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Poll: Overall rating steady for Georgia’s Deal, but GOP support falls

Georgia voters have split almost evenly on Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of so-called “religious liberty” legislation but generally agree he was right to turn away a bill allowing guns on college campuses, an exclusive new poll from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found.  Those two topics — guns and protections for opponents of same-sex marriage — were the most hotly debated in the first half of this election year. And Deal’s subsequent break with Republican leaders in the state Legislature over them has only stoked a fire expected to linger into 2017.  

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How Carl Sanders integrated the state Capitol

Former Gov. Carl Sanders, who sought to lead Georgia away from segregation in the 1960s, has died. He was 89. Sanders was the first governor to be elected by popular vote, following the dismantling of the state’s infamous county unit system, which allowed rural lawmakers to dominate Georgia’s political machinery. When he became governor at 37, in 1963, he was the youngest in the nation. Read more…

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