December 3, 2008 |
Democrats' dream of a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate ended Tuesday when Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss held on to his seat in a closely watched runoff election. With 96% of the precincts reporting, Chambliss was leading Democratic challenger Jim Martin, 57.5% to 42.5%. A runoff became necessary when neither candidate won 50% of the vote in last month's election.
May 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A round of golf with the president of the United States is a rare treat, to be sure. So hitting a hole in one while in a foursome with the commander in chief quickly became the stuff of legend on Capitol Hill after word that Sen. Saxby Chambliss had done just that. “This one's pretty special,” the Georgia Republican told reporters after returning to the Senate for a late vote. It was his second hole in one. Chambliss was part of a bipartisan outing with President Obama on Monday that included Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, a fellow Republican, and Mark Udall of Colorado, a Democrat.
December 1, 2008 |
Jim Martin was feeling the spirit. At historically black Morris Brown College, surrounded by former Barack Obama campaign staffers and African American Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the normally unassuming, bespectacled white lawyer had discovered his inner preacher. "We're all in this together!" Martin, 63, intoned. "Talk to me!" a man shouted in response. "The Republicans believe if they have 41 votes in the Senate, they can stop this great president!" "That's right!"
October 25, 2008 |
The diners at Butch's Family Restaurant gave Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss the warmest of welcomes when he stopped in recently. They smiled as he moved from table to table, shaking hands and asking after each of them with avuncular concern. A local pastor prayed for Chambliss, calling him a man who "stands for principles we believe in." "Aw, I'm getting a hug," said one middle-aged voter as she lunged toward the silver-haired lawmaker.
October 19, 2005 |
The Agriculture Department will abandon plans to close more than 700 Farm Service Agency offices across the U.S. because of widespread opposition in Congress, an official said. A hearing had been scheduled Thursday in the Senate Agriculture Committee. But in a letter sent to Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Agriculture Department Undersecretary J.B. Penn said the agency was scrapping the plan to close 713 of the 2,351 Farm Service offices.
November 21, 2008 |
President-elect Barack Obama has waded into Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff, recording a radio ad supporting Democrat Jim Martin, but there's still no word on whether the president-elect will make a personal appearance. In the spot, Obama thanks Georgians who voted for him Nov. 4, then encourages support for Martin. "The elections aren't over," Obama said. "I want to urge you to turn out one more time and help elect Jim Martin to the United States Senate." Martin faces Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a Dec. 2 runoff.