- 9:49 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Early this week, Gov. Nathan Deal got on the phone with more than a few nervous Republican state lawmakers and promised to pull out all the stops in the upcoming election.
Proof arrived Wednesday morning in the inboxes of laptops and smartphones across Georgia: A re-introduction to Sandra Deal, the First Lady of Georgia.
It wasn’t a campaign piece, but an official communication from the Office of the Governor in its weekly newsletter. (If you didn’t get one, see it here.)
And contentwise, the most controversial part of the message was a recipe for gluten-free almond cookies.
But the post-Election Day timing was [More]
- 9:23 am Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Welcome to July. It’s three weeks until the U.S. Senate runoff and the pro-David Perdue Super PAC is pulling out the big guns.
Citizens for a Working America It is all about Khalid Satary, a Palestinian felon accused of funneling campaign money to Kingston via illegal straw donors. Kingston has said he didn’t know Satary and returned the disputed funds after the press started asking questions. (More background
On Monday, after the presser announcing his design to become a Sam Nunn-like member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, we asked U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston to explain his relationship with former University [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]
- 9:00 am Saturday, March 15th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
The next four days at the state Capitol will determine how we talk about the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, for the rest of the year in Georgia.
The only question is whether, on the cusp of a highly competitive election season, our GOP-controlled Legislature will let Democrats like Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter continue to simmer in voter suspicion of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
What’s the alternative? Republican lawmakers could decide to throw themselves into the same stew pot. In fact, they’re poised to do just that.
Democratic vulnerability as a result of the Affordable Care Act’s rocky start was [More]
- 10:03 am Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
This week, two forums will feature Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, and a pair of issues are rising up to meet them.
One touches on insurance. And the other is House Speaker John Boehner. First, the settings:
Six of the GOP candidates will attend a “small business roundtable” at Turner Field at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Democrat Branko Radulovacki will be there as well, but not his primary rival, Michelle Nunn.
A third forum for all eight Republican Senate candidates will come on Saturday in Gainesville, sponsored by the state GOP.
Now as for those pesky issues:
Last week, the Madison Project handed a fulsome Senate [More]
- 8:26 pm Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway
If you lose a couple of toes to frostbite this morning, all Marshall Shepherd asks is this: Don’t blame the polar vortex.
The previous deep freeze could be attributed to that mystical force spiraling over the North Pole. The current one is just a traditional, run-of-the-mill cold snap.
If Shepherd seems a little touchy about it, you can’t blame him. The University of Georgia professor has spent a good part of this month trying to rescue the phrase from a tug of war between Rush Limbaugh and the White House.
Putting out such fires — protecting his science, in other words — has [More]
- 9:32 am Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy
One year ago, top GOP honcho Reince Priebus was touring the country, with a stop in Atlanta included, to talk about the changes the national Republican party needed to make in order to get back in the presidential game.
One leg of reform was minority recruitment that moved beyond tokenism. Another was altering a presidential primary process that had become a meat-grinder.\
The Republican National Committee today opens its winter session in a wintry Washington D.C. In advance of the meeting, longtime GOP presence Randy Evans of Georgia has sent fellow RNC members this outline of changes he and others are [More]