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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]

Nathan Deal claims Jason Carter is going after taxpayer ‘pocketbooks’

  • 1:19 pm Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Augusta – Gov. Nathan Deal took aim at Democrat Jason Carter’s pledge to significantly increase funding for education, saying his plan to restore austerity cuts to classrooms will inevitably lead to higher taxes.

The attack came at a small Augusta tire shop where Deal received the endorsement of the Georgia chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. The conservative group is one of the most outspoken opponents of the federal healthcare overhaul, and its support of Deal comes as little surprise.

Carter, an Atlanta state senator, has put boosting education funding at the center of his campaign, and said [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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Michelle Obama to rally, raise money for Michelle Nunn

  • 11:00 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

First Lady Michelle Obama will spend Monday in Atlanta to help the campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn and promote her education initiatives.

According to travel guidance provided by the White House, Obama’s day begins with an event with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Booker T. Washington High School — where Martin Luther King Jr. attended before leaving early for Morehouse College. Obama will tour a college fair and then give a speech in the school gymnasium that promotes her “Reach Higher” initiative, pushing students to complete post-secondary education.

In the afternoon, Obama will attend a closed-press fundraiser for the [More]

LGBT group targets Michelle Nunn on gay marriage

  • 9:57 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein

The same LGBT group that pressured Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to “evolve” on gay marriage has now set its sights on Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

The group has Please help us tell Ms. Nunn that “states’ rights” is no more acceptable for LGBT equality than it was for racial equality.

If Michelle Nunn wants the support of the LGBT Community, she should join the other members of her party — around the nation and here in Georgia — and proudly stand in support of full LGBT Equality.

Charlie Stadtlander, who let us know about the reorientation, said Nunn’s other [More]

A Super PAC’s off-beat, aerial campaign against Michelle Nunn

  • 2:52 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Ending Spending Action Fund is taking to a different kind of airway to continue its million-dollar-plus assault on Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn.

Tailgaters at the Georgia-Clemson and Georgia Tech-Wofford games today, and the NASCAR race Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, will see the above message from the Super PAC, linking Nunn to President Barack Obama.

In addition, Ending Spending is launching a radio ad accusing Nunn of being an Obama “rubber stamp” and bringing up the Virtual Murrell fundraiser. It also bought TV ad time during those aforementioned events for full penetration of Georgia’s sporting inclined voters.

And the [More]