Jim Galloway

Columnist and Blogger

Jim Galloway, a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is the lead writer and founder of the AJC’s Political Insider blog, the best-read and most influential political blog in the state.

Latest from Jim Galloway

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 hours 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...
Why Brian Kemp may need some time to find the right words
 Brian Kemp is the first governor to have come of age in a post-segregated Georgia. He takes office during one of the most polarized periods – racially and culturally – in our nation’s history. Those two facts formed the basis of the new governor’s inaugural speech on Monday. They are likely to underpin his next four...

Posted: a day ago

Brian Kemp is the first governor to have come of age in a post-segregated Georgia. He takes office during one of the most polarized periods – racially and culturally – in our nation’s history. Those two facts formed the basis of the new governor’s inaugural speech on Monday. They are likely to underpin his next four...
The Jolt: With better optics, Brian Kemp wins his first day as governor
 If optics are the measure, Gov. Brian Kemp won the first day of the 2019 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Hours after he was sworn in, the new governor issued an executive order that overhauled the state’s sexual harassment training program and made the state’s inspector general’s office the ultimate repository...

Posted: a day ago

If optics are the measure, Gov. Brian Kemp won the first day of the 2019 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Hours after he was sworn in, the new governor issued an executive order that overhauled the state’s sexual harassment training program and made the state’s inspector general’s office the ultimate repository...
The Jolt: Brian Kemp and Democrats both have a choice to make
 The clock will be ticking past 3 p.m. today before we know which Brian Kemp will be sworn in as governor – the pick up-driving, shotgun-wielding guy from the GOP primary, or the fellow from December who said "it's time to put politics behind us." But well before today’s inaugural festivities, it was very clear...

Posted: 2 days ago

The clock will be ticking past 3 p.m. today before we know which Brian Kemp will be sworn in as governor – the pick up-driving, shotgun-wielding guy from the GOP primary, or the fellow from December who said "it's time to put politics behind us." But well before today’s inaugural festivities, it was very clear...
A proposal to put the name of 'King' on a Stone Mountain Park bridge
 Several years ago, state officials balked at a proposal to put a bell tower atop Stone Mountain in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, which proclaimed that freedom would one day ring from the top of the granite edifice. Such a monument would clash with the legislated purpose of the state-owned...

Posted: 4 days ago

Several years ago, state officials balked at a proposal to put a bell tower atop Stone Mountain in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, which proclaimed that freedom would one day ring from the top of the granite edifice. Such a monument would clash with the legislated purpose of the state-owned...
The Jolt: Isakson is wary of a Trump declaration of emergency 
 It’s Friday, Jan. 11. Which means that for nearly 16,000 of your fellow Georgians who are federal employees, it’s no-pay day. Things are looking pretty bleak on that front. The Associated Press reports this morning that President Donald Trump has edged closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall...

Posted: 5 days ago

It’s Friday, Jan. 11. Which means that for nearly 16,000 of your fellow Georgians who are federal employees, it’s no-pay day. Things are looking pretty bleak on that front. The Associated Press reports this morning that President Donald Trump has edged closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall...
The Jolt: Opponents of Confederate symbolism plan a pre-Super Bowl rally
 A group of civil rights organizations and Democratic lawmakers are banding together again to sponsor legislation that would overturn the Georgia law that bars local communities from removing Confederate monuments. Similar legislation introduced last year failed to get a hearing. This year’s legislation is being pushed by the Southern...

Posted: 6 days ago

A group of civil rights organizations and Democratic lawmakers are banding together again to sponsor legislation that would overturn the Georgia law that bars local communities from removing Confederate monuments. Similar legislation introduced last year failed to get a hearing. This year’s legislation is being pushed by the Southern...
Speaker David Ralston casts doubt on bill to allow concealed firearms without permit 
 House Speaker David Ralston on Wednesday expressed opposition to legislation that would allow Georgians to carry concealed firearms without a permit. “I don’t know what the appetite’s going to be for that kind of legislation in the House. I’m going to take a very, very cautious view,” Ralston said during an interview...

Posted: 7 days ago

House Speaker David Ralston on Wednesday expressed opposition to legislation that would allow Georgians to carry concealed firearms without a permit. “I don’t know what the appetite’s going to be for that kind of legislation in the House. I’m going to take a very, very cautious view,” Ralston said during an interview...
The Jolt: Hints about health care and the Legislature begin to surface
 Late Tuesday, House Speaker David Ralston named a 15-member special committee to implement recommendations for the improvement of rural health care in Georgia that were generated last month by, yes, another House committee. We’ve told you that we suspect a focus on the state’s certificate-of-need system, a four-decade effort to...

Posted: 7 days ago

Late Tuesday, House Speaker David Ralston named a 15-member special committee to implement recommendations for the improvement of rural health care in Georgia that were generated last month by, yes, another House committee. We’ve told you that we suspect a focus on the state’s certificate-of-need system, a four-decade effort to...
Street protesters can't wear masks -- but when money talks, it can
 We have grown more than slightly erratic when it comes to anonymity and political speech. On Monday, 31-year-old Alan Hutzel, a restaurant cook from Savannah, made an appearance before a state court judge in Coweta County. Back in April, he and a dozen or so counter protesters were arrested during a Nazi rally in Newnan. Coming only months...

Posted: 8 days ago

We have grown more than slightly erratic when it comes to anonymity and political speech. On Monday, 31-year-old Alan Hutzel, a restaurant cook from Savannah, made an appearance before a state court judge in Coweta County. Back in April, he and a dozen or so counter protesters were arrested during a Nazi rally in Newnan. Coming only months...
The Jolt: Four ex-presidents, including Jimmy Carter, deny endorsing border wall
 On Monday, as President Donald Trump issued his call for tonight’s prime TV time to make an address on illegal immigration and the federal shutdown, the Carter Center did its part to rebut Trump’s claim that “some” of his predecessors had told him they regretted not building a border wall. Said Trump last week: &ldquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

On Monday, as President Donald Trump issued his call for tonight’s prime TV time to make an address on illegal immigration and the federal shutdown, the Carter Center did its part to rebut Trump’s claim that “some” of his predecessors had told him they regretted not building a border wall. Said Trump last week: &ldquo...