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Barack Obama: ‘If Michelle Nunn wins, that means … we can keep on doing some good work.’

  • 5:05 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

JACKSON — We told you earlier this week about President Barack Obama’s call-in to V-103 in Atlanta to fire up Democratic base voters, in lieu of an in-person visit.

The audio of the interview belatedly posted today and it included a quote coming to an attack ad near you:

“If Michelle Nunn wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the Senate. And that means that we can keep on doing some good work. So it is critically important to make sure that folks vote.”

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue, who has owned the fact that he’s running against [More]

A complicated event featuring Zell and Shirley Miller, Sam and Michelle Nunn

  • 3:43 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Young Harris, Ga. – This afternoon’s dedication of the Zell and Shirley Library on the small but scenic campus of Young Harris College was a complicated occasion.

Though formally a non-political event, it was stocked with multiple generations of Georgians who live and breathe electoral politics.

Presiding was Cathy Cox, the 2006 Democratic candidate for governor, who for the last seven years has served as the college’s president.

Former U.S. Senator Zell Miller was the star of the program. The library is recognition of his close ties to the institution, where he was on the faculty – but also where his family once [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]

Democratic turnout flyer: ‘If you want to prevent another Ferguson…’

  • 2:38 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy

The Democratic effort to pump up the African-American vote in Georgia just took an interesting turn.

A reader has sent us this early-voting turnout mailer sent out by the Georgia Democratic party that focuses on the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, Mo. It contains an interesting line that concedes the problem of low interest among black voters:

“If we want a better, safer future for our children, it’s up to us to vote for change. The choices may not always be perfect, but the cost of inaction is simply too great.”

Here’s a complete look:

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Only one-third of 183,416 new voters describe themselves as white

  • 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]

David Perdue backs UGA on canceling journalist visit because of Ebola fear

  • 2:04 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue sent out a press release today supporting the University of Georgia’s decision not to allow a Liberian journalist speak in Athens because of Ebola concerns.

“The Ebola crisis continues to be a serious concern here in Georgia. The President’s lack of leadership on the matter is putting American lives at risk. The national response to Ebola must be a comprehensive, well-coordinated effort that includes a travel ban from Ebola-stricken countries. I’m encouraged to see The University of Georgia take additional precautions to prevent the spread of this disease and protect our students and communities. [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 ad again features George H.W. Bush; again he’s not pleased

  • 6:00 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

A new ad from Democrat Michelle Nunn in the U.S. Senate race aims to puncture the notion that she is a lackey of President Barack Obama, pointing out that the oft-displayed picture of her with the president in attack ads came from an event honoring President George H.W. Bush.

“Throughout my career, I’ve been able to work with Republicans and Democrats,” Nunn says as images of her with the past four presidents flash across the screen.

But Bush has endorsed Republican David Perdue in the race and had expressed displeasure at the same image being used in a Nunn ad [More]

Michelle Nunn ad features business with outsourcing past

  • 7:54 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

This week, Senate-seeking Democrat Michelle Nunn continued the outsourcing drumbeat against Republican David Perdue by introducing a new face into her television advertising: Roy Richards Jr., chairman of the board of power cable manufacturer Southwire.

Here’s what Richards says in the ad:

“My dad founded Southwire in Carrollton more than 60 years ago, and today it’s the leading manufacturer of power cable in North America. When I hear David Perdue say he’s proud to have outsourced jobs to other parts of the world, I have to wonder. Every time we invest in Georgia workers, they can compete with anyone in the [More]