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Polling memo says Vernon Jones running No. 2 in DeKalb race for sheriff

  • 1:51 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

As we have often explained, internal polls made public by candidates should be taken with a great deal of salt – given that they are often used to pry campaign cash out of the hands of skeptical contributors.

On the other hand, surveys of this nature can also be legitimate guides that explain a candidate’s approach to the contest – and allow that candidate to publicly prioritize any rivals.

This afternoon, we received a polling memo generated by Melvin Mitchell’s campaign for DeKalb County sheriff. The automated survey, conducted among 1,524 likely voters on April 13 and 14, has a margin of [More]

Atlanta Braves tighten gun policy at Turner Field

  • 10:06 am Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Sure, they can do this in Atlanta. The question is whether it will fly in Cobb County. From Channel 2 Action News:

Here’s the quick recap from the Associated Press:

The Atlanta Braves will no longer allow some off-duty police officers to carry guns at Turner Field, which has prompted objections.

Under the team’s new policy, off-duty officers from jurisdictions that don’t include Turner Field will no longer be allowed to bring firearms into the stadium.

Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins tells WSB-TV that the policy change will make the ball games less safe, adding that “armed good guys stop armed bad guys.”

Jerry Henry, [More]

A Plains weekend with Jimmy Carter: Just $20,000 per couple

  • 8:14 am Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Jimmy Carter’s involvement in his grandson’s gubernatorial campaign is about to grow. And all the proof you need is this invitation to an expensive but private weekend with the former president and first lady.

The June 7-8 event, on behalf of state Sen. Jason Carater, the Democratic nominee for governor, will require a drive down to Plains, Ga. Here’s what you would get in return:

This private, unique opportunity features a tour of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, dinner and reception with the Carters, tour of the Downtown Inn with Rosalynn Carter, church service with the Carters and a photo [More]

Ending a drought of successful black candidates in Georgia

  • 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Eight years have passed since an African-American won a statewide, partisan election in Georgia. And truth be told, the real drought has lasted much longer.

The first and only time a black candidate has won statewide office in Georgia without first being appointed to it — and thus having the advantage of incumbency – was in 1998, when Democrat Michael Thurmond claimed the open seat for state labor commissioner.

It is one of the crueler streaks of Georgia politics, but may be about to end. The winds of change are blowing on both the Republican and Democratic side of this year’s race [More]

A ‘major’ campaign announcement becomes must-see political theater

  • 1:46 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington’s

Unlimited cash for campaigns? GOP Senate candidates are split

  • 9:56 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Five of seven GOP candidates gathered in Marietta on Tuesday evening in a forum sponsored by the all-powerful Cobb County Republican Women’s Club.

The two presumed frontrunners in the contest, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue, had other things to do.

The rest plowed ground that has become very familiar – with perhaps a single exception. One of the questioners, Anne Lewis, who is general counsel for the Georgia GOP, noted the recent 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted federal limits on the aggregate amounts that individuals could give to federal contests.

The limit on contributions per candidate remain, but [More]

Nathan Deal unleashes feel-good ‘One’ TV ad

  • 4:35 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Take a look at the above video. You’re about to see plenty more of it.

Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign is spending more than $1 million to plaster this ad, “One,” on television screens across the state. It will run with others through the May 20 primary.

It’s a feel-good message of job creation that invokes a magazine’s recognition of Georgia as the “number one place to do business” – praise that Deal has mentioned at just about every campaign stop.

The ad for the governor, who has nearly $4 million in his campaign coffers, makes no mention of his GOP primary opponents [More]

David Pennington to make ‘major campaign announcement’

  • 12:01 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington, who is challenging Gov. Nathan Deal on the right, plans a “major campaign announcement” on Wednesday at the statehouse.

His campaign isn’t talking but we’re told the tea party candidate won’t be dropping out of the race. Instead, we suspect it will have something to do with the ethics issues that have troubled Deal’s campaign.

From the release:

ATLANTA, GA - David Pennington, the only Conservative running for Governor of Georgia, will be making a major campaign announcement outside of the Governor’s Office at the State Capitol tomorrow.

This comes on the heels of the recent court ruling [More]

First Quarter fundraising roundup for U.S. Senate, Congress

  • 11:00 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — Today is the deadline for federal candidates to file their first quarter fundraising reports. We’ll update this post throughout the day on the key races throughout Georgia tate to tell you how the candidates stack up in the money race as of the end of March.

U.S. Senate:

On the Republican side, Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah sets the pace again, as most of the candidates saw their fundraising jump as the election year dawned. Kingston raised $1.1 million, spent about $2.4 million — much of which was to reserve TV time in the coming weeks — and finished the [More]

Super PAC feints toward Michelle Nunn, stabs at Phil Gingrey

  • 9:42 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Ending Spending Action Fund is drawingBut Ending Spending has reported nearly twice as much, $592,000, to hit Gingrey.
The group has reserved $1.3 million in airtime ahead of the primary, and we’ll see if the ratio continues to favor Gingrey attacks. Ending Spending has been less eager to talk about them, though.

The group’s website features the Nunn ad and it gave early warning to the Wall Street Journal of its campaign against the Democrat. But we had to find the Gingrey ad elsewhere.

The Nunn campaign, meanwhile, has found a [More]

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