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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local leaders Casas, Marin decry Venezuelan government

State Reps. Pedro Marin and David Casas speak out against the Venezuelan government amid reports of harm to protesters, journalists; Legislature supports Korean business expansion.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: President Obama endorses U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson in re-election bid

Congressman Hank Johnson receives an endorsement from President Barack Obama in his quest for a fifth term in the district that includes portions of Gwinnett; Libertarian Party of Georgia announces candidates for U.S. Senate and governor.

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Estate tax repeal approved by Georgia General Assembly

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: U.S. Rep. Woodall calls out Obama on budget, debt

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2014 ballots set for Georgia, Gwinnett

A look at the 2014 election contests — from county commissioner to congressman — set after a week-long candidate qualifying period.

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Michelle Nunn, John Barge qualify for Georgia ballots

With a final day left on the qualifying period for the 2014 election, Gwinnett ballots are getting long due to crowded races for U.S. Senate and state school superintendent, along with other contests.

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Gov. Deal says Georgia's environment and jobs linked

Gov. Nathan Deal give’s the governor’s environmental address at a revived Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful event Thursday.

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Carter grandson files paperwork in Georgia governor’s race

State Sen. Jason Carter, the grandson of President Jimmy Carter, qualified Wednesday for the 2014 election for governor in Georgia, highlighting the third day of a qualifying period for candidates in Georgia.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Grayson’s Wilkerson, judges honored at Women’s History Month events

Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson was among those honored this week at the Capitol at a Women’s History Month event, and Gwinnett’s three female chief judges will be the honorees at a Gwinnett League of Women Voters event this weekend.

Balfour qualifies for new term; challengers come in for governor, other contests

A complete list of the candidates who have filed this week for the 2014 election season.

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Medical marijuana bill passes Georgia House

With a vote of 171-4, a proposal to allow for the use of medical marijuana in Georgia passes the state House of Representatives.

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David Hancock seeks Gwinnett state House seat

David Hancock of the Gwinnett Tea Party will run in the House District 98 race this year, he announced Monday.

Gov. Deal files re-election papers during Day 1 of qualifying

Candidates for U.S. Senate, local offices kick of election season

Candidates file paperwork for office as candidate qualifying period begins Monday.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Beaudreau says Balfour's attorney's fees should come from campaign

While state law says Sen. Don Balfour can be repaid for lawyers who defended the charges he was acquitted of last year, challenger Mike Beaudreau is calling for the money to come from his campaign.

Bill takes step for Georgia to withdraw from Common Core

Hoping to return more control of curriculum to schools, senators pass a measure that could allow Georgia to withdraw from the national common core standards for education.

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