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John Barrow pulls out his granddaddy’s anti-lynchin’ pistol again

  • 10:21 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Rep. John Barrow’s Barrow mourns how “Washington Democrats look down on people for carrying firearms.”

The kicker: “Like my daddy used to say, you never really need a gun unless you need it bad.”

The second new spot from Barrow today swings to attack Republican Rick Allen from the right on immigration.

The main critique of Allen is that We told you on Tuesday that the state Democratic party had sent out an early-voting turnout mailer aimed at African-Americans, using images from Ferguson, Mo.

The images were stark. Here’s the explanation from Michael Smith, the Democratic spokesman:

“The fight for the right to vote [More]

Campaign tip sheet: Jason Carter, Nathan Deal talk about faith and morals

  • 8:15 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Nathan Deal, the Republican incumbent governor, will speak at the state Board of Education meeting in Atlanta this morning. Other events:

– 10 a.m.: Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, will address a gathering of the Georgia School Superintendents Association in Athens.

– 2:45 p.m.: Andrew Hunt, the Libertarian candidate for governor, will speak before the same group.

– 4:30 p.m.: Deal is scheduled to convene a first meeting of his Ebola virus task force.

– 5-7 p.m. Deal and Carter make separate appearances at the Georgia Faith Forum, sponsored by Faith in Public Life, to be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in [More]

Kasim Reed steps up for John Barrow

  • 1:06 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has absorbed some criticism over – that one fundraiser aside – his lack of engagement in Jason Carter’s Democratic campaign for governor.

But Reed appears to be well connected to the Democratic effort to save U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, one more time. A fundraising letter over the name of the Atlanta mayor includes these lines:

Friend, I know people ask a lot of you, but we’re pulling out all the stops for John. Georgia needs him in Congress. He comes through for us over and over again. Now he needs us to come through for him.

You might [More]

Georgia had the nation’s highest jobless rate in September

  • 10:02 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Georgia’s 7.9 percent unemployment rate for the month of September was again ranked highest in the nation, according to a federal report released this morning.

The state’s jobless rate has been thrust into the center of Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign, and his opponents were eagerly awaiting the latest numbers. Democrat Jason Carter contends the metric is a sign that Deal’s jobs plan isn’t working, while the governor calls the statistic an “outlier” that doesn’t accurately gauge the state’s economic health.

“Unemployment rates are only good for political advertising as a general rule,” Deal said at Sunday’s debate. “Economists don’t [More]

A ‘misinformed’ Nathan Deal on an Ebola strike force

  • 10:37 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Officially, last night’s Atlanta Press Club gubernatorial debate was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Nathan Deal couldn’t wait. At 5:39 p.m., his office sent out a press release announcing that the Republican governor would sign an executive order announcing the creation of an “Ebola response team.”

Call it the incumbent’s advantage. In doing so, the governor guaranteed himself a first question that turned the proceedings into something like a press conference.

“I believe that we do have the resources that are available, and if we need additional resources, we will try to make sure that those are available,” a well-prepped Deal said.

Only [More]

Nathan Deal to form Ebola response team in Georgia

  • 6:21 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

As the specter of Ebola threatens to shake up Georgia’s top political races, Gov. Nathan Deal said today he would sign an executive order to create a team to craft the state’s response to the deadly virus.

The governor said the team would assess state health and emergency management procedures and devise recommendations for Georgia’s health workers and political leaders.

“Rest assured, Georgia is taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously,” Deal said. “The creation of this team is an additional step in the state’s response to this disease and will further our efforts to ensure the safety and quality of life [More]

Michelle Nunn shifts to back Ebola travel ban as President Obama resists

  • 10:19 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

The following came in last night from the campaign of Democrat Michelle Nunn, on the subject of Ebola:

“As we continue to gain new information about this horrible disease, our public health officials should take every precaution to make sure that it doesn’t spread. I support a temporary travel ban to affected countries in West Africa with an exception for military and health workers. Scientists and public health experts at the CDC are in the best position to guide our response to this crisis, but our leaders in Washington must provide clear, bipartisan and strong leadership as well as the resources [More]

A new Jason Carter campaign plank: #FreeGurley

  • 8:09 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

It isn’t exactly an October surprise, but a new campaign issue has cropped up in the closing weeks of Georgia’s gubernatorial contest: The plight of suspended Georgia running back Todd Gurley.

Democrat Jason Carter, a UGA law school grad, made it abundantly clear on Twitter this evening that he backs Gurley, who is in his second week of an indefinite suspension. The school is probing his relationship with memorabilia dealers to try to determine if he broke NCAA rules.

Eagle-eyed readers will note that Carter is standing in front of a program commemorating a game between Georgia and Mercer, Gov. Nathan Deal’s alma [More]

Jason Carter attacks Nathan Deal on ‘politicization’ of Georgia National Guard

  • 3:01 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Democrat Jason Carter opened a new front in his campaign for governor, contending that Gov. Nathan Deal has “politicized” Georgia’s National Guard and imperiled its ability to stave off base closures in the next round of Pentagon cuts.

“We have a governor who put politics first instead of placing people in positions where they should be,” said Carter. “Economically it’s a serious issue for us and in terms of respect for the National Guard it’s a serious issue. And when we have to go and fight for our military families … we need to be sure we’re sending the best possible [More]

David Perdue, John Barrow join drumbeat for travel ban on Ebola-troubled nations

  • 10:33 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

A Dallas health care worker stricken with the Ebola virus U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, was among the first to do so. This came in last night from House Speaker John Boehner:

“Today we learned that one individual who has contracted the virus flew to Ohio through the Cleveland airport in the last few days. A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow.”

Likewise on Wednesday, David Perdue, the [More]