts Monday for new paper-ballot machines in Georgia

First test starts Monday for new paper-ballot machines in Georgia

A crucial test for the future of Georgia elections begins Monday when early voting opens across the state ahead of the Nov. 7 local and special elections. Voters in Conyers will begin casting paper ballots along with new voting and tabulating machines as they decide on a new mayor and two City Council seats. The pilot program comes as advocates have sued to force the state to dump its aging all-electronic...
Thousands of voting machines in limbo because of 6th District lawsuit

Thousands of voting machines in limbo because of 6th District lawsuit

Thousands of voting machines from the hotly contested 6th Congressional District special election are currently off-limits for future use because of a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the results. That worries metro Atlanta officials who say they could be short of spare machines to run municipal elections in November. The suit, filed over the July 4 holiday, demands that Republican Karen Handel&rsquo...
Handel preps another 6th District campaign as Ossoff hints at comeback

Handel preps another 6th District campaign as Ossoff hints at comeback

She was welcomed with an introduction most of the audience had never heard before: U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, victor of the most expensive U.S. House contest in history, wanted to be a pro football player as a kid. It’s true, she told a few dozen tea party activists and conservatives piled into a Marietta hall. Instead, Handel settled for another contact sport. And now she’s gearing up for...
Here’s what you need to know as Georgia cleans up its voter rolls

Here’s what you need to know as Georgia cleans up its voter rolls

Georgia has sent out more than 383,400 address confirmation notices to registered voters across metro Atlanta and the state, part of a biennial effort to clean up the state’s voting rolls. The notices are generated after the state compares the list of people who submitted a change of address form to the U.S. Postal Service with the state’s overall list of registered voters. Voters who...
Atlanta Mayor Reed to reimburse South Africa trip with “outside” funds

Atlanta Mayor Reed to reimburse South Africa trip with “outside” funds

Mayor Kasim Reed will seek a non-governmental source to reimburse the city thousands of dollars in airfare for a May trip that he and several members of his staff took to South Africa, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Reed, former City Attorney Cathy Hampton, Chief of Staff Candace Byrd, Chief Resilience Officer Stephanie Stuckey and five others flew to Cape Town to talk to that city’s leaders about...
Lawsuit seeks to void 6th District runoff over aging voting system

Lawsuit seeks to void 6th District runoff over aging voting system

Karen Handel’s win in the hotly contested 6th Congressional District special election should be thrown out and the contest redone, according to a new lawsuit seeking to ultimately invalidate Georgia’s aging electronic voting system. The suit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court, is the second pursued in less than two months by a Colorado-based group over the security of Georgia&rsquo...
By the numbers: A look at who voted in Georgia’s 6th District runoff

By the numbers: A look at who voted in Georgia’s 6th District runoff

The historic special election showing in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District runoff last month turned a number of assumptions on their head. Now, looking at new data, we also now know more about who the more than 260,400 voters are. And we all know the outcome: Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff and became the state’s first Republican congresswoman. Here’s...
Democrats take aim at Gwinnett-based 7th Congressional District

Democrats take aim at Gwinnett-based 7th Congressional District

It was billed as a chance for beleaguered Gwinnett County Democrats to “cry in your beers or laugh out loud.” But at a recent gathering of partisans, Gabe Okoye recounted with glee, it was more celebrating than moaning. Training seminars organized by the Gwinnett Democratic Party for first-time office seekers fill up in hours. Events are packed with new members. And Okoye, the party&rsquo...
The 6th District is full of ‘snowflakes’ — sort of

The 6th District is full of ‘snowflakes’ — sort of

In the modern political insults dictionary, a snowflake is roughly defined: someone prone to upset, hypersensitive and who may take offense to the views of others. The term was surely hurled in the draining race for the 6th District U.S. House seat, which was the most expensive race of its kind in history and caused rifts among neighbors and friends. In an apparent nod to...
With vote over, 6th District residents recall the good, bad and ugly

With vote over, 6th District residents recall the good, bad and ugly

They tell stories of obscene gestures and testy run-ins with neighbors that still linger, strained by months of campaigning and sore feelings that won’t soon be forgotten. Others talk of quiet compassion from residents on both sides of the political divide who put aside their differences over the 6th Congressional District race. The most expensive U.S. House contest ended one week ago, but some...
Georgia’s Handel takes oath to kick off congressional career

Georgia’s Handel takes oath to kick off congressional career

There was a brief photo-op with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a few formalities from U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a hug and then an oath. The whole affair took less than half an hour. And just like that, Karen Handel made Georgia history, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman. Monday evening’s events on the House floor were a coda, an end to the state’s omnipresent 6th Congressional...
Handel cracks Georgia GOP ‘glass ceiling’

Handel cracks Georgia GOP ‘glass ceiling’

It might not have seemed that way, but the scene at a stuffed Roswell restaurant on the eve of last week’s runoff was a quietly remarkable one. It was the night before the 6th Congressional District vote, and Gov. Nathan Deal was campaigning for a former opponent his staff once described as a spout of “unhinged blather.” Sprinkled in the crowd of hundreds of energetic Karen...
Cobb Chairman weighs in on Handel-Ossoff 6th District drama

Cobb Chairman weighs in on Handel-Ossoff 6th District drama

Cobb County Chairman Mike Boyce struck a conciliatory note  following the 6th District Congressional race that pitted neighbor against neighbor in Atlanta’s affluent northern suburbs. Boyce endorsed Rep. Karen Handel’s candidacy  in her electoral battle against Democrat Jon Ossoff. The 6th District stretches from north DeKalb, across Fulton to East Cobb, where Boyce resides...
What lies ahead for Karen Handel in Washington

What lies ahead for Karen Handel in Washington

Karen Handel punched her ticket to Washington on Tuesday after a hard-fought, four-month race in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, but she won’t find it easy when she arrives on Capitol Hill. The Republican representative-elect will soon be sworn in as the most junior member of the U.S. House, a position that comes with little actual power but gobs of visibility. Handel will...
While losing, Ossoff easily won DeKalb’s vote in 6th District

While losing, Ossoff easily won DeKalb’s vote in 6th District

Democrat John Ossoff lost the 6th District race Tuesday, despite easily carrying DeKalb County’s portion of the vote. He recorded 33,847 votes to Republican Karen Handel’s 24,070 in the faithfully blue county, according to unofficial results. Handel prevailed in the northernmost eight precincts in the district, which also includes parts of Cobb and Fulton counties. Ossoff won...
Ga. 6th District: Data shows Ossoff came up short in North Fulton

Ga. 6th District: Data shows Ossoff came up short in North Fulton

In his race against Republican Karen Handel for the congressional seat in Georgia’s 6th District, Democrat Jon Ossoff came up short in north Fulton County. An interactive map from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution showing Tuesday’s voting results in the suburbs north of Atlanta, where Handel resides, shows a lot more red than blue. Handel, Georgia’s former Secretary of State...
How did your Cobb neighbors vote in the 6th District runoff election?

How did your Cobb neighbors vote in the 6th District runoff election?

Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in the 6th Congressional District race Tuesday night, becoming Georgia’s first female Republican member of the U.S. House. What would usually be a tame special election in an historically red section of the Atlanta suburbs brought obscene amounts of national attention and dollars. You can see how voters at each precinct, ...
Voter turnout made Georgia’s 6th District runoff look like a midterm election

Voter turnout made Georgia’s 6th District runoff look like a midterm election

Sixth District voters turned out in unprecedented numbers Tuesday for their runoff, but it takes a step back to appreciate by just how much. We already knew that while typical turnout during off-year special elections is notoriously low, Georgia’s 6th District special election on April 18 (which decided who was in Tuesday’s runoff) topped 37 percent — nearly 194,000 people voted...
How Handel won Georgia’s 6th District race

How Handel won Georgia’s 6th District race

Karen Handel’s victorious path through Georgia’s 6th Congressional District began in the outskirts of downtown Marietta and tore through the conservative stronghold of east Cobb County. It darted through her hometown of Roswell and into the affluent deep-red bastions of Milton and parts of Johns Creek.Handel staved off what would have been an embarrassing upset by Democrat Jon Ossoff by...
When will Karen Handel be sworn into office?

When will Karen Handel be sworn into office?

It could take a few days — or even a couple of weeks — for Karen Handel to be sworn in as the newest member of the House of Representatives. The Republican defeated documentary filmmaker Jon Ossoff Tuesday evening in a nationally-watched contest for Georgia’s 6th District congressional seat. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Handel won 51.9 percent of the vote. Before...
Twitter reacts to Karen Handel’s 6th District victory over Jon Ossoff

Twitter reacts to Karen Handel’s 6th District victory over Jon Ossoff

Republicans from the 6th District and beyond celebrated Tuesday night when former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel won the congressional seat after a close and expensive campaign. Handel won over Democrat Jon Ossoff by 5 percentage points in a race that polls showed to be neck-and-neck in the days leading up to the special election. Handel will fill the seat in the U.S. Representatives vacated...
Republican Karen Handel declares victory in Georgia race for Congress

Republican Karen Handel declares victory in Georgia race for Congress

Republican Karen Handel celebrated her win over Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday to a crowd chanting “Karen, Karen, Karen” as she heads to Congress to represent Atlanta’s northern suburbs. “This was going to be a very, very tight race, it was going to be contentious, and it was going to require all hands on deck, and that’s exactly what we had,” Handel...
Handel defeats Ossoff to win Georgia 6th District

Handel defeats Ossoff to win Georgia 6th District

Republican Karen Handel staved off a furious challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday in a race to represent a suburban Atlanta seat in Congress, as the GOP and President Donald Trump avoided an embarrassing defeat in the most expensive U.S. House contest in history. A former Georgia secretary of state, Handel emphasized her experience and roots in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District to...
Fulton ‘quiet and somewhat boring’ on Ga. 6th District Election Day

Fulton ‘quiet and somewhat boring’ on Ga. 6th District Election Day

Folks watching the votes come in for Georgia’s special 6th Congressional District election in April were surely disappointed when Fulton County failed to present its vote totals before midnight. A memory card error slowed the county down in reporting its numbers. Totals weren’t reported until after 2 a.m. But this time around, in the runoff election between Democrat Jon Ossoff...
Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia special election

Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia special election

Republican Karen Handel staved off a furious challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday in a race to represent a suburban Atlanta seat in Congress, as the GOP and President Donald Trump avoided an embarrassing defeat in the most expensive U.S. House contest in history. A former Georgia secretary of state, Handel emphasized her experience and roots in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District to...
Scattered problems but no major issues reported in 6th District voting

Scattered problems but no major issues reported in 6th District voting

Heavy rain made for a wet afternoon in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, although it was unclear whether the deluge had much of an effect on turnout in Tuesday ‘s nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Scattered problems were reported, although no major issues arose during what officials said was a steady stream of voting...
Voices from the 6th District

Voices from the 6th District

“We need a change in Washington. We need to promote the balance of power in the Congress. We need to send a message to all the country that we’re not happy with what’s going on. We want the president to become more honest in his relationship with the media and the people. Personally, I wish that the taxes would be decreased for the middle class.” — Guillermo Rosales,...
Most 6th District polls closing: This expert says one candidate might be hurt more if rain dampens turnout

Most 6th District polls closing: This expert says one candidate might be hurt more if rain dampens turnout

UPDATE: Polls are closing across the 6th District. Any voter in line by 7 p.m. is allowed to cast a ballot. Two polling locations in DeKalb County will remain open until 7:30 p.m., after officials received permission from a judge to extend voting time because of problems this morning with checking voters in. They are the only two locations in the 6th District that have extended time to vote....
A rainy race to the finish in Georgia’s 6th District runoff election

A rainy race to the finish in Georgia’s 6th District runoff election

Heavy rain made for a wet afternoon in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, although it was unclear if the deluge will have much of an effect on voting as the hours ticked closer to the end of Tuesday ‘s nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The National Weather Service said storms would likely continue as metro Atlanta, including much...
Hey, 6th District voters: Did the rain stop you from voting today? 

Hey, 6th District voters: Did the rain stop you from voting today? 

Now that most of the polls have closed in the hotly contested 6th Congressional District runoff, election officials will play the waiting game to see if heavy metro-wide showers and flooding hampered voter turnout.  Voters seeking to elect either Democrat Jon Ossoff or Republican Karen Handel in this special election to replace Republican Tom Price, now U.S. Secretary of Health...
After mix-up, two DeKalb voting sites will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

After mix-up, two DeKalb voting sites will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

UPDATE: DeKalb County officials have received permission to extend voting hours at Livsey Elementary and in Embry Hills at Holy Cross Catholic Church until 7:30 p.m. tonight. The half-hour extension came after both locations experienced problems this morning with checking voters in. See more details below. UPDATE 2: Fulton County officials are aware of one Sandy Springs voter who was mistakenly turned...
Fulton official: 6th District election should be problem free

Fulton official: 6th District election should be problem free

Today will be different. The last time Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff were on the ballot, in April, it took Fulton County until after 2 a.m. to count the votes, while the whole nation was watching. Today, all eyes are again on Fulton in the 6th District Congressional race that has become the most expensive of its kind. Richard Barron, the county’s director...
The polls are open: Here’s what could decide the 6th District race

The polls are open: Here’s what could decide the 6th District race

The polls are open in the nationally watched election to represent Atlanta’s northern suburbs in Congress, as 6th District voters choose whether to send Republican Karen Handel or Democrat Jon Ossoff to Washington. The district stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb, and the voting booths will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The race is much more than a vote to fill out the remainder...
Trump urges Georgia 6th District voters to back Handel on Election Day

Trump urges Georgia 6th District voters to back Handel on Election Day

President Donald Trump urged voters yet again to back Republican Karen Handel’s campaign for Georgia’s 6th District, sending a tweet early Tuesday that she will “never give up” an hour before the polls open. “KAREN HANDEL FOR CONGRESS,” read his tweet. “She will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare strong security-a hard worker who will never give...
Georgia hopefuls make their cases a final time before special election

Georgia hopefuls make their cases a final time before special election

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff made their final pitches to voters Monday ahead of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District contest, as President Donald Trump waded further into the closely watched race. Both candidates resisted questions about the broader implications of the special election to replace Tom Price as they crisscrossed the three-county district Monday. But the race&rsquo...
By the numbers: Effect of 6th District early voting on Election Day

By the numbers: Effect of 6th District early voting on Election Day

The historic turnout of early voters ahead of Tuesday’s runoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District has turned a number of assumptions on their head. Now, looking at new data, we also know who these more than 140,300 voters are — and how they differ from those who voted early in the original April 18 special election that set up this contest between Republican Karen...
How to vote in Georgia’s 6th District runoff

How to vote in Georgia’s 6th District runoff

More than 140,300 people voted early ahead of Tuesday’s runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, laying a foundation for what many predict will be a bigger turnout now than the race’s original April 18 special election. With Election Day now here, here’s a primer about voting in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District: First, you must live in the district!...
The factors that could determine Georgia’s special election

The factors that could determine Georgia’s special election

Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide the nationally watched election to represent Atlanta’s northern suburbs in Congress, a bitterly-contested vote between Republican Karen Handel or Democrat Jon Ossoff. The race is much more than a vote to fill out the remainder of former U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s term after President Donald Trump’s tapped him to be health secretary. Both parties...
Karen Handel wins; latest Georgia 6th District runoff results

Karen Handel wins; latest Georgia 6th District runoff results

Latest results:  Click here if you do not see  election results above this line. Most polls closed at 7 p.m. in Georgia’s   6th Congressional District , but the voting may continue at some precincts. As long as you were in line at 7 p.m., you are allowed to stay until you finish voting. How long will it take to count the vote? As long as it takes. We...
'Unprecedented’ early vote ahead of Georgia’s 6th District runoff foretells huge turnout

'Unprecedented’ early vote ahead of Georgia’s 6th District runoff foretells huge turnout

More than 140,300 people voted early ahead of Tuesday’s runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, laying a foundation for what many predict will be a bigger turnout now than the race’s original April 18 special election. Just what it means for the candidates, however, is still up in the air. Pundits are calling the race too close to call. Polls have indicated the...
All eyes on Georgia: The race for the 6th District is down to the wire

All eyes on Georgia: The race for the 6th District is down to the wire

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff crisscrossed Atlanta’s suburbs over the weekend to appeal to their likeliest voters in the final days ahead of Tuesday’s 6th District vote, as polls showed a neck-and-neck race and few voters still undecided. Handel rallied the GOP faithful at an event featuring two Cabinet secretaries with deep ties to the district — former Rep. Tom...
‘Unprecedented’ early vote in Ga.’s 6th District, but what does it mean?

‘Unprecedented’ early vote in Ga.’s 6th District, but what does it mean?

The eye-popping early-voting turnout in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District has left local elections officials gasping, although the surge’s effect on Tuesday’s runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff remains uncertain. More than 140,300 people had cast ballots by the end of the race’s early-voting period Friday, a total that includes both...
Why Tuesday’s Georgia’s 6th District vote is getting so much attention

Why Tuesday’s Georgia’s 6th District vote is getting so much attention

The 6th Congressional District vote on Tuesday is more than an opportunity for Democrats to score an early victory against President Donald Trump and his agenda. It’s also a chance for Democrats to test a different sort of message in fast-changing suburban districts that they’ll need to retake the U.S. House. That’s because the wealthy and well-educated suburbs spanning from east...
First-timers get involved in 6th District get-out-the-vote effort

First-timers get involved in 6th District get-out-the-vote effort

The sight wasn’t exactly a typical one for this leafy corner of Sandy Plains. Almost a dozen barrel-chested, leather-clad bikers — led by a quartet of clean-cut high school students, no less — were marching from house to house asking whether these 6th Congressional District voters planned to support Republican Karen Handel in Tuesday’s special election. “We’re here...
Cagle appoints new legislator to high-profile health committee

Cagle appoints new legislator to high-profile health committee

The Georgia Senate’s health care task force has a new senator as a new member. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has appointed state Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, an orthopedic surgeon, to the task force that he formed to address the state’s health care. The group is meeting in locations across the state to hear expert testimony. Its goal is to come up with suggestions or solutions that advance Georgia&rsquo...
Democratic mailer directed 6th District voters to wrong voting place

Democratic mailer directed 6th District voters to wrong voting place

A recent mailer sent by the Democratic Party of Georgia to about 2,500 voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District mistakenly directed them to the wrong polling location, an error the party says it is trying to fix ahead of Tuesday’s runoff election. A party spokesman said Friday the vendor who created the mailer got precincts wrong in its printing, directing voters in Cobb County...
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