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David Perdue greets supporters at his election night party at Doubletree Hotel in Buckhead, Ga., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Hyosub/Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)

Georgians Choose Millionaire Newcomer Perdue In GOP Senate Runoff

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Georgia voters Tuesday chose a millionaire from a political family, David Perdue, over longtime congressman Jack Kingston as the Republican nominee for an open Senate seat, ending a bruising primary fight that may have roughed up the party’s prospects this fall in the battle for control of […]

July 23, 2014
David Perdue greets supporters at his election night party at Doubletree Hotel in Buckhead, Ga., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Hyosub/Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)

Tea Party Has Succeeded In Moving GOP Further Right

Last week, primary elections in several states killed off a few ultraconservative candidates whose views flirted with nuttiness. In Georgia, for example, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun — a physician who has called evolution and the big-bang theory “lies straight from the pit of hell” — drew only 9.8 percent of the vote in a crowded […]

May 24, 2014

WATCH: Georgia GOP Primary Gets Ugly In Home Stretch

The Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia is coming down to the wire — and it’s getting ugly as voters prepare to cast their ballots on Tuesday. The contentious primary, which has largely played out as a mad dash to the right, has featured five viable candidates: U.S. Representatives Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and […]

May 19, 2014

Poll Roundup: Can Arkansas Stay Blue?

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

May 16, 2014

GOP Divide Is Democrat’s Gain As Georgia Senate Primary Nears

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The freewheeling Republican primary for an open Senate seat from Georgia was always expected to be a bruising affair. New polling confirms just how much. Ahead of next week’s primary election, voters remain highly divided among the five main candidates, all but guaranteeing a tough, costly runoff […]

May 12, 2014

Kingston Family: Vote For Our Cheap Dad [Video]

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) released a new ad on Wednesday, in which his children praise their father’s extreme miserliness as a reason to make him Georgia’s next U.S. senator. “Our dad is Jack Kingston. He really is cheap, and it’s not just the car he drives,” one daughter says. “He’ll drive five miles on […]

April 30, 2014

America Is Exceptionally Dumb When It Comes To Guns

While Americans typically laud our national “exceptionalism” — a sense that the trajectory of history has bestowed greatness upon the United States — there are a few of our distinctive characteristics that don’t deserve celebration. On the subject of firearms, for example, the United States is exceptionally irrational. No other nation has set guns aside […]

April 26, 2014

Republicans Say No To CDC Gun Violence Research

by Lois Beckett, ProPublica. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of the few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider the need for gun control laws. “Put guns on the table, also put video games on the table, put mental health on the table,” he said less than […]

April 22, 2014

5 Republicans Getting Screwed By The Club For Growth

Photo: Crazy George via Flickr The Club for Growth — a powerful right-wing group that only supports candidates it deems sufficiently disposed to a fiscally conservative economic agenda and punishes those who aren’t — released the 2013 edition of its congressional scorecard on Monday. The highly anticipated scorecard grades members of Congress on a 0 to […]

February 24, 2014

Watch This Commercial And Be Amazed This Congressman Was Unopposed In 2012

If you enjoy circus-like GOP primaries, Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senate primary is your big top this year. Rep. Phil Gingrey, former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel, businessman David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston all have potential to be this year’s breakout Todd Akin. Kingston already said that he favored child labor for poor kids, […]

February 6, 2014

Poll: Gingrey Leads Crowded GOP Field In Georgia Senate Race

Gaffe-prone U.S. representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) holds a narrow lead in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia, according to a new survey from The Polling Company. The poll, which was commissioned by right-wing group Citizens United and released Tuesday, finds Gingrey leading the seven-candidate Republican field at 19 percent. Former Georgia secretary of […]

February 5, 2014

Poll: Democrat Michelle Nunn Holds Narrow Leads In Georgia Senate Race

Democrat Michelle Nunn narrowly leads all of her Republican rivals in Georgia’s 2014 race for U.S. Senate, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey. The poll, which was commissioned by progressive advocacy group Americans United for Change, finds that Nunn leads Rep. Paul Broun 42 to 41 percent, Rep. Jack Kingston 44 to 42 […]

January 30, 2014