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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.

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.

GOP Caucus On Cagle's Future

Members of the Georgia State Senate Republican Caucus met in Macon Friday to determine what role the Lieutenant Governor will play when the legislative session starts in January. At the end of the nearly 8 hour meeting the group decided to share the power.

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 increased their majorities in the State House and Senate Tuesday. A high number of new faces could complicate next year's General Assembly. Republicans gained three seats in the 180 member state House and one in the 56 member state Senate.

Bishop's Challenger Concedes

South Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop is returning to Washington to represent the 2nd District.His challenger Mike Keown called Bishop and conceded the race today after first being declared the winner by the Associated Press late Tuesday night.

Deal Promises Smooth Transition

On the morning after, Nathan Deal met with Governor Sonny Perdue at the state Capitol to begin the process of transition at the top of state government.

Congressional District Roundup

There will not be a fifth term to return to Congress for Jim Marshall. The Democrat in middle Georgia’s 8th district was defeated by Republican Austin Scott. The vote totals showed Scott with more than 52 percent, compared to Marshall’s 47 percent.