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A new Super PAC salvo against Jack Kingston

  • 6:03 pm Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON – The above started airing on Atlanta TV stations this morning courtesy of Citizens for a Working America PAC, which has put $500,000 behind the effort.

It’s the first direct televised attack on Rep. Jack Kingston, and it follows some of the similar themes of Ending Spending PAC’s hit on Rep. Phil Gingrey, including earmarks, the debt ceiling and, interestingly enough, Cash for Clunkers.

The South Carolina-based Citizens for a Working America started in 2010 attacking then-Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., and was going to be Michele Bachmann’s Super PAC in the 2012 presidential race before switching to Mitt [More]

Unlimited cash for campaigns? GOP Senate candidates are split

  • 9:56 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Five of seven GOP candidates gathered in Marietta on Tuesday evening in a forum sponsored by the all-powerful Cobb County Republican Women’s Club.

The two presumed frontrunners in the contest, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue, had other things to do.

The rest plowed ground that has become very familiar – with perhaps a single exception. One of the questioners, Anne Lewis, who is general counsel for the Georgia GOP, noted the recent 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted federal limits on the aggregate amounts that individuals could give to federal contests.

The limit on contributions per candidate remain, but [More]

Super PAC feints toward Michelle Nunn, stabs at Phil Gingrey

  • 9:42 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Ending Spending Action Fund is drawingBut Ending Spending has reported nearly twice as much, $592,000, to hit Gingrey.
The group has reserved $1.3 million in airtime ahead of the primary, and we’ll see if the ratio continues to favor Gingrey attacks. Ending Spending has been less eager to talk about them, though.

The group’s website features the Nunn ad and it gave early warning to the Wall Street Journal of its campaign against the Democrat. But we had to find the Gingrey ad elsewhere.

The Nunn campaign, meanwhile, has found a [More]

Bob Barr tones down his talk of impeachment

  • 9:30 am Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Former congressman Bob Barr, now seeking a comeback in the race for Georgia’s 11th District congressional seat, raised eyebrows in January when A former federal prosecutor who helped lead impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, Barr said the Obama administration had acted illegally both in postponing mandates in the federal health care law, and through softening enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Here’s what Barr said on Jan. 23 to Alex Jones:

I think it really has come to that. It’s not something I like to say. When I left the House before, after we impeached Clinton, my hope was that we would never [More]

Georgia Senate trio unites against Paul Ryan’s budget

  • 3:37 pm Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston joined his fellow Senate-seeking Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey in voting against Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget today, saying it does not balance the budget fast enough.

Kingston announced his fealty to the failed, more conservative Republican Study Committee budget that balances in four years rather than Ryan’s 10, and slashes $7.4 trillion from spending projections over the next decade vs. Ryan’s $5.1 trillion. Gingrey and Broun also backed the RSC budget. Here’s Kingston’s statement:

“America’s budget problems and massive debt are too dangerous to be put on a ‘to-do’ list by Congress [More]

The effort to unseat House Speaker David Ralston

  • 9:54 am Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

We’re picking up word that some cash is flowing through north Georgia in an attempt to foment revolution and the overthrow of House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge.

Consider the following paragraphs, penned by Debbie Dooley and Julianne Thompson of Atlanta Tea Patriots:

“Speaker Ralston killed the autism bill, the bill that would ban Common Core in Georgia, the religious freedom bill, the foster care bill, gutted the gun bill, gutted H.B. 707 that would help nullify Obamacare in Georgia. He also added $17 million in the budget to build a new parking deck for the new Falcons stadium….”

The missive is contained [More]

Gallup poll: Georgians not ready to revolt over taxes

  • 10:03 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Gov. Nathan Deal has been pummeled with bad news the last week, but the Gallup polling organization offers the Republican incumbent some respite this morning.

In terms of overall dissatisfaction, Georgia ranked No. 20 – essentially in the middle of the pack, and not the stuff that Republican primary revolutions are made of.

New Yorkers (77 percent said levies were too high) were the most dissatisfied. Residents of Wyoming (19 percent) were the least.

Most other Southern states ranked below Georgia on the taxpayer-angst scale: Virginia (No. 21), South Carolina (No. 25), Mississippi (No. 28), Tennesee (No. 33), Alabama (No. 34) and Florida [More]

Conservative Super PAC’s new target is Phil Gingrey

  • 3:05 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Ending Spending PAC has been on the air in Georgia hitting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, but the group does not limit its antipathy to Democrats: It’s now attacking Rep. Phil Gingrey.

The group, funded by Ameritrade founder and Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts, has bought $1.3 million in ad time between now and the May 20 primary. We assumed this was all to bash Nunn, but that is not the case.

The ad is airing in Atlanta, Augusta, Macon and Savannah, according to a media buy report passed along by a tipster. It accuses Gingrey, a Marietta Republican, [More]

Georgia Senate campaigns unleash more than $5M in ads ahead of primary

  • 1:26 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

A tipster sent us over this recently prepared research that outlines the media buys for the Georgia Senate candidates. The screaming headline is that more than $5 million has already been spent by the candidates and outside forces ahead of the May 20 primary.

Look a little closer, though, and you’ll find some other interesting tidbits. One is that Ending Spending, the conservative Super PAC going after Democrat Michelle Nunn is spending a lot more than the $150,000 initially reported. Ending Spending confirmed the $1.3 million buy and said it will pay for more than just that one anti-Nunn [More]

Friday’s verdict just the beginning of trial trouble for Nathan Deal

  • 9:50 am Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Over the weekend, it became more than obvious that one of Gov. Nathan Deal’s most daunting tasks this year is the We’ve already seen the governor distance himself from Friday’s verdict and deny even monitoring the Kalberman case from afar. We also expect Democrat Jason Carter to use some of the $1.6 million in his campaign piggy bank to launch constant reminders of the trial – and whatever comes next – the governor’s way.

But two other lawsuits are in the offing, from former ethics commission staffers Sherilyn Streicker and John Hair, with claims strikingly similar to [More]