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

Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes
 Amazon narrowed its list of potential communities for its massive second headquarters on Thursday to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 others in the U.S. and Canada, setting off a battle royale for a project promising prestige and 50,000 high-paying jobs. Georgia and metro Atlanta leaders hailed the news, while noting much...

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Amazon narrowed its list of potential communities for its massive second headquarters on Thursday to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 others in the U.S. and Canada, setting off a battle royale for a project promising prestige and 50,000 high-paying jobs. Georgia and metro Atlanta leaders hailed the news, while noting much...
Deal: Georgia has ‘talent, transit and logistics’ to land Amazon
 Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that metro Atlanta has the “talent, transit and logistics” to land Amazon’s second headquarters and the 50,000 jobs it could bring. His statement Thursday came shortly after Amazon narrowed its list of potential cities for its massive second headquarters to a final grouping that includes...

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that metro Atlanta has the “talent, transit and logistics” to land Amazon’s second headquarters and the 50,000 jobs it could bring. His statement Thursday came shortly after Amazon narrowed its list of potential cities for its massive second headquarters to a final grouping that includes...
House Speaker David Ralston gets a GOP challenge -- again
 House Speaker David Ralston will once more face competition in May to retain his solidly-conservative north Georgia seat.  Margaret Williamson said in a statement to the hyperlocal site Fetch Your News that she would square off against the Blue Ridge Republican in the GOP primary.  “I have actively participated in...

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House Speaker David Ralston will once more face competition in May to retain his solidly-conservative north Georgia seat.  Margaret Williamson said in a statement to the hyperlocal site Fetch Your News that she would square off against the Blue Ridge Republican in the GOP primary.  “I have actively participated in...
Democrats gear up to race against Handel in Georgia 6th 
 They don’t have the eye-popping financial figures that Jon Ossoff boasted, but the Democratic challengers following in his footsteps have collected six-figure hauls as they gear up to challenge Republican Karen Handel.  Bobby Kaple, a former Atlanta TV anchor, said he’s raised about $255,000 since he entered the race in mid-October...

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They don’t have the eye-popping financial figures that Jon Ossoff boasted, but the Democratic challengers following in his footsteps have collected six-figure hauls as they gear up to challenge Republican Karen Handel.  Bobby Kaple, a former Atlanta TV anchor, said he’s raised about $255,000 since he entered the race in mid-October...
State government offices in north Georgia will be shuttered again Thursday 
 State government offices will remain closed across much of north Georgia on Thursday for non-essential personnel as plunging temperatures and icy roads caused treacherous conditions. Gov. Nathan Deal said he was acting on a recommendation from his emergency deputies in closing state government offices across 83 counties for a second day in...

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State government offices will remain closed across much of north Georgia on Thursday for non-essential personnel as plunging temperatures and icy roads caused treacherous conditions. Gov. Nathan Deal said he was acting on a recommendation from his emergency deputies in closing state government offices across 83 counties for a second day in...
Tom Price joins advisory board of Jackson Healthcare
 Bloomberg reports that Tom Price’s post-Cabinet career has begun: Price stepped down from HHS job last September, amid probes of his use of taxpayer-funded jets while in office – and after unsuccessful Senate attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Price was a leading critic of the Obama administration’s central...

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Bloomberg reports that Tom Price’s post-Cabinet career has begun: Price stepped down from HHS job last September, amid probes of his use of taxpayer-funded jets while in office – and after unsuccessful Senate attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Price was a leading critic of the Obama administration’s central...
 Georgia 2018: Abrams kicks up her ground game
 Democrat Stacey Abrams is set to open nearly a dozen campaign offices across the state as she kicks up her ground game in the race for governor.  The former House minority leader on Wednesday announced plans to open a Savannah office on Jan. 27. Her campaign will be opening other offices in Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Cobb, Hinesville...

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Democrat Stacey Abrams is set to open nearly a dozen campaign offices across the state as she kicks up her ground game in the race for governor.  The former House minority leader on Wednesday announced plans to open a Savannah office on Jan. 27. Her campaign will be opening other offices in Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Cobb, Hinesville...
Stan Wise, chairman of PSC, to resign on Feb. 20 
 Stan Wise, the chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, said Tuesday in a note to Gov. Nathan Deal that he will step down on Feb. 20.  The Cobb County resident had previously announced he won’t be seeking re-election in 2018 after serving 23 years on the commission. Deal is widely expected to tap Tricia Pridemore...

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Stan Wise, the chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, said Tuesday in a note to Gov. Nathan Deal that he will step down on Feb. 20.  The Cobb County resident had previously announced he won’t be seeking re-election in 2018 after serving 23 years on the commission. Deal is widely expected to tap Tricia Pridemore...
Cagle raises nearly $7M in hunt for Georgia gov, has $5.75M on hand 
  Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle reported raising about $6.7 million in donations since he jumped in the race eight months ago, and his campaign will have all but $1 million of that in the bank in the runup to May’s GOP primary. Cagle reported raising more than $4 million in the disclosure period that will end on Jan. 31 and he has about...

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 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle reported raising about $6.7 million in donations since he jumped in the race eight months ago, and his campaign will have all but $1 million of that in the bank in the runup to May’s GOP primary. Cagle reported raising more than $4 million in the disclosure period that will end on Jan. 31 and he has about...
First GOP Hispanic lawmaker in Georgia to retire 
 Georgia Republicans have another suburban seat to defend in the state Legislature.  State Rep. David Casas, the first Hispanic Republican state legislator in Georgia history, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in November.  In a statement to the AJC, he said he wants to spend more time with his wife and teenage children...

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Georgia Republicans have another suburban seat to defend in the state Legislature.  State Rep. David Casas, the first Hispanic Republican state legislator in Georgia history, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in November.  In a statement to the AJC, he said he wants to spend more time with his wife and teenage children...
Jolt: On Atlanta-D.C. flight, John Lewis taunted with a shout of ‘Trump!’
 A new podcast with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., presumably the prelude to a 2020 presidential campaign, debuted Sunday with an appearance by U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The conversation focused on the Atlanta congressman’s extensive civil rights biography, but in the last few minutes, Lewis spoke of a new taunt aimed his way &ndash...

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A new podcast with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., presumably the prelude to a 2020 presidential campaign, debuted Sunday with an appearance by U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The conversation focused on the Atlanta congressman’s extensive civil rights biography, but in the last few minutes, Lewis spoke of a new taunt aimed his way &ndash...