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Super PAC feints toward Michelle Nunn, stabs at Phil Gingrey

  • 9:42 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Ending Spending Action Fund is drawingBut Ending Spending has reported nearly twice as much, $592,000, to hit Gingrey.
The group has reserved $1.3 million in airtime ahead of the primary, and we’ll see if the ratio continues to favor Gingrey attacks. Ending Spending has been less eager to talk about them, though.

The group’s website features the Nunn ad and it gave early warning to the Wall Street Journal of its campaign against the Democrat. But we had to find the Gingrey ad elsewhere.

The Nunn campaign, meanwhile, has found a [More]

Michelle Nunn up today with first TV ad

  • 6:00 am Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Atlanta TV viewers will get a steady diet of Michelle Nunn for the next week as she makes her first foray into television advertising in the U.S. Senate race.

Nunn is the likely Democratic nominee, but the ad does not mention her party, instead promoting her centrist, problem-solver image with a photo of her with George H.W. Bush, the founder of the Points of Light Foundation. Nunn declares that she’s running for Senate because she’s “optimistic about Georgia’s future.”

The introductory salvo comes as Republican primary contestants David Perdue and Jack Kingston continue to shell out large sums on the airwaves, and [More]

One version of gun bill would let felons claim ‘stand your ground’ status

  • 10:36 am Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Over the weekend, a New York Times editorial decried the continuing influence of the gun lobby in state capitols. In particular, the newspaper’s editors seized on HB 875,

Their focus is on the “or 3″ that has been deleted above. The measure as written, in other words, would eliminate exceptions – adding to those who would be immune from prosecution in cases of self-defense. What/who does the deleted Part 3 apply to? Convicted felons, for one thing. Those who bring weapons onto nuclear facility gounds for another.

The above language is missing from the current version of HB 875. The question is [More]

Saxby Chambliss declares himself neutral in brewing constitutional fight

  • 9:15 am Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Saxby Chambliss on Wednesday declared himself an island of neutrality in a building constitutional controversy between the Democratic chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee and the chief agency it oversees, the CIA.

After remaining tight-lipped about the dispute, Chambliss “reluctantly” took to the Senate floor to declare his non-involvement – and hint that all parties should stop talking about it.

What’s interesting is a pricing schedule that appears to include a $500-a-plate children’s table.


Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball today takes a look at U.S. Senate races, giving Georgia’s contest a “lean Republican” rating. But writer Kyle Kondik includes this note:

A post-November runoff [More]

Kasim Reed on Port of Savannah discord: ‘Let’s not get pulled into this crap’

  • 9:55 am Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

In his first public remarks on the White House decision not to include cash in its annual budget proposal last week for an expansion of the Port of Savannah, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told local business leaders and civic leaders not to give in to partisan heckling. According to Reed, first the U.S. Congress must reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 to update the project estimates of the Savannah port deepening project to $652 million. Currently the Water Resources Development Act is in a Congressional conference committee.

Had the president put the Savannah port in his budget before the [More]

Without Port of Savannah cash, bipartisanship turns to bi-paranoia

  • 5:23 pm Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

For four years, Republicans and Democrats in Georgia have politely held hands when it came to courting Washington and its money to help pay for the deepening the Port of Savannah.

Our efforts at kumbay’all were written up in international journals. Doctoral theses presented the Great Georgia Peace as an alternative to both Washington gridlock and the United Nations. Rumors abounded of a Savannah baby christened Nathan Kasim Smith.

It all seems so 2013 now.

Twenty-four hours after a White House decision to deny long-promised cash for Georgia’s effort to attract ever-bigger ships, bipartisan peace was swept aside by paranoia.

The state Capitol was [More]

Port of Savannah snub complicates debuts of Jason Carter, Michelle Nunn

  • 9:43 am Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

A White House budget snub of Georgia’s effort to dredge the Port of Savannah has jumped up just in time to complicate the qualifying ceremonies of Democrats Jason Carter, expected to sign up today for governor, and Michelle Nunn, whose Senate turn comes Thursday.

And the bipartisan effort behind the deepening of the port, expected to cost beyond $600 million, now seems so 2013.

The background word from White House sources is that this is not a budget problem, but an authorization problem that can be fixed by passage of the Water Resources Development Act, now in a House-Senate conference committee.

But in [More]

Dear Mr. Biden: What’s bigger than hell or high water? Port funding hits White House wall

  • 12:28 pm Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Above is the key question for Vice President Joe Biden as he raises money for Michelle Nunn in Atlanta today.

Last year, on a trip to Savannah, the vice president made a promise about federal funding for the $600 million-plus deepening of the Port of Savannah – which Republicans and Democrats, including Nunn, have identified as the top economic priority in the state.

Here’s what he said:

“We are going to get this done, as my grandfather would say, come hell or high water.”

Well, something more powerful than hell or high water has apparently come up. President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget, [More]

Arizona – and Georgia – as proof that Big Business is wading deeper into social issues

  • 9:09 am Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

This morning, Politico has an inside look at

In blue states like New York, big companies have played a pivotal role in pushing same-sex marriage measures into law. In battlegrounds like Virginia and now Arizona, corporate America has slowed or halted hard-right social policy from taking effect.

What Arizona proved, as much as any other in recent American politics, is that there’s currently no more powerful constituency for gay rights than the Fortune 500 list.

The Associated Press tackled the same topic. A few paragraphs:

Companies have long spoken out about certain issues they felt threatened their bottom lines, such as taxation and [More]

Atlanta interested in hosting 2016 Democratic convention

  • 10:18 am Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Atlanta is in the running to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, but so far it’s a big field.