Elections

Capitol Recap: Proponent of Atlanta airport takeover to lead study

Capitol Recap: Proponent of Atlanta airport takeover to lead study

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle announced his appointments to a committee tasked with studying the potential control of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport by a state authority, and it looks like this idea could already be building speed on the runway. Cagle, who is running against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in the July 24 GOP runoff for governor, tapped state Sen. Burt Jones as the...
Torpy at Large: Why Clay ‘The Mole’ Tippins went commando against Cagle

Torpy at Large: Why Clay ‘The Mole’ Tippins went commando against Cagle

Clay Tippins, the vanquished gubernatorial candidate, smiled awkwardly during an interview last week and brought up the question everyone is asking. “Is Clay a sneaky SOB or a Boy Scout?” he asked. Tippins — a businessman, Stanford University swimming star and former Navy Seal — looks like the latter. But a good number of folks, including many in his own Republican Party, lean...
Californians bring anti-gerrymandering message to Georgia

Californians bring anti-gerrymandering message to Georgia

Voters in Georgia would benefit from a more accountable and democratic government if they’re given the power to draw the state’s electoral maps, according to members of California’s independent redistricting board who are visiting Georgia this weekend. They’re bringing a message that government should be run by the people, not by politicians who draw districts to ensure their...
Democrats urge Deal to not send National Guard troops to border

Democrats urge Deal to not send National Guard troops to border

Some Georgia politicians have called on Gov. Nathan Deal to not send National Guard troops to the southwest border until President Donald Trump ends his policy of separating children from their parents when they cross into this country illegally. The Republican governor has yet to dispatch any troops to the U.S. border with Mexico and said Tuesday that he has not had any “specific requests&rdquo...
Georgia candidate seeks anonymous tips on opponent ahead of GOP runoff

Georgia candidate seeks anonymous tips on opponent ahead of GOP runoff

Lieutenant governor candidate Geoff Duncan is challenging his GOP runoff opponent, state Sen. David Shafer, to release his taxes and further specify how he became a multimillionaire. Not only is Duncan calling on Shafer to release tax returns from the 16 years he has served in the state Senate, but the Cumming Republican also is encouraging anyone with information about how the senator earns a living...
Podcast transcript: Inside the allegations rocking Georgia’s governor’s race

Podcast transcript: Inside the allegations rocking Georgia’s governor’s race

The AJC’s James Salzer joined Politically Georgia host Greg Bluestein to discuss the latest on Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, state Sen. Lindsey Tippins, the charter school measure and the secret recording.  Below is a lightly edited transcript of the episode. If you like this podcast, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. *** Greg Bluestein: Hello and welcome...
Candidate for Georgia secretary of state retracts inaccurate claim

Candidate for Georgia secretary of state retracts inaccurate claim

A Republican candidate for Georgia secretary of state, David Belle Isle, quietly corrected his campaign website this week to remove false claims that he was a descendant of a prominent Atlanta businessman who started taxicab companies in the early 20th century. Belle Isle, a former mayor of Alpharetta, had refused to change his website until he was interviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on...
In Pierce County, hard times and a push to “secede” from Georgia

In Pierce County, hard times and a push to “secede” from Georgia

Will South Georgia rise again? That’s the hope of Pierce County GOP leaders and a sizeable chunk of Republican voters here who want the counties south of Macon to secede from Georgia and form a new state. The provocative question appeared on ballots in the Pierce County Republican primary last month: Should the counties south of Macon join together to “form the 51st state of South Georgia?&rdquo...
Georgia gerrymandering cases unresolved after Supreme Court ruling

Georgia gerrymandering cases unresolved after Supreme Court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to decide Monday whether it’s constitutional for states to create electoral maps that give an advantage to one political party over another, preserving district boundaries in Georgia and across the nation. The court’s decision leaves in place partisan gerrymandering — the practice of state legislators drawing districts to help ensure the election of...
Podcast: Inside the controversy rocking Georgia’s governor’s race

Podcast: Inside the controversy rocking Georgia’s governor’s race

Catch up on the stories impacting Georgia's race for governor and how politicians on both sides of the aisle are responding.  The AJC’s James Salzer joined Politically Georgia host Greg Bluestein to discuss the latest on Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, state Sen. Lindsey Tippins, the charter school measure and the secret recording.  “In one instance, (Cagle is) trying...
Why a Kentucky town is in spotlight of Georgia governor’s race

Why a Kentucky town is in spotlight of Georgia governor’s race

In this one-blinking-light town of about 400 people in rural Kentucky, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s name is often greeted with groans. The folks are well-versed on the plight of the seed-crushing plant run by Hart AgStrong that’s fast become a part of the campaign for Georgia governor. And the firm’s struggles threaten to dent Kemp’s campaign image as a successful...
Lawsuit says Georgia congressional maps dilute black voting power

Lawsuit says Georgia congressional maps dilute black voting power

Georgia is one of three Southern states where a national Democratic group has filed federal lawsuits alleging congressional districts were drawn to limit the political power of black voters. The lawsuit challenges maps approved by the Republican-led Georgia General Assembly in 2011, saying state lawmakers gerrymandered the state’s 14 congressional districts in a way that violates the Voting...