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D.C. Republicans’ ‘amnesty’ hit on Michelle Nunn attacks Marco Rubio’s bill

  • 4:01 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — The most recent entry in the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s $2.5 million campaign against Democrat Michelle Nunn is on the topic of immigration.

Its math: Nunn + Obama = amnesty.

The problem: That “amnesty” was the comprehensive “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill, co-written by possible 2016 presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. It cleared the Senate last year with 14 Republicans in favor, including 2008 presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

In other words: Nunn + Rubio +McCain = amnesty, too.

Rubio in particular worked hard in those heady days of spring 2013 trying to convince conservatives that [More]

David Perdue is back on the air, jean-jacketed but baby-less

  • 9:12 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein

David Perdue is back on the air. Above is his first general election television effort, which hits Democrat Michelle Nunn on her campaign memo and attacks on the Republican before pulling back into the positives from Perdue’s business career.

Gone, for now, are It’s the first chance for Perdue to rebut

Speaking of fundraisers, take a hard look at the above section of an invite for an NRSC event Monday night in Washington. Seven former Republican governors, banding together to raise money to turn the Senate Republican.

Not on the list is the only former Republican governor we know of whose cousin [More]

David Perdue leads Michelle Nunn in NYT/CBS/YouGov.com poll

  • 9:57 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

A new NYT/CBS/YouGov.com poll of battleground states shows Republican David Perdue The national survey, which covers 35 other states, indicates that Republicans are still headed toward complete control of Congress next year.

In Georgia, just who will show up to vote lies at the crux of the survey. Methodologically, pollsters apparently to hew to a more conservative path in this, a second wave polling. From Nate Cohn at the NYT’s Upshot:

The new results also reflect an adjustment, or screen, to capture likely voters. The result is an electorate that is older and whiter, and more Republican, than the overall [More]

With $2.5 million TV buy, GOP can’t say Georgia race for U.S. Senate is a ‘gimme’

  • 10:02 am Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

National Democrats were thrilled Tuesday to see that national Republicans are going to spend early and big on the Georgia U.S. Senate race.

The news that theFrom a tactical standpoint, every dime the NRSC spends on must-win Georgia is a dime not spent on a state Democrats have to hold, such as Colorado. Of course, in the Super PAC age, outside money can arrive from anywhere at any time and in any amount.

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On the other hand, Kansas just made Georgia’s race for U.S. Senate a little more important for Democrats. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) won his closely watched primary on Tuesday, [More]

David Perdue reportedly pledges to be a ‘team player’ for Mitch McConnell

  • 9:42 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

David Perdue had to run against Washington and its dreaded “career politicians” in order to capture his party’s U.S. Senate nomination.

But he needs them to win in the fall and become an effective senator, which is why he made the rounds Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a series of possibly awkward meetings, starting with the man he defeated in a rough nine-week runoff, Jack Kingston. The Perdue campaign passed along the accompanying photographic evidence of the meeting.

We’re unaware of any visuals from Perdue’s sit-down with Georgia Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In [More]

Michelle Nunn team launches pushback on ‘old news’ memo

  • 9:05 am Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

A flurry of calls from Michelle Nunn’s supporters came a One caller was the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the leader of Ebenezer Baptist Church and one of Nunn’s most prominent black supporters. He said he wasn’t surprised that “people are trying to make hay out of it.”

“But the notion that somebody who is trying to run for the Senate actually has a plan to run for the Senate is not interesting or news to me. It’s not news – and it’s old news at best.”

Of course, this isn’t just any memo. It lays out Nunn’s campaign strategy, as of December [More]

Johnny Isakson: We need a 72-hour turnaround for Central American border kids

  • 9:48 am Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, in an interview with Martha Zoller and Tim Bryant “Anybody coming from a non-contiguous country actually had to have a hearing before an immigration authority or immigration judge. That takes up to four to six weeks.

“We need to amend that law, to say that they can be sent home within 72 hours, like somebody from Mexico or Canada – and stem the tide. Once they see that we’re going to send them home, the attractiveness of trying to get into the United States of America will be diminished and will lessen the pressure on the border.”

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Jason [More]

Johnny Isakson helps strike deal to streamline job training programs

  • 4:48 pm Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted 95-3 this afternoon to reduce the number of federal job training programs and give states greater flexibility to implement them, among other reforms.

Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., were at the center of House-Senate negotiations on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is expected to pass the House easily as well. It axes 15 job training programs but allows the funding for them to grow in line with an overall budget agreement negotiated last year.

Duplicative and ineffective job training programs have become a classic talking point against big government. Isakson [More]

Blowback for Tom Graves over role in House leadership election

  • 9:11 am Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

On Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. House elected Kevin McCarthy of California, a business-friendly ally of Speaker John Boehner, to replace the tea party-slain Eric Cantor of Virginia.

The result surprised no one. But what caught many off guard was the man who nominated McCarthy at the closed-door meeting: Tom Graves of Ranger.

“I submit to you today that we cannot make good on the hope of America as a broken party. We cannot lead the way if we do not trust each other. As of late, there has been a lot of talk about holding our leadership accountable, as if [More]

It could have been Saxby Chambliss…

  • 12:55 pm Friday, June 6th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

You have to know that, somewhere in D.C., Saxby Chambliss is shaking his head, perhaps murmuring, “There but for the grace of God….” From the Associated Press:

JACKSON, Miss. — National tea party groups are divvying up the nuts and bolts of campaigning as they rush to boost Republican Chris McDaniel’s effort to deny Sen. Thad Cochran a seventh term representing Mississippi.

The activist-focused FreedomWorks will run a door-to-door, get-out-the-vote operation ahead of the June 24 runoff. The anti-tax Club for Growth is ready to air even tougher television ads. The Tea Party Express will rally supporters with a bus tour through [More]