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Nancy Badertscher

Nancy Badertscher covers K-12 education for the AJC, focusing on Gwinnett County Public Schools. She also covers state pre-k and has been at the newspaper for almost 12 years.

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Politifact: Deal attack ad on Carter spending plan comes up short

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has a new television ad out that says his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Jason Carter, plans to go on a spending spree if elected. It’s part of the GOP’s strategy to paint Democrats as the tax-and-spend party. “Jason Carter’s plan: increase spending by $12.5 billion,” the ...

PolitiFact: Georgia’s political races dominate fact-checker’s efforts

Will Gov. Nathan Deal be re-elected to a second four-year term? Or will the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter be able to help Democrats reclaim the governor’s office? In the race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, will voters choose the daughter of former Democratic U.S. Sen. Sam ...

PolitiFact: Perdue over-reaches on women in poverty statement

A key strategy for Republicans running in this year’s midterm elections has been to slam their Democratic opponents as surrogates of President Barack Obama.It’s a tactic that GOP nominee David Perdue has employed repeatedly in Georgia’s closely watched U.S Senate race, including last week when he and Democratic opponent Michelle ...

PolitiFact: Nunn statement a bit misleading on Perdue and farm bill

One of rare compromises out of Congress this year has become a talking point in Georgia’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race. At issue is the 2014 Farm Bill, a bipartisan effort that ended direct payments to farmers, beefed up crop insurance and cut funding for food stamps. Michelle Nunn, the ...

PolitiFact: Fact-checkers focus on Georgia’s nationally watched races

With the general election less than four weeks away, it’s crunch time for the campaigns. Candidates in the top races are on radio and television and are starting to fill mailboxes with last-minute flyers. Tensions between the candidates have been growing, and the calls for fact-checks of the back-and-forth-claims have ...

PolitiFact: Perdue swings wide on Nunn agriculture claim in debate

Candidate references to the family farm and toting watermelons are far more than folksy. Agriculture is Georgia’s top industry, pumping more than $71 billion a year into the state economy. In that context, talking farms is political calculus, especially in farm heavy Middle Georgia. That math was on display in ...

PolitiFact: Deal right on how long it took revenues to hit 2007 levels

Public education advocates gave a collective sigh of relief on April 28. Gov. Nathan Deal signed the 2015 state budget that day, and that action gave them hope that school systems might be able to ease up on the worst of the belt-tightening measures. Unpaid furlough days. Larger class sizes. ...

Pastor-teacher to speak at CAU lecture series

Sir Walter L. Mack Jr., distinguished pastor and teacher at Union Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., will be guest speaker at Clark Atlanta University’s C. Eric Lincoln Lecture Series. The program starts Thursday at 10:50 a.m. in Davage Auditorium in Haven-Warren Hall. A noon luncheon and student scholarship forum will ...

PolitiFact: Nunn attack ad swings wide on Perdue and gender pay issue

In a direct appeal to women voters, a new television ad for Michelle Nunn takes a shot at opponent David Perdue on the issue of equal pay.“David Perdue opposes laws that provide equal pay protections for women,” declares the ad from Georgians Together, a super PAC created to support the ...

PolitiFact: Carter gets middle-class financial woes right in ad

Georgia’s economy has been hotly debated in this year’s governor’s race. In a new television ad, Democratic nominee Jason Carter says power brokers at the state Capitol need to do more for the middle class. “In the last 10 years, Georgia’s middle-class income has dropped $6,500,” he says. “We have ...