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Jimmy Carter: ‘I believe if I send an email, it will be monitored’

  • 9:34 am Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Count former President Jimmy Carter as one of those Americans who thinks he’s being watched. If not by the NSA, then by someone else.

“As a matter of fact, you know, I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored. And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write a letter myself, put it in the post office, and mail it…

“Because I believe if I send an email, it will be monitored.”

Carter, who is plugging his latest book — which advocates women’s rights, also said that while most of his successors in the White [More]

Democratic poll: 63% of metro Atlanta voters say Nathan Deal flunked his own ice storm test

  • 9:22 am Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

We told you Thursday that someone was already measuring On Wednesday, the first full day of paralysis, Huttman polled 1,000 likely voters statewide (MOE +/-3.1%) and 492 likely voters (MOE +/-4.4 percent) in the disaster-declared zone of Fulton, Cherokee, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Douglas, Rockdale, Fayette, Henry.

Crosstabs can be found here. Highlights of the poll:

– 73 percent of voters in the snow-affected areas of metro Atlanta rated the performance of Deal, the state Department of Transportation and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency as fair or poor. Statewide, 63 percent disapproved.

– The poll quoted Deal’s assessment following the 2011 ice [More]

A black lawmaker takes up for federal judicial nominees caught in Democratic crossfire

  • 9:27 am Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

A tight-lipped Mike Boggs made the rounds at the state Capitol on Thursday, trying hard not to say anything that would get him noticed.

Boggs sits on the state Court of Appeals, but is also one of four who have been nominated for federal judgeships in Georgia’s Northern District by the White House. A hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee is imminent.

Boggs is also one of two nominees who have attracted the attention of House Democrats in Georgia, who are miffed at President Barack Obama for the deal he worked out with U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss. Too few [More]

Legislative tip sheet: Gun bill? What gun bill?

  • 7:50 am Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Both the House and Senate will gavel in at 9 a.m. today, the better to boogie out by noon for the weekend.

The Senate is expected to pass out S.B. 297, which clears up some minor issues related to campaign disclosure rules for local government officials.

The House will take up the mid-year budget – which makes spending adjustments for the current fiscal year.

But the big question of the day is what happens next with the gun bill, now that S.B. 101, which had made it all the way to a conference committee last year, has been abandoned.

House leadership will need to [More]

Campus-carry bill dealt a killing blow, state lawmaker says

  • 12:52 pm Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

State Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartswell, said a full year of negotiations over a bill to permit the carrying of concealed weapons on public university campuses has been for naught – after the General Assembly’s legal counsel pronounced a floated compromise unconstitutional.

The Legislature had been headed toward a measure that would have permitted university presidents to decide whether or not students – licensed and 21 years or older – would be permitted to carry weaponry in bookbags and on their person.

But on Tuesday, Powell and state Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, were informed that optional provisions – whether “opt in” or “opt [More]