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Getting down to the final match

Getting down to the final match

By Randy Evans

It started as a virtual political zoo with every kind of politician that any voter could imagine. Republicans, fielding 17 candidates, expected a political free-for-all akin to a professional wrestling battle royal. Democrats with only four candidates expected little more than a coronation of their nominee in July on the way to the White House in November.

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Can Sanders’ money swamp Wasserman Schultz?

By Elena Schneider – Suddenly, Tim Canova is the most famous primary challenger in America. With Bernie Sanders’ unexpected endorsement on national television, Canova, a lawyer from Hollywood, Fla., got a dramatic boost for his liberal challenge to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. In three days since Sanders endorsed him, Canova’s phone has been ringing off the hook, he’s been all over the national news, and his campaign is suddenly grabbing the attention of national Democrats. Canova’s sudden fame offers a new measure of the grassroots power of the Sanders coalition, testing whether a Sanders endorsement of a progressive challenger against a major establishment figure can make a difference not just in a local congressional race, but one where that establishment figure is an entrenched incumbent who has never before drawn a primary challenger. Read more http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/bernie-sanders-big-bet-223539#ixzz49dqT7Azp


Georgia Rep. Carter in Spotlight as Congress Seeks Addiction Fix

By Baker Owens –

It’s been in the news a lot lately. In Atlanta, there is enough of a problem in the suburbs to garner the nickname The Triangle, or the Heroin Triangle, running from Atlanta out to Johns Creek and over to Kennesaw. Barack Obama came to Atlanta just recently as the city hosted a national conference on combating addiction. Many blame the over-prescription of painkillers as a major factor in the rise of the heroin epidemic in the U.S. Whatever the cause, pharmaceutical or societal, the numbers are staggering.


Kaine for veep?

By Hastings Wyman – There was a time when Democrats often chose a Southerner for their vice-presidential nominee, in part to offset northern liberal presidential nominees, such as Alben Barkley (KY) for Harry Truman in 1948 and John Sparkman (AL) for Adlai Stevenson in 1952. In 1992, the party even chose two Southerners – Bill Clinton and Al Gore – to head its ticket, to reclaim electoral votes in the newly Republican South and carried five states (AR, GA, KY, LA & TN). But this year, the Democrats have another requirement: They need to nominate a running mate who can help unite their party after Hillary Clinton claims the top spot, following her still-bruising battle with Democratic-Socialist Bernie Sanders. The news media, in Virginia and nationally, are counting US Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) as one of the short-listers for the number two slot. CNN called Kaine “an early favorite … among major Democratic donors, operatives and congressional Democrats.” They cite his “steady hand” and “moderate profile,” as well as his political and government experience. This profile would probably help Clinton […]

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Oklahoma passes bill making performing abortions a felony

The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would make it a felony to perform an abortion in the state, and if signed by Gov. Mary Fallin (R) would put it at odds with federal law.


Georgia lawmakers respond to Obama’s transgender student directive

By Cindy Morley –

The Obama administration — through a joint letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice — issued a directive on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students. And although the letter does not carry the force of law, school officials seem to be getting a clear message — follow the directive or face loss of federal funding.

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