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NASCAR Train Rides To Promote Rail

Newly elected Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols think Georgians need a taste of train travel to convince them to support passenger rail in the state. So, the freshman PSC member is arranging public train rides to Georgia’s next NASCAR race in September.

Watchdogs Warn of Gerrymandering

Government watchdogs are urging lawmakers not to draw legislative maps solely to create safe seats for sitting legislators. Their comments come as redistricting meetings continue across the state.

Augustans Fret Over Redistricting Transparency

About 60 Augusta area residents came out to the second of 12 statewide redistricting hearings Tuesday. Many of those who spoke had misgivings about a redistricting process controlled by the Republican legislature.

Deal Signs Budget, Vetoes 9 Bills

Governor Nathan Deal has signed an $18.3 billion budget that increases health insurance premiums for state employees and slashes funding for Georgia's college system.

Lawmakers Visit Halls Of Fame

State lawmakers traveled to Macon last week to tour the state-run Georgia Music and Sports Halls of Fame. They’re part of the newly formed oversight committee to look after the two museums.

Law To Open More Health Plans

A new law will let health insurance plans sold in other states be available to Georgians. The intent is to broaden the market and give people more choices, but critics say it leaves the consumer vulnerable.

Chambliss Says Gang Of Six In No Hurry

As Congress debates raising the debt ceiling a bipartisan group of Senators, including Georgia’s Saxby Chambliss, continue to work on long-term solutions. Chambliss says the so-called Gang of Six is not in a hurry.

Sue Everhart Elected Again As State Republican Party Chair

Following a bitter race, Sue Everhart has been re-elected to a third term as the Chair of the Georgia Republican Party. Her victory comes despite the fact that Governor Nathan Deal supported her challenger Tricia Pridemore. Pridemore was a volunteer in Deal's campaign.

Newt Gingrich Adresses Georgia GOP Convention

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich traveled to Georgia to drum up support from his campaign. Gingrich was among friends at the State Republican Convention in Macon on Frday night. The Former Congressman and House Speaker served ten terms in office while living in the Peach State.

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.