- 9:13 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Mystery solved. We now know the skullduggery Republican tacticians used to get hold of Michelle Nunn’s internal campaign memo.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Rob Collins revealed the secret at a Politico event with his Democratic counterpart on Wednesday. Here’s Politico’s account:
Collins said this was a joint effort with America Rising, a conservative outside group that the NRSC pays. He said he initially imagined that researchers had found the memo on the “insane dark web.”
“No,” asserted Collins. “We basically Googled Michelle Nunn, and we hit the second page on Google, and there was a link right next to it. … [More]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 10:14 am Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Perry, Ga. — In between the boos and cheers at last night’s wrasslin’ — er, gubernatorial — match, there was a particularly brutal exchange between Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter over the ethics complaints dogging his first term.
It started when Deal was asked why voters should trust him to overhaul the ethics commission.
“The ethics complaints that were filed against me were heard by the five commissioners and they were dismissed as having no merit,” said Deal, who talked about his proposal to expand and remake the agency.
Then Carter jumped in:
Carter: “I find it almost amazing to say that [More]
- 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.”
- 10:01 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
Last year, when Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said he would do Now, as for Hudgens. The state insurance commissioner told our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos on Wednesday that he just got caught up in the heat of the moment last August:
“I spoke to a Republican group in Rome, Ga., and I said I was going to be an obstructionist, but I can’t be. I mean, I was talking to a Republican group and I was throwing them some red meat. …
“I’m not a fan of it. I don’t think it’s going to work. But there’s nothing I can do [More]
- 7:00 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
Our corporate cousins over at WSB-TV released a poll that gives Democrat Jason Carter the edge over Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.
Poll crosstabs give Deal a nine-point advantage with male voters, but find women support Carter by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Carter also has the edge among black voters and those under 40. Interestingly, independents – who tend to lean to the right – are split between the two.
There’s a high possibility that Carter is benefiting from a media bubble, given the timing of the survey. But we’re sure he’ll take it.
An InsiderAdvantage survey conducted for Morris News Service, WAGA-TV in [More]
- 9:55 am Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Looks like Georgia’s unofficial state motto, “Deo gratias, quia Mississippi,” needs updating. Only in New Mexico, where net tuition and fees rose a remarkable 188 percent, did state officials shift the cost of college from government to students more than legislators in Georgia. Here, net tuition revenue per student went up by 93 percent as legislators cut education appropriations and reduced the value of the HOPE Scholarship many students depend on for college expenses…
Even though Georgia students pay a lot more in tuition now than five years ago, the average tuition paid by a full-time Georgia student, $4,484, is still [More]
- 9:19 am Friday, June 13th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Jack Kingston, frontrunner in the GOP runoff for U.S. Senate, this morning said that a May 1 meeting with an attorney, who claims he informed the Kingston campaign that foreign national with a criminal past had illegally bundled $80,000 for his Senate bid, never included “any discussion of a felon.”
The Savannah congressman made the remarks in an interview this morning with Martha Zoller and Tim Bryant on WGAU (1340AM) in Athens. Afterwards, Kingston made similar remarks in another radio interview on 106.7FM.
Kingston was responding to this morning’s AJC article by Chris Joyner. Here’s the top:
An Atlanta attorney claims he [More]