- 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]
- 3:00 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy
WASHINGTON – Patriot Majority, a Washington-based Democrat-aligned Super PAC, has bought television ads in Savannah, Augusta and Atlanta to boost the fortunes of Georgia Democrats — but not the ones atop the ticket.
The ad below is airing in Atlanta, with at least $117,000 behind it on broadcast, to celebrate Democratic Reps. Hank Johnson of Lithonia and David Scott of Atlanta and their proclaimed work on behalf of the middle class. But neither Scott nor Johnson has a Republican opponent this fall in their safe districts.
In Savannah and Augusta, Patriot Majority is weighing in with at [More]
- 9:34 am Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
U.S. Rep. David Scott, by accident or design, has become the leading African-American/Democratic critic of President Barack Obama in recent weeks.
First, the Atlanta congressman took on the White House (and Georgia colleague John Lewis) Now, Scott has become a harsh critic of the White House reaction to the latest scandal involving the Veterans Administration. From an interview with Denis O’Hayer (90.1FM) that aired on Tuesday:
“President Obama himself must step forward. It is he who is the administrator when the history books are written on this chapter on the treatment of veterans. It is the Obama administration who could very [More]
- 9:50 am Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Scientists are warning that the inevitable collapse of an Antarctic ice shelf is sure to swamp the Georgia coastline.
If you look at what U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston did on Tuesday, you’ll see that it has already started. The Savannah Republican earned his spot in U.S. Senate runoff by creating a flood in his coastal congressional district.
In today’s Georgia Report, Tom Crawford notes that the prime casualty was former secretary of state and last tea party hope, Karen Handel. Here’s some serious number-crunching:
In Chatham County (Savannah), Kingston’s hometown, he won 13,988 of the 17,859 votes cast in the Senate GOP [More]
- 2:29 pm Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
This just in from the office of Rep. John Lewis, who has This one is of LaPierre and Boggs:
This one is of LaPierre autographing a book for “Judge Mike”:
And to Coon’s point of not endorsing candidates, here’s one of Boggs at a 2012 fund-raiser for Tyler Harper, a Republican who was in the process of becoming a state senator from Ocilla:
Update 6:10pm — attorney Doug Chalmers, who helped incorporate Georgia Conservatives in Action as a 501(c)4 and has advised Boggs, said because GCIA is not primarily a political organization under the law, Boggs is legally clear:
Judge Boggs clearly did [More]
- 9:32 am Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy
U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ unspoken position on federal judicial nominee Michael Boggs, who now sits on the state Court of Appeals, is drawing him into an intra-delegation battle with fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. David Scott, who on Sunday called Lewis a “turncoat.”
Several U.S. senators have said they would consult Lewis before determining how they would vote on Boggs’ nomination. On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that she spoke to Lewis about Boggs. Her comments, “Well, not at this stage,” Feinstein said, before expanding on her answer.
“I want to meet with him. I [More]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 11:12 am Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
Top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, said to have the ear of the Obamas more than anyone else in Washington, met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday morning to attempt But the White House is giving no indication of backing off Georgia’s six-judge slate, negotiated over a multi-year period with Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, to the chagrin of Georgia’s House Democrats.
The White House communications team on Wednesday kept the spin on with a social media-friendly graphic touting the president’s commitment to judicial diversity by the numbers. It mentions Eleanor Ross, the only African-American [More]