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The Michelle Nunn Super PAC emerges

  • 10:16 am Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein

Georgians Together, the pro-Michelle Nunn Super PAC, is making its first foray into TV with the above spot.

Treasurer Keith Mason says the group launched a six-figure buy in Atlanta. The ad attacks David Perdue on the equal pay allegations against Dollar General that have been aired by the The anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List is out with an endorsement of Perdue this morning that cites the aforementioned Emily’s List backing of Nunn. From a statement by the group’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser:

“The SBA List Candidate Fund is thrilled to endorse his Senate bid. If elected, David will move the Senate one [More]

Living in Spin City: The rapid aftermath of a judge’s denunciation and $20k in fines

  • 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.”

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Ralph Hudgens: No longer an Obamacare ‘obstructionist’

  • 10:01 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Last year, when Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said he would do Now, as for Hudgens. The state insurance commissioner told our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos on Wednesday that he just got caught up in the heat of the moment last August:

“I spoke to a Republican group in Rome, Ga., and I said I was going to be an obstructionist, but I can’t be. I mean, I was talking to a Republican group and I was throwing them some red meat. …

“I’m not a fan of it. I don’t think it’s going to work. But there’s nothing I can do [More]

At the apex of GOP’s reign, primary turnout continues to sink

  • 9:36 am Friday, May 30th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Earlier this week, Secretary of State Brian Kemp confirmed what his website had already told us – that turnout for the May 20 primary was dismal. Under 20 percent.

But what was significant was where it was dismal. Cobb County remained the lead GOP factory for votes, generating 50,494. But that was down 23 percent from the 2004 GOP primary for U.S. Senate that featured Johnny Isakson, Herman Cain and Mac Collins.

Gwinnett County turned out 40,845 votes – a 27 percent drop in turnout from the 2004 primary. Fulton County’s 35,775 Republican votes were down 21 percent.

Statewide, the 2014 turnout for [More]

In Georgia, John Lewis is now the last word in federal judgeships

  • 10:07 am Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Things aren’t looking good for Michael Boggs, the state court of appeals judge whose nomination for a federal judgeship is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Boggs, a former state Democratic lawmaker from Waycross, has drawn criticism for past votes to tighten abortion restrictions, support a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Georgia, and – in 2001 – oppose the removal of the 1956-era state flag and its Confederate battle emblem.

On the cusp of their best political season since they lost power in 2002, Georgia Democrats have been suspiciously silent about Boggs.
Boggs did say in his confirmation “my views may [More]

Unlimited cash for campaigns? GOP Senate candidates are split

  • 9:56 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein

Five of seven GOP candidates gathered in Marietta on Tuesday evening in a forum sponsored by the all-powerful Cobb County Republican Women’s Club.

The two presumed frontrunners in the contest, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue, had other things to do.

The rest plowed ground that has become very familiar – with perhaps a single exception. One of the questioners, Anne Lewis, who is general counsel for the Georgia GOP, noted the recent 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted federal limits on the aggregate amounts that individuals could give to federal contests.

The limit on contributions per candidate remain, but [More]

Michelle Nunn up today with first TV ad

  • 6:00 am Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Atlanta TV viewers will get a steady diet of Michelle Nunn for the next week as she makes her first foray into television advertising in the U.S. Senate race.

Nunn is the likely Democratic nominee, but the ad does not mention her party, instead promoting her centrist, problem-solver image with a photo of her with George H.W. Bush, the founder of the Points of Light Foundation. Nunn declares that she’s running for Senate because she’s “optimistic about Georgia’s future.”

The introductory salvo comes as Republican primary contestants David Perdue and Jack Kingston continue to shell out large sums on the airwaves, and [More]

Poll gives Democrats a shot at governor’s race

  • 8:46 am Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Georgia Democrats have had little to rejoice over in recent years. Maybe that’s why they were quick to seize on another recent poll that gives the party a reason to look forward to November.

Our corporate cousins over at WSB-TV

The poll, conducted by Landmark Communications/Rosetta Stone, found that Deal leads Carter by a margin of 43 percent to 39 percent. That’s within the poll’s four-point margin of error. About one-fifth of voters remain undecided, and where they break could determine the race.

It’s the latest poll that shows Deal hovering within a few percentage points of the critical 50 percent barrier. Polls [More]

Erick Erickson: ‘I’ll be on the board’ of Georgia Life Alliance

  • 2:32 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Though it’s not much of a surprise, talk radio provocateur Erick Erickson has fessed up to being part of the effort to persuade the National Right to Life organization to disassociate itself from Georgia Right to Life. From PeachPundit:

I’m talking about the Georgia Life Alliance, of which I am a part and will be on the board. This weekend we are asking National Right to Life to affiliate with us, which would mean ending their relationship with Georgia Right to Life (“GRTL”).

I have been calling for a new pro-life organization in Georgia since GRTL sided with Planned Parenthood and [More]

A surprise bid to undercut the clout of Georgia Right to Life

  • 5:41 pm Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

On Friday, behind a closed door in Washington, an upstart group with substantial but unstated political backing back home will ask the National Right to Life organization to discard Georgia Right to Life — the most powerful anti-abortion force in the state Capitol — as one of its 50 state affiliates.

It’s a bold power play that involves the current Republican race for the U.S. Senate, a threatened Democratic resurgence in Georgia, and GRTL’s insistent refusal to recognize incest and rape as exceptions to its blanket condemnation of abortion.

Candidates who disagree with the Georgia chapter’s uncompromising position that abortion is acceptable [More]