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Court To Review Death Penalty Rule

A federal appeals court will rule on whether Georgia sets too strict a standard for deciding whether death penalty defendants are mentally retarded, meaning they cannot be executed.

No State Money For Music Hall

Music Hall of Fame Authority Board says state funding is not part of any new plan. Museum could move from Macon. Final proposals due by December.

Ga. House GOP Picks Leadership

Georgia House Republicans on Monday had their turn in electing new leadership. There were few changes, but they needed to fill a vacant seat for Majority Leader and elected Larry O’Neil of Bonaire. He was Governor Perdue’s former lawyer and had run unsuccessfully for speaker against David Ralston earlier this year.

Deal Begins State Budget Work

Governor-elect Nathan Deal is underway with state budget meetings this week. Only six days removed from his gubernatorial victory, the Gainesville Republican is meeting all week with state budget officials and key budget writers within the General Assembly.

Democrats Look For New Leadership

This week State Senator Robert Brown suggested that Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond should become head of Georgia’s Democratic party. Susanna Capelouto Reports Democrats are looking for new leadership.

GOP Caucus On Cagle's Future

Senate caucus reduces power of Lieutenant Goovernor Casey Cagle. He will no longer appoint committee members and chairs. Republican leaders say they are still united.

DOT Can Skirt Dead Amendment

State transportation officials want to start building more roads in Georgia before they have all the money to pay for them. Although voters rejected that idea Tuesday when Amendment 3 failed, officials will still push the plan.

Runoff Set For Ga. Supreme Court

Out of Tuesday elections, there will be a runoff for one statewide race -- a seat on Georgia’s Supreme Court. The runoff is scheduled for November 30th. Incumbent David Nahmias will face what some might say is a little-known challenger -- who did little to no campaigning.

Many New Faces Coming To Capitol

Republicans in the state House and Senate increased their majorities in both chambers Tuesday. The gains were modest -- three in the 180-member House and one in the 56-member Senate. The big change, however, has to do with freshmen. About 20% of both chambers will be new members.

Bishop's Challenger Concedes

Mike Keown called Congressman Sanford Bishop today and congratulated him on win in 2nd Congressional District. Initial reports had Keown as the winner. Bishop has served in Congress since 1993.

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