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Libertarian VP nominee targets Donald Trump, but tells Dems ?쁶in your own election??

William Weld, the Libertarian vice presidential candidate, has pivoted his attack to focus exclusively on Donald Trump in the final stretch of the campaign.
Nathan Deal urges residents of six coastal Georgia counties to evacuate

Nathan Deal urges residents of six coastal Georgia counties to evacuate

Hurricane Matthew is predicted to slam into Florida and then rake Georgia and South Carolina. Gov. Nathan Deal encouraged residents of six coastal Georgia counties to evacuate on Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew charted a course toward the Atlantic coast, warning that torrential rainfall and strong winds could cause widespread damage along low-lying areas.
Steve Wynn, another major Vegas player, joins casino effort in Georgia

Steve Wynn, another major Vegas player, joins casino effort in Georgia

Michael McLean sets up to play his guitar for money near a billboard showing a picture of Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton advertising a Democratic Presidential debate at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino in October 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
How Georgia is bracing for Hurricane Matthew

How Georgia is bracing for Hurricane Matthew

A satellite image of Hurricane Matthew. Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for much of coastal Georgia on Tuesday as Hurricane Matthew menaced the nation’s east coast, forcing state officials to ready evacuation plans and sending residents along the shore scurrying for supplies.
The glaring similarities in a Georgia school takeover lawsuit

The glaring similarities in a Georgia school takeover lawsuit

An eagle-eyed reader noticed a glaring similarity between the 2012 legal complaint targeting the charter school constitutional amendment, which was ultimately dismissed, and the lawsuit filed last week targeting this year’s school takeover ballot initiative.
Libertarian VP candidate Bill Weld heads to Atlanta Wednesday

Libertarian VP candidate Bill Weld heads to Atlanta Wednesday

Bill Weld, left, and Gary Johnson in Philadelphia. (Photo by Bill McCay/Getty Images) Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld won’t be on the stage Tuesday when Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the Great Running Mate Debate.

Jim Barksdale: ?쁀bsolutely, I believe in capitalism??

U.S Senate Democratic candidate Jim Barksdale. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com The hazard of journalism, of course, is that it is often not enough to report on what a candidate actually said.
Cory Booker sings, stumps, raises money for Hillary Clinton in Atlanta

Cory Booker sings, stumps, raises money for Hillary Clinton in Atlanta

Cory Booker had quite a 24  hours in Atlanta.  The U.S. senator, a New Jersey Democrat, Snap’d, stumped and raised cash for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and, befitting his role as the party’s millennial-in-chief, he did it all to help pull younger voters to the polls.
White voters are no longer a majority in Gwinnett County

White voters are no longer a majority in Gwinnett County

Newly naturalized citizens including Perla Freed (foreground), originally from Honduras, give the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America during their naturalization ceremony at the USCIS Atlanta Field Office in June.
Rudy Giuliani: Debate not Donald Trump?셲 best performance

Rudy Giuliani: Debate not Donald Trump?셲 best performance

HEMPSTEAD, NY – SEPTEMBER 26: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (R) and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) shake hands after the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.
Grady High students ?쁳ap??for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Grady High students ?쁳ap??for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016, ATLANTA : Grady High School debate team member Harrison Gray listens to Monday’s debate between Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump while watching with other debate members at Grady High School Monday, September 26, 2016.
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump differ, bicker on race

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump differ, bicker on race

HEMPSTEAD, NY – SEPTEMBER 26: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (R) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Moderator Lester Holt listens during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.

Kasim Reed on presidential debate: ?쁃own goes Trump??

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was hosting a debate watch party tonight at the Gathering Spot. But that didn’t the Democrat from cheering on Hillary Clinton and chiding Donald Trump on Twitter, one of Reed’s favorite mediums.

Nathan Deal?셲 advice for Donald Trump?셲 debate: ?쁇e has to be nice??

Gov. Nathan Deal and Donald Trump Hempstead, N.Y. – Perhaps the biggest question ahead of Monday’s first presidential debate is which Donald Trump will show up: The freewheeling, insult-spouting candidate who won over the hearts of Republican primary voters or the relatively more measured candidate who surfaced after the July conventions.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are deadlocked ahead of first debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are deadlocked ahead of first debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AP file. Hempstead, N.Y. – A flurry of polls were released ahead of Monday’s presidential debate, and most told the same story: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are in a virtual dead heat before their first showdown.
Why this year?셲 presidential debate could be more pivotal than usual

Why this year?셲 presidential debate could be more pivotal than usual

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AP file. The first of three high-stakes presidential debates is set for Monday, giving millions of voters who did not cast their ballots for either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton their closest look at the contest for the White House.
Why Hillary Clinton has a millennial problem in Georgia

Why Hillary Clinton has a millennial problem in Georgia

Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia on July 28. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS) The young, liberal voters who flocked to major-party candidates in 2012 are increasingly flirting with third-party contenders, giving Republican Donald Trump an added edge in Georgia.
Trailing badly in polls, Jim Barksdale shakes up his Senate campaign

Trailing badly in polls, Jim Barksdale shakes up his Senate campaign

U.S Senate Democratic candidate Jim Barksdale. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com Trailing badly in the polls and scorned by some top Democrats, Jim Barksdale shook up his Senate campaign Friday by hiring a new manager with close ties to Bernie Sanders.
Nathan Deal expands proposal to give raises to state cops

Nathan Deal expands proposal to give raises to state cops

Gov. Nathan Deal at the unveiling of his proposal in September for a 20 percent pay hike for state law enforcement officers and an overhaul of police training to include more courses on use of force and community policing.
John Lewis keeps Jim Barksdale at arm?셲 length

John Lewis keeps Jim Barksdale at arm?셲 length

U.S Senate Democratic candidate Jim Barksdale. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com Democrat Jim Barksdale has escalated his attacks against opponent Johnny Isakson in recent weeks, unveiling a new ad targeting the Republican on trade deals and a website tracking his missed committee hearings over the years.
How a Georgia Republican aims to counter cyber-hacks

How a Georgia Republican aims to counter cyber-hacks

Hillary Clinton checks her email. Associated Press Two thoughts crossed many Republican minds when personal emails from the Democratic National Committee were hacked and then leaked: Glee at a jaw-dropping embarrassment for their political nemesis, and horror that the same could happen to them.
Half of American guns are owned by 3 percent of U.S. adults

Half of American guns are owned by 3 percent of U.S. adults

An AJC file photo from a gun rights protest. Here’s a new wrinkle in the ongoing gun debate, courtesy of The Guardian: Americans own an estimated 265m guns, more than one gun for every American adult, according to the most definitive portrait of US gun ownership in two decades.
Nathan Deal signs order banning gas price gouging after pipeline spill

Nathan Deal signs order banning gas price gouging after pipeline spill

A QuikTrip station in Smyrna with an out of gas sign. AJC/John Spink. Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Monday preventing gas stations from significantly hiking fuel prices after a pipeline spill in Alabama led to long lines and dry pumps across north Georgia, echoing an existing state law that already bans price gouging.
Georgia open-carry advocate eyes a new Walmart frontier

Georgia open-carry advocate eyes a new Walmart frontier

Jody Cooley, of Barrow County, with his AR-15.(Channel 2 Action News screenshot) He’s back: Jim Cooley, and his campaign to bring his AR-15 to an array of provocative places in Georgia, was featured in the Washington Post over the weekend.
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