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Brian Kemp: Guns and run-off ballots won’t mix

  • 10:15 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

 Over the weekend, the New York Times had a piece on the dispute in Alabama, where the state’s sheriffs association had urged the state’s 67 counties to ban the open carry of weapons at polling places, fearing that such a display would discourage some voters.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has – with some exceptions – knocked that idea down. Rep. John Lewis is out next year with the second installment of a graphic novel telling his remarkable life story. The Washington Post got an early look at the cover of “March: Book 2″ by Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate [More]

When it comes to college tuition hikes, Georgia gets silver

  • 9:55 am Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Looks like Georgia’s unofficial state motto, “Deo gratias, quia Mississippi,” needs updating. Only in New Mexico, where net tuition and fees rose a remarkable 188 percent, did state officials shift the cost of college from government to students more than legislators in Georgia. Here, net tuition revenue per student went up by 93 percent as legislators cut education appropriations and reduced the value of the HOPE Scholarship many students depend on for college expenses…

Even though Georgia students pay a lot more in tuition now than five years ago, the average tuition paid by a full-time Georgia student, $4,484, is still [More]

The Georgia threads in Eric Cantor’s defeat

  • 9:40 am Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

The unexpected shellacking of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., by tea party forces has plenty of Georgia tendrils. We’ll begin with thisCandidates to move up could include Mr. Price, Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas, or brash newcomers like Representative Tom Graves of Georgia, Mr. Wasserman said. The message is that the House must be run by even more conservative leaders.

From that same NYT article:

David Wasserman, a House political analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said another, more local factor has to be acknowledged: Mr. Cantor, who dreamed of becoming the first Jewish speaker of the House, was culturally [More]

David Scott: Obama administration could be judged ‘the absolute worst’ on vets

  • 9:34 am Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

U.S. Rep. David Scott, by accident or design, has become the leading African-American/Democratic critic of President Barack Obama in recent weeks.

First, the Atlanta congressman took on the White House (and Georgia colleague John Lewis) Now, Scott has become a harsh critic of the White House reaction to the latest scandal involving the Veterans Administration. From an interview with Denis O’Hayer (90.1FM) that aired on Tuesday:

“President Obama himself must step forward. It is he who is the administrator when the history books are written on this chapter on the treatment of veterans. It is the Obama administration who could very [More]

John Lewis: ‘I would vote against the confirmation of Michael Boggs’

  • 2:29 pm Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

This just in from the office of Rep. John Lewis, who has This one is of LaPierre and Boggs:

This one is of LaPierre autographing a book for “Judge Mike”:

And to Coon’s point of not endorsing candidates, here’s one of Boggs at a 2012 fund-raiser for Tyler Harper, a Republican who was in the process of becoming a state senator from Ocilla:

Update 6:10pm — attorney Doug Chalmers, who helped incorporate Georgia Conservatives in Action as a 501(c)4 and has advised Boggs, said because GCIA is not primarily a political organization under the law, Boggs is legally clear:

Judge Boggs clearly did [More]

David Scott interprets John Lewis’ silence on judicial nominee as ‘betrayal’

  • 9:32 am Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy

U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ unspoken position on federal judicial nominee Michael Boggs, who now sits on the state Court of Appeals, is drawing him into an intra-delegation battle with fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. David Scott, who on Sunday called Lewis a “turncoat.”

Several U.S. senators have said they would consult Lewis before determining how they would vote on Boggs’ nomination. On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that she spoke to Lewis about Boggs. Her comments, “Well, not at this stage,” Feinstein said, before expanding on her answer.

 “I want to meet with him. I [More]

In Georgia, John Lewis is now the last word in federal judgeships

  • 10:07 am Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Things aren’t looking good for Michael Boggs, the state court of appeals judge whose nomination for a federal judgeship is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Boggs, a former state Democratic lawmaker from Waycross, has drawn criticism for past votes to tighten abortion restrictions, support a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Georgia, and – in 2001 – oppose the removal of the 1956-era state flag and its Confederate battle emblem.

On the cusp of their best political season since they lost power in 2002, Georgia Democrats have been suspiciously silent about Boggs.
Boggs did say in his confirmation “my views may [More]

Port of Savannah expansion nears as Congress strikes water bill deal

  • 6:00 am Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Congressional leaders in both parties and chambers are set to move forward next week on a bill to authorize water projects across the nation — including the Port of Savannah deepening.

After nearly seven months of wrangling, the House-Senate negotiators announced Thursday night that they had agreed on a conference committee report which will be filed next week, and should clear both chambers easily. The House is gone next week, though, so the earliest it can head to President Barack Obama’s desk is the week of the 19th.

A Congressional authorization is the last step, according to the Obama administration, before the [More]

Michelle Nunn targeted on Voting Rights Act comments

  • 10:14 am Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

 

The only Democratic debate of U.S. Senate candidates to feature Michelle Nunn, an Atlanta Press Club affair, will air at 7 p.m. Monday on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

One of her three rivals, Branko “Dr. Rad” Radulovacki, has already scoped out a topic for discussion.

On the table but not moving in Congress is a bipartisan proposal backed by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, and others that would once again require Georgia and three other states with histories of discrimination to submit all voting laws to the federal government for “pre-clearance” — rewriting a Voting Rights Act formula the U.S. Supreme Court found [More]

Democratic Party has slight trust edge in Georgia poll

  • 9:06 am Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

There’s lots to dig into from this State of the State

About 51% of whites polled said they trusted the Republican Party, and only 24.6% of whites trusted the Democratic Party. But 77.9% of blacks supported the Democrats, and only 9.3% of blacks backed the GOP. Hispanic voters, a fast-growing part of the Georgia electorate, were split, with 30.4% backing the GOP and 29.9% backing the Democratic Party. Almost 40% of Hispanics polled supported third parties.

The Democratic advantage is within the poll’s margin of error.

More interesting numbers: Gov. Nathan Deal is the most trusted Republican, with 16.7 percent tapping him. [More]