- 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Eight years have passed since an African-American won a statewide, partisan election in Georgia. And truth be told, the real drought has lasted much longer.
The first and only time a black candidate has won statewide office in Georgia without first being appointed to it — and thus having the advantage of incumbency – was in 1998, when Democrat Michael Thurmond claimed the open seat for state labor commissioner.
It is one of the crueler streaks of Georgia politics, but may be about to end. The winds of change are blowing on both the Republican and Democratic side of this year’s race [More]
- 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]
- 10:19 am Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
In the religious-political world, most eyes will be focused today on U.S. Supreme Court arguments in a renewed battle over President Barack Obama’s health care law that pits the religious rights of employers against World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.
Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America’s largest Christian charities…
[World Vision U.S. president Richard] Stearns asserts that [More]
- 9:00 am Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Today is the fourth birthday of the Affordable Care Act. Strictly speaking, this is not news, but a predictable, calendar-based event.
Rather like a Legislature in Georgia passing a gun bill in an election year. You can nearly set your watch by it.
No, news is the unexpected. It is man bites dog – which is silly. Or Vladimir Putin sending an apology and flowers to Ukraine – which is pure fantasy.
News is an elected Republican endorsing an expansion of Medicaid in Georgia. Which may be just as inconceivable, but really happened.
One of the year’s grandest acts of political rebellion in the [More]
- 10:29 am Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
The photo below, taken and Tweeted by Jeanne Bonner of Georgia Public Broadcasting, shows a momentarily estranged pair of likely November foes — and neatly sums up the theme of Sine Die in the state Capitol.
It was all about setting the table for the 2014 election season. Those struggling to boost their chances in Republican primaries vied with Republicans who are more worried about a Democratic resurgence in November.
Twenty-four of 119 Republican state lawmakers face May 20 primary opposition. Five of 36 GOP senators have primary opposition. So does Gov. Nathan Deal.
But the governor also has a well-funded Jason Carter [More]
- 2:55 pm Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Buried in the storm of bills shoved through the Legislature on Tuesday was a late-night surprise – for those paying attention.
During debate on [More]
- 9:56 am Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
11Alive has a new statewide poll out this morning thatWith two months before the primary, Democrat Michelle Nunn is on the verge of winning her party’s nomination without a runoff, according to the automated SurveyUSA poll.
Straight-up numbers: Nunn, 48 percent; Todd Robinson, 14 percent; Steen Miles, 11 percent; and Branko “Dr. Rad” Radulovacki at 5 percent.
Republican incumbent Nathan Deal is pulling 65 percent of the GOP vote in his contest. Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington comes in at 11 percent and School Superintendent John Barge registers at 7 percent.
But break out the salt shakers, ladies and gentlemen.
First, the numbers: [More]
- 6:00 am Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
When state Rep. Sharon Cooper publicly mused in January about At the meeting, commissioner Clyde Reese said board members would soon be asked to approve a plan for a “step-down rural access for communities that have lost their hospitals.” That could clear the way for struggling hospitals, or even those that were recently shuttered, to more easily drop expensive offerings and scale back to limited services such as emergency care.
- 8:34 am Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has spent $33,000 of his congressional office budget over the last two years on a specialist in rhetorical skills, according to the above clip from Justin Gray of Channel 2 Action News.
The video focuses on the expenditure of taxpayer dollars. We’ll focus on where the money went – to Brett O’Donnell, the former Liberty University debate coach was Michele Bachmann’s top aide when she ran for president in 2012. O’Donnell has also served as a debate coach for George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.
Broun’s office identifies O’Donnell as a vetted staffer:
“In compliance with all House rules, [More]
- 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]