- 11:06 am Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
On Wednesday night, former President Jimmy Carter hosted his annual town hall meeting to allow Emory University freshmen to ask him anything. Which they did. According to our AJC colleague Jill Vejnoska, this question came about 20 minutes in:
Student: Out of all the newspapers that you read each day, which one do you find the most informative?
Carter: Well, I read three newspapers every morning. We don’t get newspapers in Plains so I read it on the Internet. And I read the New York Times, I read the Washington Post and I read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I think the Washington Post [More]
- 12:09 am Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
Georgia’s unemployment rate ticked up last month, an increase that’s sure to jolt the heated race for governor.
The Georgia Department of Labor released figures just before midnight Thursday showing the unemployment rate increased from 7.7 percent in July to 8.1 percent in August. Analysts and Gov. Nathan Deal expected the rate to drop that month as more workers temporarily laid off for the summer were rehired.
The uptick comes at an inopportune time for Deal, who has built his campaign for re-election against Democrat Jason Carter on an optimistic message that Georgia’s economy is improving thanks to his pro-business philosophy.
The governor has frequently pointed [More]
- 6:07 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Because biography is often destiny, politicians tend to keep an iron grip on their life stories.
So when 72-year-old Nathan Deal parts the curtains on a bit of family history, back to when he was still in the womb in 1942, it is time to pay attention.
The governor has often told friends that he was nearly a native of Soperton, a small town in southeast Georgia that now lies just south of I-16. Instead, Baby Deal was born 54 miles north, in Millen, Ga.
It seems that the governor’s schoolteacher father-to-be, Noah Deal, had run afoul of the Gillis family, which then [More]
- 5:16 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
More details to come, but this is the lede from the AJC’s Kristina Torres, just back from an emergency meeting of the state elections board:
Investigators backed away Wednesday from allegations a Democratic-backed group may have organized voter registration fraud, saying they can confirm 25 applications of more than 85,000 submitted to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
Chief investigator Chris Harvey, however, said the office needed more information from the New Georgia Project to confirm no more fraudulent forms existed — already, it has identified another 26 applications as suspicious. The state has extended a deadline for the group to [More]
- 2:12 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
Democrat Jason Carter is pivoting away from an education-first election message and toward an attack on Gov. Nathan Deal’s economic policies in hopes of winning over independents in the runup to November.
“Georgia has no business at the bottom,” Carter told a business crowd at a Dunwoody steakhouse Wednesday. “It’s embarrassing to be last.”
It’s the beginning of what his campaign says will be rounds of more intensive attacks on Deal’s economic policy. The economy has long factored into his election pitch – he often calls Deal’s business philosophy a “grab bag” – but it’s typically a side note to his argument [More]
- 10:28 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
On Tuesday, Neil Bush, son and brother of former Republican presidents, called on GOP Senate candidate David Perdue to renounce his accusations that Democrat Michelle Nunn “gave money to terrorists.”
“It really makes my blood boil to think that someone would make that kind of an allegation, whether it’s an independent political group or a candidate for office,” said Bush, chairman of the Points of Light Foundation established by Bush ’41 – who has endorsed Perdue.
But this morning, Perdue doubled down on the “terrorist” charge, with this new ad now airing on WSB-TV:
From the script:
Narrator: Michelle Nunn’s own plan says [More]
- 9:59 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
The targets will hold a noon press conference at the state Capitol, but this afternoon’s emergency meeting of the state election board will be Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s show – an opportunity to explain why he’s launched an investigation into the most prominent voter registration project of the 2014 election season.
The board will gather in Room 341 of the Capitol, one of the building’s largest meeting spaces. But the meeting won’t be livestreamed – you’ll have to be present to win.
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, one of the organizers behind the New Georgia Project, says she’s not sure [More]
- 12:01 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign released the latest in a string of optimistic ads trumpeting the Republican’s economic policy, saying he has “delivered on his promise” of making Georgia a more competitive state. At the same time, the campaign is reviving a separate airwave attack on Democrat Jason Carter’s education stance.
The above 30-second spot, called “When,” begins airing in metro Atlanta today. It tries to make the case that Deal has pressed much of the year: That his economic policies have made Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation to do business.
Carter has been trying to undercut that message by [More]
- 6:23 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
One day after Republican David Perdue pocketed the endorsement of George H.W. Bush in the race for U.S. Senate, a son of the 90-year-old former president denounced as “shameful” and “disrespectful” Perdue-endorsed claims that a Bush-established foundation once headed by Democratic rival Michelle Nunn “gave money to organizations linked to terrorists.”
The charge is contained in a 30-second TV spot paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee and approved by Perdue, now airing on television stations across the state.
“That’s ridiculous,” said Neil Bush, the 59-year-old chairman of the Points of Light Foundation, in an exclusive phone interview with The Atlanta [More]
- 3:18 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
A host of Democratic dignitaries, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, were on hand to greet President Barack Obama upon his arrival here this afternoon. Missing from the tarmac: His party’s top contenders for higher office.
Gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter and Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn were elsewhere as the president landed to talk about his administration’s new
Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign highlighted tweets Carter sent in 2013 welcoming Obama to town, as well as the Facebook post you see to the right. His spokeswoman Jen Talaber noted that he “doesn’t seem quite as excited to have his longtime friend” arrive now.
Carter spokesman [More]