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Coke bottling CEO aims to take the fizz out of Michelle Nunn

  • 10:23 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

The CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises is spending $100,000 to try and knock out Democrat Michelle Nunn. “Pre-general election reports paint a partial figure of where Georgia One is getting its funding. The group had raised $125,000 as of Oct. 15—$100,000 of which came from John Brock, Chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Enterprises. It’s only other donor was a private equity firm Phoenix Financial Holdings Inc., which specializes in leveraged buyouts and secondary direct investments.”

Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin points out that Brock makes a good six-figure foil for former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave $350,000 [More]

A Fulton County judge’s ruling: ‘No proof’ of lost registered voters

  • 3:38 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Our AJC colleague Kristina Torres has the details here, but below you will find a copy of the ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher decision not to intervene on behalf of those alleging that tens of thousands of newly registered voters have been lost in the system.

The lawsuit was filed by the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights earlier this month. Here’s the meat of Brasher’s ruling, giving Secretary of State Brian Kemp a win just a week before the Nov. 4 election:

In this case…the Petitioners have failed to set out a denial of the performance [More]

The first of three Friday polls: CNN says Michelle Nunn, Jason Carter leading races

  • 9:08 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

This weekend will be awash in polls. An AJC-sponsored survey will be out this morning, as will a separate on from Channel 2 Action News. But we’ll start with a new CNN poll conducted with live callers — a rarity in Georgia this year — that shows the top-ticket Democrats with small leads within the margin of error. – Democrat Michelle Nunn: 47 percent;

– Republican David Perdue: 44 percent;

– Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 5 percent;

For governor:

– Democrat Jason Carter: 48 percent;

– Republican Gov. Nathan Deal: 46 percent;

– Libertarian Andrew Hunt: 6 percent;

Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be draw for [More]

In search of black voters: Democrats point to Ferguson, GOP emphasizes lower prison rate

  • 8:36 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

We now have a pretty clear picture of the messages Republicans and Democrats are sending to African-American voters in the last few days leading up to Nov. 4.

Playing this morning on The stark images have upset many Republicans:

“It’s despicable,” said Gov. Nathan Deal.

“It is really regrettable that anyone would resort to scare tactics to try to get people to vote. Georgia is not Missouri. Georgia has elected more African-American leaders — mayors, county commissioners, et cetera — than any other state in the country. We have a long history of good race relations, and I cannot understand why the [More]

John Barrow pulls out his granddaddy’s anti-lynchin’ pistol again

  • 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]

A ‘misinformed’ Nathan Deal on an Ebola strike force

  • 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.

Only [More]

Michelle Nunn shifts to back Ebola travel ban as President Obama resists

  • 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]

Rep. John Barrow holds campaign cash advantage, but the outside money is tilting Rick Allen’s way

  • 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]

Republicans opt for cash, Democrats choose outrage in final stretch

  • 10:44 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

With the clock down to 22 days and early voting underway, both sides are showing their final hands in Georgia’s two biggest races.

Republicans are displaying a large cash advantage in an effort to avoid expensive runoffs. The Super PAC called Ending Spending and the The NRSC, which committed $1.45 million late Friday, was hoping to throw its money elsewhere, at least as of mid-September when its first Georgia buy was coming to a close. Here’s the committee’s finance chair, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, as

The gist of the issue: The HOPE scholarship, as originally launched by Gov. Zell Miller in [More]

Judging a Nathan Deal donation

  • 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.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

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]