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Your morning jolt: Three Ga. lessons from Tuesday night

The lessons that Tuesday night might hold for Georgia aren’t exact.

We have no Arlen Specter-like party-switcher. No Blanche Lincoln-like challenge to an incumbent in either party.

But the lessons do exist:

LESSON NO. 1: The victory of tea-party favorite Rand Paul over hand-picked GOP establishment favorite Trey Grayson in the Kentucky race for U.S. Senate doesn’t bode well for former state senator Lee Hawkins of Gainesville.

In the special election to replace Nathan Deal in Congress, Hawkins faces a June 8 runoff with fellow Republican and former lawmaker Tom Graves of Ranger, who is backed by FreedomWorks, a financer of the tea party movement, and the conservative Washington group Club for Growth.

Hawkins in no way can be described as hand-picked by any GOP establishment, but he is running as a more traditional Republican with strong business ties.

LESSON NO. 2: Perhaps the happiest man in Georgia today is Rob Woodall, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. John Linder and now a …

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U.S. Rep. John Murtha died after surgical mistake

You know how some people say that Americans deserve the same health care that Congress provides for itself? Maybe we should rethink that.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the following on the death of U.S. Rep. John Murtha:

Mr. Murtha was first hospitalized with gallbladder problems in December. He had surgery Jan. 28 at the National Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md. He went home, but was hospitalized two days later when complications developed.

According to a source close to Mr. Murtha — confirming a report in Politico — doctors inadvertently cut Mr. Murtha’s intestine during the laparoscopic surgery, causing an infection.

On the other hand, neither does it appear to be the proper time to debate limits on malpractice lawsuits.

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