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Gingrich: 2012 Election Biggest Since 1860

Republican Newt Gingrich told a Georgia audience on Friday evening that the 2012 presidential election is the most consequential since the 1860 race that elected Abraham Lincoln to the White House and was soon followed by the Civil War. Addressing the Georgia Republican Party's convention, Gingrich said the nation is at a crossroads.

A New Direction for Georgia Democrats

The G-O-P has been gaining ground over state Democrats for a decade. But the party that once dominated Georgia politics is looking to take back the reins. There is now a new direction for Democrats that starts with reaching voters beyond Metro Atlanta.

Report Promotes Nuclear Waste Repository

The U.S Department of Energy should restart plans for a permanent storage site for the country’s nuclear waste, according to a recent report. The canceled project would have housed tons of waste from Georgia power plants.

Deal Signs Immigation Crackdown

Governor Nathan Deal has signed the state’s controversial immigration bill. The bill is similar to an Arizona statute targeting illegal immigrants that's under constitutional review.

Utilities Can Give To Politicians

Utilities will be allowed to contribute to political campaigns under a new law the governor signed yesterday. Watchdog groups are concerned the law poses a conflict of interest.

Lawyers Prepare To Block Immigration Bill

Governor Nathan Deal is expected to sign the state’s immigration bill this week. But immigration lawyers are already gearing up to sue to stop the law.

Republican State Convention Starts Friday

Around 2-thousand are expected to attend Georgia Republican Party State Convention in Macon. Two presidential hopefuls speaking. New party chair could be elected.

Revenue Surplus Would Go To Reserves

Georgia could round out this fiscal year with a surplus. April’s 2.6 percent revenue spike is the tenth consecutive month of growth. House Appropriations Chair Terry England says any extra money will go straight to the state’s reserve fund.

Georgia Eyes Federal Transportation Center

Georgia is hoping to out-bid Tennessee for a federal transportation research center. Gov. Nathan Deal says if the state wins the so-called University Transportation Center, it comes with a $2.25 million yearly federal appropriation. Georgia would have to match that grant with state funds.

Chambliss Bill Supports Guantanamo

Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss is among a group of Senators pushing a bill to keep the Guantanamo Bay prison open. The detention facility off the island of Cuba holds terrorism suspects. The Obama Administration has committed to closing Guantanamo and moving high-value detainees to prisons in the U.S.

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