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Legal 101 at Charis

Local attorney will answer questions and give legal advice tonight at the feminist bookstore

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UPDATED: Democrat newcomer Elena Parent defeats gay-friendly GOP Jill Chambers in state House

Gay-friendly Democrat and political newcomer Elena Parent knocked off incumbent Jill Chambers in a close battle for District 81 in the Georgia State House. The margin of difference was less than 300 votes.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting this morning in District 81, Parent held on to victory with 3,315 votes, or 52 percent,  to Chambers' 3,039 votes, or 48 percent, according to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State.

Parent gave a victory speech at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference center at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, although some news outlets at the time were calling the race too close to call. The results this morning show Parent held on for the victory.

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal beats a dead (gay) horse

Nathan Deal released another commercial today citing Karen Handel’s alleged past support of gay issues. Deal, a former congressman, and Handel, former Secretary of State, face off Aug. 10 in the runoff to see who will be the Republican nominee for Georgia governor.

The commercial, a 30-second spot entitled “Straw,” hit YouTube this morning. Its release coincides with the announcement that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at a Handel campaign rally on Aug. 9 – one day before the runoff.

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John Oxendine reads the GA Voice

John Oxendine hits Karen Handel in a new political mailer

At least someone on Oxendine’s campaign staff does. Oxendine included us in a recent mailer attacking fellow Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel for her past connections to the Georgia Log Cabin Republicans and support of gay issues. See the full mailer here.

We appreciate the shout-out, Ox! (Even if you did make up a fake page to display)

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Karen Handel: ‘I would consider’ banning gay adoption

As the July 20 primary grows closer, the race to see which Republican will compete to be Georgia’s next governor just gets uglier. And of course, more anti-gay.

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel continues to run from her previous moderate stands on LGBT issues like domestic partner benefits.

Her GOP primary opponents, including former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, released ads this week attacking Handel, and by extension, gay Georgians.

Today Handel fires back — not at her opponents, but at us.