- 9:15 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
Another whistleblower case is rocking state government. This one targets Adjutant General Jim Butterworth, Gov. Nathan Deal’s pick to head the Georgia National Guard.
The Georgia National Guard sent us a statement that said Grabowski “was not fired for any behavior protected by the whistleblower statute or other state or federal laws,” but rather after refusing a reassignment. It didn’t respond to the specific allegations.
Grabowski makes a series of claims in the lawsuit. Among them:
She questions Butterworth’s participation in a 2012 AFLAC Cancer Center charity drive in which he offered donors an invite to an “exclusive” barbecue and open house at Clay [More]
- 6:00 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
In the printed pages of the AJC today, you’ll find former President Jimmy Carter’s most extensive remarks about his grandson, Jason Carter, and his run for governor. But we wanted to break out the elder Carter’s take on the ethics questions swirling around incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal.
The former president said while the drip-drip of ethics news about the troubled aftermath of the ethics commission’s probe of Deal’s 2010 campaign would help, his grandson will ultimately win or lose on larger questions of economy and education.
“I don’t think so,” he said, when asked if the young Carter’s election hopes hinge on [More]
- 8:45 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
The screaming letter that Gov. Nathan Deal fired off to the White House was
Shortly after Deal’s office announced the letter, his campaign spokesman Jen Talaber sent out her own missive declaring the children are “victims of misguided federal policy implemented by President Obama” and criticizing his rival, state Sen. Jason Carter, for voting against an immigration crackdown.
“Where does he stand now that he knows the humanitarian crisis this has sparked? Does he think the Obama administration is handling this well? Does he think the administration should continue sending unaccompanied minors to Georgia without informing the state?”
Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas [More]
- 6:00 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
A former Republican lawmaker filed an ethics complaint claiming a star-studded fundraiser boosting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter is “grossly unethical and illegal.”
Carter’s staff later counterpunched by leveling two ethics charges against Deal’s campaign.
The initial complaint, dated July 17, contends that Carter, a state senator, violated rules barring lawmakers and statewide officers from accepting contributions or pledges for campaign cash while the Legislature is in session. It was filed by John Douglas, a former state senator.
- 9:49 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Early this week, Gov. Nathan Deal got on the phone with more than a few nervous Republican state lawmakers and promised to pull out all the stops in the upcoming election.
Proof arrived Wednesday morning in the inboxes of laptops and smartphones across Georgia: A re-introduction to Sandra Deal, the First Lady of Georgia.
It wasn’t a campaign piece, but an official communication from the Office of the Governor in its weekly newsletter. (If you didn’t get one, see it here.)
And contentwise, the most controversial part of the message was a recipe for gluten-free almond cookies.
But the post-Election Day timing was [More]
- 10:24 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Georgia’s first – and perhaps last – nine-week primary runoff concludes today. A hair-pin turn in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is already underway.
Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue have thrown millions of dollars’ worth of insults at each other. Kingston has accused Perdue of consorting with the French. Perdue, on slightly firmer ground, has accused Kingston of being a member of Congress.
In Washington, The Hill newspaper has found someone willing to offer a highly technical assessment of the situation:
They’ve been beating the crap out of each other,” said Georgia-based Republican strategist Chip Lake, who [More]
- 6:25 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
On the Monday after a week of brutal media scrutiny over a 3-year-old ethics case, the campaign of Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal really, really wanted to win the Internet. So far, it’s not working out.
The governor’s morning
Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas piled on:
These Republicans tried to fight back……
But the conversation remained largely critical:
Topping it off, late Monday, the Democratic hit squad Better Georgia quickly snapped up WeKnowNathan.com and put a top 10 list about the governor with this headline: “We know Nathan…We just wish we didn’t.“
- 12:22 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
The weather gods are forecasting a 50 percent chance of rain on Tuesday, which is likely to depress voter turnout beyond already meager expectations for tomorrow’s runoff contests. A single-digit showing is possible.
But something else may be sprinkling cold water on GOP excitement.
This morning, Gov. Nathan Deal held a conference call with a small group of Republican state senators – and one of your Insiders, who listened in.
In addition to affecting surveys conducted in Georgia, these numbers also make the state GOP effort to regroup in every county f***
This morning, interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, Clerk of Superior Court [More]
- 9:50 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
Gov. Nathan Deal’s conference call with GOP lawmakers this morning was less of a defense of his office’s role in the fallout over the ethics memo and more of an impassioned plea for fellow Republicans to regroup against Democrats mounting a growing threat to their political supremacy.
Trailing in fundraising and lagging in a recent poll behind Democrat Jason Carter, Deal suggested that the ethics memo has given his campaign a jolt. He said he’s been “somewhat deferential” during the long runoff period to avoid distracting attention from GOP races for Senate and superintendent, but that will [More]
- 9:00 am Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
To understand Thomas Jefferson and his lifelong suspicion of all things British, biographer Jon Meacham writes, you have to stop thinking of the American Revolution as the brief episode that began July 4, 1776, and ended with the Battle of Yorktown five years later.
Shaking off the English was a five-decade effort, Meacham argues, that began in 1764 and didn’t end until Andy Jackson settled their hash once and for all in New Orleans, ending the War of 1812.
Political movements, in other words, are like paper towels. They don’t always tear along the dotted lines. In fact, they seldom do.
Georgia’s most [More]