Offering New Yorkers some advice on the next snowstorm

11:20 am Feb. 21, 2014

Georgia was the butt of national jokes after the Jan. 28 snowfall brought metro Atlanta to a standstill. But the handling of last week’s ice storm earned state leaders the begrudging respect of at least a few counterparts up north.

An email sent this morning from Conner Poe, the head of the Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia, to Gov. Nathan Deal’s deputies offers an example.

Poe said he received a call today

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

12:19 pm Feb. 14, 2014

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

Nathan Deal is having second thoughts about new health insurance plan

2:28 pm Jan. 23, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal is trying to soothe the unrest over his administration’s controversial decision to go with a single insurer to manage health care for 650,000 public employees and their families.

Deal brushed aside the push by state Superintendent John Barge, one of his GOP challengers, for an investigation into how Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia was awarded the lucrative contract. He called it a hollow “political

Closing the door on new abortion restrictions

12:20 pm Jan. 22, 2014

The crowd of hundreds of anti-abortion activists gathered outside the statehouse Wednesday gave Gov. Nathan Deal polite applause when he praised the state’s “strong” position on abortion. But after the brief address he poured cold water on a new legislative push that would tighten restrictions.

When a measure that would ban abortion coverage in state employee insurance policies  fizzled near the end of last year’s session, the governor found an executive

Injecting a dose of politics into MLK Day

9:58 am Jan. 20, 2014

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

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

3:09 pm Jan. 14, 2014

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.

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

10:00 pm Jan. 10, 2014

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

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

7:04 am Jan. 9, 2014

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