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It's Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023.

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There's plenty of news today, starting with the U.S. House of Representatives completing its eighth round of voting for House Speaker of the 118th Congress. 

Read on to see how the Georgia Bulldogs are flying in style to the Jan. 9 national championship game at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

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As the U.S. House awaits a speaker, Georgia's Republican representatives are making news

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., talks with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., during the vote for House Speaker on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)

GOP members from Georgia are making headlines, even as rounds of voting for U.S. House speaker continued at publication time for this newsletter.

Republican Mike Collins, who billed himself as a Trump supporter and conservative outsider during the 2022 election, will represent Georgia's 10th Congressional District encompassing several counties east of the metro Atlanta area. He voted for McCarthy for speaker on all rounds and hopes his experience as the owner of a trucking company will help him in his new post.

  • "You see trucks on the road. You see our industry, but you don't know anything about it," Collins told GPB's Stephen Fowler in an interview on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. "And to be able to bring that insider knowledge into this to Congress, just in that industry alone, will be a big help."

Collins will officially be sworn in once the House elects a speaker.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who represents Georgia's 14th District in Northwest Georgia, also voted for McCarthy, and expressed her dismay for members who did not. 

  • "It's not a popularity contest, It's not who we like and who we don't like," Greene told reporters at the Capitol after the first day of failed votes Tuesday. "That is the failure of Republicans. The Republicans are the party of 'never,' and it's always 'never' when they don't like somebody, and that's how we failed the country."
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✭ National championship game is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for diehard Bulldogs fans

Delta Air Lines C.E.O. Ed Bastian (last row center) and others stand next to a Boeing 767-400 featuring a memorial seal honoring Hall of Famer and late UGA football coach Vince Dooley. (Delta Air Lines)

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday that it would once again be transporting the University of Georgia Bulldogs to the national championship game.

The airline commemorated the life of late UGA football coach Vince Dooley with the dedication of a Boeing 767-400 with his name emblazoned next to an image of the school's mascot.

Longtime fans may be traveling on their own, but the trip to watch UGA versus Texas Christian University at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles is still a special opportunity.

Macon attorney David Cooke said his wife asked him before Christmas if he’d be comfortable with receiving an expensive gift this year.

He was surprised and thrilled when he opened a card on Christmas that said that if Georgia made it to the national championship, he’d be going.

  • “I’m not a huge sports fan,” said Cooke, a University of Georgia alumnus and a former member of the school’s marching band. “But when it comes to the Dawgs, it’s different.”

His wife started planning the trip weeks before Christmas with other former band members, friends with whom Cooke will be sharing a rented house in California.

It will be his first national championship game.

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