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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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Followed by this:

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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.

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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]

Yes, Michelle Nunn voted for Barack Obama

  • 4:02 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

There has been a small kerfuffle of late about Georgia Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn and her voting habits.

She would not answer a Republican tracker’s query the other day on whether she voted for President Barack Obama, but the Nunn campaign tells our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin that Nunn simply does not engage with her trackers, and she’s not dodging the question.

Nunn communications director Nathan Click confirmed that yes, Nunn did vote for Obama for president. Click said Nunn is often asked that question on the campaign trail — perhaps because the only president to appear [More]

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]

Campaign tip sheet: Jill Biden comes to Atlanta

  • 7:52 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The parade of each party’s more popular figures continues Friday with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, who will be in Atlanta to raise money for the party and Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn.

Jill Biden will attend an event for the Democratic National Committee at a private Atlanta residence. (On Saturday morning, the vice president’s wife will attend a public Hands On Atlanta event with Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, at the Fort Street United Methodist Church).

At 3 p.m. today, Gov. Nathan Deal will attend the official opening of a new Food Technology [More]

Jill Biden to raise money for, campaign with Michelle Nunn

  • 5:17 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is headed to Atlanta on Friday to raise money for the party and Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn. The two also will appear at a community service-themed event.

Here’s the itinerary the White House just sent over:

[Friday] evening, Dr. Biden will attend an event for the Democratic National Committee at a private residence [in Atlanta]. This event is closed press.  

On Saturday, Dr. Biden will attend the Hands On Atlanta event with Michelle Nunn at the Fort Street United Methodist Church. Dr. Biden’s remarks at 9:00 AM are open press.

At 11:30 [More]