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October’s surprise: Georgia is Ground Zero in Ebola debate

  • 9:00 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Every election season has an October surprise. Sneaky Democrats or cagey Republicans are the usual culprits.

But this time, the surprise has come out of west Africa – a left field if ever there was one.

The sudden appearance of the Ebola virus has sent members of Georgia’s political class stumbling to the right and left, struggling to wrap their tongues around the phrase “hemorrhagic fever.”

It would be easy enough to dismiss public concern as the result of cable-news generated hype, but with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control based in Atlanta, and with Emory University Hospital now treating its fourth victim [More]

Michelle Nunn shifts to back Ebola travel ban as President Obama resists

  • 10:19 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

The following came in last night from the campaign of Democrat Michelle Nunn, on the subject of Ebola:

“As we continue to gain new information about this horrible disease, our public health officials should take every precaution to make sure that it doesn’t spread. I support a temporary travel ban to affected countries in West Africa with an exception for military and health workers. Scientists and public health experts at the CDC are in the best position to guide our response to this crisis, but our leaders in Washington must provide clear, bipartisan and strong leadership as well as the resources [More]

Jason Carter goes Copart on Nathan Deal

  • 6:00 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Democrat Jason Carter’s campaign let loose one of the most scathing attacks yet in the governor’s race with a 30-second ad that questions Gov. Nathan Deal’s financial turnaround in the four years since his election.

The ad, which begins airing this week, claims the “middle class has fallen further behind” as the governor revived his personal bank account. Deal came into office facing millions in debt, but has paid much of it off while increasing his net worth by about $1 million.

Much of that revival can be linked to his sale of a 2013 sale of a salvage yard he co-owned [More]

David Perdue, John Barrow join drumbeat for travel ban on Ebola-troubled nations

  • 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]

Campaign tip sheet: New unemployment figures out

  • 7:00 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Georgia latest monthly unemployment numbers, out this morning, are likely to dominate the dialogue in the governor’s race. August’s 8.1 percent was the highest in the nation. The September figure that will be with us through Nov. 4: 7.9 percent.


Secretary of State Brian Kemp has scheduled 9:30 a.m. session with reporters to discuss a lawsuit challenging his office’s processing of new voter registrants.


Gov. Nathan Deal is headed to Augusta for an 11 a.m. event to celebrate the opening of a new education building at Georgia Regents University. He then embarks on a tour of Georgia Tech with Gov. Chris Christie, [More]

Georgia’s unemployment rate dip fuels debate over economy

  • 12:37 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Georgia’s unemployment rate fell by a sliver in September, a decrease that is sure to be parsed by politicians and pundits ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

The Georgia Department of Labor released figures early Thursday showing the unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August. It came a month after the surprising increase in Georgia’s jobless rate jolted the governor’s race and gave the state the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

Gov. Nathan Deal has built his case for re-election against Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter with an optimistic message that Georgia’s economy is [More]

Nathan Deal staffer killed in car wreck on Ga. 400

  • 4:36 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The statement below was just passed to us from the Republican campaign of Nathan Deal. Mack Burgess was one of those people who you instinctively know would be among the next generation’s movers and shakers:

The Deal team suffered a tragic loss this afternoon when one of its own died in a car accident on Ga. 400. Mack Burgess, 25, worked closely with Deal for Governor as a field staffer for the Georgia Republican Party.

“Mack was an incredible young man, smart, hard-working, with a bright future ahead of him,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “This is a terrible loss for everyone in [More]

Chris Christie to stump for Nathan Deal this week

  • 8:29 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is headed to Georgia this week to stump for Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign.

Christie, the chair of the Republican Governors Association, is touring Georgia Tech and then the Roswell Square on Thursday afternoon. It’s part of a three-state swing that also includes stops in Maine and Florida to help embattled Republicans there fend off challengers.

He’s part of a range of high-profile Republicans visiting Georgia in the final push before November. Sen. John McCain is headed to Atlanta Wednesday to vouch for Republican David Perdue’s Senate bid, and Mitt Romney stopped by the Varsity a few [More]

David Perdue raises $4.82 million — including $500,000 from himself — to top Michelle Nunn

  • 4:40 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue out-raised Democrat Michelle Nunn in the third quarter, which included his final sprint to a primary runoff victory and a flood of establishment money once he secured the nomination.

Perdue’s $4.82 million haul from July, August and September includes a $500,000 self-contribution during the runoff, bringing Perdue’s investment via loans and donations into his own campaign to more than $3.6 million.

Nunn raised $4.15 million in the same span. Neither campaign revealed how much it spent or the campaign’s cash on hand as of Sept. 30.

Perdue’s top donors had an opportunity to give an extra [More]

An India-sized hole in David Perdue’s resume

  • 3:07 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

After he left as CEO of Dollar General, Republican David Perdue worked between 2007 and 2009 with a textile conglomerate in India to build up a new retail line. The enterprise did not work out for Gujarat Heavy Chemicals — and Perdue scrubbed it from his online bio in the months before he entered the race for U.S. Senate.

The Hill has the story:

Perdue’s official website biography for Perdue Partners, a firm he co-owns with his cousin, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R), once alluded to his work with GHCL.

“In 2007, after a major turn-around that included the sale of [More]