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

Former U.S. Rep. Mac Collins, a GOP pioneer in Georgia, dies at 74
 Former Congressman Mac Collins, a truck driver-turned-lawmaker who helped build Georgia’s Republican Party, died Tuesday, according to several GOP officials. He was 74. Collins was a plain-speaking country boy famous for colorful anecdotes who represented a Macon-based U.S. House district from 1992 until 2004. He stepped down to run...

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Former Congressman Mac Collins, a truck driver-turned-lawmaker who helped build Georgia’s Republican Party, died Tuesday, according to several GOP officials. He was 74. Collins was a plain-speaking country boy famous for colorful anecdotes who represented a Macon-based U.S. House district from 1992 until 2004. He stepped down to run...
Recount in 7th Congressional District race set for Wednesday
 A recount will begin for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Secretary of State’s Office said Tuesday afternoon. When the state certified its election results Saturday, incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, led Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux by 419 votes, a 0.14 percent margin. Candidates...

Posted: 6 hours ago

A recount will begin for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Secretary of State’s Office said Tuesday afternoon. When the state certified its election results Saturday, incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, led Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux by 419 votes, a 0.14 percent margin. Candidates...
The Jolt: A key Abrams ally tries another run for her Georgia House post
 Call it the revenge of the Abramites. One year ago, Stacey Abrams’ top deputy in the Georgia House, Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley, lost her bid to lead the House caucus after Abrams resigned to run for governor. And later today, the chamber’s Democrats will decide whether she deserves another shot. She’s challenging Bob Trammell...

Posted: a day ago

Call it the revenge of the Abramites. One year ago, Stacey Abrams’ top deputy in the Georgia House, Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley, lost her bid to lead the House caucus after Abrams resigned to run for governor. And later today, the chamber’s Democrats will decide whether she deserves another shot. She’s challenging Bob Trammell...
Georgia 7th: Bourdeaux to request recount 
 Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux said Friday she plans to request a recount in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, where she appears to have been narrowly defeated by Republican incumbent Rob Woodall.  The Georgia State University professor trailed Woodall by 419 votes, about 0.14 percent of votes cast, as the state prepared to...

Posted: 4 days ago

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux said Friday she plans to request a recount in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, where she appears to have been narrowly defeated by Republican incumbent Rob Woodall.  The Georgia State University professor trailed Woodall by 419 votes, about 0.14 percent of votes cast, as the state prepared to...
The Jolt: Stacey Abrams has a decision to make  
 This is what a trial balloon looks like. Late last night, the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams, struggling to reach a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, suggested that it might lay down a final card. From the AJC report by Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse: The Abrams campaign has been a most disciplined one when it comes...

Posted: 4 days ago

This is what a trial balloon looks like. Late last night, the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams, struggling to reach a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, suggested that it might lay down a final card. From the AJC report by Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse: The Abrams campaign has been a most disciplined one when it comes...
Woodall on track to hold onto 7th District seat 
 Lawrenceville Congressman Rob Woodall appeared to narrowly clinch a fifth term in the U.S. House late Thursday in a rapidly diversifying suburban district he had won comfortably just two years ago. The Republican was on track to eke out a 419-vote win over Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux after the Gwinnett elections board finalized...

Posted: 5 days ago

Lawrenceville Congressman Rob Woodall appeared to narrowly clinch a fifth term in the U.S. House late Thursday in a rapidly diversifying suburban district he had won comfortably just two years ago. The Republican was on track to eke out a 419-vote win over Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux after the Gwinnett elections board finalized...
The Jolt: ‘Rural Georgia ain’t going down easy’
 Pry your eyes away from the tedious fight for votes underway in the Georgia governor’s race long enough to ponder this: If he hasn’t won it, Republican Brian Kemp at least gained the upper hand in this gubernatorial contest by campaigning almost exclusively in a rural Georgia that’s rapidly shedding people. Democrat...

Posted: 5 days ago

Pry your eyes away from the tedious fight for votes underway in the Georgia governor’s race long enough to ponder this: If he hasn’t won it, Republican Brian Kemp at least gained the upper hand in this gubernatorial contest by campaigning almost exclusively in a rural Georgia that’s rapidly shedding people. Democrat...
What Dems’ House takeover means for Georgia lawmakers
 When U.S. Rep. Doug Collins first announced his bid to lead the powerful House Judiciary Committee, the Gainesville Republican presented a vision that included advancing prison reform legislation, overhauling immigration laws and bolstering intellectual property protections.  But Democrats’ House takeover has forced Collins...

Posted: 6 days ago

When U.S. Rep. Doug Collins first announced his bid to lead the powerful House Judiciary Committee, the Gainesville Republican presented a vision that included advancing prison reform legislation, overhauling immigration laws and bolstering intellectual property protections.  But Democrats’ House takeover has forced Collins...
The Jolt: Suburban women are drifting away, and Republicans are worried
 In today’s print column on the runoff for secretary of state, we noted that the north Fulton County seat given up by soon-to-be-ex state Rep. Brad Raffensperger, R-Johns Creek, had been won by Democrat Angelika Kausche. “They just had a very strong ground game,” Raffensperger told us. But ground games don&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

In today’s print column on the runoff for secretary of state, we noted that the north Fulton County seat given up by soon-to-be-ex state Rep. Brad Raffensperger, R-Johns Creek, had been won by Democrat Angelika Kausche. “They just had a very strong ground game,” Raffensperger told us. But ground games don&rsquo...
Woodall’s lead narrows in closely-contested 7th District race
 Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux narrowed her deficit in Georgia’s 7th District race late Tuesday after the Gwinnett elections board counted a trove of provisional ballots, all but assuring the state’s only unresolved congressional contest will drag on for several more days.  About 530 votes now separate the Georgia State University...

Posted: 7 days ago

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux narrowed her deficit in Georgia’s 7th District race late Tuesday after the Gwinnett elections board counted a trove of provisional ballots, all but assuring the state’s only unresolved congressional contest will drag on for several more days.  About 530 votes now separate the Georgia State University...
The Jolt: John Meadows, chairman of House Rules, dies before special session
 State lawmakers will assemble this afternoon for a five-day, special lame-duck session of the Legislature on the news that one of its most powerful members has died. State Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, chairman of the House Rules Committee, died of stomach cancer, according to a Tweeted message of condolence from Brian Kemp, the Republican...

Posted: 7 days ago

State lawmakers will assemble this afternoon for a five-day, special lame-duck session of the Legislature on the news that one of its most powerful members has died. State Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, chairman of the House Rules Committee, died of stomach cancer, according to a Tweeted message of condolence from Brian Kemp, the Republican...