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In coastal swing, Nathan Deal plunges for ports

  • 11:16 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Rincon – It doesn’t take long for Gov. Nathan Deal to bring up the deepening of Savannah’s port at any campaign stop, but it surfaced particularly quickly during his swing through coastal Georgia.

The governor has long pledged to start dredging Savannah’s port by the end of the year, and it’s been a constant theme of his re-election campaign. But rarely is it so loud than at stops over the last two days at St. Simons, Darien and Rincon, where he told supporters it will keep southeast Georgia’s economy humming.

“We finally got the sign-off. And we were able to start [More]

Want to see former President Bill Clinton tomorrow? Here’s where

  • 10:32 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy

Want to see former President Bill Clinton campaign for Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, in Atlanta on Friday? Then be at Paschal’s Fine Southern Cuisine, 180 Northside Drive S.W., at 12:30 p.m.

This is a ticketed, but public event, the Nunn campaign tells us. To get a ticket, call 404-445-6709.

Paschal’s is famous as the restaurant at which Atlanta’s civil rights leadership, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., plotted their strategy — though it was at a different location at the time. But the new site has some resonance for the Clintons. Seven years ago, Paschal’s was the site [More]

On David Perdue, Dollar General and recalls of Chinese-made toys

  • 6:00 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

The chief item on Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue’s resume is his four-year stint as CEO of Dollar General.

His success in growing the company has been his rebuttal recently to the “outsourcing” drumbeat from the campaign of Democrat Michelle Nunn. Here’s what Perdue told Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd this week:

“A lot of people are critical about this outsourcing idea, but the issue is at Dollar General for example we created almost 20,000 jobs in a very short period of time, and we outsourced all of the products and services that we sold in the stores. Most of [More]

Jason Carter’s closing argument: ‘Georgia will be leading the way again’

  • 7:26 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Jason Carter is plastering the airwaves with an optimistic closing TV ad that contrasts with the negative spots that he’s used to bruise Gov. Nathan Deal in the final leg of the race for governor.

The ad shows the smiling 39-year-old Atlanta state senator greeting voters and vowing to bring a new direction to Georgia. “Georgia will be leading the way again,” it says.

It came as he brought his campaign to the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where pastor Raphael Warnock called him his “brother from another mother.” The AJC’s Jeremy Redmon was there as Carter told dozens of mostly [More]

A ‘gift year’ for Democrats creates a state in play

  • 5:47 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

No doubt, you want to know who will win next Tuesday. And because you are such a good and faithful reader, just this once I’ll bend the bylaws of the Grand Order of Media Conspirators and clue you in:

Your winners will be Johnny Isakson, Hillary Clinton, and maybe Kasim Reed.

Now, if you’re as sharp as I think you are, you’ll notice that none of these three are on the Nov. 4 ballot. That requires some explanation.

A few days ago at the state Capitol, I ran into a prominent Democratic state lawmaker and inquired about the state of things. She offered [More]

Michelle Nunn on being the Senate’s potential 51st vote

  • 5:36 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

This dispatch is from the AJC’s Aaron Gould Sheinin, who is embedded with Michelle Nunn’s campaign this week:

Cruising down Georgia’s backroads between Columbus and Macon on Tuesday, Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn opened up about the highs and lows of the campaign trail, her race against Republican David Perdue and her reaction to that controversial flyer referencing Ferguson, Mo.

She’s made the middle row of a white Dodge minivan her mobile headquarters in the final leg of the race, and she sat down with us after offering a La Croix sparkling water and a slice from the Columbus pizzeria she just [More]

Jason Carter casts early ballot, Nathan Deal treks through rural Georgia

  • 3:12 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Democrat Jason Carter cast an early ballot for himself at a south DeKalb mall while Gov. Nathan Deal stumped for votes in rural south Georgia.

“It is an important moment for me, without a doubt,” the grandson of the former president told our AJC colleague Jeremy Redmon after voting. “There is a sense of it coming down to reality. And I have this sense of calm about it but I’m also excited.”

At the same time, the governor embarked on a grueling stretch that brought him to Sylvester, Tifton, Moultrie and Valdosta before lunchtime. At each stop, he mocked his opponent’s vow [More]

Fellow traveler Mitt Romney calls outsourcing attack on David Perdue ‘baloney’

  • 2:20 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

AUGUSTA — Democrats have spent the past few months trying to make Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue look like Mitt Romney.

So Romney came to Georgia for the second time in the past month on Wednesday with a reminder that he won the state in his unsuccessful quest for the White House.

“Gov. Romney, welcome to Georgia,” Perdue said as the crowd of a few hundred roared. “These are our people.”

Romney spent his remarks mostly bashing President Barack Obama, though he also sneaked in a dig against Hillary Rodham Clinton for her recent

New poll shows David Perdue, Nathan Deal opening up leads

  • 12:58 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Monmouth University is out with a live-caller poll today that shows Republicans Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue opening up leads in their respective races and nearing the 50 percent mark to avoid a runoff — though they aren’t there yet.

Here’s the full memo. The toplines:

For Senate

David Perdue — 49 percent

Michelle Nunn — 41 percent

Amanda Swafford — 3 percent

For governor:

Nathan Deal — 48 percent

Jason Carter — 42 percent

Andrew Hunt — 5 percent

The sample is 55 percent female. There is no racial breakdown in the polling memo, but the pollster reports on Twitter that the African-American [More]

The push to #FreeGurley on Georgia’s campaign trail

  • 12:39 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Tifton – Expect to hear a lot of outrage from Georgia politicians today about the NCAA’s decision to suspend Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley for two more games as punishment for accepting money from memorabilia dealers.

“I’m disappointed in the NCAA. That’s a little bit long in terms of suspending him. But at least he’ll be back for the Auburn game,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in an interview after a campaign stop in Tifton. “I’m not aware of anything we can do about it, except to do as I have done: Express our disappointment with the way we have handled [More]

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