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Coke bottling CEO aims to take the fizz out of Michelle Nunn

  • 10:23 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

The CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises is spending $100,000 to try and knock out Democrat Michelle Nunn. “Pre-general election reports paint a partial figure of where Georgia One is getting its funding. The group had raised $125,000 as of Oct. 15—$100,000 of which came from John Brock, Chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Enterprises. It’s only other donor was a private equity firm Phoenix Financial Holdings Inc., which specializes in leveraged buyouts and secondary direct investments.”

Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin points out that Brock makes a good six-figure foil for former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave $350,000 [More]

Keurig brewing a manufacturing plant for Georgia

  • 9:05 am Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Business types are being tight-lipped about Gov. Nathan Deal’s economic development announcement planned for this morning. But all the Keurig dispensers that suddenly bubbled up around the statehouse kind of gave it away.

Keurig, the company behind the single-cup coffee system, has been scouting for a site in the Southeast for months. How do we know this? Well, the company ran an ad in the AJC back in March seeking candidates for plant management and engineering jobs for the project.

Today’s announcement is likely the official word for the plant, which could employ hundreds of Georgians. Another potential [More]

Nathan Deal, ‘a mighty thin line,’ and a $1.1 million lawsuit

  • 9:13 am Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

In a post-election interview aired on WABE (90.1FM), Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that, at most, only “a mighty thin line” connects his office to an ethics lawsuit that resulted in an April verdict that has To WABE’s Denis O’Hayer, Deal repeated his argument that his office had nothing to do with the ethics agency, which is designed to be independent. That’s when O’Hayer pointed out that Deal’s executive counsel, Ryan Teague, helped recruit her replacement, Holly LaBerge.

Take a look inside the red circle and the young man behind the fellow with the camera. That’s White. He was a 16-year-old [More]

Third whistleblower suit filed against state ethics agency

  • 9:05 am Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

It appears that the troubles surrounding the panel once known as the State Ethics Commission will continue to plague us. From the Fulton County Daily Report:

A man who has testified that he was ordered to alter and hide documents relating to a probe of Gov. Nathan Deal before being fired by the chief of Georgia’s ethics agency has filed a whistleblower suit against the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission and its executive secretary, Holly LaBerge.

The suit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court last week by the commission’s former media specialist, John Hair, is the third whistleblower action stemming [More]

Nathan Deal: Tighten access to hospital emergency rooms

  • 10:02 am Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Gov. Nathan Deal has often called on Congress to reconsider the Affordable Care Act. But on Monday evening, he pushed his former Washington colleagues to revisit a separate health care law that fewer politicians openly critique.

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act is a 1986 law that requires hospitals to provide emergency health care treatment to anyone who needs it, regardless of citizenship or their ability to pay. It’s provided life-saving care to countless people, but it’s also strained hospital resources and turned emergency rooms into the first stop, instead of a last resort, for some.

“If they really want [More]

Buzz over a Coke ad: Multi-lingual ‘America’ and two gay dads

  • 11:25 am Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

This 60-second Coca Cola ad, unveiled last night, is creating some buzz – both because of its multi-lingual rendition of “America the Beautiful” and a glimpse of two gay dads on an ice rink with their kid:

This is an interesting piece of video by the Atlanta company — particular that three-second glimpse of a same-sex couple.  Certainly, it will be considered the company’s soft response to criticism that Coke has received from gay America for its sponsorship of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Some background from the Huffington Post:

Coca-Cola has been forced into the closet regarding its sponsorship of [More]