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Michelle Nunn takes baby steps away from White House on foreign policy

  • 10:09 am Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

If you listened closely to Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn’s comments Thursday, you might have heard an attempt to distance herself — ever so slightly — from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

Nunn called Obama’s And then she came close to siding with some legislative leaders pushing for more Congressional oversight of the nation’s growing role in the conflict.

“The president has to work closely with Congress. Especially at this moment in time, it’s incumbent for the president and Congress to come up with a unified strategy.”


Her father, former Sen. Sam Nunn, aimed stronger words of his own toward Obama on the role of [More]

In U.S. Senate runoff, the Chamber takes it on the chin

  • 12:45 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

David Perdue’s decision to target the U.S. Chamber in the final days of his GOP Senate runoff was more a page torn from the family playbook than an act of desperation.

In 2002, upstart Sonny Perdue was shocked, baffled and outraged by the fact that a national political group known for reflexively endorsing Republicans instead decided to side with Democratic incumbent Gov. Roy Barnes.

In that case, it was the National Rifle Association. Perdue challenged Barnes to a shotgun duel – all right, a skeet shoot (which never happened) — and campaigned against the NRA as one of those many special interests [More]

A hair-pin turn in U.S. Senate race puts the focus on Michelle Nunn

  • 10:24 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Georgia’s first – and perhaps last – nine-week primary runoff concludes today. A hair-pin turn in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is already underway.

Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue have thrown millions of dollars’ worth of insults at each other. Kingston has accused Perdue of consorting with the French. Perdue, on slightly firmer ground, has accused Kingston of being a member of Congress.

In Washington, The Hill newspaper has found someone willing to offer a highly technical assessment of the situation:

They’ve been beating the crap out of each other,” said Georgia-based Republican strategist Chip Lake, who [More]

Notes from a mailbox in west Cobb County

  • 4:15 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

If there’s anyone who hates the last days before a hot election more than a homeowner on a campaign mailing list, it’s the U.S. Postal Service employee stuck with cramming them into mailbox after mailbox.

Below is a culled collection of yesterday’s delivery, minus the American Express bill and the free oil change coupon.

You’ll notice we have a hot district county commission race in west Cobb — Acworth City Councilman Bob Weatherford versus former Cobb commission chairman Bill Byrne. It’s become yet another Republican establishment versus tea party affair, and may be one reason why Bob Barr, in his 11th District [More]

Brian Kemp: Guns and run-off ballots won’t mix

  • 10:15 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

 Over the weekend, the New York Times had a piece on the dispute in Alabama, where the state’s sheriffs association had urged the state’s 67 counties to ban the open carry of weapons at polling places, fearing that such a display would discourage some voters.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has – with some exceptions – knocked that idea down. Rep. John Lewis is out next year with the second installment of a graphic novel telling his remarkable life story. The Washington Post got an early look at the cover of “March: Book 2″ by Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate [More]

Barry Loudermilk internal poll has him up 49-28 on Bob Barr

  • 2:58 pm Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Got your grains of salt? Good. Former State Sen. Barry Loudermilk released an internal poll today showing him with a healthy lead on former Rep. Bob Barr in the 11th Congressional District runoff.

The key question:

T5. If the Republican primary runoff election for Congress were being held today for whom would you vote if the candidates were Bob Barr and Barry Loudermilk?
Barry Loudermilk ……………………………………………. 49%
Bob Barr ………………………………………………………… 28%
Definitely Loudermilk ……………………………………… 36%
Probably Loudermilk ……………………………………….. 13%
Definitely Barr ………………………………………………… 22%
Probably Barr …………………………………………………… 6%
Undecided …………………………………………………….. 23%

The full crosstabs are here. Magellan Strategies reports that the autodial survey was conducted July 7-8 with a 3.65 percent [More]

Documents: Barry Loudermilk involved in $80k racial discrimination settlement

  • 10:06 am Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Runoffs are the trench warfare of campaigning – dirty, messy and often hand-to-hand affairs.

This morning, Todd Rehm of GaPundit.com Rehm, a consultant for the Barr campaign, said the documents arrived by email, and that he does not know their source.

The AJC’s Jeremy Redmon has inquired with Melvin Everson, executive director of the state Commission on Equal Opportunity, who notes that the documents don’t appear to be stamped an notarized.

But Ed Buckley, an attorney in the law firm that represented Ethel Blackmon, told Redmon that the paperwork is indeed authentic.

One document details the complaint of Ethel Blackmon. The [More]

Georgia Republicans target Better Georgia with second complaint

  • 9:53 am Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Georgia Republicans have apparently drawn a target on Better Georgia, the Democratically oriented guerrilla squad that has assigned itself the task of harassing Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal.

The second complaint in two weeks was lodged with the state ethics commission on Tuesday, tDuring the 2014 calendar year, Better Georgia, Inc., has posted 23 articles to their website. Of the 23 posted articles, 21 have directly attacked Georgia Governor Nathan Deal or have advocated against his reelection as governor.

Also during the 2014 calendar year, Better Georgia, Inc., has sent 37 emails. Of the 37 emails sent, directly attacked Georgia Governor Nathan [More]

Thomas Jefferson joins the fray in Georgia congressional runoff

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON – Former state senator Barry Loudermilk and former congressman Bob Barr have fought over everything from military resumes to marijuana in the 11th District GOP runoff.

Now it’s a Founding Father.

In the Marietta Daily Journal the other day, Loudermilk touted his ability to accomplish things in D.C. without Barr’s promised seniority. To wit:

“Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, the document that changed the entire world. He was the youngest, newest freshman in the Second Continental Congress, and so I think it’s a good idea to bring somebody new.”

Jefferson was a replacement delegate to the Second [More]

What that VA whistleblower from Atlanta will say

  • 9:59 am Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

A local whistleblower from the Veterans Affairs administration will testify this evening at a congressional hearing in Atlanta.

Scott Davis, an employee at the VA Health Eligibility Center, will speak about wrongdoing within the agency and an alleged pattern of retaliation against those who speak out. Davis drew the attention of the committee following How do we know what Davis will say? BecauseWith all the talk about growing numbers of minority voters in metro Atlanta, the Asian community is flexing its muscles.

The Asian American Legal Advocacy will launch a “10,000 Korean Votes” campaign that targets Gwinnett County. The numerics of the goal [More]