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Michelle Nunn shifts to back Ebola travel ban as President Obama resists

  • 10:19 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

The following came in last night from the campaign of Democrat Michelle Nunn, on the subject of Ebola:

“As we continue to gain new information about this horrible disease, our public health officials should take every precaution to make sure that it doesn’t spread. I support a temporary travel ban to affected countries in West Africa with an exception for military and health workers. Scientists and public health experts at the CDC are in the best position to guide our response to this crisis, but our leaders in Washington must provide clear, bipartisan and strong leadership as well as the resources [More]

Campaign tip sheet: Jill Biden comes to Atlanta

  • 7:52 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The parade of each party’s more popular figures continues Friday with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, who will be in Atlanta to raise money for the party and Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn.

Jill Biden will attend an event for the Democratic National Committee at a private Atlanta residence. (On Saturday morning, the vice president’s wife will attend a public Hands On Atlanta event with Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, at the Fort Street United Methodist Church).

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At 3 p.m. today, Gov. Nathan Deal will attend the official opening of a new Food Technology [More]

Jason Carter goes Copart on Nathan Deal

  • 6:00 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Democrat Jason Carter’s campaign let loose one of the most scathing attacks yet in the governor’s race with a 30-second ad that questions Gov. Nathan Deal’s financial turnaround in the four years since his election.

The ad, which begins airing this week, claims the “middle class has fallen further behind” as the governor revived his personal bank account. Deal came into office facing millions in debt, but has paid much of it off while increasing his net worth by about $1 million.

Much of that revival can be linked to his sale of a 2013 sale of a salvage yard he co-owned [More]

A new Jason Carter campaign plank: #FreeGurley

  • 8:09 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

It isn’t exactly an October surprise, but a new campaign issue has cropped up in the closing weeks of Georgia’s gubernatorial contest: The plight of suspended Georgia running back Todd Gurley.

Democrat Jason Carter, a UGA law school grad, made it abundantly clear on Twitter this evening that he backs Gurley, who is in his second week of an indefinite suspension. The school is probing his relationship with memorabilia dealers to try to determine if he broke NCAA rules.

Eagle-eyed readers will note that Carter is standing in front of a program commemorating a game between Georgia and Mercer, Gov. Nathan Deal’s alma [More]

Jill Biden to raise money for, campaign with Michelle Nunn

  • 5:17 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is headed to Atlanta on Friday to raise money for the party and Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn. The two also will appear at a community service-themed event.

Here’s the itinerary the White House just sent over:

[Friday] evening, Dr. Biden will attend an event for the Democratic National Committee at a private residence [in Atlanta]. This event is closed press.  

On Saturday, Dr. Biden will attend the Hands On Atlanta event with Michelle Nunn at the Fort Street United Methodist Church. Dr. Biden’s remarks at 9:00 AM are open press.

At 11:30 [More]

Archbishop Gregory: Catholic attitude toward gays needs ‘reexamination and development’

  • 4:40 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The latest weekly edition of the Georgia Bulletin, the official newspaper of the archdiocese of Atlanta, has just been posted online. In his featured column, Archbishop Wilton Gregory tells of a recent meeting he had with a group of parishioners who are parents of gay and lesbian children.

We note this because because the archbishop’s thoughts are likely to have a significant impact on the tone and substance of the current debate over gay marriage in Georgia’s political circles. Including the debate over “religious liberty” bills that will occur in the state Capitol come January.

Updated on Oct. 20: We had originally [More]

Jason Carter attacks Nathan Deal on ‘politicization’ of Georgia National Guard

  • 3:01 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Democrat Jason Carter opened a new front in his campaign for governor, contending that Gov. Nathan Deal has “politicized” Georgia’s National Guard and imperiled its ability to stave off base closures in the next round of Pentagon cuts.

“We have a governor who put politics first instead of placing people in positions where they should be,” said Carter. “Economically it’s a serious issue for us and in terms of respect for the National Guard it’s a serious issue. And when we have to go and fight for our military families … we need to be sure we’re sending the best possible [More]

Ted Cruz to rally for Nathan Deal, David Perdue

  • 2:09 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Gov. Nathan Deal and Republican Senate hopeful David Perdue just announced an nine-day “Victory Tour” starting next week, and firebrand Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — a possible presidential contender — is slated to join them.

The Cruz event will be Oct. 25 at a farm in Bloomingdale, outside Savannah. In other 2016 news, Peach Pundit reported that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will appear with Perdue on Oct. 24 in McDonough. And we’re still waiting for a date for Hillary Clinton’s visit to Georgia to help Democrat Michelle Nunn.

Here’s the full schedule from the Georgia GOP that they remind us [More]

Could David Perdue be haunted by the ghost of Jack Kingston?

  • 1:38 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy

In a post at Roll Call’s “At the Races,” Rob Collins, top staffer at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, admits that the race in Georgia has tightened up. Without using his name, Collins hints that Republican David Perdue may still be hurting from his July runoff with U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, whose strength was on the Georgia coast:

“Candidly, we view that strategy in South Dakota and Georgia as similar to things we’ve done in the past where we’re kind of getting to the end of the campaign, and we’re a little anxious, start believing rumors and looking at polls [More]

David Perdue, John Barrow join drumbeat for travel ban on Ebola-troubled nations

  • 10:33 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

A Dallas health care worker stricken with the Ebola virus U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, was among the first to do so. This came in last night from House Speaker John Boehner:

“Today we learned that one individual who has contracted the virus flew to Ohio through the Cleveland airport in the last few days. A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow.”

Likewise on Wednesday, David Perdue, the [More]

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