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Two More State Reps. Jump To GOP

Two south Georgia democrats will join the House Republican Caucus come January, giving Republicans close to a supermajority in the state house.

Will Earmark Pledges Hurt Habor Deepening?

With most of Georgia's Republican US House delegation signed on to a "no earmark" pledge, the fate of Georgia's biggest economic development project falls to Senators and some Democrats. GOP leaders in the new Congress say they won't pass a budget with unpopular so-called "pork barrel" spending. But that might include harbor deepening at the Port of Savannah.

New Law Needs Fix

When state lawmakers return to the capitol in January, they will need to fix a law in order to validate an amendment approved by voters. They say an oversight could cause confusion.

Two More State Dems Consider Party Switch

Rural Democrats could become even more endangered in Georgia if two state House Democrats follow through on discussions with GOP leaders to switch parties. The Valdosta Daily Times reported House members Amy Carter and Ellis Black were considering a Republican switch following the Republican rout of Democrats at the polls earlier this month. Carter told the paper she feared Democrats had become disconnected with rural voters.

Isakson, Chambliss Vote To Stop Earmarks

Senators Isakson and Chambliss both voted to halt pork barrel earmarks, a popular political practice used to funnel money to projects in Georgia.

Georgia Sues Justice Department

The State of Georgia is suing the U.S. Justice Department in order to enact a law that requires citizenship verification along with voter registration applications.

Freshman Congressmen, Including Two From Georgia, In Washington For Orientation

Austin Scott and Rob Woodall in Washington for oreintation. Newly-elected Georgia Congressmen getting crash course in being a lawmaker. Classes feature ethics, office management, parlimentary procedure.

Mercury Bill Probably Won’t Pass This Year

As the 111th Congress draws to a close a bill that would have ended the use of mercury in manufacturing will likely die. It means a chemical plant near Augusta can continue using the cancer-causing material indefinitely.

Two Democrats Say No To Pelosi

Two Georgia congressmen say they will not support Nancy Pelosi’s bid to become Democratic leader in the U.S. House.

Thurmond: State Democrats Need to Confront Race

Confronting racial tensions within the Democratic Party is the only way the party has a chance in the state— says Michael Thurmond who lost his election bid for the US Senate last week. The out-going labor commissioner spoke candidly about the state party as the ground continues to shift beneath it.

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