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Jesse Jackson defends the Muslim version of Tim Tebow

  • 9:59 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

On Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Jesse Jackson had just finished going over his agenda for a three-day meeting of his Rainbow/PUSH organization in Atlanta, when the topic shifted to sports.

Specifically, to the Monday night NFL game in which Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdulla, a Muslim, was penalized 15 yards when he knelt to pray after scoring a touchdown. Said Jackson:

“This kid playing against New England gave a brief and private, dignified prayer and he was penalized for it. Tim Tebow became an icon of prayer in the end zone. Two sets of rules. He became an iconic figure for [More]

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]

Elections board says ‘no’ to Sunday voting in Macon

  • 8:00 am Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

A Democratic push for Sunday voting in Macon went down in flames last night after a contentious meeting.

The Bibb County Board of Elections voted 3-2 to reject a Democrat push for Sunday early voting, with an independent siding with the board’s two Republicans.

WMAZ reports that Rinda Wilson, a Republican board member, called it a “partisan thing” engineered by local Democrats.

Armed with the fact-checks against Perdue’s ad linking Points of Light to terrorists — the latest verdict is “Pants on Fire” from our Politifact colleagues — Nunn delivers the counterattack direct to camera saying such “attacks are what’s wrong with politics.”

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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]

Why self-driving cars could soon roam Fayette’s streets

  • 8:47 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

The golf carts roaming the streets of Fayette County could soon be joined by driverless cars.

The Fayette County Commission has adopted a resolution allowing the county to be a pilot site for the vehicles, and chair Steve Brown said he’s talked to Google about using Fayette as a test site. Now he’s hoping for a meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal to hash out the plans.

Brown told WSB:

“Fayette County has the least traffic congestion of metro counties, so for a company like Google that wants to log a lot of miles, we’d be the perfect place, because they wouldn’t be [More]

Macon becomes latest city to consider Sunday voting

  • 10:05 am Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

The Sunday voting trend is spreading. And quickly.

Just a few weeks after DeKalb County became the first to allow Sunday voting, local election officials in the Democratic strongholds of  Clayton and Fulton counties followed suit.

Lawmakers in Macon are considering a similar move this morning. From the Telegraph of Macon’s story:

Commissioner Elaine Lucas, vice chair of the finance committee, said she had planned to add the item to the committee’s agenda herself, but the Board of Elections proposed the new voting day.

“Bibb County has had a bad percentage of turnout in recent elections, and I am glad to [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]

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]