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Stewing over Obamacare in the final days of the 2014 session

  • 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]

Paul Broun says Jack Kingston uses wrong model for conservatism: Speaker John Boehner

  • 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]

A UGA professor referees the fight over global warming

  • 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]

A bid to shape the 2016 GOP presidential calendar

  • 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]