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New poll shows what the money suggests: Movement toward Michelle Nunn

  • 9:31 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

A SurveyUSA poll conducted for 11Alive this morning is – Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 3 percent.

The Nunn shift likely reflects the thinking behind the outside money that has poured into this race in recent days, and could be a result of her outsourcing push against Perdue. Witness this finding, via the WXIA-TV website:

Nunn has gained ground among men. She still trails men by 3%, but five weeks ago, she was trailed among men by 19%. She also saw improvement among independents, 6 points behind Perdue instead of the 28 points in August. Nunn as lead Greater Atlanta by as little [More]

With four weeks left, Nathan Deal launches bruising TV attack on Jason Carter

  • 9:57 am Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

You’ll have to forgive Jason Carter if he’s sporting a bruise or two today. With a mere four weeks to go before the final ballots are cast, Gov. Nathan Deal and his friends are unloading on him.

The Republican incumbent’s latest attack ad is as strong as the volley of TV spots funded by his outside supporters — so tough that the Deal campaign hasn’t made it available on YouTube. It calls Democrat Jason Carter a “silver-tongued politician” with a “gift of gab.”

It also makes a new claim we haven’t heard the Republican assert before: “Jason Carter’s plans to increase spending [More]

LGBT group targets Michelle Nunn on gay marriage

  • 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]

In U.S. Senate runoff, the Chamber takes it on the chin

  • 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]

Super PAC ads tout John Barrow and 2 unopposed Dems

  • 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]

David Scott: Obama administration could be judged ‘the absolute worst’ on vets

  • 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]

How Jack Kingston flooded the Georgia coast

  • 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]

John Lewis: ‘I would vote against the confirmation of Michael Boggs’

  • 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]

David Scott interprets John Lewis’ silence on judicial nominee as ‘betrayal’

  • 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]

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]