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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]

Ted Cruz to rally for Nathan Deal, David Perdue

  • 2:09 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Gov. Nathan Deal and Republican Senate hopeful David Perdue just announced an nine-day “Victory Tour” starting next week, and firebrand Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — a possible presidential contender — is slated to join them.

The Cruz event will be Oct. 25 at a farm in Bloomingdale, outside Savannah. In other 2016 news, Peach Pundit reported that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will appear with Perdue on Oct. 24 in McDonough. And we’re still waiting for a date for Hillary Clinton’s visit to Georgia to help Democrat Michelle Nunn.

Here’s the full schedule from the Georgia GOP that they remind us [More]

PPP: Nathan Deal by 5, David Perdue by 2, 41 percent want Fredi Gonzalez back

  • 3:09 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

A new Georgia survey from Public Policy Polling shows both Republicans atop the ticket with small leads, but in a reversal of other polls shows Gov. Nathan Deal with a wider lead that U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue.

Still, no one is above the magic 50 percent number.

Deal leads Democrat Jason Carter 46 percent to 41 percent. Perdue leads Democrat Michelle Nunn 45 percent to 43 percent, within the poll’s margin of error. Republicans carry larger leads in all of the down-ballot races. African-Americans make up 28 percent of the survey, which is in line with the 2010 electorate.

In keeping [More]

Hillary Clinton to campaign for Michelle Nunn

  • 10:52 am Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Politico’s Maggie Haberman has the scoop on presidential candidate-in-waiting Hillary Clinton’s fall campaign schedule, which includes a trip to Georgia on behalf of Democrat Michelle Nunn.

In recent weeks, Nunn has brought in former President Bill Clinton for a fundraiser and First Lady Michelle Obama for a rally and fundraiser. There are no details yet on when Hillary Clinton is coming to town.

Per Politico, Clinton will also support Democratic candidates in the key presidential states of Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as Kentucky, North Carolina, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois, California and New York. Some more background on the calculations:

A [More]

The $150,000 loan to Nathan Deal that wasn’t on his disclosure

  • 10:07 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

We told you over the weekend how Gov. Nathan Deal’s finances, an issue that dogged him four years ago, Neither Carter nor Deal has released his tax returns, although both candidates have agreed to do so.

But a tipster has sent us over some other details that didn’t show up on his campaign finance disclosure.

The transaction involved Deal’s 2012 The content signals that Isakson intends to protect his right flank. On immigration:

“Any meaningful conversation about immigration reform must begin with a plan to fully secure our borders and uphold the rule of law. I do not support any form of amnesty [More]

Confirmation that Kasim Reed is helping Jason Carter

  • 10:36 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Hard evidence has arrived of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed helping Democrat Jason Carter’s gubernatorial campaign. Our AJC colleague Katie Leslie passes along the invite for the fundraiser at the Buckhead penthouse of Peter Conlon, of Music Midtown fame.

Reed and Carter, for those just tuning in, have not been the best of chums.There will be three Sunday voting sites in DeKalb, according to the Associated Press:

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County elections officials have approved of three Sunday voting locations for upcoming general and special elections.

Officials said in a statement Thursday that in-person voting will be allowed Oct. 26 at the [More]

A Georgia GOP heavyweight puts the onus on Obama for turmoil in Ferguson

  • 12:18 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

A Republican National Committee member from Georgia blamed the turmoil over an unarmed black man’s shooting death in Ferguson on the Obama administration, saying the nation’s first black president has squandered his chance to improve the lot of African-Americans and instead has used minorities as “nothing more than a political tool.”

“The net effect is the actual, open discussion of race has gone underground. And it means that when these eruptions occur, they are far more violent, they’re far more intense and they end up getting nationalized in a way that we’ve never seen before,” said Randy Evans, who is [More]

Drones are coming to Georgia. And they’ve got lawyers.

  • 10:49 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

If you want to know where the future is headed, watch where the legal community goes.

The legal/governmental affairs firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, perhaps the most politically active entity of its kind in Atlanta – working both sides of the aisle, has a new Washington unit: An unmanned Aircraft Systems division.

The firm is now advertising a Sept. 23 seminar in Georgia that will include a look at what might be popping up legislatively during the 2015 session of the General Assembly.

Among the speakers: state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black (think crop dusting) ; Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, chairman of the state [More]

Michelle Nunn says she’s not a sure vote for Harry Reid

  • 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]

A word from Ben Carson at VSU carries a $43k pricetag

  • 11:18 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway

We know that getting a few words out of Hillary Clinton, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, can cost a group somewhere in the range of $300,000.

Dr. Ben Carson isn’t that expensive, but $43,000 for a night’s work is still a chunk of change. Even for a neurosurgeon.
That’s what Valdosta State University is paying Carson for a Sept. 11 appearance – billed as a non-partisan fundraiser, but attracting quite a lot of attention from GOP types.

We know all of this because Mark George, a former sociology lecturer at VSU, sent us the documents. He was concerned that Carson’s political inclinations – [More]