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Gov. Rick Perry Visits Atlanta

Texas Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry spoke in Atlanta Friday at a conservative policy conference. He touched on some of the same themes that have catapulted him to the front of the Republican pack.

Immigration Panel Begins Work

Georgia’s new immigration panel met in Atlanta for the first time Thursday. The seven-member group will review complaints from registered citizens about how public agencies are enforcing the state’s immigration law.

Presidential Vote Set For March 6

In the poker game of presidential primary voting, Georgia put its hand on the table Thursday: the state’s presidential primary will be March 6, the so-called Super Tuesday.

Immigration Oversight Panel Meets

A Georgia panel charged with ensuring compliance with immigration-related state laws is set to hold its first meeting amid an uproar over the views of one of its members. The seven-member Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board will meet Thursday at the state Capitol.

Georgia Joins Super Tuesday

Secretary of State Brian Kemp says Georgia will hold its presidential primary on Super Tuesday. Kemp made the announcement Thursday that Georgians will go to the polls on March 6.

Peace Corps Bill Nears Passage

Peace Corps volunteers will get whistleblower protection and more sexual assault training under a bill passed this week by the U.S. Senate.

Baggy Pants Fines Mount

Almost a year ago, Albany city commissioners banned sagging pants. Since then, officials said they’ve handed out almost 200 citations and collected nearly $4,000 in fines. City Attorney Nathan Davis said complaints about low-hanging pants have dropped in the last year.

Report: Subsidies Fund Junk Food

A new report says federal subsidies pay farmers to grow crops used in junk food that’s linked to high child obesity rates. The U.S. spent $6 billion on these subsidies last year.

Supreme Court Gets Healthcare Appeal

Georgia is asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entire health care overhaul. Attorney General Sam Olens said today the state filed an appeal of a portion of the ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Push For Earlier Primary Date

Some of Georgia's House Republicans say an early presidential primary could make the state a player in the 2012 election. U.S. Representatives Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston say an early primary could be advantageous depending on the race's dynamics.