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Republican Kay Kirkpatrick has won a state Senate seat representing several suburban Atlanta communities, keeping the 32nd District in GOP hands.


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According to unofficial results of Tuesday's runoff election, Kirkpatrick defeated Democrat Christine Triebsch.

The district includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.


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On Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal gave the next to last State of the State address of his term. He’s running out of time in office, with only the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions before his second consecutive four-year term ends.

There’s a lot left to do: an education overhaul, combating the opioid crisis, securing funds for a state court complex and more.

But Deal’s power to get those things done is waning said Charles Bullock, a University of Georgia political scientist. Bullock said the same thing happens to every governor.

A member of the public wearing a full face veil is seen in Blackburn, England, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2013.
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A South Georgia lawmaker withdrew a proposal Thursday evening that would have prohibited people from wearing face veils or masks in public.

Republican State Rep. Jason Spencer of Woodbine, Georgia said he faced “political scrutiny” on the pre-filed legislation, which was opposed by both Republican and Democratic state lawmakers.

Face Veils

Opponents of a bill shielding gay marriage opponents who deny people services based on their religious views are celebrating Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of the measure.

Gay-rights advocates and others held a rally Tuesday outside the Capitol. Speakers thanked Deal and urged people to continue speaking out before the next legislative session.

Conservative groups and legislative leaders have said they will try to pass a similar proposal next year.

Casey Cagle at the Georgia Senate.
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The Republican leaders of the Georgia House and Senate said Thursday the Legislature would not reconvene to overrule Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of House Bill 757, which would have allowed religious nonprofits the ability to deny services to same-sex couples.