- 9:48 am Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, in an interview with Martha Zoller and Tim Bryant “Anybody coming from a non-contiguous country actually had to have a hearing before an immigration authority or immigration judge. That takes up to four to six weeks.
“We need to amend that law, to say that they can be sent home within 72 hours, like somebody from Mexico or Canada – and stem the tide. Once they see that we’re going to send them home, the attractiveness of trying to get into the United States of America will be diminished and will lessen the pressure on the border.”
- 10:07 am Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Recognizing some state Capitol unhappiness with this year’s new election calendar, which cut short the annual legislative session and rewarded Republicans candidates for U.S. Senate and others with an expensive, nine-week runoff, Secretary of State Brian Kemp may be trying to head off some rash fixes.
In a letter dispatched last Friday to the governor, lieutenant governor, and leaders of the House and Senate, Kemp said he was aware that “many potential solutions” are being discussed by state lawmakers and others.
Some, Kemp said, have pointed to Mississippi, where U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran will face GOP challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff [More]
- 6:00 am Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
After months of campaigning, millions of dollars spent on advertising and no shortage of bickering, the primary vote is finally upon us. Here’s a few key factors to watch today that could help determine the nominees for the open Senate seat and the other top races
Turnout: No one is quite sureTea Party: One of the biggest factors in the race is whether tea party voters will back any candidate in force or whether their voice will be fragmented between rivals at the polls. Handel has tried to rally tea party supporters behind her campaign with the message that she’s the [More]
- 10:07 am Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Things aren’t looking good for Michael Boggs, the state court of appeals judge whose nomination for a federal judgeship is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Boggs, a former state Democratic lawmaker from Waycross, has drawn criticism for past votes to tighten abortion restrictions, support a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Georgia, and – in 2001 – oppose the removal of the 1956-era state flag and its Confederate battle emblem.
On the cusp of their best political season since they lost power in 2002, Georgia Democrats have been suspiciously silent about Boggs.
Boggs did say in his confirmation “my views may [More]
- 9:49 am Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
With a primary vote only days away, a pair of polls commissioned by an anonymous group of Atlanta business interests has found that voters in the northern half of Cobb County – who are about to weigh in on two county commission races – like the idea of the Braves moving closer.
But they have no interest in paying taxes to move the team across the Chattahoochee River.
The polls were handed to us by Rick Dent of Lincoln Park Strategies, who would only describe the people behind them as having “regional economic development interests.”
One poll examines the opinions of 400 voters [More]
- 10:25 am Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein
Things are being said up in north Georgia that can’t be unsaid.
On Sunday, a group of GOP insurgents gathered at Oscar Poole’s barbecue emporium in Ellijay and fired themselves up with some standard and non-so-standard rhetoric.
David Pennington, who is challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal, was there. So was Sam Snider, the local wrestling coach who is trying to pin House Speaker David Ralston. And real estate executive Ray Boyd, who is lending his name and money to both. So, too, was Debbie Dooley of Atlanta Tea Party Patriots.
An audio recording of the entire event made its way to us – [More]
- 9:10 am Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
The tea party challenge to House Speaker David Ralston just crossed the line from caustic to downright weird.
We told you Monday that, in a TV ad, the Republican incumbent and north Georgia native complained about the influx ofWe’re pretty sure that one of those the House speaker was talking about is Ray Boyd, a real estate millionaire who has been a financial backer of primary challenger Sam Snider, the Gilmer County High School wrestling coach. Here’s some background.
Late yesterday, a press release from Boyd arrived with this unusual pitch for a 2 p.m. Saturday press conference on the courthouse [More]
- 4:07 pm Monday, May 5th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Hat tip to Martha Zoller for posting it first, but House Speaker David Ralston is up with his first, in-person TV ad of the GOP primary season. The speaker is being challenged by Sam Snider, a Gilmer County High School wrestling coach.
Ralston doesn’t mince words about the people he thinks are behind Snider. From the script:
“Growing up here, I was raised on some good, solid conservative values. That’s why I’ve run a positive campaign. Sadly, we’ve seen a bunch of crazy radicals from outside our district talking sleaze and nonsense. You deserve better….”
The words you use don’t always matter [More]
- 5:41 pm Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Jim Galloway
The problem with modern polling is that it has become so inexpensive (in relative terms) and commonplace, monetization of the work product has become difficult. And attempts to find new paths occasionally stray into awkward territory.
Matt Towery, CEO of InsiderAdvantage, is a former state lawmaker and longtime member of Georgia’s political scene. Just today, he collaborated with WAGA-TV on a U.S. Senate poll that puts Republican Karen Handel in second place – behind businessman David Perdue, but ahead of Jack Kingston.
- 10:32 am Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
A glitzier-than-usual, interstate bidding war may be underway. But the legislature just approved a trimmed annual state budget that left only about $3 million in the Tennessee film incentives fund. That means Metro and the CVC would have to contribute more than in the past in order for the production to get closer to the $13.15 million price tag for the current season.
So far, a gap remains, and sources told The Tennessean that show executives have scouted locations in Texas or Georgia.
Who knew government subsidies were so important to country music’s image? But if “Nashville” producers are in fact lured [More]