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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Handel, Cain to hold events in Gwinnett

U.S. Senate candidate Karen Handel to appear at meet and greet, and radio personality Herman Cain will broadcast live from Duluth.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Two Obamacare events set

A group of volunteers plan to rally Thursday in support of the Affordable Care Act. People with Organizing for Action’s Georgia chapter plan the event “to get out the facts about how Obamacare is already working and to tell the Tea Party, ‘enough already,’” a press release said.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Barge calls for change in ethics oversight

State School Superintendent John Barge, who is challenging Gov. Nathan Deal, says ethics is a main tenet of his campaign.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Handel, Kingston top Gwinnett GOP straw polls

The race to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss could still be up in the air for Republicans, as two recent Gwinnett straw polls showed entirely different results.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Races shaping up during qualifying week

New mayoral candidates qualify in Grayson, Sugar Hill and Loganville. While council contests are growing for Snellville and Duluth, some cities saw incumbents safely qualify for new terms.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Wilkerson to run for Grayson mayor

Long-serving Councilwoman Allison Wilkerson hopes to replace Jim Hinkle as mayor in Grayson; Roche to mount Lawrenceville council campaign

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Chambliss: Defunding NSA phone program "unwise"

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss releases a joint statement with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as the two lead senators on the Intelligence Committee.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Conservatives disagree on solar power issue

Americans for Prosperity-Georgia plans solar protest, while local tea party leaders support use

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Politician to seek party chairmanship

Doug Stoner seeks Democratic Party chairmanship; Peachtree Corners speech set

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Politicians to celebrate Independence Day in Gwinnett

Congressmen Kingston, Broun and Woodall will attend a GOP Independence Day event.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Loganville councilman completes overseas deployment

Rey Martinez hopes to return to Loganville for the next city council meeting, after his deployment in the Middle East; Louise Radloff's husband Richard has passed away.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local congressman participates in Food Stamp Challenge

In recognition of National Hunger Awareness Day, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson participated in a challenge to live for a week on $31.50 worth of food, which is the average weekly benefit for a food stamp recipient.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Legislators beseech senators to vote no on immigration bill

Unterman, other lawmakers, write a letter to Georgia's U.S. senators; new party chair takes over.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Democrats' new leader takes over

Loganville lawyer steps down from Democratic Party; tea party group changes name.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Deal to sign Lanier safety bill in Buford

Gov. Nathan Deal made two trips to Gwinnett last week, but if you missed him, you have a chance to see him again on Tuesday.. Deal will be in Buford Tuesday to sign a bill into law involving public safety at Lake Lanier.. While a press release wasn't specific, the

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Little wins Gwinnett GOP chairmanship

Rachel Little excited to get to work as new GOP chair; Crist serves as House "Chaplain of the Day."

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall, Broun split vote on continuing resolution post-sequestration

U.S. Reps. Woodall, Broun explain votes on appropriations bill Wednesday, with sequestration cuts; GOP prepares for convention Saturday.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local congressmen unhappy about sequester

U.S. Reps. Johnson, Woodall and Broun all unhappy about the across-the-board spending cuts that became affective Friday.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Coleman, Rice receive House chairmanships

House committee assignments released Wednesday; GOP activist announces race for party chairman

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Henson calls on Deal to create exchange

A Gwinnett senator calls on an end to the political stalemate over health care exchanges; election certified.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: League against charter amendment, but poll shows support

The League of Women Voters of Georgia is encouraging people to vote no on a proposed constitutional amendment involving charter schools, although a poll shows a majority of voters support the November referendum.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Hastings to manage House campaign

Mark Williams names his campaign manager; Isakson releases statement on 9/11.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local Dems vote for equal marriage at convention

Georgia Dems unanimously support marriage equality plank at DNC convention; Charter school amendment to be topic at event.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Chamber to stay neutral on charter school issue

Gwinnett Chamber backs off of support of charter school amendment; Thompson upset about rule change proposal.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Three candidates to attend same event but promise solo races

Blasi, Brantley and Beaudreau expected at meet-and-greet Thursday.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson proposes bill to protect elections

Fresh off his victory in the Democratic primary, Hank Johnson drops a bill focused on election accuracy; Democrats take credit for defeating Rep. Doug McKillip, who switched parties, in the GOP primary.

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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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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: Sen. Chambliss working to curb oil prices

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss worked Wednesday to try to loosen the chokehold oil prices have on his constituents.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Rep. Coleman to study education funding

Gwinnett’s Rep. Brooks Coleman is ready to get started on a study on funding public education.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Political updates coming from leaders

Congressman Rob Woodall has been involved this week in the negotiations on the federal budget, which has Republicans and Democrats in a showdown that could lead to a government shutdown.

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POLITICS: Local leaders lobby in Washington, D.C.

Gwinnett leaders went to Washington last week, making a case with congressmen for transportation, water, immigration and tax reform issues.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Facebook group takes credit for Sunday alcohol bill push

Was it social media that finally “uncorked” the long-awaited Sunday sales bill that was all but dead in the General Assembly?

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Congressmen react to State of the Union

Georgia’s Republican senators reached across the aisle to sit with Democrats at Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. But the political divide remained in their thoughts on policies introduced by President Barack Obama in the speech.

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POLITICS: Beaudreau's goals include panels on ethics, animals

Commissioner Mike Beaudreau is looking for volunteers.

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POLITICS: Town halls, forums fill politicians' schedules

Gwinnettians will have plenty of opportunities to talk to politicians in the days ahead.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Community forums to begin next week

Gwinnett officials will begin a listening tour this week.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Representatives speak out against Arizona shooting

Georgia’s representatives in Washington were taken aback by this weekend’s shooting in Arizona, where six people were killed at a campaign event for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local tea party activists want ethics reform

Local tea party advocates are hoping to push the General Assembly to make ethics reform a top priority in the legislative session, which opens Monday.

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POLITICS: Woodall to help set rules in Congress with new job

Rob Woodall got his prime job assignment in Congress.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson consolidates constituent offices

Tight budgets in 2011 aren’t just affecting government services.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Balfour: Census will change county representation

The Georgia General Assembly has a difficult task ahead, with Census numbers revealing last week that a 14th congressman will be added to the state.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Legislators forego raises

With $2 billion to be shaved from the state budget, legislators are making sure they don’t add to the problem by taking a pay increase themselves.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Deal to headline Chamber event

Just a few weeks before he takes office, Georgia’s new governor will be in Gwinnett for one of his few big speeches before taking office.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Qualifying period for chair begins Monday

The candidate list for the special election for chairman will be decided this week.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Isakson, Chambliss question TSA policies

This holiday travel season, Georgians angry over the new Transportation Security Administration full-body scans and pat downs have a sympathetic ear in Washington.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: U.S. Rep Johnson backs Nancy Pelosi

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is standing firmly behind Nancy Pelosi, just days after Pelosi took the blame for a ravaging of the Democrats’ control of Congress.

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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: Woodall in lead, Heckman gets endorsement

The margin for victory could be big Tuesday, according to a poll on the District 7 congressional race.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Two Gwinnett residents vie for write-in votes

Two Gwinnett County residents are asking voters to write them in on the ballot for Gwinnett Soil and Water Conservation district supervisor.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Sunday's debate for state House spot to be televised

Earlier this year, the Atlanta Press Club debates revealed few differences in the men seeking Congressman John Linder’s office, since the crowded field heading for the primary were all Republicans.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Georgia senators tackle water wars

Georgia’s two senators are putting up their fists in the state’s water wars with Alabama and Florida.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Libertarians say vote 'no' on ballot issues

Libertarians this year aren’t just campaigning for office, but they are also campaigning against referenda on November ballots.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Chambliss and Isakson support flood measure

A year after Georgia’s historic floods, the state’s U.S. senators were glad to take part in the bipartisan passage of a bill to extend the National Flood Insurance Program.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Scanners expected to help on election day

November election lines could move a little faster, thanks to some bar code scanners that recently arrived in Gwinnett.

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POLITICS: 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: 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.

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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.

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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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