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’s bid for Amazon becomes a prime issue in governor’s race
 Georgia’s aggressive maneuvering for Amazon’s second headquarters — and the $1 billion or more in incentives it will likely require — has fast become a dividing line in the race for governor. Republican candidates are under pressure from grass-roots activists to reject juicy pot-sweeteners to land the $5 billion project...

Posted: a minute ago

Georgia’s aggressive maneuvering for Amazon’s second headquarters — and the $1 billion or more in incentives it will likely require — has fast become a dividing line in the race for governor. Republican candidates are under pressure from grass-roots activists to reject juicy pot-sweeteners to land the $5 billion project...
Deal will likely tap Pridemore to open PSC seat
 Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he will likely tap longtime ally Tricia Pridemore to a Public Service Commission post that will soon be vacant.  “It is my inclination at this point to appoint Tricia Pridemore, but we’re not at that stage of the game yet,” he said. “We’ll wait and see when the actual opening...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he will likely tap longtime ally Tricia Pridemore to a Public Service Commission post that will soon be vacant.  “It is my inclination at this point to appoint Tricia Pridemore, but we’re not at that stage of the game yet,” he said. “We’ll wait and see when the actual opening...
Part-time grocery worker threatens to gun down CNN staff in Atlanta over ‘fake news’
 Up in Michigan, a man answering the call of “fake news” was apparently willing to drive down I-75 to wreak havoc here. From the Associated Press:  *** As well you know, last week the state Senate passed out House Bill 159, the rewrite of Georgia’s adoption laws. Gov. Nathan Deal had made it clear he wanted a clean...

Posted: 51 minutes ago

Up in Michigan, a man answering the call of “fake news” was apparently willing to drive down I-75 to wreak havoc here. From the Associated Press:  *** As well you know, last week the state Senate passed out House Bill 159, the rewrite of Georgia’s adoption laws. Gov. Nathan Deal had made it clear he wanted a clean...
A private poll suggests race for Georgia’s No. 2 job is way unsettled 
 How uncertain is the Republican race for Georgia lieutenant governor? A survey released this week by a conservative-leaning pollster shows it’s anything but settled.  The survey of GOP primary voters by Alabama-based Cygnal, which does not count any candidates among its clients, found more than two-thirds of respondents had not...

Posted: 2 hours ago

How uncertain is the Republican race for Georgia lieutenant governor? A survey released this week by a conservative-leaning pollster shows it’s anything but settled.  The survey of GOP primary voters by Alabama-based Cygnal, which does not count any candidates among its clients, found more than two-thirds of respondents had not...
Sigh. Another GOP attempt to take over Atlanta’s airport
 The ongoing federal probe into bribery at Atlanta’s City Hall has some state lawmakers ready to contend that Georgia officials should have more oversight over Atlanta’s bustling airport.  In one of the worst-kept secrets under the Gold Dome, Republican state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, is exploring the idea...

Posted: 22 hours ago

The ongoing federal probe into bribery at Atlanta’s City Hall has some state lawmakers ready to contend that Georgia officials should have more oversight over Atlanta’s bustling airport.  In one of the worst-kept secrets under the Gold Dome, Republican state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, is exploring the idea...
A Bernie-styled progressive challenges uber-conservative Georgia Republican 
 U.S. Rep. Jody Hice didn’t even face token Democratic opposition in 2016. But two Democrats are now racing to compete him in what could be a test of how far the party is willing to lurch to the left in a deeply-conservative northeast Georgia district. Chalis Montgomery entered the race months ago after trying to confront Hice at...

Posted: a day ago

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice didn’t even face token Democratic opposition in 2016. But two Democrats are now racing to compete him in what could be a test of how far the party is willing to lurch to the left in a deeply-conservative northeast Georgia district. Chalis Montgomery entered the race months ago after trying to confront Hice at...
Is Deal’s tangle with QBE a cautionary tale for Georgia gov candidates? 
 Gov. Nathan Deal has formally abandoned his campaign pledge to rewrite the state’s outdated school funding formula, saying in an interview “there were too many other things that were important that we felt like we could achieve.” The task of making vast changes to the formula has overwhelmed many governors before him, regardless...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Nathan Deal has formally abandoned his campaign pledge to rewrite the state’s outdated school funding formula, saying in an interview “there were too many other things that were important that we felt like we could achieve.” The task of making vast changes to the formula has overwhelmed many governors before him, regardless...
One year after Trump’s inauguration, Georgia women plunge into politics
 One year ago, Essence Johnson was walking. Now she’s running. This weekend, Johnson will announce her candidacy as a Democrat for a Georgia House seat that hasn’t changed hands in 15 years. For the 35-year-old east Cobb County resident, the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Matt Dollar — who last faced a general election...

Posted: 2 days ago

One year ago, Essence Johnson was walking. Now she’s running. This weekend, Johnson will announce her candidacy as a Democrat for a Georgia House seat that hasn’t changed hands in 15 years. For the 35-year-old east Cobb County resident, the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Matt Dollar — who last faced a general election...
Trump’s anniversary: Thousands of women rally at Power to the Polls in Atlanta 
 Thousands of women gathered in Atlanta on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration to pledge they would build on a movement that began a year ago with a wave of marches around the nation.  The crowd gathered at The Bakery in south Atlanta, waving signs with famed quotes from Democratic lawmakers and quips...

Posted: 2 days ago

Thousands of women gathered in Atlanta on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration to pledge they would build on a movement that began a year ago with a wave of marches around the nation.  The crowd gathered at The Bakery in south Atlanta, waving signs with famed quotes from Democratic lawmakers and quips...
In Savannah, GOP gov candidate pushes offshore drilling 
 This week’s forum in Savannah for Republican candidates for governor had little in the way of fireworks. But it offered a debut of sorts for businessman Clay Tippins, who entered the race weeks ago, and gave his rivals a chance to sharpen their arguments. One of the biggest rifts opened when the candidates were asked about the Trump...

Posted: 2 days ago

This week’s forum in Savannah for Republican candidates for governor had little in the way of fireworks. But it offered a debut of sorts for businessman Clay Tippins, who entered the race weeks ago, and gave his rivals a chance to sharpen their arguments. One of the biggest rifts opened when the candidates were asked about the Trump...
Is Atlanta really a contender for Amazon HQ?
 If metro Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 jobs, it likely will be on the strength of its workforce, globally connected airport, ease of doing business and the capacity of Georgia Tech and other research universities to pump out talent. But the Atlanta area will have to tangle with Boston, Chicago and...

Posted: 3 days ago

If metro Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 jobs, it likely will be on the strength of its workforce, globally connected airport, ease of doing business and the capacity of Georgia Tech and other research universities to pump out talent. But the Atlanta area will have to tangle with Boston, Chicago and...





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’s bid for Amazon becomes a prime issue in governor’s race
 Georgia’s aggressive maneuvering for Amazon’s second headquarters — and the $1 billion or more in incentives it will likely require — has fast become a dividing line in the race for governor. Republican candidates are under pressure from grass-roots activists to reject juicy pot-sweeteners to land the $5 billion project...

Posted: a minute ago

Georgia’s aggressive maneuvering for Amazon’s second headquarters — and the $1 billion or more in incentives it will likely require — has fast become a dividing line in the race for governor. Republican candidates are under pressure from grass-roots activists to reject juicy pot-sweeteners to land the $5 billion project...
Deal will likely tap Pridemore to open PSC seat
 Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he will likely tap longtime ally Tricia Pridemore to a Public Service Commission post that will soon be vacant.  “It is my inclination at this point to appoint Tricia Pridemore, but we’re not at that stage of the game yet,” he said. “We’ll wait and see when the actual opening...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he will likely tap longtime ally Tricia Pridemore to a Public Service Commission post that will soon be vacant.  “It is my inclination at this point to appoint Tricia Pridemore, but we’re not at that stage of the game yet,” he said. “We’ll wait and see when the actual opening...
Part-time grocery worker threatens to gun down CNN staff in Atlanta over ‘fake news’
 Up in Michigan, a man answering the call of “fake news” was apparently willing to drive down I-75 to wreak havoc here. From the Associated Press:  *** As well you know, last week the state Senate passed out House Bill 159, the rewrite of Georgia’s adoption laws. Gov. Nathan Deal had made it clear he wanted a clean...

Posted: 51 minutes ago

Up in Michigan, a man answering the call of “fake news” was apparently willing to drive down I-75 to wreak havoc here. From the Associated Press:  *** As well you know, last week the state Senate passed out House Bill 159, the rewrite of Georgia’s adoption laws. Gov. Nathan Deal had made it clear he wanted a clean...
A private poll suggests race for Georgia’s No. 2 job is way unsettled 
 How uncertain is the Republican race for Georgia lieutenant governor? A survey released this week by a conservative-leaning pollster shows it’s anything but settled.  The survey of GOP primary voters by Alabama-based Cygnal, which does not count any candidates among its clients, found more than two-thirds of respondents had not...

Posted: 2 hours ago

How uncertain is the Republican race for Georgia lieutenant governor? A survey released this week by a conservative-leaning pollster shows it’s anything but settled.  The survey of GOP primary voters by Alabama-based Cygnal, which does not count any candidates among its clients, found more than two-thirds of respondents had not...
Sigh. Another GOP attempt to take over Atlanta’s airport
 The ongoing federal probe into bribery at Atlanta’s City Hall has some state lawmakers ready to contend that Georgia officials should have more oversight over Atlanta’s bustling airport.  In one of the worst-kept secrets under the Gold Dome, Republican state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, is exploring the idea...

Posted: 22 hours ago

The ongoing federal probe into bribery at Atlanta’s City Hall has some state lawmakers ready to contend that Georgia officials should have more oversight over Atlanta’s bustling airport.  In one of the worst-kept secrets under the Gold Dome, Republican state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, is exploring the idea...
A Bernie-styled progressive challenges uber-conservative Georgia Republican 
 U.S. Rep. Jody Hice didn’t even face token Democratic opposition in 2016. But two Democrats are now racing to compete him in what could be a test of how far the party is willing to lurch to the left in a deeply-conservative northeast Georgia district. Chalis Montgomery entered the race months ago after trying to confront Hice at...

Posted: a day ago

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice didn’t even face token Democratic opposition in 2016. But two Democrats are now racing to compete him in what could be a test of how far the party is willing to lurch to the left in a deeply-conservative northeast Georgia district. Chalis Montgomery entered the race months ago after trying to confront Hice at...
Is Deal’s tangle with QBE a cautionary tale for Georgia gov candidates? 
 Gov. Nathan Deal has formally abandoned his campaign pledge to rewrite the state’s outdated school funding formula, saying in an interview “there were too many other things that were important that we felt like we could achieve.” The task of making vast changes to the formula has overwhelmed many governors before him, regardless...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Nathan Deal has formally abandoned his campaign pledge to rewrite the state’s outdated school funding formula, saying in an interview “there were too many other things that were important that we felt like we could achieve.” The task of making vast changes to the formula has overwhelmed many governors before him, regardless...
One year after Trump’s inauguration, Georgia women plunge into politics
 One year ago, Essence Johnson was walking. Now she’s running. This weekend, Johnson will announce her candidacy as a Democrat for a Georgia House seat that hasn’t changed hands in 15 years. For the 35-year-old east Cobb County resident, the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Matt Dollar — who last faced a general election...

Posted: 2 days ago

One year ago, Essence Johnson was walking. Now she’s running. This weekend, Johnson will announce her candidacy as a Democrat for a Georgia House seat that hasn’t changed hands in 15 years. For the 35-year-old east Cobb County resident, the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Matt Dollar — who last faced a general election...
Trump’s anniversary: Thousands of women rally at Power to the Polls in Atlanta 
 Thousands of women gathered in Atlanta on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration to pledge they would build on a movement that began a year ago with a wave of marches around the nation.  The crowd gathered at The Bakery in south Atlanta, waving signs with famed quotes from Democratic lawmakers and quips...

Posted: 2 days ago

Thousands of women gathered in Atlanta on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration to pledge they would build on a movement that began a year ago with a wave of marches around the nation.  The crowd gathered at The Bakery in south Atlanta, waving signs with famed quotes from Democratic lawmakers and quips...
In Savannah, GOP gov candidate pushes offshore drilling 
 This week’s forum in Savannah for Republican candidates for governor had little in the way of fireworks. But it offered a debut of sorts for businessman Clay Tippins, who entered the race weeks ago, and gave his rivals a chance to sharpen their arguments. One of the biggest rifts opened when the candidates were asked about the Trump...

Posted: 2 days ago

This week’s forum in Savannah for Republican candidates for governor had little in the way of fireworks. But it offered a debut of sorts for businessman Clay Tippins, who entered the race weeks ago, and gave his rivals a chance to sharpen their arguments. One of the biggest rifts opened when the candidates were asked about the Trump...
Is Atlanta really a contender for Amazon HQ?
 If metro Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 jobs, it likely will be on the strength of its workforce, globally connected airport, ease of doing business and the capacity of Georgia Tech and other research universities to pump out talent. But the Atlanta area will have to tangle with Boston, Chicago and...

Posted: 3 days ago

If metro Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 jobs, it likely will be on the strength of its workforce, globally connected airport, ease of doing business and the capacity of Georgia Tech and other research universities to pump out talent. But the Atlanta area will have to tangle with Boston, Chicago and...





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’s bid for Amazon becomes a prime issue in governor’s race
 Georgia’s aggressive maneuvering for Amazon’s second headquarters — and the $1 billion or more in incentives it will likely require — has fast become a dividing line in the race for governor. Republican candidates are under pressure from grass-roots activists to reject juicy pot-sweeteners to land the $5 billion project...

Posted: a minute ago

Georgia’s aggressive maneuvering for Amazon’s second headquarters — and the $1 billion or more in incentives it will likely require — has fast become a dividing line in the race for governor. Republican candidates are under pressure from grass-roots activists to reject juicy pot-sweeteners to land the $5 billion project...
Deal will likely tap Pridemore to open PSC seat
 Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he will likely tap longtime ally Tricia Pridemore to a Public Service Commission post that will soon be vacant.  “It is my inclination at this point to appoint Tricia Pridemore, but we’re not at that stage of the game yet,” he said. “We’ll wait and see when the actual opening...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he will likely tap longtime ally Tricia Pridemore to a Public Service Commission post that will soon be vacant.  “It is my inclination at this point to appoint Tricia Pridemore, but we’re not at that stage of the game yet,” he said. “We’ll wait and see when the actual opening...
Part-time grocery worker threatens to gun down CNN staff in Atlanta over ‘fake news’
 Up in Michigan, a man answering the call of “fake news” was apparently willing to drive down I-75 to wreak havoc here. From the Associated Press:  *** As well you know, last week the state Senate passed out House Bill 159, the rewrite of Georgia’s adoption laws. Gov. Nathan Deal had made it clear he wanted a clean...

Posted: 51 minutes ago

Up in Michigan, a man answering the call of “fake news” was apparently willing to drive down I-75 to wreak havoc here. From the Associated Press:  *** As well you know, last week the state Senate passed out House Bill 159, the rewrite of Georgia’s adoption laws. Gov. Nathan Deal had made it clear he wanted a clean...
A private poll suggests race for Georgia’s No. 2 job is way unsettled 
 How uncertain is the Republican race for Georgia lieutenant governor? A survey released this week by a conservative-leaning pollster shows it’s anything but settled.  The survey of GOP primary voters by Alabama-based Cygnal, which does not count any candidates among its clients, found more than two-thirds of respondents had not...

Posted: 2 hours ago

How uncertain is the Republican race for Georgia lieutenant governor? A survey released this week by a conservative-leaning pollster shows it’s anything but settled.  The survey of GOP primary voters by Alabama-based Cygnal, which does not count any candidates among its clients, found more than two-thirds of respondents had not...
Sigh. Another GOP attempt to take over Atlanta’s airport
 The ongoing federal probe into bribery at Atlanta’s City Hall has some state lawmakers ready to contend that Georgia officials should have more oversight over Atlanta’s bustling airport.  In one of the worst-kept secrets under the Gold Dome, Republican state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, is exploring the idea...

Posted: 22 hours ago

The ongoing federal probe into bribery at Atlanta’s City Hall has some state lawmakers ready to contend that Georgia officials should have more oversight over Atlanta’s bustling airport.  In one of the worst-kept secrets under the Gold Dome, Republican state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, is exploring the idea...
A Bernie-styled progressive challenges uber-conservative Georgia Republican 
 U.S. Rep. Jody Hice didn’t even face token Democratic opposition in 2016. But two Democrats are now racing to compete him in what could be a test of how far the party is willing to lurch to the left in a deeply-conservative northeast Georgia district. Chalis Montgomery entered the race months ago after trying to confront Hice at...

Posted: a day ago

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice didn’t even face token Democratic opposition in 2016. But two Democrats are now racing to compete him in what could be a test of how far the party is willing to lurch to the left in a deeply-conservative northeast Georgia district. Chalis Montgomery entered the race months ago after trying to confront Hice at...
Is Deal’s tangle with QBE a cautionary tale for Georgia gov candidates? 
 Gov. Nathan Deal has formally abandoned his campaign pledge to rewrite the state’s outdated school funding formula, saying in an interview “there were too many other things that were important that we felt like we could achieve.” The task of making vast changes to the formula has overwhelmed many governors before him, regardless...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Nathan Deal has formally abandoned his campaign pledge to rewrite the state’s outdated school funding formula, saying in an interview “there were too many other things that were important that we felt like we could achieve.” The task of making vast changes to the formula has overwhelmed many governors before him, regardless...
One year after Trump’s inauguration, Georgia women plunge into politics
 One year ago, Essence Johnson was walking. Now she’s running. This weekend, Johnson will announce her candidacy as a Democrat for a Georgia House seat that hasn’t changed hands in 15 years. For the 35-year-old east Cobb County resident, the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Matt Dollar — who last faced a general election...

Posted: 2 days ago

One year ago, Essence Johnson was walking. Now she’s running. This weekend, Johnson will announce her candidacy as a Democrat for a Georgia House seat that hasn’t changed hands in 15 years. For the 35-year-old east Cobb County resident, the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Matt Dollar — who last faced a general election...
Trump’s anniversary: Thousands of women rally at Power to the Polls in Atlanta 
 Thousands of women gathered in Atlanta on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration to pledge they would build on a movement that began a year ago with a wave of marches around the nation.  The crowd gathered at The Bakery in south Atlanta, waving signs with famed quotes from Democratic lawmakers and quips...

Posted: 2 days ago

Thousands of women gathered in Atlanta on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration to pledge they would build on a movement that began a year ago with a wave of marches around the nation.  The crowd gathered at The Bakery in south Atlanta, waving signs with famed quotes from Democratic lawmakers and quips...
In Savannah, GOP gov candidate pushes offshore drilling 
 This week’s forum in Savannah for Republican candidates for governor had little in the way of fireworks. But it offered a debut of sorts for businessman Clay Tippins, who entered the race weeks ago, and gave his rivals a chance to sharpen their arguments. One of the biggest rifts opened when the candidates were asked about the Trump...

Posted: 2 days ago

This week’s forum in Savannah for Republican candidates for governor had little in the way of fireworks. But it offered a debut of sorts for businessman Clay Tippins, who entered the race weeks ago, and gave his rivals a chance to sharpen their arguments. One of the biggest rifts opened when the candidates were asked about the Trump...
Is Atlanta really a contender for Amazon HQ?
 If metro Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 jobs, it likely will be on the strength of its workforce, globally connected airport, ease of doing business and the capacity of Georgia Tech and other research universities to pump out talent. But the Atlanta area will have to tangle with Boston, Chicago and...

Posted: 3 days ago

If metro Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 jobs, it likely will be on the strength of its workforce, globally connected airport, ease of doing business and the capacity of Georgia Tech and other research universities to pump out talent. But the Atlanta area will have to tangle with Boston, Chicago and...