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Obama Campaign Taps Georgia Operative

The man who orchestrated Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's campaign has been tapped to help President Barack Obama win the South in 2012.

Nationwide, Ports Wait For Funding

Ports from New York to Florida are scrambling for federal money to prepare for super-sized ships. States say, the funding is critical to grow the economy. But with federal spending tight, not all ports will get the money.

Qualifying Begins For Local Elections

Candidates statewide are qualifying this week for scores of city and county elections. Rome, Warner Robins and Gainesville are among the cities holding races. The Savannah elections so far haven't sparked much heat.

Calls Come for Independent Redistricting

The state legislature will wrap up the special redistricting session this week. Watchdog groups say the process has been somewhat more transparent this time. But the groups are still pushing for an independent redistricting commission.

Ga. Senators Hold Joint Town Hall

Georgia's U.S. senators were split on the debt ceiling vote, but they've spent most of this month showing a united front in a series of town halls they held across the state.

Voting Rights Act Debate Rages On

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed off on state House and Senate redistricting maps. And the congressional maps will likely head his way this week. But debate continues on the maps, and it hinges on interpretations of the federal Voting Rights Act.

Ethics Commission Selects New Leader

The lobbyist for Georgia's public defender system has been named to lead the state's ethics commission. Holly LaBerge, of Senoia, was selected on Friday as executive secretary of the panel that handles campaign finance complaints and oversees lobbyists.

Transportation Vote in Limbo

Gov. Nathan Deal says there’s not enough time during the special session to tackle a regional transportation tax vote. Lawmakers could reconsider the issue in January but that looks unlikely.

House OKs Congressional Maps

The Republican-controlled state House approved new congressional district maps Thursday. Democrats say the maps are part of a systematic plan to isolate minority voters. But Republicans insist they are following federal laws designed to protect minority voters.

Transportation Vote Shift On Hold

Facing tea party opposition, Governor Nathan Deal has abandoned for now plans to shift a public vote on a transportation tax hike until the November 2012 general election.