McConnell: Republicans Do Not Yet Have Votes To Block Witnesses In Impeachment Trial

Updated at 7:35 p.m. ET Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told closed-door group of Senate Republicans late Tuesday that he does not yet have the votes to stop Democrats from calling witnesses into the impeachment trial of President Trump, according to people familiar with the discussion. But even as McConnell made the concession, the dynamic remains fluid. Whether Democrats' push for witnesses succeeds or falls should will come down to a group of moderate Republicans who have remained...

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Elections officials participating in a state House special election in southwest Georgia say there have been no problems during the early voting period with the new ballot-marking device election system that prints out a paper ballot.

Tuesday is Election Day for voters in House District 171, which covers part of Colquitt, Decatur and Mitchell counties, and early voting is underway for Senate District 13, covering eight counties.

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Gov. Brian Kemp made an appearance Tuesday morning at the Georgia Freight Depot, where hundreds of people in longterm recovery from addiction gathered to celebrate Addiction Recovery Awareness Day.

The message from the community to Kemp is that people in recovery come from across the state. They get better, they buy homes and they vote,  Executive Director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse Neil Campbell said.

"It's not just an Atlanta thing," Cambpell said. "It's not just a legislature thing. It's a Georgia thing that there are people in recovery all over who want to help."

But as much as they want to help, they need help, too.

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A Georgia state House committee approved a bill that would require Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) to survive a May primary challenge from Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) before the November special election.

HB 757 passed out of the House Governmental Affairs committee Tuesday morning as news of Collins’ plans to enter the race swirled through the hallways of Gold Dome.

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Georgia Congressman Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) is taking steps to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), setting up a contentious campaign to earn Republican votes in a wide-open contest Democrats are hoping to flip.

Collins, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and a staunch ally of President Trump, has been informing supporters of his decision in recent days and has no official announcement date planned yet.

He spoke on the Georgia House floor Tuesday to honor the late Rules Chairman Jay Powell (R-Camilla) who died late last year. Afterward, he said nothing to reporters about his aspirations except more information would come soon.

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Monday on Political Rewind, we took an in-depth look at sports betting from two of the leading advocates for a law enabling betting in Georgia; the CEOs of two of Atlanta's major sports organizations.

What are the opportunities and risks for Georgia associated with the legalization of some specific forms of sports betting?

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