- 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]
- 9:04 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Expect to see U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, popping up around the South this fall to help turn out African-American voters for the midterm elections. “We can play a major role, especially in some of these southern states,” he said. “In the 60s, I was there helping people get registered to vote. I can go to North Carolina. I can go to Arkansas.”
The southern tour is largely focused on North Carolina and Louisiana — where Kay Hagan and Mary Landrieu are trying to fight off spirited GOP challengers — and it is unfolding amid renewed debate over race relations. Riots [More]
- 10:49 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
If you want to know where the future is headed, watch where the legal community goes.
The legal/governmental affairs firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, perhaps the most politically active entity of its kind in Atlanta – working both sides of the aisle, has a new Washington unit: An unmanned Aircraft Systems division.
The firm is now advertising a Sept. 23 seminar in Georgia that will include a look at what might be popping up legislatively during the 2015 session of the General Assembly.
Among the speakers: state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black (think crop dusting) ; Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, chairman of the state [More]
- 11:13 am Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Early this week, we told you of a SurveyUSA poll, commissioned by 11Alive, that placed Georgia’s races for governor and U.S. Senate in terms that mimicked past post-2002 cycles.
In the race for governor:
– Republican incumbent Nathan Deal, 48 percent;
– Democrat Jason Carter, 39 percent;
– and Libertarian Andrew Hunt, 4 percent.
In the U.S. Senate contest:
– Republican David Perdue, 48 percent;
– Democrat Michelle Nunn, 41 percent;
– and Libertarian Amanda Swafford, 3 percent.
But now we have a Landmark Communications survey, commissioned by Channel 2 Action News, released only four days later, that essentially flips those results. But the survey tracks closely [More]
- 9:00 am Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway
What you and your many, many friends thought of last October’s two-week federal government shutdown could determine the outcome of Georgia’s race for the U.S. Senate.
If enough of you thought the face-off was a drastic but legitimate tactic to rid this country of the plague of Obamacare, and to restore fiscal discipline to out-of-control spending, or if you consider such interruptions to be the new normal, Republican David Perdue wins.
On the other hand, if you and your friends remember the closing of federal facilities and the idling of hundreds of thousands of workers (never mind the national parks) as inconvenient [More]
- 10:18 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy
Details of Thursday’s U.S. Senate comparison shopping opportunity that saw Democrat Michelle Nunn and David Perdue square off During a rowdy Republican primary, Perdue was a prominent vote of no confidence for Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his future bid to lead Senate Republicans. But Nunn argued that, immediately after the July 20 primary runoff, Perdue went to Washington, met with McConnell and “pledged to be a good team player.” (The source for said observation: Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who was in the meeting.)
Said Nunn: “The only team I’m playing for here is Georgia.”
The Reid issue is an ideological benchmark on [More]
- 2:18 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway
More coming later, but here’s a first word on the U.S. Senate confrontation between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue, from our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:
MACON — Michelle Nunn and David Perdue shared the stage together Thursday for the first time in their general election battle for the U.S. Senate, and both were itching for a fight.
But while Nunn, the Democratic hopeful, targeted Perdue, the Republican candidate focused his fire on President Barack Obama.
The forum, at the Marriott City Center here, was sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the questions from the audience reflected Chamber [More]
- 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]
- 9:40 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy
Pro-Michelle Nunn forces are closing the Super PAC gap.
Early this week, we told you that pro-Republican groups were creating a hostile television climate for the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, outspending her nearly 5-to-1. Emily’s List, the non-profit dedicated to electing women who support abortion rights, launches a $1 million advertising buy today on Atlanta broadcast and cable TV.
A copy of the ad is not yet online, but Emily’s List said it focuses on a gender discrimination suit against Dollar General when Perdue was the company’s CEO. (ABC News first reported the buy this morning.)
Here’s some more background on [More]
- 10:03 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
With the prospect of taking over the U.S. Senate now in sight, Republicans are now thinking about what they’ll do with the car once they catch it.
More threats to shut the federal government down are a distinct possibility, suggests Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic [More]