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A ‘misinformed’ Nathan Deal on an Ebola strike force

  • 10:37 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Officially, last night’s Atlanta Press Club gubernatorial debate was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Nathan Deal couldn’t wait. At 5:39 p.m., his office sent out a press release announcing that the Republican governor would sign an executive order announcing the creation of an “Ebola response team.”

Call it the incumbent’s advantage. In doing so, the governor guaranteed himself a first question that turned the proceedings into something like a press conference.

“I believe that we do have the resources that are available, and if we need additional resources, we will try to make sure that those are available,” a well-prepped Deal said.

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Michelle Nunn ad again features George H.W. Bush; again he’s not pleased

  • 6:00 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

A new ad from Democrat Michelle Nunn in the U.S. Senate race aims to puncture the notion that she is a lackey of President Barack Obama, pointing out that the oft-displayed picture of her with the president in attack ads came from an event honoring President George H.W. Bush.

“Throughout my career, I’ve been able to work with Republicans and Democrats,” Nunn says as images of her with the past four presidents flash across the screen.

But Bush has endorsed Republican David Perdue in the race and had expressed displeasure at the same image being used in a Nunn ad [More]

Nathan Deal to form Ebola response team in Georgia

  • 6:21 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

As the specter of Ebola threatens to shake up Georgia’s top political races, Gov. Nathan Deal said today he would sign an executive order to create a team to craft the state’s response to the deadly virus.

The governor said the team would assess state health and emergency management procedures and devise recommendations for Georgia’s health workers and political leaders.

“Rest assured, Georgia is taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously,” Deal said. “The creation of this team is an additional step in the state’s response to this disease and will further our efforts to ensure the safety and quality of life [More]

Nathan Deal orders up an Ebola response team

  • 6:15 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Just over an hour before his 7 p.m. Atlanta Press Club/Georgia Public Broadcasting debate, Gov. Nathan Deal indicated that he’s anticipating a question about the Ebola virus. From the press release:

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he will sign an executive order to create an Ebola response team, which will assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia.

“Rest assured, Georgia is taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously,” Deal said. “The creation of this team is an additional step in the state’s response to this [More]

UGA cancels Liberian journalist’s appearance out of Ebola concern

  • 1:22 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

In this Saturday photo a burial team in protective gear bury the body of a woman suspected to have died from Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. The disease has ravaged a small part of Africa, but the international image of the whole continent is increasingly under siege. AP /Abbas Dulleh

Hat tip to PeachPundit.com for the latest news out of Monrovia, Liberia. From FrontPageAfricaOnline.com:

The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia has rescinded the decision of the University’s journalism school Grady College to invite FrontPageAfrica Newsroom Editor Wade C. L. Williams for its McGill Lecture slated for October 22, 2014.

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October’s surprise: Georgia is Ground Zero in Ebola debate

  • 9:00 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Every election season has an October surprise. Sneaky Democrats or cagey Republicans are the usual culprits.

But this time, the surprise has come out of west Africa – a left field if ever there was one.

The sudden appearance of the Ebola virus has sent members of Georgia’s political class stumbling to the right and left, struggling to wrap their tongues around the phrase “hemorrhagic fever.”

It would be easy enough to dismiss public concern as the result of cable-news generated hype, but with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control based in Atlanta, and with Emory University Hospital now treating its fourth victim [More]

Michelle Nunn ad features business with outsourcing past

  • 7:54 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

This week, Senate-seeking Democrat Michelle Nunn continued the outsourcing drumbeat against Republican David Perdue by introducing a new face into her television advertising: Roy Richards Jr., chairman of the board of power cable manufacturer Southwire.

Here’s what Richards says in the ad:

“My dad founded Southwire in Carrollton more than 60 years ago, and today it’s the leading manufacturer of power cable in North America. When I hear David Perdue say he’s proud to have outsourced jobs to other parts of the world, I have to wonder. Every time we invest in Georgia workers, they can compete with anyone in the [More]

Yes, Michelle Nunn voted for Barack Obama

  • 4:02 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

There has been a small kerfuffle of late about Georgia Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn and her voting habits.

She would not answer a Republican tracker’s query the other day on whether she voted for President Barack Obama, but the Nunn campaign tells our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin that Nunn simply does not engage with her trackers, and she’s not dodging the question.

Nunn communications director Nathan Click confirmed that yes, Nunn did vote for Obama for president. Click said Nunn is often asked that question on the campaign trail — perhaps because the only president to appear [More]

RIP Mack Burgess: An ‘untamed lion’ in a GOP aide’s garb

  • 3:33 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Mack Burgess was a golf guru who could instantly recall the winner of the 1948 Masters Tournament – and somehow finagled an invite from green-jacketed Augusta officials to play the course in his teens.

He was a “special sort of gentleman” who pushed the crowd to stay out for just one more drink but always took care to make the fidgety newcomer at the back of the table feel at ease.

He was a swashbuckling ship’s captain – its name was “Wild Thing” – who plied the Caribbean on a momentous adventure. The scholar who, with the help of a life-changing scholarship, embraced Tennessee’s [More]

Michelle Nunn shifts to back Ebola travel ban as President Obama resists

  • 10:19 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

The following came in last night from the campaign of Democrat Michelle Nunn, on the subject of Ebola:

“As we continue to gain new information about this horrible disease, our public health officials should take every precaution to make sure that it doesn’t spread. I support a temporary travel ban to affected countries in West Africa with an exception for military and health workers. Scientists and public health experts at the CDC are in the best position to guide our response to this crisis, but our leaders in Washington must provide clear, bipartisan and strong leadership as well as the resources [More]