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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]

In Atlanta, security guard with gun and criminal record allowed in elevator with Obama

  • 5:53 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Oh, joy. From the Washington Post:

A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident.

The incident occurred as Obama appeared at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.

The contractor did not comply when Secret Service agents asked him to stop using a phone camera to videotape the president in the elevator, according to the people familiar with the incident.

Agents [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]

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 Case of the Six Missing Screams

  • 5:33 pm Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The Nydia Tisdale affair is growing ever more strange. We can now call it the Case of the Six Missing Screams.

You’ll remember Tisdale as the citizen-journalist from Roswell who was arrested in August at a GOP rally at a pumpkin farm in Dawsonville for pointing a video recorder at candidates. Which is what she does.

In front of the top of the GOP ticket, including Gov. Nathan Deal, Tisdale was grabbed — then roughed up. Her camera was confiscated by a Dawson County sheriff’s deputy.

But when the camera was returned several days later, the single computer file that should have [More]

Jason Carter wants teachers pension to boost startup firms

  • 6:00 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

A corollary to Jason Carter’s economic plan in his bid for governor is his support for an oft-debated proposal that would give teacher pension funds more leeway to invest in Georgia’s startups.

The Democrat argues in his economic pivot  that he wants teacher pensions to be able to pump funds into local startups “so long as we’re making sure that we can manage the risk in ways that make sense.” He sees it as a way to boost a state-backed effort to invest in venture capital firms that, as you’ll see in today’s AJC, has lagged.

“The things that concern the teachers [More]

President Obama to visit Atlanta for Ebola update

  • 1:45 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Tuesday to get an update on the agency’s fight against Ebola.

There is no politicking on the schedule.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing that Obama will “receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, discuss the U.S. response to that outbreak, and thank the scientists, doctors and health care workers who are helping those affected by the disease at home and around the world. The president will also receive an update on the [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]

D.C. to David Perdue: Keep talking about Reid and Obama

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue, back on the TV airwaves and looking to stay there, is making the rounds in the nation’s capital this week at a series of fundraisers, meetings and candidate training put on by national Republicans.

In an interview here Tuesday afternoon, Perdue said GOP senators and other leaders are closely following the goings-on in Georgia, given its importance to securing a Republican majority next year. And they are telling him to keep doing what he’s doing:

“These guys are watching this race. We all are. The advice they’re giving me right now is [More]

D.C. Republicans’ ‘amnesty’ hit on Michelle Nunn attacks Marco Rubio’s bill

  • 4:01 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — The most recent entry in the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s $2.5 million campaign against Democrat Michelle Nunn is on the topic of immigration.

Its math: Nunn + Obama = amnesty.

The problem: That “amnesty” was the comprehensive “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill, co-written by possible 2016 presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. It cleared the Senate last year with 14 Republicans in favor, including 2008 presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

In other words: Nunn + Rubio +McCain = amnesty, too.

Rubio in particular worked hard in those heady days of spring 2013 trying to convince conservatives that [More]