Atlanta (CNN) – Unmoved by threats of boycotts and lawsuits, the Georgia Legislature has joined Arizona in passing what may be one of the nation's toughest anti-illegal immigration laws.
The Republican-dominated state House and Senate passed House Bill 87 Thursday during the final hours of the 2011 Georgia General Assembly. Georgia GOP Gov. Nathan Deal intends to sign the bill into law, his spokesman, Brian Robinson, said Friday.FULL STORY
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - A squabble at a council meeting in a small Georgia town has caught the attention of the NAACP after a white councilman told his black counterpart that he should be working in a cotton field.
The exchange took place in a recent city council meeting near Macon, Georgia, said Larry Holmes, the president of the NAACP in Houston County.
Washington (CNN) - Only hours after former Congressman Nathan Deal won a nail biter of a runoff election for Georgia's Republican gubernatorial nomination, the White House said the candidate will have to explain ethics questions raised during the campaign.
At the White House briefing Wednesday, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the party nominating a candidate who had been linked to birther questions. Deal in January sent the White House a letter asking President Obama to answer more questions about this birthplace, after saying in an interview the documentation publicly available "leaves many things to be desired".
Gibbs from the podium responded, "I think if you look at what Nathan Deal is probably going to have to explain over the course of this (election), that may be some of the least of his concerns, in terms of some ethics investigations currently ongoing."
Washington (CNN) – Georgia Republicans have a nominee for governor after former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel conceded the GOP primary Wednesday to ex-Rep. Nathan Deal.
While less than 2,500 votes separated the two candidates in this primary runoff election, Handel told Deal late Wednesday morning that she would not request a recount as allowed under state law if the margin remained under one percent. As of Wednesday, the difference between Deal and Handel was 0.4 percent.
The telephone call, brokered by a mutual friend, lasted for about 10-15 minutes and Handel "said she would encourage her supporters to show the same excitement and enthusiasm for Nathan's candidacy as they did for hers," Deal spokesman Brian Robinson told CNN.
Washington (CNN) – No clear winner emerged Tuesday from the hard-fought runoff for the Georgia Republican gubernatorial nomination, setting up a possible recount to settle this GOP contest less than three months before the November election.
Ex-Rep. Nathan Deal leads former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel by 2,489 votes, a margin so small that Handel can demand a recount if it holds. Provisional ballots can still be counted until Thursday, while military and overseas votes are due by the close of business on Friday, Georgia Secretary of State spokesman Matt Carrothers told CNN.
The election will be certified next week and if the margin that separates the two candidates is less than one percent, then the loser can request a recount under state law. Right now, the difference between Deal and Handel is 0.4%.
(CNN) –Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon won Connecticut's GOP Senate primary on Tuesday, setting up a general election face off against the state's attorney general.
With 58 percent of the vote in, McMahon had a 19-point lead over former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons. McMahon, along with her husband Vince, operated World Wrestling Entertainment from its startup in 1980 until last year, when she announced her candidacy.
Connecticut was one of four states holding key Senate or gubernatorial primaries Tuesday, including Georgia and Colorado, where endorsements brought pre-voting drama.
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Denver, Colorado (CNN) - President Obama and former President Bill Clinton are on opposite sides of a divisive Democratic Senate primary and a former pro-wrestling executive could take a big step toward winning election to the Senate - those are just two of the storylines as Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia and Minnesota hold primary contests Tuesday.
In Colorado, incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet is battling for his political life as he faces a primary challenge from former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Bennet was plucked out of political obscurity early last year when Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter named him to replace then-Sen. Ken Salazar, who stepped down to serve as interior secretary in the Obama administration. Bennet was superintendent of the Denver school system at the time.
As sitting senator, Bennet has the backing and help of the national party and the White House. Obama headlined a fundraiser for Bennet in Colorado early this year and last month he recorded a robocall and sent out an e-mail in support of the senator.
But Romanoff has his own big-name endorsement. Earlier this summer Clinton announced he was backing Romanoff, whom he's known since 1992. Romanoff also supported Hillary Clinton's 2008 Democratic presidential bid. Clinton's voice appears on a robocall urging Colorado Democrats to vote for Romanoff.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Georgia 8th – Rep. Jim Marshall (D) is seeking a 5th term
Primary: July 20, 2010; Runoff: August 10, 2010
Location: Central Georgia
Days until Election Day: 88
As a Democrat representing a heavily Republican district in the heart of Georgia, Rep. Jim Marshall makes for a tempting target, especially in a midterm year when sizable GOP gains are expected. But this isn't Marshall's first time in the line of fire, and he has answered previous challenges by either narrowly edging out his opponent or winning with decisive, double-digit margins.
(CNN) – Upon arriving in Georgia Monday, President Obama was greeted by the state's Republican governor Sonny Perdue. But the Democrat who hopes to succeed the term-limited Perdue will not be attending a party fundraiser in Atlanta headlined by the president.
The Democratic National Committee fundraiser is scheduled to be held Monday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta. A party source tells CNN that some 200 local supporters are expected to attend, with tickets starting at $1,000. The event is expected to raise around $500,000 for the party.
Former Gov. Roy Barnes, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, will not attend the fundraiser. Barnes, who easily captured last month's primary, is scheduled to campaign Monday in middle and south Georgia, according to his spokesman.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Democratic Attorney General nominee Ken Hodges, who will be in Albany, Georgia working on a case for his law firm, won't attend the fundraiser. The newspaper also reports that Democratic congressmen Jim Marshall, John Barrow, and Hank Johnson are not attending for various reasons.
(CNN) – Sarah Palin's dropping into Georgia to weigh in on the state's increasingly bitter Republican gubernatorial battle, one day before the primary runoff election.
According to the campaign of GOP candidate Karen Handel, Palin will team up with Georgia's former secretary of state at a get out the vote campaign rally on Monday August 9. The next day Handel faces off against former Rep. Nathan Deal in the runoff contest.
Handel was endorsed before the July 20 primary by the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. Palin's backing appeared to quiet some on the right who criticized Handel as not being conservative enough and appeared to help Handel rise in the final polls conducted before the primary.