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

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 ...

The dotted lines that connect three Democratic women

Contradictions abounded in one particular north Georgia valley last Thursday. Ostensibly, the gathering on the leafy campus of Young Harris College was strictly non-political – the dedication of a new $41 million building and, within it, the Zell and Shirley Miller Library. But the audience was stocked with multiple generations ...

Georgia Chamber draws a line in sand over ‘religious liberty’ bills

Last week, in the far-away Vatican, a gathering of Catholic bishops very nearly declared a truce in the war against gay marriage. At the last minute, they balked. Though it was far less conspicuous, we had our own synod in Georgia last week, which took up the same topic. The ...

OCTOBER 12, 2014-ATLANTA: Republican Richard L. Woods and Democrat Valarie Wilson square off once again during a Atlanta Press Club sponsored debate as they campaign to be Georgia’s next superintendent at the Georgia Public Broadcasting studios in Atlanta on Sunday October 12th, 2014. (Photo by Phil Skinner)

If you’re looking for a Democratic upset, look down-ballot

Todd Rehm writes the blog known as GeorgiaPundit.com and is a Republican consultant who sometimes joins me in front of a TV camera. Michael Thurmond is the DeKalb County school superintendent and owner of a long Democratic resume. The two men live in separate worlds and have never met, so ...

Medical workers roll patient, Nancy Writebol into Emory University Hospital. The second American aid worker infected with Ebola arrived Aug. 5 in Atlanta.

Emory backtracks on DeKalb Ebola story

Emory University has issued a statement backtracking on a claim made in today’s New York Times, that DeKalb County had threatened to cut off sewer lines if it wasn’t satisfied over the disposal of waste from two patients being treated for the Ebola virus. From Vincent Dollard, Emory’s associate vice ...

U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue answers questions about his business record at a campaign stop in Buckhead Monday. CHRIS JOYNER / CJOYNER@AJC.COM

In 2014 Georgia, out-sourcing is both a stale issue — and a fresh one

With little more than three weeks to go in the race for U.S. Senate, a sudden question has popped up: Is the topic of outsourcing, the movement of jobs out of the South and into low-wage foreign lands, relevant to a 2014 Georgia? The answer is no. Absolutely. And yes. ...

Governor Nathan Deal makes a point while answering a question during the gubernatorial debate in Reaves Arena at the Georgia National Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Perry.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

In Perry, Nathan Deal was a lone voice of optimism

Deafness has its advantages. People deprived of their hearing, whether momentarily or permanently, tend to seek out other cues in the absence of verbal ones. So it was with Tuesday’s “wall of sound” WMAZ debates at the Georgia National Fair — conducted, appropriately enough, in an auditorium that usually hosts ...

Michelle Nunn and a post-princess defense

If you want proof that we’re living out Disney’s post-princess era, take a look at what’s not happening in our race for the U.S. Senate. Sam Nunn, the venerable former U.S. senator, on Thursday said you won’t find him polishing up his rusted armor and mounting his aged steed to ...

The Islamic sponsorship of a Georgia congressional debate

While most of you had your eyes glued to Todd Gurley and the Bulldogs last Saturday, one of the most surreal debates in Georgia political history unfolded in Evans, Ga. – just outside of Augusta. Through the magic of YouTube, it’s still there for you to see. The players were ...

Why your Christmas cards could come with campaign flyers

Even as the Braves’ dreams of October grow slimmer and slimmer, the odds are increasing that Georgia’s hot races for governor and the U.S. Senate will see post-season play. In fact, the 2014 election season may not be settled until 2015. Which means the 436th television presentation of “A Charlie ...

The policy behind Nathan Deal’s childhood mystery

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 ...

Younger Bush attacks ad aimed at Nunn, Points of Light

A son of former President George H.W. Bush on Tuesday denounced as “shameful” claims endorsed by Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue that his Democratic rival, Michelle Nunn, “gave money to organizations linked to terrorists.”Neil Bush directed those comments, a day after his father endorsed Perdue, at a TV spot ...

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in a scrum of reporters earlier this year. (AJC File)

Kasim Reed rules out a 2018 run for governor

Over at 11Alive, Doug Richards reports Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed as saying he’s all but ruled out a 2018 run for governor – given that he’s a family man now with a wife and daughter to support. From the TV station’s transcript: Richards: You don’t expect to run for governor ...

With Delta as a player, the GOP schedules a bitter fight for 2015

Looking at the November prospect of seizing full control of Congress, Republicans in Washington have begun mapping out a to-do list. More importantly, they have decided what to fight over among themselves: An obscure agency known as the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Stifle that yawn. This is more ...

DeKalb will reserve a Sunday for voting in October

Next month, for the first time in state history, some Georgia voters will be able to cast their ballots on a Sunday. In an effort to boost turnout, DeKalb County — the state’s richest source of Democratic votes — is about to name Oct. 26 as an extra day to ...

Meet Andrew Hunt — another candidate with a famous lineage

The time has come for you to meet Andrew Hunt, nanotechnologist and Libertarian, who has a decent chance of throwing Georgia’s race for governor into extra innings.The first thing to know about him may be the least important, but given this year’s emphasis on family lineage, what with a presidential ...

One Marco weighs in on another Marco’s dream

Last Tuesday was a tale of two Marcos. I wrote about the first Marco last week. He is a bright, 16-year-old son of illegal Mexican immigrants enrolled at DeKalb Early College Academy. A “dream” kid brought across the border when he was 8 years old, awarded provisional legal status while ...

An attempt to keep a GOP rally off the Internet goes awry

Last Saturday began very sweetly for Nydia Tisdale, citizen journalist.She was at Burt’s Farm in Dawsonville, a private concern mobbed by tourists during pumpkin season, to point her video camera at several GOP candidates at the top of the November ballot.They were scheduled to speak at the rally, which had ...

A cipher in debate over ‘dream’ kids struggles to stay afloat

Marco was stretched out on a hard chair in a beat-up DeKalb County school conference room, in the presence of a former teacher who’s taken up for him.He is a bright, skinny and well-spoken 16-year-old with a flat American accent. “I try to work on it. I spent my summer ...

Gov. Nathan Deal escorts Zell Miller (left) back to his seat after Miller spoke at a 2013 event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Georgia Lottery.

Georgia’s grandfather of all election seasons

With 89-year-old Jimmy Carter, 75-year-old Sam Nunn, and now 82-year-old Zell Miller jumping into the fray, Georgia is headed for the grandfather of all election seasons. The next-generation, legacy ticket that Georgia Democrats celebrated last week at their state convention in Dublin — topped by Michelle Nunn, daughter of the ...

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