- 9:55 am Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Looks like fallout from an ethics probe that, years later, has yet to touch bottom will be the theme of the day.
Late Tuesday, Attorney General Sam Olens issued Said Olens:
“Our civil lawyers determined it was not responsive to the discovery request in the civil litigation.”
In other words, the whistleblowers’ attorneys didn’t ask the right question that might have prompted the memo’s release. However, Olens said he did advise LaBerge to turn it over when the feds asked for relevant documents.
Not everyone is buying into the attorney general’s distinction. “If you gave it to the FBI, why wouldn’t you give it [More]
- 10:06 am Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Runoffs are the trench warfare of campaigning – dirty, messy and often hand-to-hand affairs.
This morning, Todd Rehm of GaPundit.com Rehm, a consultant for the Barr campaign, said the documents arrived by email, and that he does not know their source.
The AJC’s Jeremy Redmon has inquired with Melvin Everson, executive director of the state Commission on Equal Opportunity, who notes that the documents don’t appear to be stamped an notarized.
But Ed Buckley, an attorney in the law firm that represented Ethel Blackmon, told Redmon that the paperwork is indeed authentic.
- 8:57 am Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in the Hobby Lobby case, which weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to their choice of birth control.
Whichever way it goes, the decision will soak up today’s media attention – and that’s just fine with the state Board of Regents, which today will consider whether to recognize same-sex marriages for participants in a University System retirement plan.
Consider it the most important clash of state and federal policies since last year, when the Georgia National Guard refused to recognize same-sex marriage – and was [More]
- 10:24 am Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Politics in DeKalb County may be about to head down a rabbit hole. Now, he has told the AJC that he is being subpoenaed in connection with the case, though he says he has done nothing wrong.
“I’ve been asked to come testify, and that’s it,” Watson said before referring further questions to his attorney. “When I get served, I will go and figure out what’s going on and try and make it work.”
He would not answer questions about the phone calls, which he tried to hide from the newspaper.
Watson turned over 586 pages from his personal cell phone bills, from [More]
- 10:25 am Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Because the GOP runoff for state school superintendent has boiled down to a pro-con debate over Common Core, top figures in the Republican camp have been hesitant to take sides.
That may be changing. Mike Buck, the frontrunner in the May 20 primary and chief of staff to exiting Superintendent John Barge, on Tuesday released a list of endorsements.
Topping it was Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee and a key ally of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
No other state lawmakers or office-holders were listed. Buck, a resident of Rome, is backing the continued implementation [More]
- 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]
- 10:03 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
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]
- 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.
- 10:36 am Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
Over the weekend, a New York Times editorial decried the continuing influence of the gun lobby in state capitols. In particular, the newspaper’s editors seized on HB 875,
Their focus is on the “or 3″ that has been deleted above. The measure as written, in other words, would eliminate exceptions – adding to those who would be immune from prosecution in cases of self-defense. What/who does the deleted Part 3 apply to? Convicted felons, for one thing. Those who bring weapons onto nuclear facility gounds for another.
The above language is missing from the current version of HB 875. The question is [More]
- 9:19 am Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
The end of April is the newest forecast for the water resources bill that will finally allow Port of Savannah deepening, with a White House certificate of approval.
Savannah GOP Rep. Jack Kingston said he met with House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who has been trying to hammer out a compromise Water Resources and Development bill with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and was assured a House-Senate conference report will get through by the end of next month.
The congressional delegation thought they had solved the authorization problem with language in a January spending bill, but the administration disagreed and now all [More]