Leaders of Georgia's Republican Party have voted to press state officials to withdraw from a national program that creates a basic set of educational standards. Party leaders voted unanimously this weekend to ask that the state withdraw from Common Core — an initiative aimed at creating basic reading, math and language arts requirements.
Three U.S. House seats in Georgia up for grabs in the 2014 elections are already drawing crowded fields of candidates with one major exception: So far, no Democrats have declared for any of the races. A total of 16 Republican candidates have launched campaigns for the open House seats.
The national Republican Party chairman is looking to Georgia to help expand the party's reach among African-Americans. Reince Priebus met Thursday afternoon in downtown Atlanta with about two dozen African-American business and civic leaders. Many of them are already active Republicans.
Republicans will return to the Capitol next month most likely with a supermajority in the state Senate and one vote shy of one in the state House. But experts say divisions might emerge among the ranks.
After party elections this weekend, 72 Georgians are headed to Charlotte this summer for the Democratic National Convention. They’re from each of the state’s congressional districts. The Georgia Republican Party had similar elections a week ago.