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Your morning jolt: Cash makes a fine ointment for GOP healing

At least one major supporter of Karen Handel is making an overture to Republican nominee Nathan Deal, in an effort to put a salve on road-rash from that nasty runoff.

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Members of the influential McKenna Long & Aldridge public and legal affairs firm – and others, we presume – will host a Sept. 1, $1,000-a-head fundraising lunch for Deal at the World Trade Club.

Among the hosts: Eric Tanenblatt, the former chief of staff for Gov. Sonny Perdue and an enthusiastic Handel supporter during the late hostilities.

It’s not a peace offering that Deal can push aside lightly. Tanenblatt is one of the top GOP fund-raisers in the state.

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All vacations require a catch-up period. And one of the more curious developments of last week was a report from Opensecrets.org that the Republican Governors Association – which has already entered the Georgia race with this TV ad – is funding its 2010 campaigns, in part, with a $1 million donation from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

News Corp. is …

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