Jim Denery

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Jim Denery is a premium editor who mostly handles stories involving Georgia politics and government. He has been with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2007. Before that, he worked as a reporter and editor at eight other papers, most of them in the South.

Latest from Jim Denery

Capitol Recap: Abrams stays in spotlight while waiting to pick a race
 The state of Stacey Abrams’ calendar is busy. Still riding high after giving the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, Abrams is still more than a month away from the deadline she set to decide what office to seek next. It could be another run in 2022 against Gov. Brian Kemp, who beat her...

Posted: 4 days ago

The state of Stacey Abrams’ calendar is busy. Still riding high after giving the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, Abrams is still more than a month away from the deadline she set to decide what office to seek next. It could be another run in 2022 against Gov. Brian Kemp, who beat her...
Capitol Recap: Georgia Senate’s harassment rules could see alterations
 The state Senate’s new rules on sexual harassment complaints appear to be headed for a rewrite. Negotiations have begun under the guidance of Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan. His chief of staff, Chip Lake, described his boss as "hopeful" a compromise can be reached. The new rules, which the Senate’s GOP majority adopted on...

Posted: 11 days ago

The state Senate’s new rules on sexual harassment complaints appear to be headed for a rewrite. Negotiations have begun under the guidance of Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan. His chief of staff, Chip Lake, described his boss as "hopeful" a compromise can be reached. The new rules, which the Senate’s GOP majority adopted on...
Capitol Recap: Georgia voices could be key in border security talks
 Georgia has one of 16 seats at the table for border security talks underway in Washington that aim to avoid another shutdown of the federal government U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, is relatively optimistic about what he and the other House and Senate members on the committee can achieve. Graves said he will focus on finding consensus on...

Posted: 18 days ago

Georgia has one of 16 seats at the table for border security talks underway in Washington that aim to avoid another shutdown of the federal government U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, is relatively optimistic about what he and the other House and Senate members on the committee can achieve. Graves said he will focus on finding consensus on...
Capitol Recap: Georgia’s rural struggles reach into classrooms
 State lawmakers this past week learned a few new things about the problems currently facing rural Georgia. Their teacher was the chief financial officer of the Georgia Department of Education. Ted Beck told members of House and Senate Appropriations committees that two-thirds of the state’s school districts saw enrollment drop...

Posted: 25 days ago

State lawmakers this past week learned a few new things about the problems currently facing rural Georgia. Their teacher was the chief financial officer of the Georgia Department of Education. Ted Beck told members of House and Senate Appropriations committees that two-thirds of the state’s school districts saw enrollment drop...
Capitol Recap: Gingrich, a shutdown vet, says this one still has legs
 The end to the partial federal shutdown could be more than a month away for 16,000 U.S. government employees working in Georgia without compensation or going without a paycheck That’s an estimate from former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who predicted during an interview on NPR that the showdown between President Donald...

12:00 AM Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

The end to the partial federal shutdown could be more than a month away for 16,000 U.S. government employees working in Georgia without compensation or going without a paycheck That’s an estimate from former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who predicted during an interview on NPR that the showdown between President Donald...
Capitol Recap: Leaving office, but Georgia’s Golden Dome remains home
 Just because somebody has left office, there’s no need to say goodbye. Especially in Georgia politics. Take the case of state Sen. Josh McKoon, who on Monday will become former state Sen. Josh McKoon. The Columbus Republican, whose campaign to become the next secretary of state met its end during the May GOP primary, will remain...

12:00 AM Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

Just because somebody has left office, there’s no need to say goodbye. Especially in Georgia politics. Take the case of state Sen. Josh McKoon, who on Monday will become former state Sen. Josh McKoon. The Columbus Republican, whose campaign to become the next secretary of state met its end during the May GOP primary, will remain...
Capitol Recap: A new divide over Rebel flag: pride vs. favorability
 It played a role in the most divisive period in this nation’s history, flying at places such as Cemetery Ridge, Cold Harbor and Antietam. People are still divided over it. A poll asked Southern adults: “Do you think the Confederate battle flag is more a symbol of racial conflict or Southern pride?” Among white respondents...

12:00 AM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

It played a role in the most divisive period in this nation’s history, flying at places such as Cemetery Ridge, Cold Harbor and Antietam. People are still divided over it. A poll asked Southern adults: “Do you think the Confederate battle flag is more a symbol of racial conflict or Southern pride?” Among white respondents...
Capitol Recap: White House spat muddies Georgia’s hurricane recovery
 The storm that passed through the White House this week has cast a cloud over funding for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. The White House clash Tuesday between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer heightened the possibility of a federal government shutdown later this month. The...

12:00 AM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

The storm that passed through the White House this week has cast a cloud over funding for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. The White House clash Tuesday between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer heightened the possibility of a federal government shutdown later this month. The...
Capitol Recap: Georgia voting has ended. Talk about it hasn’t.
 After a primary and primary runoff, a general election and another runoff, it looks like — with the exception of a state House District race in North Georgia where the difference Tuesday was only three votes — that an end can finally be called on the 2018 campaign season. It won’t, however, put a halt to talk about...

12:00 AM Friday, Dec. 07, 2018

After a primary and primary runoff, a general election and another runoff, it looks like — with the exception of a state House District race in North Georgia where the difference Tuesday was only three votes — that an end can finally be called on the 2018 campaign season. It won’t, however, put a halt to talk about...
Capitol Recap: Some in GOP blame Kemp for party’s suburban woes
 Brian Kemp got the most votes in Georgia’s race for governor, but he’s taking some heat from fellow Republicans for mapping a route to the Governor’s Mansion that didn’t run through the suburbs. Among the complaints: It’s so 2016. And that might not be so good in 2020 and beyond if it alienates an important...

12:00 AM Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Brian Kemp got the most votes in Georgia’s race for governor, but he’s taking some heat from fellow Republicans for mapping a route to the Governor’s Mansion that didn’t run through the suburbs. Among the complaints: It’s so 2016. And that might not be so good in 2020 and beyond if it alienates an important...
Capitol Recap: In Atlanta market, TV campaign ads bring out the mean
 Why so negative, Atlanta? A firm called iQ Media has tracked television advertising since September in Georgia’s race for governor, and what it found is that the campaigns tend to go on the attack in the Atlanta market. They play hardball here, even when the Braves’ season is over. Groups supporting Republican Brian Kemp...

12:00 AM Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Why so negative, Atlanta? A firm called iQ Media has tracked television advertising since September in Georgia’s race for governor, and what it found is that the campaigns tend to go on the attack in the Atlanta market. They play hardball here, even when the Braves’ season is over. Groups supporting Republican Brian Kemp...