- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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;
- 9:00 am Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
To understand Thomas Jefferson and his lifelong suspicion of all things British, biographer Jon Meacham writes, you have to stop thinking of the American Revolution as the brief episode that began July 4, 1776, and ended with the Battle of Yorktown five years later.
Shaking off the English was a five-decade effort, Meacham argues, that began in 1764 and didn’t end until Andy Jackson settled their hash once and for all in New Orleans, ending the War of 1812.
Political movements, in other words, are like paper towels. They don’t always tear along the dotted lines. In fact, they seldom do.
Georgia’s most [More]
- 10:06 am Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Sure, they can do this in Atlanta. The question is whether it will fly in Cobb County. From Channel 2 Action News:
Here’s the quick recap from the Associated Press:
The Atlanta Braves will no longer allow some off-duty police officers to carry guns at Turner Field, which has prompted objections.
Under the team’s new policy, off-duty officers from jurisdictions that don’t include Turner Field will no longer be allowed to bring firearms into the stadium.
Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins tells WSB-TV that the policy change will make the ball games less safe, adding that “armed good guys stop armed bad guys.”
Jerry Henry, [More]
- 12:38 pm Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy
Vice President Joseph Biden will travel to the Atlanta area Tuesday.
The vice president’s office would not provide any details, but we’re told he will visit Drew Charter School in East Lake.
Tuesday is also the day President Barack Obama releases his budget request to Congress, so the trip could be related to a new administration initiative there. Also, if you see Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in the pack, keep in mind that quite a few people are looking to see if the White House will slip in some significant funds for the dredging of the Port of Savannah.
- 9:10 am Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
The image above is a mailing that arrived Wednesday at an AJC reporter’s house in U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s district. The Marietta Republican’s message is rather clear on the subject of immigration: “Secure Our Borders. Enforce Current Law. No Amnesty.”
But squint and cock your head just so to look at the bottom half: “Public document – official business. This document was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.”
We’ve spent a lot of time in the heated U.S. Senate race talking about the perils of incumbency, but here’s an upside for the three sitting congressmen: The chance to advertise your views [More]