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Mathis certain he'll qualify for Albany mayoral run; Hubbard nears decision

Former Albany City Commissioner expects to have civil, political rights restored

Despite a recent denial by the State Board of Pardons and Parole, Henry Mathis says he will have his civil rights restored in time to run for mayor.

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After two decades in Washington, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss bids D.C. adieu

Saxby Chambliss plans to practice law in metro Atlanta

Chambliss and his wife, Julianne, will be relocating from Moultrie to Atlanta where he will joining an as yet to be named law firm

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Capitol Votes -- Week ending Dec. 18, 2014

Here is how Georgia’s congressional delegation voted for the seven ending Dec. 18.

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Jeff Sinyard, Jack Stone honored during farewell gathering

Long-time public servants end careers that span more than 58 years

Friends and colleagues recognize long-time Dougherty County officials Jeff Sinyard and Jack Stone as they end their political careers.

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Dougherty County legislative delegation gets leaders' 'wish lists'

Albany and Dougherty County government, school, post-secondary and economic leaders meet with state delegation

Leaders of Albany and Dougherty government bodies, education systems and agencies present their legislative agendas to state officials.

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Capitol Votes: Nov. 14-20, 2014

Roll call votes for U.S. lawmakers from Georgia

Here is how Georgia’s delegations to the House and Senate voted on roll-call issues from Nov. 14 to Nov. 20.

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Capitol Votes week ending Nov. 13, 2014 (UPDATED WITH FRIDAY KEYSTONE VOTES)

Here’s how the Georgia congressional delegation voted on major issues in the week that ended Thursday.

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Albany Area Chamber holds annual Legislative Affairs Rise N Shine Breakfast

Legislators say education, transportation and healthcare funding will be priorities next session.

Area legislators discuss priorities for next year during Albany Area Chamber breakfast

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'Chefs on the Lawn' event focuses on healthy foods

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Dougherty School System, Phoebe Network of Trust host diabetes prevention event

Dozens lined up Friday to get free food and learn more about eating and living healthier.

Republicans win big in Georgia congressional, state officer elections

GOP has another clean sweep on state government offices

With the defeat of Rep. John Barrow, Georgia’s U.S. House delgation is now weighted 10-4 toward Republicans.

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Education funding, criminal justice reform focuses of Gov. Nathan Deal in second term

Gov. Deal says win was not a mandate, but had surprisingly big margin

Polls leading up to the race between Gov. Deal and Democrat Jason Carter had suggested a tight contest, with the possibility that neither leading candidate would earn more than 50 percent of the vote and force a December runoff.

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Gerald Greene earns 17th term in the Georgia House

Veteran representative carries seven of nine counties in the heavily minority House District 151

Gerald Greene wins re-election in House District 151, surprising state GOP strategists.

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David Perdue's anti-Obama strategy pays off with win

Senator-elect hammered at association of Michelle Nunn and President Obama

With similar anti-Obama themes helping Republicans sweep nearly every competitive Senate race nationally, David Perdue, 64 stands as one of at least seven freshmen in a newfound Senate GOP majority forged by campaigns also anchored with anti-Obama themes.

Georgia voters approve amendments, referendum

The amendments cap the maximum income tax and generate funds for treatment of trauma victims

The ballot initiatives overwhlemingly pass muster with Georgia voters.

U.S. Senate control focus of midterm elections

Georgia is one of the closely watched states as Democrats and Republicans battle at the polls today for control of the U.S. Senate.

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