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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]

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]

A debate over education, and a Nathan Deal childhood mystery

  • 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, kdjohnson@ajc.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

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Over the weekend, state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, D-Lithonia, opened up a debate on corporal punishment [More]

Three weekend polls put holiday runoffs in Georgia’s future

  • 11:39 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

As the weekend began, a number of statewide polls surfaced showing a mix of findings in races for governor and U.S. Senate.

The governor’s race is a dead heat. Including voters who lean toward one candidate, 43 percent of likely voters back the Republican incumbent, Nathan Deal. Democrat Jason Carter holds 42 percent, and Libertarian Andrew Hunt brings in 7 percent.

In the U.S. Senate race, Republican David Perdue holds a small lead, at 45 percent, compared with 41 percent for Democrat Michelle Nunn and 6 percent for Libertarian Amanda Swafford, including leaners. Perdue’s advantage is at the edge of the poll’s [More]

Confirmation that Kasim Reed is helping Jason Carter

  • 10:36 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Hard evidence has arrived of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed helping Democrat Jason Carter’s gubernatorial campaign. Our AJC colleague Katie Leslie passes along the invite for the fundraiser at the Buckhead penthouse of Peter Conlon, of Music Midtown fame.

Reed and Carter, for those just tuning in, have not been the best of chums.There will be three Sunday voting sites in DeKalb, according to the Associated Press:

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County elections officials have approved of three Sunday voting locations for upcoming general and special elections.

Officials said in a statement Thursday that in-person voting will be allowed Oct. 26 at the [More]

Fulton, Lowndes counties follow DeKalb’s lead and schedule Sunday voting

  • 10:40 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

 

Two counties, Fulton in the north and Lowndes in the south, have joined DeKalb County and scheduled Sundays as early voting dates for next month.

Fulton County, in fact, will have two: Send us word if you live in any of the other 156 counties and know of any move afoot to do the same. As we reported on Wednesday, the Christian Sabbath experiment is likely to be the first and could be the last. Said Gov. Nathan Deal:

“It’s certainly the departure from the norm. And it apparently has a partisan purpose behind – at least they admit it has [More]

Fraud investigation condemned as effort to ‘suppress’ voters

  • 10:43 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Late last night, Channel 2 Action News reported that Secretary of State Brian Kemp had leveled voter fraud allegations against the New Georgia Project, one of the largest voter registration efforts underway in the state.

The effort is tied to state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Republicans have been quick to pounce. The U.S. Senate campaign of David Perdue quickly injected the word “ACORN.”

But in a joint interview by phone this morning, both Abrams and Warnock condemned Kemp’s investigation as an overt attempt at voter suppression.

Compliance [More]

David Perdue is back on the air, jean-jacketed but baby-less

  • 9:12 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein

David Perdue is back on the air. Above is his first general election television effort, which hits Democrat Michelle Nunn on her campaign memo and attacks on the Republican before pulling back into the positives from Perdue’s business career.

Gone, for now, are It’s the first chance for Perdue to rebut

Speaking of fundraisers, take a hard look at the above section of an invite for an NRSC event Monday night in Washington. Seven former Republican governors, banding together to raise money to turn the Senate Republican.

Not on the list is the only former Republican governor we know of whose cousin [More]

Michelle Nunn takes baby steps away from White House on foreign policy

  • 10:09 am Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

If you listened closely to Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn’s comments Thursday, you might have heard an attempt to distance herself — ever so slightly — from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

Nunn called Obama’s And then she came close to siding with some legislative leaders pushing for more Congressional oversight of the nation’s growing role in the conflict.

“The president has to work closely with Congress. Especially at this moment in time, it’s incumbent for the president and Congress to come up with a unified strategy.”

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Her father, former Sen. Sam Nunn, aimed stronger words of his own toward Obama on the role of [More]

Living in Spin City: The rapid aftermath of a judge’s denunciation and $20k in fines

  • 10:20 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Oh, the spinning that took place within minutes of a Fulton County judge’s decision to fine the top aide of the state ethics commission and the attorney general’s office – An over-excited law firm representing LaBerge put out its press release, teletype fashion, in all caps, blaming state lawyers. In part:

“IT IS OUR HOPE THE APPELLATE COURT WILL CORRECT THE GRAVE INJUSTICE DONE TODAY BY BLAMING THE WHISTLEBLOWER THAT RISKED HER JOB TO DISCLOSE A MAJOR COVER UP ENGAGED IN BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN TO HIDE THE TRUTH AND AVOID LIABILITY IN PENDING LITIGATION.”

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