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

Sheriff behind ‘Lucifer’ comment looks to heat up Georgia statehouse
 Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who compared Gov. Nathan Deal to Lucifer earlier this week, is now marveling at the state Capitol stir he’s caused. On Thursday, Sills said the volatile reaction he’s received for criticizing the governor’s new bid to reform the use of cash bail requirements for minor crimes...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who compared Gov. Nathan Deal to Lucifer earlier this week, is now marveling at the state Capitol stir he’s caused. On Thursday, Sills said the volatile reaction he’s received for criticizing the governor’s new bid to reform the use of cash bail requirements for minor crimes...
Whoops: Georgia gov candidate slips up some endorsements

Posted: 23 hours ago

Stacey Abrams touted the endorsements of more than 100 local officials earlier this week. Now, a handful of them say they never backed her campaign for governor. Cairo Mayor Booker Gainor, fresh off a November election, told local media he was “shocked” to be on the list because he hasn’t endorsed either Abrams or her Democratic...
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: 12 hours 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...
Cagle is the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor
 In the months leading up to this year’s General Assembly session, the statehouse crowd made it clear Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was their candidate for governor. Lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors who traditionally side with the winners in governor’s races poured money into Cagle’s bid to replace Gov. Nathan...

Posted: 14 hours ago

In the months leading up to this year’s General Assembly session, the statehouse crowd made it clear Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was their candidate for governor. Lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors who traditionally side with the winners in governor’s races poured money into Cagle’s bid to replace Gov. Nathan...
Georgia governor to back limited medical marijuana expansion
 Gov. Nathan Deal came out against a measure to allow medical marijuana to be grown in the state, but his administration is backing a smaller expansion of the program. Deal's top aide, Chris Riley, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the governor will endorse adding post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, a condition...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Nathan Deal came out against a measure to allow medical marijuana to be grown in the state, but his administration is backing a smaller expansion of the program. Deal's top aide, Chris Riley, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the governor will endorse adding post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, a condition...
Cagle makes a monster ad buy in Georgia gov race 
 Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle shelled out $4.4 million for six weeks of TV ads to boost his campaign for governor, enough cash to flood the airwaves ahead of the crowded GOP primary. Cagle’s campaign said Friday the ad buys include broadcast TV purchases in markets across the state - Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah...

Posted: a day ago

Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle shelled out $4.4 million for six weeks of TV ads to boost his campaign for governor, enough cash to flood the airwaves ahead of the crowded GOP primary. Cagle’s campaign said Friday the ad buys include broadcast TV purchases in markets across the state - Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah...
Georgia 2018: Democrats ratchet up calls for gun restrictions after Florida shooting   
 The two Democratic candidates for governor ratcheted up pledges Thursday to back new firearm restrictions after a Florida gunman opened fire at a Florida high school in one of the deadliest school shootings in modern U.S. history. Stacey Abrams, the former top Democrat in the Georgia House, said the shooting was a reminder that “the...

Posted: a day ago

The two Democratic candidates for governor ratcheted up pledges Thursday to back new firearm restrictions after a Florida gunman opened fire at a Florida high school in one of the deadliest school shootings in modern U.S. history. Stacey Abrams, the former top Democrat in the Georgia House, said the shooting was a reminder that “the...
Why Georgia governor’s last criminal justice push may be his toughest
 Gov. Nathan Deal may have saved one of the hardest parts of his plan to remake the criminal justice system for last. With little opposition, the Republican spearheaded legislation over his two terms that kept more nonviolent offenders out of prison and set up a system of accountability courts. But his proposal this week to give judges new...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Nathan Deal may have saved one of the hardest parts of his plan to remake the criminal justice system for last. With little opposition, the Republican spearheaded legislation over his two terms that kept more nonviolent offenders out of prison and set up a system of accountability courts. But his proposal this week to give judges new...
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: a day 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...
Deal's cash bail proposal gets him a comparison to Lucifer 
 Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice system overhaul might be his defining policy initiative. But the response from one prominent sheriff about his final push offers a hint at the opposition he still faces.  Hours before Deal gave a hearty endorsement to his measure, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills sent a note to leaders...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice system overhaul might be his defining policy initiative. But the response from one prominent sheriff about his final push offers a hint at the opposition he still faces.  Hours before Deal gave a hearty endorsement to his measure, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills sent a note to leaders...
Deal’s final stab at criminal justice overhaul takes aim at cash bail in Georgia   
 Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled the final phase of his criminal justice overhaul on Wednesday, outlining a plan that would give judges more leeway to forgo cash bail for poor defendants accused of low-level offenses.  The legislation, Senate Bill 407, would require that judges consider a defendant’s ability to pay in setting bail...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled the final phase of his criminal justice overhaul on Wednesday, outlining a plan that would give judges more leeway to forgo cash bail for poor defendants accused of low-level offenses.  The legislation, Senate Bill 407, would require that judges consider a defendant’s ability to pay in setting bail...