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Ga. Senate passes spending plan

...zero votes to spare. Seven Republicans voted against it, and two from Augusta weren't around to vote at all.Republican leaders made last-minute changes to try to win over some votes, including eliminating a proposed $25 annual fee on cars...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-03-20/ga-senate-passes-spendin
House rejects sending counties $10 million for ice storm cleanup

...the proposal threw the proposed budget out of balance and reflected estimated, rather than actual, costs. But Republican leaders offered to work with the amendment's 28 sponsors on a compromise, which could come later in the budget process...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/national/2015-03-11/house-rejects-sending-coun
Georgia suffers big drop in federal road funds

...support for that approach among voters, lawmakers have been less willing to embrace an outright increase.Instead, Republican leaders in the House rolled out a plan that converts the existing mish-mash of state and local taxes on gasoline into...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-02-21/georgia-suffers-big-drop-fede
Defiant Obama vetoes Keystone XL oil pipeline bill

...fanfare, in contrast to the televised ceremony Republican leaders staged earlier this month when they signed the bill...stating that climate change is real and not a hoax. Republican leaders in Congress delayed sending the bill to the White...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2015-02-24/defiant-obama-vetoes-keystone-xl-oi
Conservative group seeks to end death penalty

...of a national conservative group was at the Capitol Thursday calling for the end of the death penalty.However, Republican leaders discounted any possibility of capital punishment's repeal in Georgia soon.Kelly Gissendaner is slated for lethal...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-02-19/conservative-group-see
South Carolina Supreme Court refuses Republicans' request to reconsider its order on school funding lawsuit

...refused to reconsider its order last fall that lawmakers fix the state's broken education system, officially ending Republican leaders' appeals.The state's high court denied requests from the GOP-controlled Legislature and Gov. Nikki Haley...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-01-26/south-carolina-supreme
SC Medicaid dealing with application backlog

...elderly in long-term care.South Carolina is among states not expanding Medicaid eligibility. The state's Republican leaders have repeatedly refused, leaving a gap between non-disabled adults who qualify for Medicaid and those who qualify...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-08-11/sc-medicaid-dealing-appl
Haley surgery means Democrat temporary governor

...became lieutenant governor June 18. The Kingstree Democrat volunteered for the temporary post after the chamber's Republican leaders were unwilling to do so. The first Democrat in the No. 2 spot in two decades, McGill ascended into it after Lt...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-08-01/haley-surgery-means-democrat
Jack Kingston's Senate runoff loss means less clout in Washington for Georgia

...really think the Lord's going to open a door," Kingston said.His friend Eric Johnson in Savannah, a former Republican leader of the Georgia Senate, said Kingston might have little desire to run another statewide campaign. Johnson ran for...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/2014-07-27/jack-kingstons
Kingston, Perdue vow teamwork after GOP runoff

...back Kingston if the Savannah congressman wins the Republican nomination.Kingston had a similar message for local Republican leaders in nearby Cumming."I've already told my opponent he won't even have to call me" to ask for help in a general...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/2014-07-19/kingston-perdu