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About that Islamic-sponsored debate between John Barrow and Rick Allen

  • 10:25 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

The video from Saturday’s 12th District congressional debate between Democratic incumbent John Barrow and Republican Rick Allen was posted last night.

As you can see, the oddest thing about it was the fact that the two candidates argued across the cardboard sign announcing the sponsor of the event – the Islamic Society of Augusta.

It didn’t come off without a hitch or two. The venue of the event was changed, with only a few days’ notice, from the Islamic Community Center to the Evans Government Complex. And the Columbia County News-Time withdrew as an event sponsor – on the orders of Morris [More]

The $150,000 loan to Nathan Deal that wasn’t on his disclosure

  • 10:07 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

We told you over the weekend how Gov. Nathan Deal’s finances, an issue that dogged him four years ago, Neither Carter nor Deal has released his tax returns, although both candidates have agreed to do so.

But a tipster has sent us over some other details that didn’t show up on his campaign finance disclosure.

The transaction involved Deal’s 2012 The content signals that Isakson intends to protect his right flank. On immigration:

“Any meaningful conversation about immigration reform must begin with a plan to fully secure our borders and uphold the rule of law. I do not support any form of amnesty [More]

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]

Fight for female voters intensifies in Georgia Senate campaign

  • 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.

We’ll start with Perdue’s presser, which focused on two EEOC complaints that Nunn’s camp unintentionally exposed in the infamous series [More]

Jekyll Island watchers: Deer-baiting program delayed by race for governor?

  • 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]

Why your Christmas cards might contain campaign flyers

  • 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]

The Bush family’s increasing role in Georgia’s Senate race

  • 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]

David Perdue doubles down on ‘terrorist’ charge aimed at Michelle Nunn

  • 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]

A first glimpse into Brian Kemp’s voter registration probe

  • 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]

Neil Bush denounces ‘shameful’ claims linking Michelle Nunn to ‘terrorists’

  • 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]