Greg Bluestein

Political Reporter

Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a range of beats that included politics and legal affairs. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. He's a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and political science and lives with his wife and two daughters in Dunwoody.

Latest from Greg Bluestein

Georgia GOP senator to run for 6th District seat
 Democrat Lucy McBath has drawn a Republican challenger  months after she flipped a suburban Atlanta U.S. House seat that had been in GOP hands for decades. State Sen. Brandon Beach, who represents portions of north Fulton County in the Legislature, said in a Saturday interview he intended to challenge McBath in 2020 and was set to formally...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Democrat Lucy McBath has drawn a Republican challenger months after she flipped a suburban Atlanta U.S. House seat that had been in GOP hands for decades. State Sen. Brandon Beach, who represents portions of north Fulton County in the Legislature, said in a Saturday interview he intended to challenge McBath in 2020 and was set to formally...
At MLK ceremony, Kemp gets an earful from his critics 
 The annual Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony at the Georgia statehouse began Friday with a symbolic moment between Gov. Brian Kemp and the slain civil rights leader’s daughter. It ended after a string of speakers lobbed not-so-subtle criticism his way. None directly mentioned the Republican governor, who was sitting in a first-row seat...

Posted: a day ago

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony at the Georgia statehouse began Friday with a symbolic moment between Gov. Brian Kemp and the slain civil rights leader’s daughter. It ended after a string of speakers lobbed not-so-subtle criticism his way. None directly mentioned the Republican governor, who was sitting in a first-row seat...
AJC poll shows a deeply divided Georgia and tough numbers for Kemp
 After an intensely partisan race for Georgia governor, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday shows Republican Brian Kemp may have a difficult task ahead in healing the state’s deep political divides. The newly minted governor’s approval rating sits at just 37.2 percent of registered Georgia voters, with nearly half...

Posted: a day ago

After an intensely partisan race for Georgia governor, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday shows Republican Brian Kemp may have a difficult task ahead in healing the state’s deep political divides. The newly minted governor’s approval rating sits at just 37.2 percent of registered Georgia voters, with nearly half...
The Jolt: An Atlanta-based evangelical voice calls it quits
 One of the most influential voices in evangelical politics is calling it quits. From Religious News Service: In a way, this is yet another example of how Donald Trump has roiled the world of religious conservatives. DeMoss was chief of staff to Jerry Falwell Sr., whose Moral Majority became a driving force of Republican politics in the...

Posted: a day ago

One of the most influential voices in evangelical politics is calling it quits. From Religious News Service: In a way, this is yet another example of how Donald Trump has roiled the world of religious conservatives. DeMoss was chief of staff to Jerry Falwell Sr., whose Moral Majority became a driving force of Republican politics in the...
Abrams launches ‘thank you’ tour across Georgia 
 Stacey Abrams is launching a “thank you” tour across the state to energize her supporters as she considers a potential run for U.S. Senate in 2020.  The Democrat’s first stop is a Monday visit to a restaurant in Albany, the south Georgia city where Abrams kicked off her campaign for governor in 2017. She’s set...

Posted: 2 days ago

Stacey Abrams is launching a “thank you” tour across the state to energize her supporters as she considers a potential run for U.S. Senate in 2020.  The Democrat’s first stop is a Monday visit to a restaurant in Albany, the south Georgia city where Abrams kicked off her campaign for governor in 2017. She’s set...
Democrats to Kemp: ‘Medicaid expansion is the only answer’
 Gov. Brian Kemp’s first State of the State address Thursday outlined his plan to boost teacher pay by $3,000 this year and push for a Medicaid waiver that could give the state more flexibility to use federal healthcare dollars.  State Democrats welcomed his bipartisan tone but were critical of a waiver program they...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Brian Kemp’s first State of the State address Thursday outlined his plan to boost teacher pay by $3,000 this year and push for a Medicaid waiver that could give the state more flexibility to use federal healthcare dollars.  State Democrats welcomed his bipartisan tone but were critical of a waiver program they...
Brian Kemp: Georgia will seek Medicaid waivers
 Gov. Brian Kemp said Thursday that his administration would request a federal waiver to seek new flexibility to use Medicaid dollars, using his first State of the State address to embrace an idea to “expand access without expanding a broken system.” Long an opponent of Medicaid expansion, the Republican said he would set aside...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Brian Kemp said Thursday that his administration would request a federal waiver to seek new flexibility to use Medicaid dollars, using his first State of the State address to embrace an idea to “expand access without expanding a broken system.” Long an opponent of Medicaid expansion, the Republican said he would set aside...
The Jolt: Georgia State researcher invents app to detect Islamic State videos
 If you can’t understand the language, listen to the music. A Georgia State University terrorism expert and his collaborators have developed software that can help identify online Islamic State propaganda by analyzing the music embedded in their soundtracks. The app’s name is Marvin. Anthony Lemieux is director of the GSU&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

If you can’t understand the language, listen to the music. A Georgia State University terrorism expert and his collaborators have developed software that can help identify online Islamic State propaganda by analyzing the music embedded in their soundtracks. The app’s name is Marvin. Anthony Lemieux is director of the GSU&rsquo...
At Tom Price’s urging, Kemp plans $1M to develop Medicaid waiver 
 Gov. Brian Kemp will include $1 million in his budget to develop a waiver that he said would give the state more flexibility to use federal Medicaid dollars, an idea he indicated was promoted by former Health Secretary Tom Price.  The Republican, who has long opposed Medicaid expansion, said on WSB’s The Erick Erickson...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Brian Kemp will include $1 million in his budget to develop a waiver that he said would give the state more flexibility to use federal Medicaid dollars, an idea he indicated was promoted by former Health Secretary Tom Price.  The Republican, who has long opposed Medicaid expansion, said on WSB’s The Erick Erickson...
‘Deportation bus’ candidate pleads not guilty to fraud charges
 A former Republican candidate for governor has pleaded not guilty to charges that he made a false report that computer servers were stolen from his campaign office shortly before his last-place finish in the May primary. Michael Williams, a former Republican state senator, has requested a jury trial ahead of an arraignment hearing on...

Posted: 3 days ago

A former Republican candidate for governor has pleaded not guilty to charges that he made a false report that computer servers were stolen from his campaign office shortly before his last-place finish in the May primary. Michael Williams, a former Republican state senator, has requested a jury trial ahead of an arraignment hearing on...
The Jolt: Johnny Isakson worries shutdown could threaten Super Bowl
 Publicly, Republican lawmakers from Georgia are holding the line on the partial federal government shutdown, which is now in its 26th day. But cracks are beginning to appear, pressure beginning to build. On Tuesday, Delta CEO Ed Bastian reported that the shutdown will cost his airline $25 million this month in lost revenue. In this morning&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Publicly, Republican lawmakers from Georgia are holding the line on the partial federal government shutdown, which is now in its 26th day. But cracks are beginning to appear, pressure beginning to build. On Tuesday, Delta CEO Ed Bastian reported that the shutdown will cost his airline $25 million this month in lost revenue. In this morning&rsquo...