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  • Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter sits with his grandmother former first lady Rosalynn Carter during a church service in Plains, Ga, Sunday, June 8, 2014. The younger Carter is hoping that a large fundraising effort this weekend will help his campaign. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Ex-president's role limited in grandson's campaign

    Inside a small Baptist church packed with out-of-state visitors wanting to hear from former President Jimmy Carter, one of the most eager listeners may have been his grandson, Jason.

  • Deal: Lawmakers should revisit whistleblower rules

    Gov. Nathan Deal says lawmakers should consider whether government employees responsible for conducting investigations should be "automatically" granted whistleblower protection if they decide to sue.

  • Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal enters a ballroom to give his victory speech as first lady Sandra Deal stands by his side at his election night party at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson)

    Deal's record, Carter's plans to shape GA gov race

    The race for governor began to take shape Wednesday as Republican Gov. Nathan Deal touted his first-term accomplishments while Democratic challenger Jason Carter offered his vision for the state in separate interviews with The Associated Press.

  • Gov. Deal faces 2 challengers in Ga. GOP primary

    Republicans across Georgia were to decide Tuesday whether to stick with incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal as their party's nominee or support one of two challengers.

  • A poll worker lays out stickers for voters signifying they cast their ballots at a polling site for Georgia's primary election, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Atlanta. Five major GOP candidates will square off to represent their party this fall in the election to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Meanwhile, Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, is a heavy favorite to win the Democratic nomination. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Voter voices from around Georgia

    Georgia voters on Tuesday were deciding a contentious seven-way Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat and a GOP primary for governor in which the incumbent, Nathan Deal, has faced relatively little opposition. Now attention turns to the general election, a test of whether Democratic candidates including the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn can win back statewide offices.

  • Deal wins GOP primary for Ga. gov.; faces Carter

    For years, leading Democrats predicted that Georgia's increasingly diverse population will weaken a Republican hold on state government in the Deep South.

  • GOP candidates for Ga. gov debate health care

    Two longshot candidates in the Republican primary for Georgia governor disagreed Saturday on whether to participate in a national health insurance overhaul and whether to expand the places people can carry firearms.

  • Deal to speak at Columbus State commencement

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to speak to nearly 800 students graduating from Columbus State University next week.

  • Georgia revenues in April total $1.68 billion

    A report shows the state of Georgia's revenues declined nearly $50 million in April as compared to the same month a year ago, while totals collections for the fiscal year remain up about 4.7 percent.

  • South Ga. company creates 100 manufacturing jobs

    A company that manufactures parts for boats is planning to create 100 jobs in south Georgia over the next two years.

  • Martin Luther King III, his wife, Arndrea, sister Bernice and members of the General Assembly watch Governor Nathan Deal sign legislation related to the Martin Luther King Jr tribute statue  at the state Capitol Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Tuesday marks the last day the governor can sign bills into law.   (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

    Deal signs bills for new HOPE grant, King statue

    Gov. Nathan Deal signed off on several pieces of legislation Tuesday, including bills aimed at making it more difficult to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law to one allowing drug testing for some welfare and food stamp recipients.

  • Deal considers changes to Ga. unemployment system

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he's considering requiring applicants for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

  • Deal names panel to aid struggling rural hospitals

    Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday he's moving to help rural hospitals that are struggling to keep their doors open, though he acknowledged some solutions will cause communities to lose health care jobs even if their ailing hospitals get saved.

  • Jeff Anderson, right, from Pickens County was one of many attendees wearing a pistol Wednesday as Georgia Governor Nathan Deal visits Ellijay, Ga., for a signing ceremony for House Bill 60, legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, John Rawlston)

    Georgia's new carry law a big win for gun rights

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a sweeping right-to-carry bill Wednesday, making his state the latest to give a victory to the gun rights movement in what is emerging as a banner year for advocates of firearms access and self-protection.

  • Surrounded by bill supporters, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs House Bill 60 into law during a signing event Wednesday, April 23, 2013, in Ellijay, Ga. The bill makes several changes to the state's gun law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

    Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

    Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

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