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

A bill to protect pet stores riles up Baptists, foes of Big Tobacco
 The state Capitol can produce the strangest bedfellows. Over the last few years, as a means of boosting adoption rates for abandoned dogs and cats and discouraging “puppy mills,” several local governments in Georgia have banned the retail sale of pets in their jurisdictions. The trend is an alarming one for chains such as Petland...

Posted: a minute ago

The state Capitol can produce the strangest bedfellows. Over the last few years, as a means of boosting adoption rates for abandoned dogs and cats and discouraging “puppy mills,” several local governments in Georgia have banned the retail sale of pets in their jurisdictions. The trend is an alarming one for chains such as Petland...
Isakson treads carefully on guns following Florida shootings
 Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is taking a cautious approach to the latest gun rights debate after a teen killed 17 former classmates in Parkland, Fla., last week.  The Republican on Tuesday outlined three steps he wants Congress to take in the aftermath of the country’s latest mass shooting, but he steered clear of discussing...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is taking a cautious approach to the latest gun rights debate after a teen killed 17 former classmates in Parkland, Fla., last week.  The Republican on Tuesday outlined three steps he wants Congress to take in the aftermath of the country’s latest mass shooting, but he steered clear of discussing...
Kingston slammed for suggesting student gun protests hijacked by left-wing activists 
 Former Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston prompted a social media firestorm this week after he suggested the students protesting the lack of action on gun control legislation were being controlled by left-wing forces. The criticism stemmed from a Sunday tweet from the onetime Georgia U.S. Senate candidate that indicated the Democratic...

Posted: a day ago

Former Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston prompted a social media firestorm this week after he suggested the students protesting the lack of action on gun control legislation were being controlled by left-wing forces. The criticism stemmed from a Sunday tweet from the onetime Georgia U.S. Senate candidate that indicated the Democratic...
The Jolt: Same-sex marriage becomes unabashed focus of ‘religious liberty’ bill
 The Senate Judiciary Committee gave 5-2 approval this morning to Senate Bill 375, a measure offering legal protection to faith-based child placement agencies that refuse to engage with LGBT couples. A similar provision was stripped from a massive overhaul of the state’s adoption law last month, when it was condemned by Gov...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave 5-2 approval this morning to Senate Bill 375, a measure offering legal protection to faith-based child placement agencies that refuse to engage with LGBT couples. A similar provision was stripped from a massive overhaul of the state’s adoption law last month, when it was condemned by Gov...
The Jolt: ‘Joe Biden’s office calling. Is this still a good number?’
 The mass email that arrived from former Vice President Joe Biden last Wednesday said this: Which is a good message for a Democrat thinking about 2020, but not absolute proof of his intentions. Neither was this Biden message that arrived on Friday, condemning members of Congress for their inaction on guns: But then we received word that...

Posted: a day ago

The mass email that arrived from former Vice President Joe Biden last Wednesday said this: Which is a good message for a Democrat thinking about 2020, but not absolute proof of his intentions. Neither was this Biden message that arrived on Friday, condemning members of Congress for their inaction on guns: But then we received word that...
It’s Atlanta’s fault that EPA’s Scott Pruitt flies first-class
 Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal...

Posted: 5 days ago

Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal...
How Georgia’s Perdue, Isakson voted on Senate’s immigration bills
 The Senate’s great immigration debate of 2018 didn’t turn out to be such a great debate after all. Lawmakers spent most of the week not on the Senate floor, debating legislation freely as promised, but huddled behind closed doors and pointing fingers.  The chamber only took four immigration-related votes this week before...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Senate’s great immigration debate of 2018 didn’t turn out to be such a great debate after all. Lawmakers spent most of the week not on the Senate floor, debating legislation freely as promised, but huddled behind closed doors and pointing fingers.  The chamber only took four immigration-related votes this week before...
Ga. lawmakers fighting Air Force proposal to kill prized surveillance plane
 Georgia’s defense-focused lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fight after the Pentagon proposed cancelling the contract to replace a prized surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force base that supports roughly 2,500 jobs.  Members of the delegation are livid that the Defense Department asked Congress to kill a...

Posted: 6 days ago

Georgia’s defense-focused lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fight after the Pentagon proposed cancelling the contract to replace a prized surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force base that supports roughly 2,500 jobs.  Members of the delegation are livid that the Defense Department asked Congress to kill a...
Carving a city of Eagles Landing from the city of Stockbridge
 The state Senate could be in something of an uproar today, as the chamber takes up two bills that would carve a new city out of the existing, majority-black city of Stockbridge in Henry County. Senate Bills 262 and 263 are being taken up as general rather than local legislation, to escape the opposition of state Sen. Emanuel Jones...

Posted: 6 days ago

The state Senate could be in something of an uproar today, as the chamber takes up two bills that would carve a new city out of the existing, majority-black city of Stockbridge in Henry County. Senate Bills 262 and 263 are being taken up as general rather than local legislation, to escape the opposition of state Sen. Emanuel Jones...
Trump proposes overhauling food stamps
 An unorthodox proposal from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue  to replace some federal food stamp payments with “harvest boxes” this week left many local stakeholders scrambling to understand the plan and what it could mean for Georgia.  Combined with other changes requested in President Donald Trump&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

An unorthodox proposal from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to replace some federal food stamp payments with “harvest boxes” this week left many local stakeholders scrambling to understand the plan and what it could mean for Georgia.  Combined with other changes requested in President Donald Trump&rsquo...
The Jolt: The two new faces of the shifting metro ATL attitude on transit
 On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A...

Posted: 7 days ago

On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A...





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

A bill to protect pet stores riles up Baptists, foes of Big Tobacco
 The state Capitol can produce the strangest bedfellows. Over the last few years, as a means of boosting adoption rates for abandoned dogs and cats and discouraging “puppy mills,” several local governments in Georgia have banned the retail sale of pets in their jurisdictions. The trend is an alarming one for chains such as Petland...

Posted: a minute ago

The state Capitol can produce the strangest bedfellows. Over the last few years, as a means of boosting adoption rates for abandoned dogs and cats and discouraging “puppy mills,” several local governments in Georgia have banned the retail sale of pets in their jurisdictions. The trend is an alarming one for chains such as Petland...
Isakson treads carefully on guns following Florida shootings
 Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is taking a cautious approach to the latest gun rights debate after a teen killed 17 former classmates in Parkland, Fla., last week.  The Republican on Tuesday outlined three steps he wants Congress to take in the aftermath of the country’s latest mass shooting, but he steered clear of discussing...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is taking a cautious approach to the latest gun rights debate after a teen killed 17 former classmates in Parkland, Fla., last week.  The Republican on Tuesday outlined three steps he wants Congress to take in the aftermath of the country’s latest mass shooting, but he steered clear of discussing...
Kingston slammed for suggesting student gun protests hijacked by left-wing activists 
 Former Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston prompted a social media firestorm this week after he suggested the students protesting the lack of action on gun control legislation were being controlled by left-wing forces. The criticism stemmed from a Sunday tweet from the onetime Georgia U.S. Senate candidate that indicated the Democratic...

Posted: a day ago

Former Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston prompted a social media firestorm this week after he suggested the students protesting the lack of action on gun control legislation were being controlled by left-wing forces. The criticism stemmed from a Sunday tweet from the onetime Georgia U.S. Senate candidate that indicated the Democratic...
The Jolt: Same-sex marriage becomes unabashed focus of ‘religious liberty’ bill
 The Senate Judiciary Committee gave 5-2 approval this morning to Senate Bill 375, a measure offering legal protection to faith-based child placement agencies that refuse to engage with LGBT couples. A similar provision was stripped from a massive overhaul of the state’s adoption law last month, when it was condemned by Gov...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave 5-2 approval this morning to Senate Bill 375, a measure offering legal protection to faith-based child placement agencies that refuse to engage with LGBT couples. A similar provision was stripped from a massive overhaul of the state’s adoption law last month, when it was condemned by Gov...
The Jolt: ‘Joe Biden’s office calling. Is this still a good number?’
 The mass email that arrived from former Vice President Joe Biden last Wednesday said this: Which is a good message for a Democrat thinking about 2020, but not absolute proof of his intentions. Neither was this Biden message that arrived on Friday, condemning members of Congress for their inaction on guns: But then we received word that...

Posted: a day ago

The mass email that arrived from former Vice President Joe Biden last Wednesday said this: Which is a good message for a Democrat thinking about 2020, but not absolute proof of his intentions. Neither was this Biden message that arrived on Friday, condemning members of Congress for their inaction on guns: But then we received word that...
It’s Atlanta’s fault that EPA’s Scott Pruitt flies first-class
 Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal...

Posted: 5 days ago

Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal...
How Georgia’s Perdue, Isakson voted on Senate’s immigration bills
 The Senate’s great immigration debate of 2018 didn’t turn out to be such a great debate after all. Lawmakers spent most of the week not on the Senate floor, debating legislation freely as promised, but huddled behind closed doors and pointing fingers.  The chamber only took four immigration-related votes this week before...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Senate’s great immigration debate of 2018 didn’t turn out to be such a great debate after all. Lawmakers spent most of the week not on the Senate floor, debating legislation freely as promised, but huddled behind closed doors and pointing fingers.  The chamber only took four immigration-related votes this week before...
Ga. lawmakers fighting Air Force proposal to kill prized surveillance plane
 Georgia’s defense-focused lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fight after the Pentagon proposed cancelling the contract to replace a prized surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force base that supports roughly 2,500 jobs.  Members of the delegation are livid that the Defense Department asked Congress to kill a...

Posted: 6 days ago

Georgia’s defense-focused lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fight after the Pentagon proposed cancelling the contract to replace a prized surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force base that supports roughly 2,500 jobs.  Members of the delegation are livid that the Defense Department asked Congress to kill a...
Carving a city of Eagles Landing from the city of Stockbridge
 The state Senate could be in something of an uproar today, as the chamber takes up two bills that would carve a new city out of the existing, majority-black city of Stockbridge in Henry County. Senate Bills 262 and 263 are being taken up as general rather than local legislation, to escape the opposition of state Sen. Emanuel Jones...

Posted: 6 days ago

The state Senate could be in something of an uproar today, as the chamber takes up two bills that would carve a new city out of the existing, majority-black city of Stockbridge in Henry County. Senate Bills 262 and 263 are being taken up as general rather than local legislation, to escape the opposition of state Sen. Emanuel Jones...
Trump proposes overhauling food stamps
 An unorthodox proposal from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue  to replace some federal food stamp payments with “harvest boxes” this week left many local stakeholders scrambling to understand the plan and what it could mean for Georgia.  Combined with other changes requested in President Donald Trump&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

An unorthodox proposal from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to replace some federal food stamp payments with “harvest boxes” this week left many local stakeholders scrambling to understand the plan and what it could mean for Georgia.  Combined with other changes requested in President Donald Trump&rsquo...
The Jolt: The two new faces of the shifting metro ATL attitude on transit
 On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A...

Posted: 7 days ago

On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A...





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

A bill to protect pet stores riles up Baptists, foes of Big Tobacco
 The state Capitol can produce the strangest bedfellows. Over the last few years, as a means of boosting adoption rates for abandoned dogs and cats and discouraging “puppy mills,” several local governments in Georgia have banned the retail sale of pets in their jurisdictions. The trend is an alarming one for chains such as Petland...

Posted: a minute ago

The state Capitol can produce the strangest bedfellows. Over the last few years, as a means of boosting adoption rates for abandoned dogs and cats and discouraging “puppy mills,” several local governments in Georgia have banned the retail sale of pets in their jurisdictions. The trend is an alarming one for chains such as Petland...
Isakson treads carefully on guns following Florida shootings
 Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is taking a cautious approach to the latest gun rights debate after a teen killed 17 former classmates in Parkland, Fla., last week.  The Republican on Tuesday outlined three steps he wants Congress to take in the aftermath of the country’s latest mass shooting, but he steered clear of discussing...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is taking a cautious approach to the latest gun rights debate after a teen killed 17 former classmates in Parkland, Fla., last week.  The Republican on Tuesday outlined three steps he wants Congress to take in the aftermath of the country’s latest mass shooting, but he steered clear of discussing...
Kingston slammed for suggesting student gun protests hijacked by left-wing activists 
 Former Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston prompted a social media firestorm this week after he suggested the students protesting the lack of action on gun control legislation were being controlled by left-wing forces. The criticism stemmed from a Sunday tweet from the onetime Georgia U.S. Senate candidate that indicated the Democratic...

Posted: a day ago

Former Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston prompted a social media firestorm this week after he suggested the students protesting the lack of action on gun control legislation were being controlled by left-wing forces. The criticism stemmed from a Sunday tweet from the onetime Georgia U.S. Senate candidate that indicated the Democratic...
The Jolt: Same-sex marriage becomes unabashed focus of ‘religious liberty’ bill
 The Senate Judiciary Committee gave 5-2 approval this morning to Senate Bill 375, a measure offering legal protection to faith-based child placement agencies that refuse to engage with LGBT couples. A similar provision was stripped from a massive overhaul of the state’s adoption law last month, when it was condemned by Gov...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave 5-2 approval this morning to Senate Bill 375, a measure offering legal protection to faith-based child placement agencies that refuse to engage with LGBT couples. A similar provision was stripped from a massive overhaul of the state’s adoption law last month, when it was condemned by Gov...
The Jolt: ‘Joe Biden’s office calling. Is this still a good number?’
 The mass email that arrived from former Vice President Joe Biden last Wednesday said this: Which is a good message for a Democrat thinking about 2020, but not absolute proof of his intentions. Neither was this Biden message that arrived on Friday, condemning members of Congress for their inaction on guns: But then we received word that...

Posted: a day ago

The mass email that arrived from former Vice President Joe Biden last Wednesday said this: Which is a good message for a Democrat thinking about 2020, but not absolute proof of his intentions. Neither was this Biden message that arrived on Friday, condemning members of Congress for their inaction on guns: But then we received word that...
It’s Atlanta’s fault that EPA’s Scott Pruitt flies first-class
 Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal...

Posted: 5 days ago

Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal...
How Georgia’s Perdue, Isakson voted on Senate’s immigration bills
 The Senate’s great immigration debate of 2018 didn’t turn out to be such a great debate after all. Lawmakers spent most of the week not on the Senate floor, debating legislation freely as promised, but huddled behind closed doors and pointing fingers.  The chamber only took four immigration-related votes this week before...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Senate’s great immigration debate of 2018 didn’t turn out to be such a great debate after all. Lawmakers spent most of the week not on the Senate floor, debating legislation freely as promised, but huddled behind closed doors and pointing fingers.  The chamber only took four immigration-related votes this week before...
Ga. lawmakers fighting Air Force proposal to kill prized surveillance plane
 Georgia’s defense-focused lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fight after the Pentagon proposed cancelling the contract to replace a prized surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force base that supports roughly 2,500 jobs.  Members of the delegation are livid that the Defense Department asked Congress to kill a...

Posted: 6 days ago

Georgia’s defense-focused lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fight after the Pentagon proposed cancelling the contract to replace a prized surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force base that supports roughly 2,500 jobs.  Members of the delegation are livid that the Defense Department asked Congress to kill a...
Carving a city of Eagles Landing from the city of Stockbridge
 The state Senate could be in something of an uproar today, as the chamber takes up two bills that would carve a new city out of the existing, majority-black city of Stockbridge in Henry County. Senate Bills 262 and 263 are being taken up as general rather than local legislation, to escape the opposition of state Sen. Emanuel Jones...

Posted: 6 days ago

The state Senate could be in something of an uproar today, as the chamber takes up two bills that would carve a new city out of the existing, majority-black city of Stockbridge in Henry County. Senate Bills 262 and 263 are being taken up as general rather than local legislation, to escape the opposition of state Sen. Emanuel Jones...
Trump proposes overhauling food stamps
 An unorthodox proposal from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue  to replace some federal food stamp payments with “harvest boxes” this week left many local stakeholders scrambling to understand the plan and what it could mean for Georgia.  Combined with other changes requested in President Donald Trump&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

An unorthodox proposal from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to replace some federal food stamp payments with “harvest boxes” this week left many local stakeholders scrambling to understand the plan and what it could mean for Georgia.  Combined with other changes requested in President Donald Trump&rsquo...
The Jolt: The two new faces of the shifting metro ATL attitude on transit
 On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A...

Posted: 7 days ago

On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A...