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Three seeking county commission seats in Lee County

Two seats available on the Lee County Board of Education

The candidates were unable to qualify Monday because a notary public was not available at the GOP site

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Medical marijuana bill passes Georgia House

With a vote of 171-4, a proposal to allow for the use of medical marijuana in Georgia passes the state House of Representatives.

Georgia Supreme Court to hear appeal in Baker County School Board case

Two Baker County women contend the chair of the School Board is ineligible to hold the office

Last year, a Superior Court judge denied an attempt by Nettie Lilly and Janet Anderson to have Baker County School Board Chair Sharon Heard removed from office. The case will be heard Monday in oral arguments before the Georgia Supreme Court.

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Immigration may be next up for U.S. House

Path to citizenship will have rocky road in the House, Rep. Jack Kingston says

Rep. Jack Kingston said jobs and the overreach of government are the top things on the minds of people he meets on the Senate campaign rail.

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Southwest Georgia congressional delegation mixed on reactions to State of the Union address (VIDEOS)

Republicans are critical of President Obama for what they see as job-killing policies

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has a positive reaction to the president’s speech, while U.S. Rep. Austin Scott is critical, as are Georgia’s two U.S. senators.

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Jeff Sinyard will not seek re-election to Dougherty County Commission chairmanship

Dougherty County Commission chair will give up office at end of the year

Dougherty County Commission Chair Jeff Sinyard says he will not seek re-election this year.

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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston rebuts perk claim

Savannah Repblican says he never intended to get rid of congressional franking.

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Col. Allen West to speak at Lincoln Day event in Lee County

The event set for Feb. 27 at The Bindery at Oakland Library

The event is planned for 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 at The Bindery at Oakland Library, which is located at 445 Oakland Parkway just off U.S. 82 West in Lee County.

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U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has successful battle with cancer

The long-time U.S. representative from the 2nd District says he is cancer-free

Rep. sanford Bishop, D-Albany, says he will remain bald for an indefinite time as a show of solidarity with fellow cancer survivors.

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Southwest Georgians named in Georgia Trend as among 100 most influential Georgians

Hospital CEO, congressmen named in latest edition of Georgia Trend

Joel Wernick, president and CEO of Phoebe Putney Health System, has made the list now for eight consecutive years.

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Georgia Briefs - Jan. 8, 2014

News from around Georgia

Republicans plan seven debates for Senate candidates, with first in Adel.

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Dougherty County School Board to meet with Albany area legislators

School officials will discuss Dougherty School District's legislative priorities with lawmakers

Dougherty School System officials see increasing insurance costs as an important issue that could adversely affect the district’s budget.

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U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn visits Albany Technical College

The daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss

Michelle Nunn says her experience in helping businesses and creating jobs qualifies her for the U.S. Senate.

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Albany City Commission Ward II candidates Ivey Hines, Bobby Coleman set for runoff

Twenty-six voters cast early ballots in Albany City Commission runoff

Incumbent Ivey Hines and challenger Bobby Coleman will find out their political fate today in an Albany City Commission runoff election.

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Ward II challenger Bobby Coleman says turnout crucial in runoff

Challenger in Ward II Albany City Commission race trailed by 21 votes

Challenger Bobby Coleman will face incumbent Ivey Hines in an Albany City Commission runoff Dec. 3.

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