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In historic first, DeKalb to reserve a Sunday for voting in October

  • 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]

Michelle Nunn takes baby steps away from White House on foreign policy

  • 10:09 am Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

If you listened closely to Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn’s comments Thursday, you might have heard an attempt to distance herself — ever so slightly — from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

Nunn called Obama’s And then she came close to siding with some legislative leaders pushing for more Congressional oversight of the nation’s growing role in the conflict.

“The president has to work closely with Congress. Especially at this moment in time, it’s incumbent for the president and Congress to come up with a unified strategy.”


Her father, former Sen. Sam Nunn, aimed stronger words of his own toward Obama on the role of [More]

How a plan to keep a GOP rally off the Internet went awry

  • 6:28 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Last Saturday began very sweetly for Nydia Tisdale, citizen journalist.

She was at Burt’s Farm in Dawsonville, a private concern mobbed by tourists during pumpkin season, to point her video camera at several GOP candidates at the top of the November ballot.

They were scheduled to speak at the rally, which had been advertised as a come-one, come-all event.

Most journalists, this one included, are capitalists. We do what we do for money – and God bless the publishers who pay us. But there are those who write and operate their cameras for free, simply because they are driven.

Tisdale is one of those. [More]

In U.S. Senate runoff, the Chamber takes it on the chin

  • 12:45 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

David Perdue’s decision to target the U.S. Chamber in the final days of his GOP Senate runoff was more a page torn from the family playbook than an act of desperation.

In 2002, upstart Sonny Perdue was shocked, baffled and outraged by the fact that a national political group known for reflexively endorsing Republicans instead decided to side with Democratic incumbent Gov. Roy Barnes.

In that case, it was the National Rifle Association. Perdue challenged Barnes to a shotgun duel – all right, a skeet shoot (which never happened) — and campaigned against the NRA as one of those many special interests [More]

The case of a black Republican at Georgia GOP headquarters

  • 9:00 am Saturday, July 12th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

As hard as it is to be a black Republican in Georgia, Qiana Keith was no late-comer.

In 2010, with the general election only a week away, the Gainesville volunteer posted a photo of herself with former congressman Nathan Deal, then seeking his first term as governor.

“While Nathan may not need the black vote to win, he sure needs it to govern,” she wrote. Her Facebook friends were not kind. One questioned how she could vote for a man who had uttered the phrase “ghetto grandmothers” in front of a north Georgia crowd.

Even then, Keith had been a Republican volunteer for [More]

Former Georgia GOP aide alleges racial discrimination

  • 2:43 pm Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The Georgia GOP’s effort to recruit minority voters may have just gotten significantly harder. Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin has filed this piece on a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by a former GOP aide. From the story:

Qiana Keith of Hall County, an African-American, says in the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Atlanta, that she overheard co-workers refer to her as the “house (racial slur),” showed her disrespect and humiliated her…

Anne Lewis, the Republican Party’s attorney, said, Keith was fired for “consistently poor job performance.”

Click here to read the lawsuit, or scan through it below:

David Perdue and ‘ugly American eyes’

  • 10:11 am Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

If you’re David Perdue, the first-time GOP candidate and well-traveled business executive running for U.S. Senate, you have to be wondering if politics has its own, very separate language – something wholly apart from English.

In yet another, recent interview with the editorial board of the Macon Telegraph, Perdue is in the middle of a bull session on world economics, when the topic of China comes up. The specific topic is China’s “long view” of its future:

Perdue: “This is a culture that thinks thousands of years [ahead]. Guanxi is a term over there. It’s called relationship, friendship. This isn’t like you [More]

In face of challenge, Barry Loudermilk releases his military resume

  • 9:07 am Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Late yesterday, two supporters of Bob Barr in the 11th District GOP runoff announced they would hold a 10 a.m. press conference today to call attention to what they say is rival Barry Loudermilk’s “consistent pattern of embellishment of his military service.”

Larry Mrozinski is a former 11th District candidate who has endorsed Barr, and a retired U.S. Army colonel. Also at the presser will be Bill Stanley, a Vietnam War helicopter pilot who recently penned a letter-to-the-editor,Loudermilk served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1992, rising to the rank of staff sergeant, the candidate has told us. While [More]

Stirring GOP opposition to the death penalty

  • 5:36 pm Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Late Tuesday, as the clock approached midnight, Marcus Wellons rode to oblivion on a state-inserted needle, his punishment for the rape and murder of a young Cobb County neighbor 24 years ago.

That same day, Marc Hyden, a 30-year-old confirmed conservative Republican from Marietta, hopped a plane for Washington D.C. Today, he will open a booth at the fifth annual gathering of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Hyden is a national coordinator for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, a two-year-old, GOP-based group that carries tea party suspicion of government into a new but highly logical arena:
If you don’t trust your [More]

Debunking a Jason Carter sound bite

  • 4:16 pm Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Last Friday, Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, addressed the Georgia School Board Association as it held its annual gathering in Savannah.

Someone over at PeachPundit.com has helpfully provided a 15-second clip from Carter’s 45-minute appearance – which the Georgia Republican party jumped on this afternoon:

In case you wondered what came before and after that unartful edit, we’ve got a meatier sound bite here:


And a transcript of the same below, with the video-clipped portion marked in bold:

Carter: “Let me start, number one, on the tax issue. First of all, it is a false choice to say that we’ve done [More]