- 9:08 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
This weekend will be awash in polls. An AJC-sponsored survey will be out this morning, as will a separate on from Channel 2 Action News. But we’ll start with a new CNN poll conducted with live callers — a rarity in Georgia this year — that shows the top-ticket Democrats with small leads within the margin of error. – Democrat Michelle Nunn: 47 percent;
– Republican David Perdue: 44 percent;
– Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 5 percent;
– Democrat Jason Carter: 48 percent;
– Republican Gov. Nathan Deal: 46 percent;
– Libertarian Andrew Hunt: 6 percent;
Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be draw for [More]
- 8:36 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
We now have a pretty clear picture of the messages Republicans and Democrats are sending to African-American voters in the last few days leading up to Nov. 4.
Playing this morning on The stark images have upset many Republicans:
“It’s despicable,” said Gov. Nathan Deal.
“It is really regrettable that anyone would resort to scare tactics to try to get people to vote. Georgia is not Missouri. Georgia has elected more African-American leaders — mayors, county commissioners, et cetera — than any other state in the country. We have a long history of good race relations, and I cannot understand why the [More]
- 10:21 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Rep. John Barrow’s Barrow mourns how “Washington Democrats look down on people for carrying firearms.”
The kicker: “Like my daddy used to say, you never really need a gun unless you need it bad.”
The second new spot from Barrow today swings to attack Republican Rick Allen from the right on immigration.
The main critique of Allen is that We told you on Tuesday that the state Democratic party had sent out an early-voting turnout mailer aimed at African-Americans, using images from Ferguson, Mo.
The images were stark. Here’s the explanation from Michael Smith, the Democratic spokesman:
“The fight for the right to vote [More]
- 9:28 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
The good news for Republicans in Georgia: Since March 1, 183,416 new voters have registered, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
That’s a good deal less than the number many, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, have said is necessary for a statewide Democratic victory on Nov. 4.
The bad news for Republicans: Only one-third of those new voters described themselves as white. While they make up a much smaller portion of Georgia’s voting population, African-Americans – who provide a reliable base for Democrats – accounted for nearly 37 percent of new voters.
In 2012, whites made up 59 percent of the voting [More]
- 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.
- 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]
- 9:31 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
A SurveyUSA poll conducted for 11Alive this morning is – Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 3 percent.
The Nunn shift likely reflects the thinking behind the outside money that has poured into this race in recent days, and could be a result of her outsourcing push against Perdue. Witness this finding, via the WXIA-TV website:
Nunn has gained ground among men. She still trails men by 3%, but five weeks ago, she was trailed among men by 19%. She also saw improvement among independents, 6 points behind Perdue instead of the 28 points in August. Nunn as lead Greater Atlanta by as little [More]
- 9:54 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Updated at 2:30 p.m.: Emory University just issued a statement backtracking on a claim made in today’s New York Times, that DeKalb County had threatened to cut off sewer lines if it wasn’t satisfied over the disposal of waste from two patients being treated for the Ebola virus.
From Vincent Dollard, Emory’s associate vice president of health science communications:
“Emory University Hospital has been treating patients with Ebola virus disease in its Serious Communicable Diseases Unit since August 2. During the early stages of this pioneering treatment of patients with Ebola virus disease in the United States, Emory established waste management protocols [More]
- 10:44 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
With the clock down to 22 days and early voting underway, both sides are showing their final hands in Georgia’s two biggest races.
Republicans are displaying a large cash advantage in an effort to avoid expensive runoffs. The Super PAC called Ending Spending and the The NRSC, which committed $1.45 million late Friday, was hoping to throw its money elsewhere, at least as of mid-September when its first Georgia buy was coming to a close. Here’s the committee’s finance chair, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, as
The gist of the issue: The HOPE scholarship, as originally launched by Gov. Zell Miller in [More]
- 9:45 am Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Tom Owens, a candidate for a vacant seat on the DeKalb County Commission, has come up with a novel and disturbing way to push back against bad press. The writer, George Chidi, denied threatening the politician and said the move is a way for the candidate to avoid answering questions about his past ahead of an upcoming election.
Chidi said he’s writing a book on civic engagement in Georgia and wanted to interview DeKalb County Commission District 1 candidate Tom Owens about the public’s perception of him.
“I hadn’t approached him until he became a public figure,” Chidi said. “He’s running for [More]