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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Georgia senators push for defunding of Obamacare

Democrats tout study that says new Obamacare law saves Georgians money, while senators continue the push to take away the funding.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Tea party's dual meetings to begin

Gwinnett Tea Party meeting to be held Tuesday; Isakson, Chambliss co-sponsor estate tax repeal bill.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Kingston close to decision on Senate race

Congressman Jack Kingston stopped by the Daily Post on Friday to talk about a possible run for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Callaway seeks GOP chairmanship

Former state representatives campaigning to lead county Republican party; State of the County to be held Wednesday.

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Congressmen sound off on consulate attacks

Local leaders in Washington are shocked and saddened by consulate attack.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnettians headed to GOP convention

Nine Gwinnettians are among the Georgia delegation to the GOP convention; Unterman receives high marks on education reform.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Chambliss to headline Chamber event

Chambliss, Deal to speak at Chamber of Commerce events this week; McKinney fails to meet deadline to be on ballot.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Tea party activist decides against campaign; chat scheduled on T-SPLOST

Dooley backs down from Senate race; transportation chat scheduled

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local officials meet with Speaker Boehner; Hunter memo causes stir

Gwinnett officials meet with U.S. House Speaker Boehner during D.C. trip; Commission candidate Hunter's reprimand causes stir; Voters respond positively to sales tax during poll

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Shafer's zero-based budgeting bill signed by governor

Local legislator glad to pass budgeting bill; Gwinnett elections director picked for election law review committee.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: FairTax gets notice on Tax Day

Local congressmen and senators talk about tax reform, on the day of the federal income tax deadline.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall makes grade for efficiency, schedules stops in district

Local congressman earns praise for running an efficient office. Peachtree Corners council to be sworn in Sunday.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: GOP claims victory in council race

Gwinnett Republicans aided Peachtree Corners Councilwoman-elect Jeanne Aulbach in the city runoff Tuesday; State Court judicial candidate Emily Brantley plans a campaign launch.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Commission candidate announces endorsement, initiative

Citizens for a Responsible Government endorses Dacula man seeking commission post; judicial candidate to host fundraiser.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Congressmen talk support for jobs, military bills

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall applauds bipartisan effort to add jobs by reducing regulation; Rep. Hank Johnson signs on to bill that would ensure due process to detainees.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Casas switches endorsement to Romney

Rep. David Casas switches alliances in presidential race.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Legislators want help cutting red tape

Business owners can help Red Tape Watch effort; Feb. 6 last day to register for March vote

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson helps constituents receive SS, VA benefits

Johnson touts help to residents.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local Congressmen sound off on State of the Union

State of the Union reaction.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnett Congressmen honor King's legacy

Johnson served as grand marshal in King Day parade.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnett leadership group goes to Capitol

Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute class meets with leaders

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Senator praises study of bank failures; Beaudreau welcomes daughter

A senator for the state with the most bank failures in the nation is excited about a study to look into the cause of the trend.. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, as well as Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, sponsored the legislation, which sets up the studies. It passed the House of Representatives this

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Elected officials in favor of cityhood for Peachtree Corners, Bender endorsements

Commissioner, school board member, legislators back cityhood for Peachtree Corners; Snellville mayoral race endorsements.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Tea Party activists say Occupation was unfair, Gingrich to appear

Activists want fair treatment for demonstrations, Gingrich to appear, Snellville man to run for House

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall spends week meeting with Gwinnett constituents

Woodall's week away from Washington, HOT topic at town hall.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson praises Social Security increase

Johnson on Social Security, Snellville forum tonight.

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Woodall: Move forward with water negotiations

Congressman pleased with recent water ruling.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Barrow GOP plans meet and greet

Barrow politicians in the park event; Dems discuss expanding gwinnett commission; picketing event

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Williams announces 2012 House run

While much of the focus last week has been on the November's city elections taking shape, a local businessman announced a 2012 campaign for a newly redrawn House seat.. Mark Williams, who has been involved in the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District for years, said he last week will seek

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Suwanee, Snellville gearing up for mayoral races

Some cities have finalized their ballots.

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POLITICS: Thompson to sit on Census panel

State Sen. Curt Thompson will be a part of a panel discussion on Gwinnett's diversity this week.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Snellville candidate to participate in K-9 demonstration

This is one of the most, uh, gutsy campaign tactics I've ever heard of.

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FairTax goes before Ways and Means committee

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall was excited this week to showcase his FairTax plan before a congressional subcommittee.

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POLITICS: Mitchell legislation says cheating teachers must pay back bonuses

A Gwinnett legislator will play a role in the aftermath of Atlanta's cheating scandal.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Rep. Johnson gets National Parks award

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is a friend of parks.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local GOP to consider cutting meetings to once every quarter

Republicans are looking at a rule change that could streamline the organization.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall says borrowing should stop

Gwinnett's Congressman Rob Woodall was part of the debate in Washington this week about the controversial raising of the debt ceiling.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall questions Obama's decision on Afghanistan

After President Barack Obama's announcement last week about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks began the war on terrorism, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall said he is left with a few questions.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Want to reach Chambliss? There's an app for that

There's even an app for one of Georgia's senators.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Senators support Patriot Act

Just before coming home for the Memorial Day weekend, Georgia's senators voted in Washington to extend three key provisions of the Patriot Act, the post-Sept. 11 law intended to help law enforcement that has faced criticism, especially from Libertarians.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Democrats ask Nash to get started on ethics reform

Gwinnett Democrats are asking the county's new chairwoman to get started on ethics reform after her predecessor resigned from office to avoid indictment.

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Newt Gingrich making stop in Lawrenceville for convention

This weekend, one of the possible GOP presidential hopefuls will be in Lawrenceville.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson honored by Humane Society

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is being honored as a friend to the animals.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Deal promises 'tasteful' inauguration as governor

New Gov.-elect Nathan Deal celebrated his election win Wednesday with Sonny Perdue, his predecessor who became the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction by also beating Roy Barnes, the Democrat Deal beat Tuesday.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Meyer being recruited for chairman's race

A political adviser has tossed a new name into the Gwinnett chairman's race, and she already has some momentum.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Candidates at separate events this Thursday

Voters have the chance to meet many of the local candidates -- but not at the same place.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Lawrenceville mayor, council races set

Lawrenceville is promising another interesting election year.

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POLITICS: Woodall praises Partnership effort

Congressional candidate Rob Woodall praised Gwinnett leaders for efforts to draw jobs to the county.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Deal has lead, but Barnes questions ethics

As former Gov. Roy Barnes began an ad campaign bashing his Republican opponent Nathan Deal, Deal reportedly expanded his lead in the upcoming gubernatorial race.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Heckman starts offensive against Woodall

Doug Heckman didn't take long to take a swipe as his competitor in the 7th Congressional District race.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson, Chambliss vote on unemployment extension

Gwinnett's Washington representatives on both sides of the political spectrum voted to extend unemployment benefits last week.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Fincher: Billboard goes too far

Another congressional candidate has weighed in on the billboard debate, which has grown since Republican Jody Hice erected signs referring to President Barack Obama's "change" with a communist symbol in the word.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Civil rights leader to endorse Hank Johnson

One of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement is expected to back incumbent U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson today.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Congressional candidate gets tea party support

The tea party pick for U.S. House District 4 -- at least by the spokesman and organizer of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots -- is Liz Carter.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Conway endorses Hill in House race

Sheriff Butch Conway is getting involved in yet another political battle this July. The popular lawman is endorsing Wayne Hill, who served as chairman for 12 years before losing the job in 2004. He is now seeking a state House seat in northern Gwinnett.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Heard to pay back taxes after error found

While most Gwinnettians will have two tax bills this year, after the county's infamous second billing for 2009, John Heard may have to worry about a third.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Bucky Johnson replaces Beard on ARC board

For the first time in more than a decade, Gwinnett's cities will have a new representative on the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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POLITICS: Lawsuit between former councilmen dismissed

A lawsuit between two former Snellville city councilmen is over. Joe Anderson, who is now running for a state Senate seat, sent out a press release saying the suit brought by Robert Jenkins has been dismissed and that all opportunity for appeal has been exhausted, while Jenkins said he was prepared to appeal before attorneys reached an agreement to let the issue lie.

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Johnson, Carter at odds over gun proposal

There's a gun battle brewing in the Congressional District 4 race.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Arizona immigration issue reaches Gwinnett politics

In his campaign for Congress in Georgia, minister and radio commentator Jody Hice is tackling issues across the country.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson tapped for spot on House Transportation Committee

One of Gwinnett's congressmen got a coveted seat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Candidates qualify for Barrow elections

With a still simmering political climate in Barrow County, politicians clambered to qualify last week in the upcoming county elections.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Dozens put their name in election ring

Last week, dozens of politicians stepped forward to run for office. Some challenged incumbents, others sought new terms and many are vying to replace outgoing lawmakers.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Norcross mayor endorses Carter

Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson has cast his support to Liz Carter in the upcoming District 4 Congressional race.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Casas now to campaign for House re-election

Gwinnett politicians are returning to their positions on the ballot, two months after U.S. Rep. John Linder's retirement announcement caused them to scramble.

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Political Notebook: Everson's competitors change, but his goal the same

Last week, Melvin Everson was preparing for a November battle against a long-term incumbent to try to become the first Republican labor commissioner. Now, Everson's big fight will be in July.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Cox gets Atlanta tea party endorsement

While U.S. Rep. John Linder said last week his former chief of staff is the man to replace him in Congress as a leader for tax reform, during a tax day event Friday, the Atlanta tea party endorsed another candidate.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Linder says Woodall is the one for his job

With a byline on one of John Linder's best-selling FairTax books, Rob Woodall definitely has his old boss in his corner.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Former federal prosecutor to seek Cox's state House seat

A former federal prosecutor became the third candidate to seek state Rep. Clay Cox's state House seat as he turns his attention to a congressional campaign.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson defends Guam capsizing comment

The island of Guam may not capsize, but a hyperbolic comment from a local legislator has caused many radio commentators to roll over in laughter. U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is defending his strange questioning during a U.S. Armed Services Committee hearing, where he expressed concerns that a troop deployment could cause the island to capsize.

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Reese disappointed jobs bill won't happen

A local legislator's bill aimed at protecting jobs died in the Legislature last week. The Georgia Employer and Worker Protection Act proposed by Rep. Bobby Reese, R-Sugar Hill, did not get a hearing before Crossover Day Friday, ending its chances of passage this year.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Reese won't run in Deal special vote

Congressman Nathan Deal's departure became official this week, as soon as he fulfilled his obligation to vote against the national health care reform package.

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Conway endorses Cox for Congress

Sheriff Butch Conway has now made his wishes known in both of Gwinnett's congressional races.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Everson, Cox take jabs at opponents

Ready for some hard-knuckle politics?

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Casas draws major endorsements for run for Senate seat

John Linder's surprise retirement announcement has sent many politicians scrambling, but Rep. David Casas was able to pull in some major endorsements when he announced he would run for state Senate.

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Linder, GOP: Medicaid expansion to be burden

Congressman John Linder and his colleagues in the Georgia Republican delegation are fighting a proposed expansion of Medicaid as a part of government takeover of health care.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Balfour, Unterman say furloughs set good example

Local legislators patted themselves on the back for taking furlough days, as they tackled a state budget crisis calling for furloughs for teachers, DFCS workers and more.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Hill pledges to continue water focus

The politician whose name is emblazoned on a local water resource center said the most recent water wars ruling is "great news" for Gwinnett.

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POLITICS: Shafer proposes water conservation legislation

After taking a stab at getting access to the Tennessee River for drinking water, state Sen. David Shafer is now focusing his attention on water conservation. Shafer, R-Duluth, introduced legislation last week to fund the repair of the state's aging and leaky water infrastructure without forced tax or water rate increases.

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Candidates raising funds for campaigns

Some local candidates have been pleased with their campaign fundraising, after reports for the last half of 2009 were due last week.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Howard enters District 2 commission race

Lynette Howard's civic involvement began when she volunteered to plant flowers at her subdivision's entrance.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Towns arrange events for old, new leaders

One town will be honoring an outgoing councilman, while another welcomes new leaders.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: More support Harrell

Brett Harrell has added to the growing list of former Snellville officials supporting him in a state House run.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Zellner returns to Gwinnett elections board

A beloved elections advocate will return to the Gwinnett County Board of Registration and Elections. Joan Zellner, of Buford, was recently named back to the board, where she served from 1992 to 2008, including numerous terms as chairwoman.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Recall effort due Wednesday

What is good news for two commissioners may be bad news for Gwinnett's commission chairman.

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POLITICS: Majority leader Keen warns of budget woes

With revenues still sinking, the biggest challenge of the 2010 legislative session will undoubtedly be how to balance the state's budget, House Majority Leader Jerry Keen said Wednesday.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Two local legislators vie for speaker pro tem

After the resignation of House Speaker Glenn Richardson and Speaker Pro Tem Mark Burkhalter's announcement he would also step down, Republican legislators will decide on new leaders next week.

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Johnson: Use TARP funds for jobs stimulus

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is back to work after his announcement of a decade long battle with Hepatitis C.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Reps. Linder, Johnson sound off on health care

Gwinnett's two congressmen were divided -- along party lines -- on the health care reform bill, which passed on Saturday.

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