- 9:06 am Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
There’s lots to dig into from this State of the State
About 51% of whites polled said they trusted the Republican Party, and only 24.6% of whites trusted the Democratic Party. But 77.9% of blacks supported the Democrats, and only 9.3% of blacks backed the GOP. Hispanic voters, a fast-growing part of the Georgia electorate, were split, with 30.4% backing the GOP and 29.9% backing the Democratic Party. Almost 40% of Hispanics polled supported third parties.
The Democratic advantage is within the poll’s margin of error.
More interesting numbers: Gov. Nathan Deal is the most trusted Republican, with 16.7 percent tapping him. [More]
- 10:06 am Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy
Sure, they can do this in Atlanta. The question is whether it will fly in Cobb County. From Channel 2 Action News:
Here’s the quick recap from the Associated Press:
The Atlanta Braves will no longer allow some off-duty police officers to carry guns at Turner Field, which has prompted objections.
Under the team’s new policy, off-duty officers from jurisdictions that don’t include Turner Field will no longer be allowed to bring firearms into the stadium.
Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins tells WSB-TV that the policy change will make the ball games less safe, adding that “armed good guys stop armed bad guys.”
Jerry Henry, [More]
- 9:30 am Friday, March 28th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
Last week, when the state Senate had its final vote on The bill is now before Gov. Nathan Deal. We’ll let Jeanne Bonner with Georgia Public Broadcasting pick up the thread:
Deal has said pointedly that the legislation is not “part of his agenda” but he’s expected to sign it. Carter, whose family has South Georgia roots, brushed off questions about the bill by saying he’s an “NRA Democrat.”
GPB reached out to several long-term Democrats who said they’re not familiar with that phrase. One political expert mused that Carter may be taking his cue from an ad Democratic Congressman John [More]
- 10:34 am Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
The race for the open state superintendent seat is already one of the most intriguing contests in Georgia this year. It could get even more interesting.
Michael Thurmond, the former state labor commissioner, was drafted last year to take over as superintendent of the DeKalb County school system, even as it was poised to lose its accreditation.
Thurmond is now being recruited by Democratic leaders to run for the state super job, which will be left vacant by its current occupant, John Barge.
Thurmond told us Tuesday that he’s heard from several Democratic leaders and that he’s “flattered” by the attention but [More]
- 1:04 pm Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
You sometimes forget that the Atlanta Braves front office has an executive who was on the 1980 U.S. Olympic speedskating team – and who now has a complicated offseason occupation.
The U.S. effort in Sochi isn’t going well, and he’s catching hell. From the New York Times:
Mike Plant, the executive vice president for business operations for the Atlanta Braves, who took over as United States speedskating’s president last year, said Sunday that the timing of the new skin suits was not ideal.
“It’s a lesson learned now that we should get the athletes more comfortable with new things before we use [More]
- 8:12 am Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
After a second snow hiatus, the House and Senate convene at 10 a.m. this morning.
The House will vote on the big ($20.8 billion) budget for FY 15, a resolution urging Congress to adopt a national energy policy, and other assorted bills.
The Senate will set its calendar Monday morning.
Another thing worth watching: H.B. 796 would exempt from the state’s open records laws the “payroll and personnel records” of any private contractor working on a public building project.
The bill has a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in 415 CLOB at 8 a.m. today.
The lead sponsor of the bill is John [More]
- 10:13 am Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
Just before the state Capitol shut down on Tuesday, House GOP leaders dropped a bill that would take the power to expand Georgia’s Medicaid program and place it in the hands of the Legislature.
In other words, the governor of Georgia would no longer have a free hand in negotiating with the White House over a deal – as has been cut in Arkansas and elsewhere — that would broaden health care coverage with the billions of federal dollars that are being made available through the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
- 9:32 am Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
One year ago, top GOP honcho Reince Priebus was touring the country, with a stop in Atlanta included, to talk about the changes the national Republican party needed to make in order to get back in the presidential game.
One leg of reform was minority recruitment that moved beyond tokenism. Another was altering a presidential primary process that had become a meat-grinder.\
The Republican National Committee today opens its winter session in a wintry Washington D.C. In advance of the meeting, longtime GOP presence Randy Evans of Georgia has sent fellow RNC members this outline of changes he and others are [More]
- 10:01 am Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Sunday night made for some unintentionally awkward optics at the Depot near the state Capitol.
The new sponsor of the storied Wild Hog Supper, the Georgia Food Bank Association, happily filled the void after lobbyists backed away from the traditional opening event of each year’s legislative session.
But the food bank folks have had some beefs with Gov. Nathan Deal after he vetoed a bill last year that would have reinstated sales tax exemptions for food banks and health centers.
- 9:56 am Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
The legislative session starts again this morning and a record-early primary contest and wild races for Georgia’s top offices has just about every one under the Gold Dome predicting legislators will be out of here by April.
But there’s plenty of unfinished business for them to attend to first. Lawmakers are expected to quickly shift state and local primaries to May 20 after a judge moved the federal contests. And they will start hashing out a more than $20 billion state budget that’s expected to include money for teacher pay raises and the largest online expansion in Georgia school [More]