- 6:34 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Very bad timing for Georgia Democrats. Michael Berlon abandoned leadership of the state Democratic Party last year, replaced by former state lawmaker DuBose Porter. From the press release:
ATLANTA – Former attorney Michael Rene Berlon has been arraigned on federal charges of mail and wire fraud.
“This defendant is charged with defrauding his own clients out of over $1.8 million,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “They came to him for legal help, and instead he drained their bank accounts.”
J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “Individuals relying on the professionalism and trust of individuals like [More]
- 9:00 am Saturday, September 6th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Next month, for the first time in state history, some Georgia voters will be able to cast their ballots on a Sunday.
In an effort to boost turnout, DeKalb County — the state’s richest source of Democratic votes — is about to name Oct. 26 as an extra day to vote, as well as a day of rest.
Look for other counties to follow.
Throughout this summer, we’ve pondered over how Democrats might boost their numbers to push their legacy candidates, Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter, over the finish line. They’re finally showing their hand.
Lee May, DeKalb County’s interim CEO, will announce the [More]
- 10:20 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Oh, the spinning that took place within minutes of a Fulton County judge’s decision to fine the top aide of the state ethics commission and the attorney general’s office – An over-excited law firm representing LaBerge put out its press release, teletype fashion, in all caps, blaming state lawyers. In part:
“IT IS OUR HOPE THE APPELLATE COURT WILL CORRECT THE GRAVE INJUSTICE DONE TODAY BY BLAMING THE WHISTLEBLOWER THAT RISKED HER JOB TO DISCLOSE A MAJOR COVER UP ENGAGED IN BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN TO HIDE THE TRUTH AND AVOID LIABILITY IN PENDING LITIGATION.”
- 5:09 pm Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy
Our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos passes along the following dispatch:
The racial unrest caused by tensions over the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., could be a rallying cry for Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts, according to the voter education committee chair for the Democratic Southern caucus.
“There is a story beneath the story in Ferguson,” chairwoman Janet May said at the Southern Caucus meeting during the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta on Friday.
May ran through the stats of the 21,000-person Missouri town: 13,000 black citizens, about 7,000 white. Five city council members– one of whom was black. Fifty-three policemen – [More]
- 3:59 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy
The Democratic National Committee is having its summer meetings this week in Atlanta, in part to show its intention to commit resources to making Georgia competitive.
DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of Florida, told reporters at a news conference today that the party has hired a “Voter Expansion Coordinator” in Georgia as part of its efforts to register and turn out the hundreds of thousands of new voters Democrats need to make this election — and future ones — close.
Here’s Wasserman Schultz:
“There is a reason that we are in Georgia. A year ago, in Arizona, I promised that Democrats were [More]
- 3:22 pm Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
State Sen. Jason Carter said tax increases to boost education funding would be off the table should he win November’s gubernatorial election. Where that money would come from has been a question that’s dogged his campaign to oust Gov. Nathan Deal.
The Democrat elaborated on those funding plans Thursday by calling for a review of government to expose what he expects to be a “giant amount of waste” in state spending.
“You see it throughout the government. Everyone knows that it’s there,” said Carter, an Atlanta state senator, after a tour of a DeKalb high school. “We have not done a true top-to-bottom review [More]
- 10:06 am Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
DuBose Porter, chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia. AJC file
The most prominent and, without a doubt, annoying gadget at the state Democratic convention in Dublin this weekend was a cheap, plastic whistle, meant to symbolize lawsuits brought or threatened by four dismissed employees of the state ethics commission.
The shrieks, blown at nearly every mention of a Republican – especially Gov. Nathan Deal — assaulted every eardrum in the DuBose Porter Center of the Oconee Fall Line Technical College, an auditorium named after the state lawmaker who is now chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia.
During the proceedings, we chatted with [More]
- 12:20 pm Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
The raucous Democratic race for state Senate District 42, a seat now held by the exiting Jason Carter, has been filled with unsubtle accusations traded by former state Rep. Elena Parent and Decatur attorney Kyle Williams.
This robo-call is the exception – click to listen.
Here’s the opening:
“I’m Kate Carter. I’m a Candler Park resident and a public school teacher, and I’m voting for Democrat Elena Parent for state Senate. Elena Parent fought Republican cuts to education funding and she fought to protect HOPE….”
Kate Carter never mentions that she’s the wife of Jason Carter, who has publicly picked no horse [More]
- 4:15 pm Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
If you’re Kyle Williams, you’re feeling particularly lonely today.
The grand old man of the Georgia Democratic party, former Gov. Roy Barnes, is the star of a very tough robocall hitting answering machines in Senate District 42, which on Tuesday will pick a successor to Jason Carter.
Barnes treats Williams’ only rival, Elena Parent, as an incumbent: “She’s a progressive Democrat, and we should keep her.”
And the former governor slams Williams, a Decatur attorney: “Shame on her opponent….I hope you’ll join me in rejecting these Karl Rove-style dirty tricks.” Click here to listen:
The row began with a Williams mailer that lodged this [More]
- 9:00 am Saturday, April 26th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Last week, two days before Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law the gun bill that has brought our state so much national attention, his Democratic challenger appeared before a friendly MSNBC camera.
After the inoffensive preliminaries, interviewer Chuck Todd raised a most delicate issue for state Sen. Jason Carter and his still-young campaign for governor.
When HB 60 passed the General Assembly last month, Carter was one of only four Democratic lawmakers to support the measure – and the sole Democrat in the Senate to do so. So why did he vote for a measure that puts more concealed weaponry in bars, [More]