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A bitter feud over ethics — and other hard-of-hearing stories from Perry

  • 10:14 am Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Perry, Ga. — In between the boos and cheers at last night’s wrasslin’ — er, gubernatorial — match, there was a particularly brutal exchange between Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter over the ethics complaints dogging his first term.

It started when Deal was asked why voters should trust him to overhaul the ethics commission.

“The ethics complaints that were filed against me were heard by the five commissioners and they were dismissed as having no merit,” said Deal, who talked about his proposal to expand and remake the agency.

Then Carter jumped in:

Carter: “I find it almost amazing to say that [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]

U.S. House passes bill that could preserve old West Hunter Street Baptist building

  • 2:28 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Just as Martin Luther King Jr. loomed over his No. 2, Ralph David Abernathy, during the heady Civil Rights era, Ebenezer Baptist Church overshadowed West Hunter Street Baptist Church.

But the latter church – it’s old shell, anyway — may be about to get its day in the sun.

The bipartisan team of U.S. Reps. Hank Johnson, D-Decatur, and Austin Scott, R-Tifton, with some help from Georgia colleagues Sanford Bishop and John Barrow, have shepherded through the House a bill that could place the old West Hunter Street Baptist building under the protection of the national park system.

The West Hunter Street Baptist [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]

Bill Clinton headed for house of Usher — and a Michelle Nunn fundraiser

  • 10:34 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

The Wall Street Journal reports that Bill Clinton, the last presidential candidate to carry Georgia, will headline a Sept. 13 fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn ***

Meanwhile, the campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn says the Democrat has accepted five debate offers over the next 10 weeks, and urged David Perdue to do the same. To help encourage the Republican, the Nunn campaign offered this quick sound bite of an interview twixt Perdue and WSB Radio’s Scott Slade, who asks Perdue if he’s willing to debate the Democrat. Replied the candidate: “Absolutely. Anywhere. Anytime.”

The proposed debates:

– Oct. [More]

Michelle Nunn says she’s not a sure vote for Harry Reid

  • 10:18 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy

Details of Thursday’s U.S. Senate comparison shopping opportunity that saw Democrat Michelle Nunn and David Perdue square off During a rowdy Republican primary, Perdue was a prominent vote of no confidence for Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his future bid to lead Senate Republicans. But Nunn argued that, immediately after the July 20 primary runoff, Perdue went to Washington, met with McConnell and “pledged to be a good team player.” (The source for said observation: Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who was in the meeting.)

Said Nunn: “The only team I’m playing for here is Georgia.”

The Reid issue is an ideological benchmark on [More]

John Lewis calls for martial law in Ferguson, Mo.

  • 12:30 pm Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Says U.S. Rep. John Lewis in an MSNBC interview:

 “Ferguson, Missouri, is not the Congo. It’s not China. It is not Russia. We can do better. It takes me back to the ‘40s, the ‘50s, the ‘60s. To have a city that is majority African-American and only three African-Americans on the police force? Or to have local police officers referring to protestors as animals? Or to have people dress in military garment and pointing rifles directly at the protestors – that is only going to incite people.

“My own feeling is that President Obama should use the authority of his office to [More]

Second-guessing Sam Olens on the Holly LaBerge memo

  • 11:19 am Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

 

On today’s ethics front, we have boatloads of radio-delivered news.

Gov. Nathan Deal continues his pushback on the Holly LaBerge fallout this afternoon. Erick Erickson, the conservative provocateur for WSB Radio (750AM, 95.5FM) has sent out the following Tweet:

Starting my radio show at 4 PM today with an exclusive interview with Gov. Nathan Deal.

Over at WABE (90.1FM), Jonathan Shapiro hooked up with designated legal expert Page Pate, who outlined what he thought Attorney General Sam Olens ought to have done with a 2012 memo written by Holly LaBerge, executive secretary for the state ethics commission, alleging that aides to the governor [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]

Board of Regents to consider same-sex marriage eligibility in retirement plan

  • 8:57 am Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in the Hobby Lobby case, which weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to their choice of birth control.

Whichever way it goes, the decision will soak up today’s media attention – and that’s just fine with the state Board of Regents, which today will consider whether to recognize same-sex marriages for participants in a University System retirement plan.

Consider it the most important clash of state and federal policies since last year, when the Georgia National Guard refused to recognize same-sex marriage – and was [More]