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Georgia ethics commission slapped with another lawsuit from ex-employee

  • 8:51 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

A former attorney for Georgia’s ethics commission filed a lawsuit against the watchdog agency where she once worked claiming her reputation has been permanently damaged by disparaging remarks by her ex-boss.

Elisabeth Murray-Obertein was a staff attorney for the state ethics commission who was a star witness in the trial that claimed the agency’s then-director, Holly LaBerge, bragged that she made ethics complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign disappear. Deal has denied any wrongdoing and was cleared of major violations in those complaints.

Murray-Obertein, who left the agency in January, said Laberge made several “critical” comments about her to the media. [More]

Why Jason Carter’s license plate revs up the GOP

  • 7:00 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Republicans were more than a little revved up when an eagle-eyed supporter of Gov. Nathan Deal spotted a Florida license plate on Democrat Jason Carter’s tour bus.

You can imagine where the jokes went from there.

The Democrat’s campaign has taken to covering the license plate at tour stops, which is set to include a journey to Jacksonville to tailgate with UGA fans ahead of the Georgia-Florida game. Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas chalked the Republican swipes as a case of “tour bus envy.”

“For the record, our bus is owned and operated by a Georgia company. And we thought the governor believed in [More]

Jack Kingston becomes a witness for Michelle Nunn’s prosecution

  • 6:01 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, defeated by businessman David Perdue in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, has been a generous supporter of his party’s nominee in the general election. But he hasn’t been able to erase what was said – as the Michelle Nunn campaign points out this morning:

Jason Carter stumps in Nathan Deal’s backyard, governor heads to Dem territory

  • 6:02 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Gainesville – Democrat Jason Carter and his famous grandfather made incursions into Gov. Nathan Deal’s backyard, signaling they wouldn’t concede any part of Georgia in the race to lead the state. The governor, meanwhile, trekked deep into Democratic territory to mine for votes with a message that the economy was on the rebound.

Former President Jimmy Carter campaigned for his grandson in Sandersville, the middle Georgia town where Deal grew up. After mentioning that he won Washington County when he ran for governor and president, the elder Carter said Georgia is failing to realize its “tremendous potential” under Republican leadership.

“We are [More]

On the Senate trail: A respite from ‘outsourcing,’ lots of Obamacare

  • 5:28 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin, just filed this report from the road:

SAVANNAH – Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn wrapped up a pair of volunteer projects Tuesday with an unusual plea for the 50 or volunteers gathered in Pulaski Elementary School’s library.

“We’re going to keep it completely non-political today,” Nunn said. “And I hope everyone gets out and votes, whatever your political persuasion is.”

It’s a pretty good bet the room was full of her supporters, although to stay within school district rules, the event, where Nunn and other volunteers read to children, was decidedly non-partisan. No campaign signs or [More]

A Fulton County judge’s ruling: ‘No proof’ of lost registered voters

  • 3:38 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Our AJC colleague Kristina Torres has the details here, but below you will find a copy of the ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher decision not to intervene on behalf of those alleging that tens of thousands of newly registered voters have been lost in the system.

The lawsuit was filed by the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights earlier this month. Here’s the meat of Brasher’s ruling, giving Secretary of State Brian Kemp a win just a week before the Nov. 4 election:

In this case…the Petitioners have failed to set out a denial of the performance [More]

Why a Libertarian candidate supports Medicaid expansion

  • 2:41 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

The national Libertarian party has put its opposition to the Affordable Care Act at the center of its platform for more limited government. Andrew Hunt, the party’s local candidate for governor, takes a different tack.

Hunt has raised eyebrows by joining Democrat Jason Carter in advocating for Medicaid expansion, a position that strikes a contrast with the national party’s platform.

That support has become a point of contention between Hunt and Gov. Nathan Deal, who questions how he can reconcile his stance with the party’s views. On Tuesday, Hunt explained his stance on Medicaid expansion to AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos.

“Georgia is [More]

11Alive/SurveyUSA poll shows resurgence by David Perdue

  • 1:30 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

A new 11Alive/Survey USA tracking poll shows a wide swing in the race for U.S. Senate.

One week ago, the outfit gave Democrat Michelle Nunn a two-point lead.

Today, SurveyUSA says it has detected a five-point swing in Republican David Perdue’s favor. He now leads 48 to 45 percent. Crosstabs can be found here. The survey assumes a 31 percent turnout among African-Americans, and 52 percent turnout among women. MOE is +/- four percentage points.

From the SurveyUSA analysis of where the Republican is picking up support:

Among women, where Perdue had trailed by 13 points and now trails by just 2. [More]

Georgia’s election season takes a dive into the 1970s

  • 9:42 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Ted Cruz didn’t know the half of it. Georgia’s 2014 election season has taken a deep, 40-year dive into the 1970s:

– The first bit of evidence is Democrat Jason Carter’s retro-themed campaign song, courtesy of Atlanta’s popular cover band Yacht Rock Review.

As described by the AJC’s Jeremy Redmon, it’s a butterfly collar and bubble-filled update of Gene Marshall’s 1976 song, “Jimmy Carter Says Yes.” In Yacht Rock’s version, the singer rides in an open convertible past the state Capitol while he’s assaulted with a bubble machine.

The subtext: Welcome back, Carter.

– Then we have the new attack line from David Perdue, [More]

A Nathan Deal attack on ‘Washington math’ in school funding fight

  • 8:35 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Rome – It’s an argument that’s frustrated Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign for months: Every time he touts an influx of education funding, his Democratic challenger, Jason Carter, argues that the K-12 budget should be increased even more.

The governor said he came up with the right answer last night, one that he should have rolled out in the debates. He told a crowd of 150 or so at his first stop Tuesday in Rome about his revelation.

“When I say I’ve added money for education, he says I cut. That’s Washington math. I was in Congress. I know they only understand addition,” [More]

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