Tamar Hallerman

Washington Correspondent

Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia. She also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. Before joining the paper in January 2016, she wrote about government spending for CQ Roll Call. There she covered appropriations, budget, the resignation of John Boehner and more immigration-related news than she can remember. Before that, she was an energy reporter for three years. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, she attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Latest from Tamar Hallerman

Atlanta’s suburban U.S. House seats are back in the crosshairs
 Atlanta’s northern suburbs have played host to the nation’s most expensive congressional race and, most recently, its closest. Originally drawn to be safe Republican seats, Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts have transformed into the political front line as the parties scramble for suburban dominance in the era...

Posted: a day ago

Atlanta’s northern suburbs have played host to the nation’s most expensive congressional race and, most recently, its closest. Originally drawn to be safe Republican seats, Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts have transformed into the political front line as the parties scramble for suburban dominance in the era...
The Jolt: Why a conservative split on medical pot could have MARTA implications
 Legislation filed Thursday would allow medical marijuana oil to be sold to patients in Georgia. The author of House Bill 324 is state Rep. Micah Gravley of Douglasville, vice-chairman of the House Republican caucus. Four other prominent Republicans have also put their name to the measure, along with Calvin Smyre of Columbus, the most...

Posted: 2 days ago

Legislation filed Thursday would allow medical marijuana oil to be sold to patients in Georgia. The author of House Bill 324 is state Rep. Micah Gravley of Douglasville, vice-chairman of the House Republican caucus. Four other prominent Republicans have also put their name to the measure, along with Calvin Smyre of Columbus, the most...
Border security compromise splits Georgia lawmakers
 A bipartisan border security bill that raced through both chambers of Congress on Thursday won over several Georgia Republicans along the way.  The spending deal, which would set aside nearly $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall and stave off another government shutdown through September, prompted “yes&rdquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

A bipartisan border security bill that raced through both chambers of Congress on Thursday won over several Georgia Republicans along the way.  The spending deal, which would set aside nearly $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall and stave off another government shutdown through September, prompted “yes&rdquo...
Savannah port boosters: Fed funding safe under national emergency
 Top officials connected to the Savannah port said Thursday that federal funding for the state’s top economic development project is safe after the White House announced President Donald Trump would declare a national emergency to build a border wall.  Congressman Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, whose 1st Congressional District is home...

Posted: 2 days ago

Top officials connected to the Savannah port said Thursday that federal funding for the state’s top economic development project is safe after the White House announced President Donald Trump would declare a national emergency to build a border wall.  Congressman Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, whose 1st Congressional District is home...
The Jolt: Gwinnett’s MARTA vote and the search for a GOP champion
 One of the more important referendums in the history of metro Atlanta is little more than 10 days away. Early voting to determine whether MARTA and heavy rail should be extended into Gwinnett County begins on Feb. 25. Election day is March 19. The original plan had been to conduct the referendum as part of last November’s general...

Posted: 3 days ago

One of the more important referendums in the history of metro Atlanta is little more than 10 days away. Early voting to determine whether MARTA and heavy rail should be extended into Gwinnett County begins on Feb. 25. Election day is March 19. The original plan had been to conduct the referendum as part of last November’s general...
Ga. lawmakers fume after Michael money omitted from spending deal
 South Georgia lawmakers whose districts were battered by Hurricane Michael are seething after congressional negotiators unveiled a compromise spending agreement on Thursday without any emergency money for recovery efforts.  As the border security package was being negotiated over the last three weeks, the state’s lawmakers...

Posted: 3 days ago

South Georgia lawmakers whose districts were battered by Hurricane Michael are seething after congressional negotiators unveiled a compromise spending agreement on Thursday without any emergency money for recovery efforts.  As the border security package was being negotiated over the last three weeks, the state’s lawmakers...
Georgia congressman scolded for Confederate book displayed in office
 A federal employee union is demanding an apology from Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson for a Confederate book displayed in his Capitol Hill office this week. Several Georgia members of the American Federation of Government Employees were visiting the West Point Republican’s office on Monday when said they saw a copy of “Gen....

Posted: 3 days ago

A federal employee union is demanding an apology from Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson for a Confederate book displayed in his Capitol Hill office this week. Several Georgia members of the American Federation of Government Employees were visiting the West Point Republican’s office on Monday when said they saw a copy of “Gen....
The Jolt: Attempted health care rollback cost GOP the U.S. House, top Republican says
 In print editions of today’s AJC, you’ll see a column on the changing attitude of Georgia Republicans toward the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. Or waivers. “We don’t care if they call it manna from heaven. Whatever works for them,” one wag at the state Capitol told us. In that article, we note that...

Posted: 4 days ago

In print editions of today’s AJC, you’ll see a column on the changing attitude of Georgia Republicans toward the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. Or waivers. “We don’t care if they call it manna from heaven. Whatever works for them,” one wag at the state Capitol told us. In that article, we note that...
Ga. Republicans approach emerging border deal with caution
 Georgia Republicans on Tuesday sounded cautious notes about an emerging  agreement that would set aside new money for barriers on the southern border but provide billions less than what President Donald Trump had been seeking for a wall. Congressman Tom Graves, R-Ranger, the only Georgia member of the bipartisan negotiating committee...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgia Republicans on Tuesday sounded cautious notes about an emerging agreement that would set aside new money for barriers on the southern border but provide billions less than what President Donald Trump had been seeking for a wall. Congressman Tom Graves, R-Ranger, the only Georgia member of the bipartisan negotiating committee...
The Jolt: Stacey Abrams welcomes a GOP shift on Medicaid
 We’ve got something of a theme this morning. For years, Stacey Abrams and her fellow Democrats have assailed Republicans for their refusal to expand Medicaid under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. So she is taking the news that Gov. Brian Kemp is set to back legislation to allow “waivers” that...

Posted: 5 days ago

We’ve got something of a theme this morning. For years, Stacey Abrams and her fellow Democrats have assailed Republicans for their refusal to expand Medicaid under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. So she is taking the news that Gov. Brian Kemp is set to back legislation to allow “waivers” that...
The Jolt: Democrats are coming, warns spokesman for a city of East Cobb
 Over the weekend, the Marietta Daily Journal noted that Phil Kent, the conservative pundit and anti-illegal immigration activist, had been hired to do some spokes-personing for supporters of a proposed city of East Cobb. Arguments for the new city has focused on law enforcement and roadways, but according to Kent, there’s another...

Posted: 6 days ago

Over the weekend, the Marietta Daily Journal noted that Phil Kent, the conservative pundit and anti-illegal immigration activist, had been hired to do some spokes-personing for supporters of a proposed city of East Cobb. Arguments for the new city has focused on law enforcement and roadways, but according to Kent, there’s another...