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Campaign tip sheet: Jason Carter, Nathan Deal talk about faith and morals

  • 8:15 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Nathan Deal, the Republican incumbent governor, will speak at the state Board of Education meeting in Atlanta this morning. Other events:

– 10 a.m.: Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, will address a gathering of the Georgia School Superintendents Association in Athens.

– 2:45 p.m.: Andrew Hunt, the Libertarian candidate for governor, will speak before the same group.

– 4:30 p.m.: Deal is scheduled to convene a first meeting of his Ebola virus task force.

– 5-7 p.m. Deal and Carter make separate appearances at the Georgia Faith Forum, sponsored by Faith in Public Life, to be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in [More]

UGA cancels Liberian journalist’s appearance out of Ebola concern

  • 1:22 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

In this Saturday photo a burial team in protective gear bury the body of a woman suspected to have died from Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. The disease has ravaged a small part of Africa, but the international image of the whole continent is increasingly under siege. AP /Abbas Dulleh

Hat tip to PeachPundit.com for the latest news out of Monrovia, Liberia. From FrontPageAfricaOnline.com:

The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia has rescinded the decision of the University’s journalism school Grady College to invite FrontPageAfrica Newsroom Editor Wade C. L. Williams for its McGill Lecture slated for October 22, 2014.

All [More]

On making enticement of a UGA football player a criminal act

  • 5:01 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Updated at 7:25 p.m.: Shortly after I posted this piece on Georgia’s 2003 law that makes it possible for universities to seek civil penalties against those who muck about with their athletes, I got a call from Austin Rhodes, the talk radio host in Augusta, who pointed me to his latest Facebook posting:

“While civil remedies are available, GA State Representative Barry Fleming called in on the show a few minutes ago suggesting that he and other legislators are exploring the possibility of criminalizing the enticement of an amateur athlete to knowingly break contractual agreements (such as scholarship agreements), pertaining [More]

Pulling out the stops: Nathan Deal brings first lady into the picture

  • 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]

Super PAC hits Jack Kingston on Palestinian straw donor

  • 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]

When it comes to college tuition hikes, Georgia gets silver

  • 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]

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]