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

The Jolt: Cobb County considers ‘a homeless camp’
 Two significant articles appear in today’s Marietta Daily Journal. The newspaper doesn’t connect them, but one can easily draw a dotted line between the two – under the rubric of a rapidly urbanizing Cobb County. The first comes out of a Tuesday gathering of the Cobb County Commission: And then there’s the report...

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Two significant articles appear in today’s Marietta Daily Journal. The newspaper doesn’t connect them, but one can easily draw a dotted line between the two – under the rubric of a rapidly urbanizing Cobb County. The first comes out of a Tuesday gathering of the Cobb County Commission: And then there’s the report...
David Perdue praises Trump for Russia summit, downplays ‘meddling’ comments
 Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue on Tuesday downplayed President Donald Trump’s handling of a recent meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, praising his ally a day after he was hounded for expressing doubt about Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 elections.  Perdue said Trump’s comments at a Helsinki news conference...

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Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue on Tuesday downplayed President Donald Trump’s handling of a recent meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, praising his ally a day after he was hounded for expressing doubt about Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 elections.  Perdue said Trump’s comments at a Helsinki news conference...
The Jolt: In more leaked audio, Casey Cagle confesses sympathy for poor
 Late Monday afternoon, what may be the final snippet of that secret audio recording of Casey Cagle arrived via email. The fact that the clip came not from the Brian Kemp campaign but a former staffer for Hunter Hill, who finished third in the May 24 GOP primary for governor, was an immediate signal that the content would be somewhat...

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Late Monday afternoon, what may be the final snippet of that secret audio recording of Casey Cagle arrived via email. The fact that the clip came not from the Brian Kemp campaign but a former staffer for Hunter Hill, who finished third in the May 24 GOP primary for governor, was an immediate signal that the content would be somewhat...
Georgia Republicans distance themselves from Trump’s Russia comments
 Several Georgia GOP officials on Monday carefully distanced themselves from President Donald Trump’s comments that cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.  Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Jody Hice underscored that they believed...

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Several Georgia GOP officials on Monday carefully distanced themselves from President Donald Trump’s comments that cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.  Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Jody Hice underscored that they believed...
The 7th Congressional District race: What you need to know
 Perhaps no congressional district in Georgia has seen demographic shifts quite as profound as the 7th. Spanning portions of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, the district was once lily white and deeply conservative. But an influx of immigrants, particularly in Gwinnett, has heralded a major political shift, demonstrated by Hillary Clinton&rsquo...

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Perhaps no congressional district in Georgia has seen demographic shifts quite as profound as the 7th. Spanning portions of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, the district was once lily white and deeply conservative. But an influx of immigrants, particularly in Gwinnett, has heralded a major political shift, demonstrated by Hillary Clinton&rsquo...
The 6th Congressional District race: What you need to know
 It wasn’t all that long ago when Democrats had trouble finding any credible candidates to challenge the GOP’s dynasty in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. But the political grounds shifted after Democrat Jon Ossoff, a previously unheard of millennial filmmaker, nearly won the seat in a special election last spring. Ossoff ...

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It wasn’t all that long ago when Democrats had trouble finding any credible candidates to challenge the GOP’s dynasty in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. But the political grounds shifted after Democrat Jon Ossoff, a previously unheard of millennial filmmaker, nearly won the seat in a special election last spring. Ossoff ...
Georgia congressman considers bid to lead influential conservative group
 U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, is mulling a run for the chairmanship of an influential conservative group on Capitol Hill.  The sophomore congressman is one of a handful of GOP House members weighing a bid to chair the Republican Study Committee next year, the Hill newspaper reports.  The caucus is the largest on...

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U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, is mulling a run for the chairmanship of an influential conservative group on Capitol Hill.  The sophomore congressman is one of a handful of GOP House members weighing a bid to chair the Republican Study Committee next year, the Hill newspaper reports.  The caucus is the largest on...
The Jolt: The 3 topics avoided by Cagle and Kemp in Sunday’s debate
 The two surviving candidates in the Republican contest for governor met for the final time on Sunday, still sparring over that secret recording and Russian probes of voter files in Georgia. But as is often the case, that which was left unsaid was just important as the shouting and name-calling. Including: — Stacey Abrams: ...

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The two surviving candidates in the Republican contest for governor met for the final time on Sunday, still sparring over that secret recording and Russian probes of voter files in Georgia. But as is often the case, that which was left unsaid was just important as the shouting and name-calling. Including: — Stacey Abrams: ...
Handel beefs up war chest as challengers focus on runoff
 For the last four months, we’ve heard very little from U.S. Rep. Karen Handel on the campaign front.  The Roswell Republican stayed out of the fray as four challengers angled for the chance to take her on in the May Democratic primary. She’s done much of the same in the lead up to the July 24 runoff between Lucy McBath and...

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For the last four months, we’ve heard very little from U.S. Rep. Karen Handel on the campaign front.  The Roswell Republican stayed out of the fray as four challengers angled for the chance to take her on in the May Democratic primary. She’s done much of the same in the lead up to the July 24 runoff between Lucy McBath and...
Watchdog reprimands Tom Price for ‘extravagant’ travel, including several trips to Ga.
 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wasted at least $341,000 on travel by former secretary Tom Price, including thousands in “extravagant, careless, or needless” spending on trips to and from Georgia, an internal watchdog concluded Friday.  The department’s inspector general reviewed 21 trips taken by the...

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wasted at least $341,000 on travel by former secretary Tom Price, including thousands in “extravagant, careless, or needless” spending on trips to and from Georgia, an internal watchdog concluded Friday.  The department’s inspector general reviewed 21 trips taken by the...
Pat Swindall, pioneering evangelical congressman who served prison time, dies at 67
 Former Congressman Pat Swindall, whose church-centered campaigning pioneered modern evangelical politics in Georgia, and whose Washington career was cut short by a federal perjury conviction, died Wednesday. He was 67. Robb Austin, who worked on Swindall’s campaigns and served as his chief of staff, posted to Facebook that the...

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Former Congressman Pat Swindall, whose church-centered campaigning pioneered modern evangelical politics in Georgia, and whose Washington career was cut short by a federal perjury conviction, died Wednesday. He was 67. Robb Austin, who worked on Swindall’s campaigns and served as his chief of staff, posted to Facebook that the...