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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...
Ex-Atlanta TV anchor runs for Georgia’s 6th District

Ex-Atlanta TV anchor runs for Georgia’s 6th District

Ex-Atlanta TV anchor Bobby Kaple is running for Georgia’s 6th District. File. A former Atlanta TV anchor on Monday entered the race to represent Georgia’s 6 th District, placing a calculated bet that he can succeed where Jon Ossoff failed in flipping the suburban Atlanta district. Bobby Kaple, who resigned recently from the local CBS affiliate to run for office, said he&rsquo...
Ossoff laces into Trump as he eyes a Georgia 6th comeback bid

Ossoff laces into Trump as he eyes a Georgia 6th comeback bid

Sixth District congressional candidate Jon Ossoff with his fiancé Alisha Kramer. AJC/Jason Getz I n post-mortems of Democrat Jon Ossoff’s defeat, the 6 th District candidate was critiqued over his refusal to hit President Donald Trump harder in the waning days of the campaign. If he runs for the suburban Atlanta seat again, he’s...
Tom Price ditches taxpayer-funded travel on private jets for now

Tom Price ditches taxpayer-funded travel on private jets for now

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will stop taxpayer-funded travel on private jets until a formal review by his department’s inspector general is completed, he said Saturday during an appearance on Fox News. The Georgia Republican has come under increased scrutiny after ...
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...
The Stacey Evans speech protesters wouldn’t let her deliver

The Stacey Evans speech protesters wouldn’t let her deliver

Stacey Abrams is drowned out by protesters chanting “support black women” and “trust black women” at the Netroots Nation conference. Screen shot. The speech Stacey Evans tried to deliver to a progressive conference before she was shouted off the stage by supporters of her Democratic primary opponent was a defense of her strategy to grow the party...
In Atlanta, Gore urges Trump to ‘try again’ with response to Charlottesville attacks

In Atlanta, Gore urges Trump to ‘try again’ with response to Charlottesville attacks

Former Vice President Al Gore, in a 2009 file photo. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com Former Vice President Al Gore urged President Donald Trump to “try again” with his response to the bloody violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday as white nationalists fought with counter-protesters, saying his remarks gave a “kind of moral equivalence” to a resurgent...
‘Recovering candidate’ Ossoff urges Democrats: Run fearlessly

‘Recovering candidate’ Ossoff urges Democrats: Run fearlessly

Democrat Jon Ossoff. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com He opened the panel by calling himself a “recovering candidate,” encouraged activists to learn from his campaign’s strategy and said nothing about whether he will take another plunge into electoral politics. Democrat Jon Ossoff was given a hero’s welcome at the Netroots Nation panel on Saturday, greeted by a dozen...
In Sonny Perdue’s USDA, say ‘weather extremes’ — not ‘climate change’

In Sonny Perdue’s USDA, say ‘weather extremes’ — not ‘climate change’

In this June file photo, a local temperature sign reads 120-degrees as temperatures climb to near-record highs in Phoenix. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin Employees of Sonny Perdue and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been instructed to find alternatives to the term “climate change” as they deal with a field peculiarly...
As others duck town halls, Georgia’s Carter schedules 9 of them

As others duck town halls, Georgia’s Carter schedules 9 of them

Rep. Buddy Carter holds a town hall in Savannah. (Photo: WTOC live stream.) Dozens of Republican members of Congress are holding town hall meetings across the nation this week as lawmakers return home for a legislative recess many surely dreaded. But in Georgia, Rep. Buddy Carter is among just a few GOP legislators scheduled to schedule an event. Actually, he scheduled nine...
State lawmaker: Keeping annexed territory out of APS would create ‘hybrid’ Atlantans

State lawmaker: Keeping annexed territory out of APS would create ‘hybrid’ Atlantans

State Rep.Beth Beskin, R-Atlanta, (right) listens in the aftermath of a 2015 hearing at the state Capitol. AJC file A state lawmaker whose House district includes Atlanta has raised a sharp protest against plans to annex Emory University and other properties into the city – but not into the Atlanta public school system. State Rep. Beth Beskin, a Republican, charged that to do so...
Handel warns Democrats are hungry for ‘revenge’ as Ossoff hints at 6th District comeback bid

Handel warns Democrats are hungry for ‘revenge’ as Ossoff hints at 6th District comeback bid

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) She was welcomed with an introduction most of the audience had never heard before: U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, victor of the most expensive 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...
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...
Sally Yates on the ‘catastrophic’ impact of beating up Jeff Sessions

Sally Yates on the ‘catastrophic’ impact of beating up Jeff Sessions

Sally Yates, the acting U.S. attorney general who was fired by President Donald Trump last January, continues to step gingerly out onto the public stage. Last week, the 30-year veteran of the U.S. Justice Department, who served as a federal prosecutor in Atlanta, filed an op-ed piece with the New York Times. Yates followed that up Monday with an  interview on NPR, in which she warned...
Georgia 2018: Labor union endorses Abrams gov bid

Georgia 2018: Labor union endorses Abrams gov bid

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. AJC file A major labor union on Tuesday endorsed Democrat Stacey Abrams, pledging to marshal its 10,000 Georgia members behind the candidate’s bid for governor. Edgar Fields of the Southeast Council of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union said the group picked Abrams because of her plan to “ensure Georgians don’t just survive...

One month later, Jon Ossoff has harsh words for Donald Trump

We have not heard much from Jon Ossoff since last month, when the results in the Sixth District contest put an end to that noisy campaign. But last week, the Democrat attended a Georgia Voice fete to pick up a “best politician” award, bestowed by the newspaper’s LGBT audience. As noted at the Project Q website, Ossoff kind of implied that me might not be done with politics...
Bringing Georgia’s criminal justice reforms to Washington

Bringing Georgia’s criminal justice reforms to Washington

New legislation from U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, aims to replicate some of the criminal justice reform efforts at the federal level that Texas and Georgia have pioneered in the South. With a broader criminal justice overhaul effort now frozen in Congress, the Republican’s new bill is more tailored, focusing on lowering recidivism rates among federal...
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...
A final tally: Ossoff raised nearly $30M in 6th District race

A final tally: Ossoff raised nearly $30M in 6th District race

Democrat Jon Ossoff delivers his concession speech in Georgia’s 6th District race. PHOTO / JASON GETZ Democrat Jon Ossoff wound up raising nearly $30 million for his unsuccessful campaign to represent Georgia’s 6 th District – by far the most ever raised in a U.S. House contest – and spent almost every last dime of it. Campaign filing reports released this week...
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...
Georgia 6th: Handel stocks up for re-election campaign

Georgia 6th: Handel stocks up for re-election campaign

House Speaker Paul Ryan with Rep. Karen Handel and her husband Steve. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) U.S. Rep. Karen Handel has more than $400,000 left in her campaign coffers as she braces for what could be another grueling election bid to represent Georgia’s 6 th District, according to campaign filing reports. After a wider-than-expected victory...
Connecting dots: The NRA, the Washington Post, and Russia

Connecting dots: The NRA, the Washington Post, and Russia

The National Rifle Association has picked a fight with the Washington Post in the latest of its series of Internet videos promising to bring “the clenched fist of truth” to those of different political leanings. Specifically, NRA narrator Grant Stinchfield criticizes the newspaper for dumping on a previous NRA video, calling it a “dark” piece that dwelt...
Cash leaders in the ATL race for mayor: Mitchell, Aman and Norwood

Cash leaders in the ATL race for mayor: Mitchell, Aman and Norwood

A quick inspection of campaign filings in the race for mayor of Atlanta shows the financial dominance of Council President Ceasar Mitchell, former CFO Peter Aman, and Councilwoman Mary Norwood. Together, they’ve raised $4.374,787, better than 70 percent of all the cash in the race. With four months to go, Mitchell has clearly burned through the most so far, spending $1,169,744....
FBI nominee’s ‘most memorable case’? Jailing of ex-Brave Pat Jarvis

FBI nominee’s ‘most memorable case’? Jailing of ex-Brave Pat Jarvis

Christopher Wray, the Atlanta attorney who is President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the FBI, has had a long career in private practice and at the U.S. Justice Department on which to hang his hat. That includes a guilty plea squeezed out of Sept. 11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, and working as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal attorney during “Bridgegate...

A Sixth District epitaph: Democrats had a turnout problem – GOP didn’t

The precinct-by-precinct results in the recent Sixth District contest are out, and a Republican number-crunching friend has turned up some interesting tidbits that boil down to this: Democrat Jon Ossoff had a turnout problem on and before June 20. Republican Karen Handel didn’t. Some examples: — The Pleasantdale Road precinct at the Gwinnett border is the only majority-black...
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...
Georgia’s Democratic race for governor and the Sticky Fingers Theorem

Georgia’s Democratic race for governor and the Sticky Fingers Theorem

In physics, inertia is the tendency of a body at rest to remain at rest. Or if in motion, to keep moving. In politics, there is the similar but more powerful law of possession, which posits that the force required to remove a benefit or privilege from a political body will be double or triple the amount of energy spent to grant it in the first place. More elegantly: “That which is...
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...

Jon Ossoff’s mystery 6th District predecessor emerges

The phantom 6th District candidate has been found. Rodney Stooksbury is the Democrat who captured about 38 percent of the vote in November in the race against Rep. Tom Price. He raised no money, had no social media or online presence and as far as we can tell, he never had any campaign events. A Newsweek reporter wrote a novella about the search for Stooksbury, which included these paragraphs after...

‘Political rewind’ replay: A health care bill placed on hold

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” dissects the Senate Republican struggle to get 52 votes for a repeal/replace measure aimed at upending Obamacare. A new participant was Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who disclosed why she didn’t jump into the 2018 race for governor (she consider it too late) and spoke up on the link between health care and jobs in &ldquo...
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...
A week later, a coda on Ossoff’s 6th District campaign

A week later, a coda on Ossoff’s 6th District campaign

Sixth District congressional candidate Jon Ossoff with his fiancé Alisha Kramer on Tuesday. AJC/Jason Getz Jon Ossoff’s campaign for Georgia’s 6th District is at once tantalizing and haunting for Democrats preparing for next year’s midterms.

Jokes, cameras, rituals mark Karen Handel’s first day on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — 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&rsquo...
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...

Watch Karen Handel get sworn in as Georgia’s first GOP congresswoman

WASHINGTON — Karen Handel made Georgia history Monday evening, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman when she was sworn in by House Speaker Paul Ryan to represent Georgia’s 6th District. The occasion came six days after she defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a closely-watched special election that saw record levels of outside spending. In a brief speech to her new colleagues...

Forces that once opposed Karen Handel helped notch historic 6th District win

WASHINGTON — 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...
Georgia 6th: Karen Handel to be sworn in on Monday

Georgia 6th: Karen Handel to be sworn in on Monday

WASHINGTON — Republican Karen Handel will officially become Georgia’s 6th District congresswoman on Monday evening, filling a seat that’s been vacant for more than four months after a hard-fought victory over an upstart Democratic opponent earlier this week.
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...
With the Sixth District race done, a Supreme Court candidate pops up

With the Sixth District race done, a Supreme Court candidate pops up

That giant sucking sound that suddenly went silent late Tuesday was the Sixth District, which finally left the stage and allowed other political campaigns a little oxygen. Press releases from the Atlanta mayoral campaigns spiked on Wednesday. A candidate for the state Senate District 39, being vacated by mayoral candidate Vincent Fort, sent a message via Facebook, wondering why we hadn’t yet...
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...
Pressure on Pelosi mounts after Ossoff’s 6th District defeat

Pressure on Pelosi mounts after Ossoff’s 6th District defeat

A screenshot of a Congressional Leadership Fund attack ad against Democrat Jon Ossoff. Democrats are forming a circular firing squad in the aftermath of Jon Ossoff’s Tuesday defeat, and they’re training their sights on the same person Republicans used as a battering ram the Sixth District fight.
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