- 3:22 pm Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
Politics can be a contact sport, even when the candidates themselves don’t show.
The supporters of Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn held dueling press conferences today on different themes near and dear to female voters in their campaigns for Georgia’s open Senate seat.
For Nunn, it was an attempt to make sure the emerging gender gap, which we detailed here last week, widens. For Perdue, it was a chance to dint the notion that his female support is lacking.
- 9:18 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
You may be able to count Bambi among those praying for a runoff in Georgia’s race for governor.
In July, a move by the Jekyll Island Authority to cull the state park’s deer population was taken off a meeting agenda, with a promise to quickly revisit the bait-and-shoot operation.
The proposal still hasn’t resurfaced. “Just asking around, it appears that a lot of phone calls have gone into the governor’s office,” said David Egan, co-founder of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island State Park. “Now, nobody’s talking about it.”
Egan and his co-founder wife, Mindy Egan, oppose the operation, noting that deer-baiting is [More]
- 9:00 am Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Even as the Braves’ dreams of October grow slimmer and slimmer, the odds are increasing that Georgia’s hot races for governor and the U.S. Senate will see post-season play.
In fact, the 2014 election season may not be settled until 2015.
Which means the 436th television presentation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” could be brought to you by the folks from “Michelle Nunn Is a Friend to Terrorists,” or “David Perdue Is a Woman-Hating Oligarch.”
Happy holidays, people.
Several September polls, including one by this newspaper, vary widely but agree on two things: No candidate in the races for governor or U.S. Senate has [More]
- 9:48 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
The powerful Bush clan is playing an increasingly prominent role in Georgia’s Senate race.
After George H.W. Bush
This morning, we received this statement from Jim McGrath, the elder Bush’s spokesman:
“President Bush believes America is heading in the wrong direction, and for that reason he also believes it is vital that the Republican Party regain control of the Senate. As he indicated he would do back in April, this week he made good on his pledge to endorse the GOP nominee – and to be very clear he is absolutely committed to seeing David Perdue elected to the U.S. Senate [More]
- 10:28 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
On Tuesday, Neil Bush, son and brother of former Republican presidents, called on GOP Senate candidate David Perdue to renounce his accusations that Democrat Michelle Nunn “gave money to terrorists.”
“It really makes my blood boil to think that someone would make that kind of an allegation, whether it’s an independent political group or a candidate for office,” said Bush, chairman of the Points of Light Foundation established by Bush ’41 – who has endorsed Perdue.
But this morning, Perdue doubled down on the “terrorist” charge, with this new ad now airing on WSB-TV:
From the script:
Narrator: Michelle Nunn’s own plan says [More]
- 9:59 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
The targets will hold a noon press conference at the state Capitol, but this afternoon’s emergency meeting of the state election board will be Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s show – an opportunity to explain why he’s launched an investigation into the most prominent voter registration project of the 2014 election season.
The board will gather in Room 341 of the Capitol, one of the building’s largest meeting spaces. But the meeting won’t be livestreamed – you’ll have to be present to win.
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, one of the organizers behind the New Georgia Project, says she’s not sure [More]
- 6:23 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
One day after Republican David Perdue pocketed the endorsement of George H.W. Bush in the race for U.S. Senate, a son of the 90-year-old former president denounced as “shameful” and “disrespectful” Perdue-endorsed claims that a Bush-established foundation once headed by Democratic rival Michelle Nunn “gave money to organizations linked to terrorists.”
The charge is contained in a 30-second TV spot paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee and approved by Perdue, now airing on television stations across the state.
“That’s ridiculous,” said Neil Bush, the 59-year-old chairman of the Points of Light Foundation, in an exclusive phone interview with The Atlanta [More]
- 3:18 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
A host of Democratic dignitaries, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, were on hand to greet President Barack Obama upon his arrival here this afternoon. Missing from the tarmac: His party’s top contenders for higher office.
Gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter and Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn were elsewhere as the president landed to talk about his administration’s new
Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign highlighted tweets Carter sent in 2013 welcoming Obama to town, as well as the Facebook post you see to the right. His spokeswoman Jen Talaber noted that he “doesn’t seem quite as excited to have his longtime friend” arrive now.
Carter spokesman [More]
- 10:11 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter meet at an education forum hosted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators in Atlanta on Monday. Kent D. Johnson, email@example.com
The event, the organizers insisted, was a forum – not a debate.
And yet that’s what Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter turned it into – in front of members of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.
Both were featured speaker at Michelle Obama’s get out the vote drive last week. But when her husband
Over the weekend, state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, D-Lithonia, opened up a debate on corporal punishment [More]
- 1:25 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
George H.W. Bush endorsed Republican David Perdue in the race for Senate today, following a weekend meeting at the former president’s Maine home.
The move is no surprise to anyone who has been watching the race.
Democrat Michelle Nunn has invoked her ties to the elder Bush in ads and campaign rhetoric. Earlier this year, the former president earlier said he wouldn’t Nunn said in a statement she is proud to have worked with the elder Bush and his son despite their party differences.
“That experience – running President Bush’s organization that helps millions of people improve their lives and their communities – is [More]