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David Perdue backs UGA on canceling journalist visit because of Ebola fear

  • 2:04 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue sent out a press release today supporting the University of Georgia’s decision not to allow a Liberian journalist speak in Athens because of Ebola concerns.

“The Ebola crisis continues to be a serious concern here in Georgia. The President’s lack of leadership on the matter is putting American lives at risk. The national response to Ebola must be a comprehensive, well-coordinated effort that includes a travel ban from Ebola-stricken countries. I’m encouraged to see The University of Georgia take additional precautions to prevent the spread of this disease and protect our students and communities. [More]

A ‘misinformed’ Nathan Deal on an Ebola strike force

  • 10:37 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Officially, last night’s Atlanta Press Club gubernatorial debate was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Nathan Deal couldn’t wait. At 5:39 p.m., his office sent out a press release announcing that the Republican governor would sign an executive order announcing the creation of an “Ebola response team.”

Call it the incumbent’s advantage. In doing so, the governor guaranteed himself a first question that turned the proceedings into something like a press conference.

“I believe that we do have the resources that are available, and if we need additional resources, we will try to make sure that those are available,” a well-prepped Deal said.

Only [More]

Michelle Nunn ad again features George H.W. Bush; again he’s not pleased

  • 6:00 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

A new ad from Democrat Michelle Nunn in the U.S. Senate race aims to puncture the notion that she is a lackey of President Barack Obama, pointing out that the oft-displayed picture of her with the president in attack ads came from an event honoring President George H.W. Bush.

“Throughout my career, I’ve been able to work with Republicans and Democrats,” Nunn says as images of her with the past four presidents flash across the screen.

But Bush has endorsed Republican David Perdue in the race and had expressed displeasure at the same image being used in a Nunn ad [More]

Michelle Nunn ad features business with outsourcing past

  • 7:54 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

This week, Senate-seeking Democrat Michelle Nunn continued the outsourcing drumbeat against Republican David Perdue by introducing a new face into her television advertising: Roy Richards Jr., chairman of the board of power cable manufacturer Southwire.

Here’s what Richards says in the ad:

“My dad founded Southwire in Carrollton more than 60 years ago, and today it’s the leading manufacturer of power cable in North America. When I hear David Perdue say he’s proud to have outsourced jobs to other parts of the world, I have to wonder. Every time we invest in Georgia workers, they can compete with anyone in the [More]

Yes, Michelle Nunn voted for Barack Obama

  • 4:02 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

There has been a small kerfuffle of late about Georgia Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn and her voting habits.

She would not answer a Republican tracker’s query the other day on whether she voted for President Barack Obama, but the Nunn campaign tells our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin that Nunn simply does not engage with her trackers, and she’s not dodging the question.

Nunn communications director Nathan Click confirmed that yes, Nunn did vote for Obama for president. Click said Nunn is often asked that question on the campaign trail — perhaps because the only president to appear [More]

Jill Biden to raise money for, campaign with Michelle Nunn

  • 5:17 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is headed to Atlanta on Friday to raise money for the party and Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn. The two also will appear at a community service-themed event.

Here’s the itinerary the White House just sent over:

[Friday] evening, Dr. Biden will attend an event for the Democratic National Committee at a private residence [in Atlanta]. This event is closed press.  

On Saturday, Dr. Biden will attend the Hands On Atlanta event with Michelle Nunn at the Fort Street United Methodist Church. Dr. Biden’s remarks at 9:00 AM are open press.

At 11:30 [More]

David Perdue, John Barrow join drumbeat for travel ban on Ebola-troubled nations

  • 10:33 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

A Dallas health care worker stricken with the Ebola virus U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, was among the first to do so. This came in last night from House Speaker John Boehner:

“Today we learned that one individual who has contracted the virus flew to Ohio through the Cleveland airport in the last few days. A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow.”

Likewise on Wednesday, David Perdue, the [More]

Looking for a Democratic upset? The race for school superintendent has possibilities

  • 5:48 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Todd Rehm writes the blog known as GeorgiaPundit.com and is a Republican consultant who sometimes joins me in front of a TV camera. Michael Thurmond is the DeKalb County school superintendent and owner of a long Democratic resume.

The two men live in separate worlds and have never met, so far as I know. But they agree on at least one thing:

If you want to lay a wager on the Democrat who might be celebrating election to a statewide office on the first Tuesday in November, don’t place your money on Michelle Nunn or Jason Carter.

It will be difficult for [More]

Michael Bloomberg gave $350,000 to pro-Michelle Nunn Super PAC

  • 2:38 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Former New York City mayor, media tycoon and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg gave $350,000 to a pro-Michelle Nunn Super PAC last month, making him easily the biggest single benefactor to her campaign.

A new FEC filing from Georgians Together revealed the donation as the main engine behind the Super PAC’s $400,000 ad campaign on Nunn’s behalf.

Bloomberg had given the maximum $5,200 to Nunn’s campaign earlier this year. Republicans have used it to cast her as a gun-grabber.

Other donors to Georgians Together, which is being guided by former Clinton White House aide Keith Mason, include Bill Clinton [More]

National Democrats go after David Perdue on education

  • 1:43 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

The result of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s new $1 million ad buy in Georgia is a shift away from the Michelle Nunn campaign’s outsourcing drumbeat.

Instead, the Washington Dems are going after suburban moms by highlighting Republican David Perdue’s desire to eliminate the federal Department of Education. This lines up with what Nunn was pushing earlier this month.

The script:

Georgia’s schools need help. But David Perdue wants to shut down the Department of Education. That would devastate Georgia schools. A billion dollars cut from K through 12. Eliminate all federal student loans. All of them. Why?

Perdue: “I don’t see education in the [More]