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Donald Trump to meet with Mexican president before high-stakes speech


Donald Trump will head to Mexico City on Wednesday to meet with Mexico's president ahead of a blockbuster immigration speech after weeks of wavering over whether he'd maintain a hardline stance that's been a centerpiece of his campaign.

Trump tweeted late Wednesday that he will speak with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto ahead of his Arizona speech, which his campaign indicated would clarify his support to build a wall on the U.S. border and deport the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

In an interview Monday, Trump running-mate Mike Pence told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Trump’s stance on immigration from earlier in the campaign is “exactly the same as the principles he’s standing on today” but that the campaign expects to add more details on Wednesday.

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Democratic state Rep. Taylor Bennett's victory in a special election last year in a swing Brookhaven district immediately put a target on his back.

He's staking his claim to the seat with a TV ad reminding voters of his opposition to the "religious liberty" measure that Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed and his support for a law that requires law enforcement to test rape kits that never went analyzed by authorities for DNA matches.

Bennett, a former Georgia Tech quarterback who faces Republican attorney Meagan Hanson in November, released this ad on Tuesday.

Here's a snippet:

"We've done a lot of good, and it hasn't had anything to do with party politics, which is the way it should be. We're making our community safer by testing sexual assault DNA kits, by keeping guns out of our college classrooms, and we successfully said no to discrimination, because that's not who we are as a diverse community - and because it's bad for business."

His slogan - "Better Together" - is suspiciously like a certain presidential candidate's mantra.

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The first round of a bipartisan congressional forum on criminal justice reform unfolded Tuesday in Detroit. U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, a Gainesville Republican who sits on the panel, said he's pushing to hold the next round in Atlanta.

Collins said the bipartisan Congressional Policing Strategies Working Group, which aims to help community leaders bridge the divide between law enforcement and citizens, explored boosting funding and training for police officers.

"I'm hopeful that in our next meeting - we're hoping it's in Atlanta - features officers and neighborhood encounters so we can see where the trust is broken and how we can look at ways in the training aspect and the accountability aspect," said Collins. "We’re beginning this conversation on the local and state level so we can start to have this trust rebuilt."

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Donald Trump's Georgia campaign is moving to new digs. We're just not sure where.

Here's an early glimpse:

 


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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.