The race for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate has been costly. And not just in dollars. One veteran Senator – Saxby Chambliss – is retiring. And three sitting Congressmen will leave Washington at the end of this year because they gave up those posts to run for Chambliss’s seat. That’s a whole lot of Washington know-how. All were card-carrying Georgia fiscal conservatives, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t bring funding back to their districts.
If there can be said to be a front-runner in the GOP primary for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat, it might be Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah). The 11-term congressman has so far raised the most money in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. In an interview with GPB in late December, Kingston called himself the “consensus conservative” in the race.
Former Secretary of State Karen Handel is a familiar name to many Georgians. She won that statewide race and gave Gov. Nathan Deal a close contest in 2010. Now she’s hoping to capitalize on the statewide name recognition and base of support in the crowded Republican primary for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat. Handel told GPB people want someone in Washington they trust who is a problem-solver.
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) is part of a crowded GOP field that hopes to replace Saxby Chambliss and keep Georgia’s Senate seat in Republican hands. He says his record in the House shows he will protect traditional, conservative values in the Senate. This continues a series of conversations this week with GOP Senate candidates.
Several Georgia democratic congressmen and civil rights groups are pressuring President Obama to rescind his nominations for the federal district court of Northern Georgia. Reverend Joseph Lowery, Congressman John Lewis and Reverend C.T. Vivian say the nominations for the Northern Georgia District bench lack diversity. The civil rights leaders also say nominee Mark Cohen worked to support Georgia’s Voter ID laws, which they say are an effort to suppress minority voting.
While many Georgians will be out holiday shopping this month, Georgia’s political hopefuls will be hitting the campaign trail. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, for example, visited tech startup firms Tuesday in Atlanta. And while the political newcomer has raised a lot of money, so far she’s offering few specifics about where she stands.
People working in Georgia's largest industry are waiting as Congress struggles to pass a farm bill. The sweeping package of agricultural subsidies has been in limbo since the summer, when House Republicans voted to remove funding for the food stamp program, which has traditionally been a part of prior farm bills.
U.S. Senate leaders say they have reached an 11th-hour compromise to reopen the federal government and avoid a debt default. Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss says the last few weeks of budget fights in Washington haven’t done anyone any good.
Democrat Michelle Nunn says she has raised $1.7 million in the first 10 weeks of her U.S. Senate campaign. Nunn announced the total in an email to her supporters on Tuesday. Nunn says she more than 6,700 individual donors have contributed.