- 5:22 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway
But once we hit the bewitching hour of 7 p.m. , these are your best links for tonight’s drama:
– The Democratic and Republican runoffs for state school superintendent to replace incumbent John Barge;
- 10:24 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway
Georgia’s first – and perhaps last – nine-week primary runoff concludes today. A hair-pin turn in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is already underway.
Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue have thrown millions of dollars’ worth of insults at each other. Kingston has accused Perdue of consorting with the French. Perdue, on slightly firmer ground, has accused Kingston of being a member of Congress.
In Washington, The Hill newspaper has found someone willing to offer a highly technical assessment of the situation:
They’ve been beating the crap out of each other,” said Georgia-based Republican strategist Chip Lake, who [More]
- 6:00 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein
Runoff day is finally here, kids. First, check out our premium story on why the Republicans never want this nine-week slog again. This evening, monitor the election returns at ajc.com and follow us on Twitter.
For an in-depth look at the candidates, read our profiles of Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue. And throughout the day, keep tabs on these five things we’ll be watching as Republicans decide which one of the candidates will be their U.S. Senate nominee.
- 6:38 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy
David Perdue’s tussle with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we surmised, was timed so the Chamber did not have enough time to drop a negative ad.
Well, on Election Eve, here comes the Chamber with an ad blasting Perdue and pumping Jack Kingston as voters go to the polls. It even stole his baby theme. Here’s the script:
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stands up for American enterprise. We fight for jobs. So why is David Perdue attacking us?
“Well, he sought our endorsement several times but didn’t get it. Now, losing and desperate, David is crying like a little baby. [More]
- 6:25 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
On the Monday after a week of brutal media scrutiny over a 3-year-old ethics case, the campaign of Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal really, really wanted to win the Internet. So far, it’s not working out.
The governor’s morning
Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas piled on:
These Republicans tried to fight back……
But the conversation remained largely critical:
Topping it off, late Monday, the Democratic hit squad Better Georgia quickly snapped up WeKnowNathan.com and put a top 10 list about the governor with this headline: “We know Nathan…We just wish we didn’t.“
- 3:27 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Jack Kingston may be telling us that tomorrow’s GOP runoff against David Perdue, for the U.S. Senate seat of Saxby Chambliss, may be closer than we think.
Below is the partial flipside from a comparison mailer sent out by Kingston, accusing his Republican rival, David Perdue, of hobnobbing with terrorists. Or the French. One or the other:
The accusatory line is: “Investor in a French bank that did business with terrorists.” Take your pick as to which half of that sentence should scare you.
- 2:18 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway
One of our most clicked-on posts of the last month featured Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s view of his city in the year 2050, which first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. A taste:
…Cities, in short, are ascendant. National governments—in the U.S. and overseas—are all but broken and hold little promise for mending themselves in the future. As such, people and businesses will turn to cities for leadership, bold thinking, effective services and, yes, hope.
What will these cities look like and how will they work? Public safety is the most fundamental responsibility of city government; thus, cities in the future [More]
- 12:22 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
The weather gods are forecasting a 50 percent chance of rain on Tuesday, which is likely to depress voter turnout beyond already meager expectations for tomorrow’s runoff contests. A single-digit showing is possible.
But something else may be sprinkling cold water on GOP excitement.
This morning, Gov. Nathan Deal held a conference call with a small group of Republican state senators – and one of your Insiders, who listened in.
In addition to affecting surveys conducted in Georgia, these numbers also make the state GOP effort to regroup in every county f***
This morning, interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, Clerk of Superior Court [More]
- 9:50 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
Gov. Nathan Deal’s conference call with GOP lawmakers this morning was less of a defense of his office’s role in the fallout over the ethics memo and more of an impassioned plea for fellow Republicans to regroup against Democrats mounting a growing threat to their political supremacy.
Trailing in fundraising and lagging in a recent poll behind Democrat Jason Carter, Deal suggested that the ethics memo has given his campaign a jolt. He said he’s been “somewhat deferential” during the long runoff period to avoid distracting attention from GOP races for Senate and superintendent, but that will [More]