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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]

It could have been Saxby Chambliss…

  • 12:55 pm Friday, June 6th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

You have to know that, somewhere in D.C., Saxby Chambliss is shaking his head, perhaps murmuring, “There but for the grace of God….” From the Associated Press:

JACKSON, Miss. — National tea party groups are divvying up the nuts and bolts of campaigning as they rush to boost Republican Chris McDaniel’s effort to deny Sen. Thad Cochran a seventh term representing Mississippi.

The activist-focused FreedomWorks will run a door-to-door, get-out-the-vote operation ahead of the June 24 runoff. The anti-tax Club for Growth is ready to air even tougher television ads. The Tea Party Express will rally supporters with a bus tour through [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]

Hank Johnson, Tom Brown snipe over realities of 4th District race

  • 3:11 pm Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The close of polling is less than four hours away, but U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson and Democratic challenger Tom Brown look like they’ll be exchanging sniper fire to the end.

On his Facebook page, the former DeKalb County sheriff has posted not just a YouTube of Johnson’s straight-faced “Guam” jest of a few years back, but a note written by local activist Angela Moore alleging that President Barack Obama’s endorsement of Johnson might be fake.

(The Johnson campaign has taken the extraordinary step of giving us a peek at the note from the Democratic National Committee that contained Obama’s endorsement, with [More]

Gingrey, Kingston sprint back for water bill vote to boost Savannah Port

  • 2:17 pm Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

With a 412-4 vote on a water resources bill, the U.S. House moved the $706 million Savannah Port deepening another step closer to groundbreaking.

Senate passage is next for the $12.3 billion conference report for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, and it could come as soon as this week. Once President Obama signs it, the Army Corps of Engineers is cleared to sign the final agreement with the Port so the dredging can begin with money Georgia taxpayers have already set aside.

Two of the four Georgia congressmen fighting for their political futures today made a quick trip back to [More]

The issues and races to watch tonight

  • 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]