- 10:36 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Hard evidence has arrived of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed helping Democrat Jason Carter’s gubernatorial campaign. Our AJC colleague Katie Leslie passes along the invite for the fundraiser at the Buckhead penthouse of Peter Conlon, of Music Midtown fame.
Reed and Carter, for those just tuning in, have not been the best of chums.There will be three Sunday voting sites in DeKalb, according to the Associated Press:
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County elections officials have approved of three Sunday voting locations for upcoming general and special elections.
Officials said in a statement Thursday that in-person voting will be allowed Oct. 26 at the [More]
- 8:48 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Over at 11Alive, Doug Richards reports Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed as saying he’s all but ruled out a 2018 run for governor – given that he’s a family man now with a wife and daughter to support.
From the TV station’s transcript:
Richards: You don’t expect to run for governor in 2018.
Reed: It’s not my plan right now. My plan right now in 2018 is to be in the private sector.
The question, as Katie Leslie — the AJC’s ear at City Hall — correctly points out, is the meaning of “right now.”
Reed also spoke about an upcoming fundraiser he’s putting together [More]
- 10:54 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he was “offended” by the inflammatory email sent by Hawks owner Bruce Levenson that led him to put his piece of the franchise up for sale. But the mayor said the franchise’s attendance woes have a lot more to do with performance on the court than any other outside factor.
“I think people care about winning, and I think winning brings out fans more,” he told AM 680 on Monday morning. “I didn’t agree with his assessment, and I think there are a lot of counter-examples with that. Atlanta is becoming increasingly diverse … There is a very [More]
- 9:57 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein
The same LGBT group that pressured Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to “evolve” on gay marriage has now set its sights on Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.
The group has Please help us tell Ms. Nunn that “states’ rights” is no more acceptable for LGBT equality than it was for racial equality.
If Michelle Nunn wants the support of the LGBT Community, she should join the other members of her party — around the nation and here in Georgia — and proudly stand in support of full LGBT Equality.
Charlie Stadtlander, who let us know about the reorientation, said Nunn’s other [More]
- 10:34 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
The Wall Street Journal reports that Bill Clinton, the last presidential candidate to carry Georgia, will headline a Sept. 13 fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn ***
Meanwhile, the campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn says the Democrat has accepted five debate offers over the next 10 weeks, and urged David Perdue to do the same. To help encourage the Republican, the Nunn campaign offered this quick sound bite of an interview twixt Perdue and WSB Radio’s Scott Slade, who asks Perdue if he’s willing to debate the Democrat. Replied the candidate: “Absolutely. Anywhere. Anytime.”
The proposed debates:
– Oct. [More]
- 10:18 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy
Details of Thursday’s U.S. Senate comparison shopping opportunity that saw Democrat Michelle Nunn and David Perdue square off During a rowdy Republican primary, Perdue was a prominent vote of no confidence for Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his future bid to lead Senate Republicans. But Nunn argued that, immediately after the July 20 primary runoff, Perdue went to Washington, met with McConnell and “pledged to be a good team player.” (The source for said observation: Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who was in the meeting.)
Said Nunn: “The only team I’m playing for here is Georgia.”
The Reid issue is an ideological benchmark on [More]
- 5:40 pm Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
The Rev. Ray LaHood delivered brimstone in Atlanta this week.
Strictly speaking, he is not ordained. LaHood is a former Illinois congressman and, until recently, was the token Republican in the cabinet of President Barack Obama, serving as secretary of transportation.
But he is now a traveling evangelist, preaching against the sin of skin-flintery – or, more specifically, the current attitude that someone else should pay for our use of American roads, bridges and rail.
”We’re in a mess in America when it comes to transportation. Every transit system is 50 years old and crumbling. The interstates are crumbling. Bridges are falling down,” [More]
- 9:49 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Early this week, Gov. Nathan Deal got on the phone with more than a few nervous Republican state lawmakers and promised to pull out all the stops in the upcoming election.
Proof arrived Wednesday morning in the inboxes of laptops and smartphones across Georgia: A re-introduction to Sandra Deal, the First Lady of Georgia.
It wasn’t a campaign piece, but an official communication from the Office of the Governor in its weekly newsletter. (If you didn’t get one, see it here.)
And contentwise, the most controversial part of the message was a recipe for gluten-free almond cookies.
But the post-Election Day timing was [More]
- 2:18 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway
One of our most clicked-on posts of the last month featured Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s view of his city in the year 2050, which first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. A taste:
…Cities, in short, are ascendant. National governments—in the U.S. and overseas—are all but broken and hold little promise for mending themselves in the future. As such, people and businesses will turn to cities for leadership, bold thinking, effective services and, yes, hope.
What will these cities look like and how will they work? Public safety is the most fundamental responsibility of city government; thus, cities in the future [More]
- 9:00 am Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
To understand Thomas Jefferson and his lifelong suspicion of all things British, biographer Jon Meacham writes, you have to stop thinking of the American Revolution as the brief episode that began July 4, 1776, and ended with the Battle of Yorktown five years later.
Shaking off the English was a five-decade effort, Meacham argues, that began in 1764 and didn’t end until Andy Jackson settled their hash once and for all in New Orleans, ending the War of 1812.
Political movements, in other words, are like paper towels. They don’t always tear along the dotted lines. In fact, they seldom do.
Georgia’s most [More]