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Jason Carter pledges to go after tax cheats to fund education

  • 6:00 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Democrat Jason Carter is honing his answer on the question that’s dogged him perhaps the most in his race for governor: How he would boost education funding if he defeats Gov. Nathan Deal in November.

He said earlier this month that a comprehensive review of state spending would yield a “giant amount of waste” that could be better spent in classrooms. He added a new wrinkle to that Wednesday by pledging to go after tax cheats to help rev up state revenue.

“There’s $2.5 billion that is uncollected out there from people who are cheating on their taxes, and against whom we aren’t enforcing the [More]

Statewide teachers group endorses Jason Carter’s bid for governor

  • 11:00 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein


A statewide teachers group endorsed Democrat Jason Carter’s gubernatorial bid on Wednesday, warning that education funding under Gov. Nathan Deal is “demoralizing and dismantling” the state’s public education system.

Carter trumpeted the endorsement of the Georgia Association of Educators outside Grady High School, where his wife Kate was a journalism teacher. The GAE, which represents 42,000 educators, said it would mobilize its members to support Carter’s campaign.

“Sen. Carter truly wants to make public education our state’s number one priority, not just say so in an occasional opportunity or in an election year, and not just for the headlines,” [More]

Nathan Deal on Jason Carter’s ‘silly’ donor disclosure pledge

  • 5:20 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal laced into his Democratic opponent’s pledge to disclose more details about political appointments should he win office, calling it a “silly” campaign stunt and issuing a new challenge to his bitter rival.

Democrat Jason Carter promised to reveal campaign contributions and conflicts of interest of each person he appoints to a state board in response to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation that found people with ties to 43 members of three Georgia elite boards contributed nearly $1.3 million to Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election effort.

“This is just another typical display on his part,” Deal said Monday. “If [More]

Jimmy Carter to give keynote at Muslim convention

  • 1:25 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

You can almost hear the sighs escaping from Jason Carter’s campaign headquarters. From the Toledo Blade:

The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, the nation’s largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit’s Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. President Carter will talk on the subject of his latest book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” at a luncheon Aug. 30.

Others speaking at the convention: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican; the Rt. Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church [More]

Drones are coming to Georgia. And they’ve got lawyers.

  • 10:49 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

If you want to know where the future is headed, watch where the legal community goes.

The legal/governmental affairs firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, perhaps the most politically active entity of its kind in Atlanta – working both sides of the aisle, has a new Washington unit: An unmanned Aircraft Systems division.

The firm is now advertising a Sept. 23 seminar in Georgia that will include a look at what might be popping up legislatively during the 2015 session of the General Assembly.

Among the speakers: state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black (think crop dusting) ; Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, chairman of the state [More]

Flipping Georgia’s races: New WSB-Landmark poll puts Jason Carter, Michelle Nunn at top

  • 11:13 am Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Early this week, we told you of a SurveyUSA poll, commissioned by 11Alive, that placed Georgia’s races for governor and U.S. Senate in terms that mimicked past post-2002 cycles.

In the race for governor:

– Republican incumbent Nathan Deal, 48 percent;

– Democrat Jason Carter, 39 percent;

– and Libertarian Andrew Hunt, 4 percent.

In the U.S. Senate contest:

– Republican David Perdue, 48 percent;

– Democrat Michelle Nunn, 41 percent;

– and Libertarian Amanda Swafford, 3 percent.

But now we have a Landmark Communications survey, commissioned by Channel 2 Action News, released only four days later, that essentially flips those results. But the survey tracks closely [More]

DNC official: Ferguson could boost get-out-the-vote push

  • 5:09 pm Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos passes along the following dispatch:

The racial unrest caused by tensions over the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., could be a rallying cry for Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts, according to the voter education committee chair for the Democratic Southern caucus.

“There is a story beneath the story in Ferguson,” chairwoman Janet May said at the Southern Caucus meeting during the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta on Friday.

May ran through the stats of the 21,000-person Missouri town: 13,000 black citizens, about 7,000 white. Five city council members– one of whom was black. Fifty-three policemen – [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]

DNC, unions discuss Georgia ground game plans

  • 3:59 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

The Democratic National Committee is having its summer meetings this week in Atlanta, in part to show its intention to commit resources to making Georgia competitive.

DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of Florida, told reporters at a news conference today that the party has hired a “Voter Expansion Coordinator” in Georgia as part of its efforts to register and turn out the hundreds of thousands of new voters Democrats need to make this election — and future ones — close.

Here’s Wasserman Schultz:

“There is a reason that we are in Georgia. A year ago, in Arizona, I promised that Democrats were [More]

A flap over ‘political’ ribbon cuttings in the governor’s race

  • 1:40 pm Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

A part of Democrat Jason Carter’s economic pitch is a pledge to “professionalize” the state’s business recruiting office.

The Atlanta state senator said he wants to launch a nationwide search to find a “top notch” head of the Georgia Department of Economic Development rather than make what he views as a political appointment.

It’s a dig at Gov. Nathan Deal’s last two appointments to the post: Chris Cummiskey, a former Mirant executive who was a longtime GOP operative, and Chris Carr, who was U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s chief of staff. Carter has said he has no ill will toward the men, but that another leader was [More]