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Former mayor of Uvalda, Ga., to receive JFK ‘Profile in Courage’ award

  • 4:50 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced the two recipients of its annual Profile in Courage awards this afternoon.

One is well known – former President George H.W. Bush, who will be honored for breaking his no-new-taxes pledge to cement a bipartisan budget deal in 1990 and put his re-election chances in jeopardy. President Bill Clinton was the result.

But the bigger surprise is Paul Bridges, the former mayor of Uvalda, Ga., population 592 – give or take a few souls.

My AJC colleague Jeremy Redmond offers these details:

Bridges, the former mayor of the small, rural town of Uvalda in Montgomery County, served [More]

Driver’s license ban loses to ‘wisdom, justice and moderation’

  • 6:11 pm Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

A last-ditch effort to ban driver’s licenses for immigrants who have been granted a humanitarian reprieve from deportation – because they were brought here as children — died on a bipartisan 27-8 vote in the state Senate on Monday.

The amendment was offered by Bill Heath, R-Bremen. Opposition was led by another Republican, Tommie Williams of Lyons – the former Senate president pro tem, a former missionary, and a farmer who deals in pine straw and blueberries.

The video won’t be available until tomorrow, but below are a few transcribed excerpts. Williams began by riffing on the state’s motto of “Wisdom, [More]

Few raised nails in Saturday’s debate of GOP Senate candidates

  • 12:43 pm Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

GAINESVILLE — The Chinese have a saying that underlines the value of conformity: “It is the raised nail that gets hammered.”

For the most part, this was the theme of Saturday night’s third U.S. Senate debate sponsored by the Georgia GOP. All seven candidates attended and expressed near-identical positions on the minimum wage, the Affordable Care Act, and illegal immigration.

The best measure when it came to the pressure to conform: When asked whether Congress should intervene to kill Common Core, the new, multi-state set of education standards for public schools, businessman David Perdue noted that his parents were both school teachers.

“If [More]

Frankly, my dear: A friendly, taxpayer-funded note from Phil Gingrey

  • 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]

Paul Broun says Jack Kingston uses wrong model for conservatism: Speaker John Boehner

  • 10:03 am Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

This week, two forums will feature Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, and a pair of issues are rising up to meet them.

One touches on insurance. And the other is House Speaker John Boehner. First, the settings:

Six of the GOP candidates will attend a “small business roundtable” at Turner Field at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Democrat  Branko Radulovacki will be there as well, but not his primary rival, Michelle Nunn.

A third forum for all eight Republican Senate candidates will come on Saturday in Gainesville, sponsored by the state GOP.

Now as for those pesky issues:

Last week, the Madison Project handed a fulsome Senate [More]

Jason Carter on Medicaid, early voting – and snow

  • 10:34 am Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

State Sen. Jason Carter, D-Atlanta, was on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” last night, outlining his views on issues likely to liner through November.

An email from the Carter campaign highlighted only the state senator’s remarks on education.

“The governor has decided to put the Washington politics of what he calls Obamacare ahead of our taxpayers. We’re paying today, as Georgians, for the Medicaid expansion dollars the federal government has, and yet we’re refusing to take them. That’s a terrible stewardship of our governor, of our tax dollars….

“If you want to fight Obamacare, you can go to Washington. But in [More]

Buzz over a Coke ad: Multi-lingual ‘America’ and two gay dads

  • 11:25 am Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

This 60-second Coca Cola ad, unveiled last night, is creating some buzz – both because of its multi-lingual rendition of “America the Beautiful” and a glimpse of two gay dads on an ice rink with their kid:

This is an interesting piece of video by the Atlanta company — particular that three-second glimpse of a same-sex couple.  Certainly, it will be considered the company’s soft response to criticism that Coke has received from gay America for its sponsorship of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Some background from the Huffington Post:

Coca-Cola has been forced into the closet regarding its sponsorship of [More]

Democratic poll: 63% of metro Atlanta voters say Nathan Deal flunked his own ice storm test

  • 9:22 am Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

We told you Thursday that someone was already measuring On Wednesday, the first full day of paralysis, Huttman polled 1,000 likely voters statewide (MOE +/-3.1%) and 492 likely voters (MOE +/-4.4 percent) in the disaster-declared zone of Fulton, Cherokee, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Douglas, Rockdale, Fayette, Henry.

Crosstabs can be found here. Highlights of the poll:

– 73 percent of voters in the snow-affected areas of metro Atlanta rated the performance of Deal, the state Department of Transportation and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency as fair or poor. Statewide, 63 percent disapproved.

– The poll quoted Deal’s assessment following the 2011 ice [More]

Your daily jolt: Paul Broun says Democrats need illegal alien vote to take Georgia

  • 6:27 pm Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

By and large, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has been a toned-down version of himself since jumping into the Republican race for U.S. Senate.

That may be changing. In a just-posted interview with Joshua Stewart of Georgia Public Broadcasting, the Athens congressman cut loose with some flowery language on the topic of electability and the viability of a Democratic candidate such as Michelle Nunn.

The audio can be found here. In this bit, Broun is clearly targeting GOP rival Jack Kingston, the congressman from Savannah:

 “The only way that a Democrat has any possibility of winning this race—and frankly, I think it is [More]