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Yes, Michelle Nunn voted for Barack Obama

  • 4:02 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

There has been a small kerfuffle of late about Georgia Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn and her voting habits.

She would not answer a Republican tracker’s query the other day on whether she voted for President Barack Obama, but the Nunn campaign tells our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin that Nunn simply does not engage with her trackers, and she’s not dodging the question.

Nunn communications director Nathan Click confirmed that yes, Nunn did vote for Obama for president. Click said Nunn is often asked that question on the campaign trail — perhaps because the only president to appear [More]

RIP Mack Burgess: An ‘untamed lion’ in a GOP aide’s garb

  • 3:33 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Mack Burgess was a golf guru who could instantly recall the winner of the 1948 Masters Tournament – and somehow finagled an invite from green-jacketed Augusta officials to play the course in his teens.

He was a “special sort of gentleman” who pushed the crowd to stay out for just one more drink but always took care to make the fidgety newcomer at the back of the table feel at ease.

He was a swashbuckling ship’s captain – its name was “Wild Thing” – who plied the Caribbean on a momentous adventure. The scholar who, with the help of a life-changing scholarship, embraced Tennessee’s [More]

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]

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