- 12:01 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Closing arguments in Nov. 4 general election campaign hit Georgia television today.
Early this morning, we pointed you to the final argument of Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor. So we’ll lead this post with what Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal hopes will be his final say in the contest.
Closers are usually upbeat, an attempt to give voters a reason to vote for the candidate. But Deal couldn’t resist a final shot at Carter:
Here’s the needle: “My opponent’s false attacks? Camouflage for his four years of no accomplishment [More]
- 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.”
- 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]
- 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]
- 9:28 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
The good news for Republicans in Georgia: Since March 1, 183,416 new voters have registered, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
That’s a good deal less than the number many, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, have said is necessary for a statewide Democratic victory on Nov. 4.
The bad news for Republicans: Only one-third of those new voters described themselves as white. While they make up a much smaller portion of Georgia’s voting population, African-Americans – who provide a reliable base for Democrats – accounted for nearly 37 percent of new voters.
In 2012, whites made up 59 percent of the voting [More]
- 10:18 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy
Details of Thursday’s U.S. Senate comparison shopping opportunity that saw Democrat Michelle Nunn and David Perdue square off During a rowdy Republican primary, Perdue was a prominent vote of no confidence for Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his future bid to lead Senate Republicans. But Nunn argued that, immediately after the July 20 primary runoff, Perdue went to Washington, met with McConnell and “pledged to be a good team player.” (The source for said observation: Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who was in the meeting.)
Said Nunn: “The only team I’m playing for here is Georgia.”
The Reid issue is an ideological benchmark on [More]
- 8:10 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
All this talk about Gov. Nathan Deal’s suddenly expanding email list may have given us an idea.
The AJC’s political team is unveiling its new newsletter today.
It’s your link to highlights of our coverage of news from the Gold Dome to Capitol Hill, including our legislative reporting, political features and analysis pieces from your Insiders. There’s also handy tips to what we’re reading in other media outlets and what we’re watching in the weeks and months to come.
So if you want to stay up to date with Georgia’s biggest political news, make sure you subscribe to our list. You can [More]
- 4:05 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
We have it on excellent authority that state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, a two-term ally of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, is in the running to become the next state Senate majority leader.
The position is an open one, given the departure of Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone, who chose not to run for re-election this year.
We’re told that Miller will be releasing the identities of his top supporters in the chamber within a matter of days, which should tell us whether he should be considered the immediate frontrunner for the post.
- 12:45 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
David Perdue’s decision to target the U.S. Chamber in the final days of his GOP Senate runoff was more a page torn from the family playbook than an act of desperation.
In 2002, upstart Sonny Perdue was shocked, baffled and outraged by the fact that a national political group known for reflexively endorsing Republicans instead decided to side with Democratic incumbent Gov. Roy Barnes.
In that case, it was the National Rifle Association. Perdue challenged Barnes to a shotgun duel – all right, a skeet shoot (which never happened) — and campaigned against the NRA as one of those many special interests [More]
- 5:22 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway
But once we hit the bewitching hour of 7 p.m. , these are your best links for tonight’s drama:
– The Democratic and Republican runoffs for state school superintendent to replace incumbent John Barge;