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Gingrich, Santorum head to Georgia

The campaign trail in Georgia is getting crowded.With less than three weeks left until the state's March 6 presidential primary, candidates in the topsy-turvy Republican race are turning their attention to Super Tuesday's biggest prize.

Gingrich donor is casino mogul, Israeli hardliner

He's an ardent supporter of Israel and a megabillionaire casino mogul whose empire is under federal investigation. And he's the self-proclaimed "richest Jew in the world."

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Gingrich angrily denies he sought open marriage

Newt Gingrich angrily denied that he asked his second wife for an "open marriage" and denounced the moderator in Thursday night's Republican presidential debate for raising the issue in the leadoff question.

Gingrich rising in SC, but in time to edge Romney?

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is drawing big, enthusiastic crowds and fending off new attacks from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

Romney says he may release tax returns in April

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Mitt Romney's four remaining challengers are keeping the spotlight on the Republican front-runner's wealth and business dealings by pressing him to release his income tax returns. Romney says he might make them public in April. By then, he hopes to have the presidential nomination

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Gingrich has new aggressive stance against Romney

Newt Gingrich blamed a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses on his rivals' attack ads and seemed to conclude that turnabout is fair play as he pressed on with a new aggressive stance against front-runner Mitt Romney.

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Cain suspends campaign, shifting GOP race

A defiant Herman Cain suspended his faltering bid for the Republican presidential nomination Saturday amid a drumbeat of sexual misconduct allegations against him, throwing his staunchly conservative supporters up for grabs with just one month to go before the lead-off caucuses in Iowa.

Gambling gets a look in conservative Georgia

Strong support around Georgia in favor of Sunday alcohol sales is energizing some advocates who say the political climate in the state could finally be ripe to expand gambling interests as governments search for fresh revenue sources.

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Cain campaign assails accuser Bialek

ATLANTA -- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is vowing to "set the record straight" at a news conference one day after a fourth woman -- and the first to reveal her identity -- accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior a decade ago, the latest in a string of claims that

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Gingrich: I'll run in 2012

Republican Newt Gingrich said Wednesday he's running for president because his experience has prepared him to return America "to hope and opportunity."

Barnes, Deal take final pitches on the road

As the campaign to become Georgia's next governor hurtles into its final days, Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes are crisscrossing the state by bus to make their final pitches to voters.

Karen Handel concedes race for governor

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel on Wednesday conceded the race for the Republican nomination for governor, throwing her support behind former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal.

Runoff for governor too close

The bitter, Republican runoff for Georgia governor between former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and ex-Secretary of State Karen Handel was too close to call Tuesday night.

Handel, Deal play nicer in final GOP gov. debate

ATLANTA -- Karen Handel said Sunday night she would endorse Nathan Deal -- the man she has blasted as "a corrupt relic of Washington" -- if he won the Republican nomination for governor.

Deal, Handel split on federal education money

ATLANTA -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal says he would reject federal "Race to the Top" money for schools because it would force the state to adhere to national education standards. His GOP runoff rival, Karen Handel, said she wouldn't turn up her nose at the money.

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Karen Handel, Nathan Deal clash in runoff debate

ATLANTA -- The Republican runoff campaign for governor turned hostile Sunday night as Karen Handel blasted Nathan Deal as corrupt and Deal fired back that the former secretary of state's sharp attacks show her campaign lacks substance.

Handel hit with ethics charge

ATLANTA -- A political blogger has filed an ethics complaint against Republican gubernatorial hopeful Karen Handel, alleging she illegally paid staffers from her old secretary of state campaign fund.

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Georgia Candidates clash in final gubernatorial debates

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's primary just 36 hours away, the candidates running for governor took their parting shots Sunday night in separate Democratic and Republican debates.

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Republicans spar over ethics

ATLANTA -- With just nine days left until Georgia's primary, the leading Democratic and Republican candidates for governor faced off in back-to-back debates Sunday night

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Military investigates deadly shooting at Fort Gillem

FOREST PARK -- An Army reservist was shot to death and another was custody Thursday at a post south of Atlanta that is a gathering place for area reserve units.Army spokesman Col. Dan Baggio said the victim died at the U.S. Army Reserve Center located on Fort Gillem. He could not offer specifics about the shooting that happened between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

Perdue splits on gun bills

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday rejected a bill that had drawn the ire of the nation's attorney general for proposing that guns be permitted in the nation's busiest airport.

Runoff to pick Georgia's newest member of Congress

ATLANTA -- Voters in north Georgia -- many fed up with Washington -- will select a new congressman in a special election runoff on Tuesday.

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Cox resigning as state schools chief

ATLANTA -- Georgia's school superintendent said Monday she is stepping down to take a job leading a national education nonprofit organization, setting the stage for a hard-fought race to take over the state's top education post.

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Race for 9th Congressional District seat headed to runoff

ATLANTA -- A pair of former state legislators will face off in a June 8 runoff for a north Georgia congressional seat vacated by Nathan Deal.Unofficial results showed Tom Graves and Lee Hawkins as the top finishers in Tuesday's special election. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Graves had 35 percent of the vote while Hawkins earned 20 percent.

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Jason Carter, president's grandson, wins state Senate seat

ATLANTA -- The eldest grandson of former President Jimmy Carter has won a suburban Atlanta state Senate seat in a special election Tuesday night.

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North Ga. House race could provide tea party test

CLEVELAND -- In the mountains of north Georgia, Washington is about as popular as flies at a picnic. So, it's little surprise the major candidates battling in a May 11 special election for an empty congressional seat are running hard against big-spending Capitol Hill, even as they audition for a job there.

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Barred from GOP ballot, Boyd to run as independent

ATLANTA -- Election season kicked off Monday in Georgia with some political theater that could scramble the Republican race for governor.Ray Boyd -- who's pledged $2 million of his own money to win the governor's mansion -- was blocked by Republican officials from qualifying on the GOP line because he refused to sign a pledge swearing allegiance to the state party.

Qualifying marks official start of election season

ATLANTA -- Election season is set to officially get under way in Georgia. Candidates for hundreds of state offices on Monday will begin the political ritual of qualifying to get their names on the ballot.

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Georgia AG refuses to sue over voter checks

ATLANTA -- Georgia's attorney general is again refusing Gov. Sonny Perdue's request to sue the federal government.

Senate budget adds money for arts

ATLANTA -- A state Senate panel has restored funding for the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Hundreds of Georgia artists march on state Capitol

ATLANTA -- Hundreds of artists converged on the Georgia Capitol calling on state officials to restore funding for the arts. Protesters on Monday said that arts funding is vital to the state's economy.

Real estate exec enters Ga. gov race

ATLANTA -- A commercial real estate executive has jumped into the race for Georgia governor and thrown $2 million of his own money into a bid for the Republican nomination.Ray Boyd told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he's entering the Republican primary.

State House OK's water conservation bill

ATLANTA -- Sweeping water conservation legislation is on its way to Gov. Sonny Perdue.The House gave the Georgia Water Stewardship Act final approval with a 153-8 vote on Thursday. The measure is expected to give Georgia with a tool in water negotiations with neighboring Alabama and Florida by showing that sprawling metro Atlanta is working to control its thirst.

Ga. students protest cuts

A few hundred college students rallied on the steps of the Georgia Capitol on Monday to protest budget cuts they say could make college too expensive at a time when education is needed with a shrinking pool of jobs.

Ga. revenues continue to plunge

ATLANTA -- Georgia's tax collections tumbled for the 15th straight month, setting the stage for yet more deep cuts to the state's already battered budget.

E-mails show Oxendine had 'personal interest' in probe

ATLANTA -- State Insurance Department staffers raised questions about an investigation into an Iowa-based insurer and noted Commissioner John Oxendine's ''personal interest'' in the complaint against the company filed by a doctor who later became a major campaign donor, according to e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.

Candidates for governor spar in debate

ALPHARETTA -- Five of the leading Republican candidates for governor squared off in a debate Thursday night, sparring over their conservative credentials.

State: Oxendine needs hunting safety course

Republican gubernatorial hopeful John Oxendine broke state law by hunting without having completed a safety course, state investigators concluded Monday.

Making Georgia history, Jones still loves being a mom

Jan Jones this month became the most powerful woman in the history of the Georgia Legislature.

Ga. politicos enjoy pork at wild hog supper

ATLANTA -- Before they settle down to the ugly task of budget cuts, Georgia's politicians on Sunday gathered for a little pork. The barbecued kind that is. WEB EXTRA

Barnes raises $2.7M in comeback bid

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has raised $2.7 million in his comeback bid. The Democrat reported the six-month haul in a campaign filing provided to The Associated Press on Thursday. It's the largest amount reported so far over a six-month period in the race to replace outgoing Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Karen Handel leaving office to run for governor

ATLANTA -- Karen Handel is resigning as Georgia's secretary of state to dedicate herself full time to her campaign for governor.Handel said Tuesday that she will step down as Georgia's top elections official by the end of the year.

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Richardson resigns as House speaker

ATLANTA -- Georgia's powerful House speaker has resigned after a suicide attempt and allegations by his ex-wife of an affair with a lobbyist.

911 call details Richardson's suicide attempt

ATLANTA -- House Speaker Glenn Richardson took sleeping pills in a failed attempt to kill himself and then called his mother to tell her he loved her, according to a recording of the 911 call released on Monday.It was his mother, Merty Richardson, who called 911 on the evening of Nov. 8. A recording of the 911 call was released by the Paulding County Sheriff's Department on Monday in response to an open records request.

911 call details Richardson's suicide attempt

ATLANTA — House Speaker Glenn Richardson took sleeping pills in a failed attempt to kill himself and then called his mother to tell her he loved her, according to a recording of the 911 call released on Monday.

Georgia child abuse, neglect reports up

ATLANTA - After a year of steep decline, reports of child abuse and neglect are inching back up in Georgia, a trend some child welfare officials say can be attributed in part to the bad economy.

Atlanta's mayor faces rocky road out of office

ATLANTA - Not long after Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin took over in 2002, she was being hailed as one of America's best leaders by national magazines.

Barnes seeks to reclaim old job Former governor enters 2010 race for state's top executive position

MARIETTA - Ending months of speculation, former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes announced Wednesday that he'll run to reclaim his old job.

Former Ga. Gov. Barnes to run again

ATLANTA - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes will jump into the 2010 gubernatorial race at a Wednesday news conference, according to two Democrats with knowledge of the decision. The two requested anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Barnes' announcement.

Congressman enters governor's race

GAINESVILLE - A North Georgia congressman on Friday became the latest Republican to jump into the 2010 race for governor, telling a crowd of several hundred supporters that he has the experience and independence to lead the state through turbulent times.

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