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A brewing fight in Georgia governor’s race over Medicaid expansion

  • 12:19 pm Friday, February 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

The fight over a House GOP plan that would strip the executive branch of its power to expand Medicaid in Georgia is fast becoming a dividing line in the governor’s race.

We told you yesterday that state Sen. Jason Carter, the Democrat challenging Gov. Nathan Deal, attacked the governor for “passing the buck” by throwing his support behind the legislation. Now Deal’s camp is firing back.

Deal wouldn’t take questions on the matter at a press conference Friday focused on the storm cleanup, but his spokeswoman Jen Talaber issued a retort on his behalf:

“So Senator Carter believes cutting a [More]

Injecting a dose of politics into MLK Day

  • 9:58 am Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

We’re at the Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service where Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to announce plans to add a certain civil rights leader’s name to a prominent spot on the Capitol grounds.

Deal’s expected announcement, whether intentional or not, injects an extra dose of politics into a ceremony already tinged with it. Also scheduled to make remarks are Sen. Johnny Isakson, Rep. Hank Johnson and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

A flurry of candidates have sent out pitches tied to the holiday. We just got one from Rev. Raphael Warnock, who will be delivering the keynote address in a few [More]

Add another item to a busy Wednesday: The biggest speech of Jason Carter’s career

  • 3:09 pm Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

This Wednesday is shaping up to be one of the busiest political days of the year, and now state Sen. Jason Carter is carving out a half-hour to put his stamp on the events.

Gov. Nathan Deal plans three separate addresses, the first in the morning at the Eggs & Issues breakfast followed by his State of the State speech at 11 a.m. at the statehouse and then a 1 p.m. roll-out of a budget plan highlighted by new education spending.

Sandwiched in between there, Deal’s Democratic foil will make perhaps the biggest speech of his political career. Carter, who announced his [More]

AJC survey: Nathan Deal has lead; no front-runner in Senate race

  • 10:00 pm Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Democrat Jason Carter has plenty of work ahead if he wants to oust Gov. Nathan Deal. And all the U.S. Senate candidates have work to do to remind voters there’s an election in November for an open seat.

You can find all the details of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s poll on myajc.com and in Saturday’s print edition, but here are some highlights:

Deal has 47 percent support in a head-to-head matchup against 38 percent for Carter, his likely Democratic opponent. Deal’s support hit 50 percent when voters were asked whether they leaned toward either candidate.

Deal’s approval rating hovered around a healthy 54 [More]

Your daily jolt: Nathan Deal aims big money at Georgia’s technical schools

  • 7:04 am Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

We have a more complete sweep of education issues on myajc.com this morning, but Georgia’s tech schools are an early winner in this year’s session of the state Legislature:

Gov. Nathan Deal wants to establish a scholarship that would provide full tuition for tech college students who earn a 3.5 grade point average, his spokesman Brian Robinson said Wednesday.

The Zell Miller Scholarship will be a new part of the HOPE grant program, which has come under intense criticism from Democrats in the wake of a belt-tightening measure pushed through the Legislature. Robinson said some 16,000 technical college [More]