- 9:13 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Mystery solved. We now know the skullduggery Republican tacticians used to get hold of Michelle Nunn’s internal campaign memo.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Rob Collins revealed the secret at a Politico event with his Democratic counterpart on Wednesday. Here’s Politico’s account:
Collins said this was a joint effort with America Rising, a conservative outside group that the NRSC pays. He said he initially imagined that researchers had found the memo on the “insane dark web.”
“No,” asserted Collins. “We basically Googled Michelle Nunn, and we hit the second page on Google, and there was a link right next to it. … [More]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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.
- 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]
- 9:00 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy
U.S. Rep. John Barrow, an Augusta Democrat, revealed today that he had $1.5 million in his campaign bank account as of Sept. 30, while Republican challenger Rick Allen had just $118,000.
Georgia’s 12th Congressional District is the only competitive House race in the state and has seen a flood of outside money, but Barrow holds the sizable edge in candidate funding.
The Barrow campaign put out a press release ahead of its formal filing, stating that Barrow raised nearly $683,000 in the third quarter and had $1.5 million on hand. That would mean he spent about $1 million in the quarter, mostly [More]
- 9:54 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Updated at 2:30 p.m.: Emory University just issued a statement backtracking on a claim made in today’s New York Times, that DeKalb County had threatened to cut off sewer lines if it wasn’t satisfied over the disposal of waste from two patients being treated for the Ebola virus.
From Vincent Dollard, Emory’s associate vice president of health science communications:
“Emory University Hospital has been treating patients with Ebola virus disease in its Serious Communicable Diseases Unit since August 2. During the early stages of this pioneering treatment of patients with Ebola virus disease in the United States, Emory established waste management protocols [More]
- 10:28 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein
Among We’ve gone from terrorists to pirates. The latest hit on Michelle Nunn’s Points of Light foundation involves the organization being a conduit of funds to an environmental organization that has been accused of high seas mischief.
Founded in 1981, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has engaged in countless organized assaults on whaling and fishing ships, utilizing confrontational tactics that many consider extreme.
They intentionally ram their ships into other fishing and whaling vessels, throw “prop foulers” to break their propellers, and often pelt the ships with paintballs, water cannons, smoke bombs, and stink bombs.
Through Points of [More]
- 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]
- 9:48 am Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
People For The American Way, the left-leaning civil liberties group, reports that it’s putting more than $100,000 behind the above ad in Georgia, which declares that Republicans Nathan Deal and David Perdue “want to destroy our future.”
As you can see, the 30-second spot is in Spanish. Our version has subtitles. The same group had targeted Perdue with a radio ad earlier in the cycle.
From Randy Borntrager, political director for PFAW:
“They want to reduce educational opportunities, deny citizenship to those born in this country, make it harder to obtain health care, and hurt workers by maintaining low wages—all issues that directly [More]