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.

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Atlanta mayor won’t rule out canceling agreement to hold ICE detainees
 Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday would not rule out cancelling a federal contract for the city jail to hold people facing deportation. Atlanta has already turned away nine, she added, since she signed an executive order spurred by the separation of immigrant families on the southwest border. Signed Wednesday, the Democratic mayor&rsquo...

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday would not rule out cancelling a federal contract for the city jail to hold people facing deportation. Atlanta has already turned away nine, she added, since she signed an executive order spurred by the separation of immigrant families on the southwest border. Signed Wednesday, the Democratic mayor&rsquo...
After NRA fight, Delta sidesteps immigration debate 
 Delta Air Lines sidestepped what could have been another testy political debate on Wednesday.  As four major competitors - America, Frontier, Southwest and United - declared they would refuse to fly immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border, the Atlanta-based company took refuge in President Donald Trump&rsquo...

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Delta Air Lines sidestepped what could have been another testy political debate on Wednesday.  As four major competitors - America, Frontier, Southwest and United - declared they would refuse to fly immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border, the Atlanta-based company took refuge in President Donald Trump&rsquo...
The Jolt: After defending border flip, Trump talks up tariff on luxury car imports
 At a campaign rally in Minnesota, President Donald Trump was expected to defend the reversal of his administration’s policy of separating parents and children who cross the U.S. border illegally. And he did that. From the Associated Press: But 50 minutes into that speech in Minnesota, Trump also revived his talk of a 25 percent...

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At a campaign rally in Minnesota, President Donald Trump was expected to defend the reversal of his administration’s policy of separating parents and children who cross the U.S. border illegally. And he did that. From the Associated Press: But 50 minutes into that speech in Minnesota, Trump also revived his talk of a 25 percent...
Two days, two seismic Georgia political shifts on display 
 Gov. Nathan Deal stood in the statehouse Tuesday to announce a first-of-its-kind $100 million mass transit investment and pointed toward a future when such spending doesn’t feel so revolutionary. A day later, he stood in the same spot to talk about another political shift that once seemed unthinkable but is now deeply woven into the...

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Gov. Nathan Deal stood in the statehouse Tuesday to announce a first-of-its-kind $100 million mass transit investment and pointed toward a future when such spending doesn’t feel so revolutionary. A day later, he stood in the same spot to talk about another political shift that once seemed unthinkable but is now deeply woven into the...
 Cagle, Kemp pick a fight with Atlanta mayor over detainee order
 The two Republican contenders for governor slammed Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ decision to block the city jail from housing more federal detainees facing deportation.  Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tagged the mayor in a tweet late Wednesday declaring he has “led to outlaw and defund sanctuary cities and WE WILL uphold...

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The two Republican contenders for governor slammed Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ decision to block the city jail from housing more federal detainees facing deportation.  Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tagged the mayor in a tweet late Wednesday declaring he has “led to outlaw and defund sanctuary cities and WE WILL uphold...
Georgia 2018: Kemp spends $1M for new round of ads  
 The GOP candidate for governor, whose provocative ads helped earn him a runoff date against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, has purchased $1 million worth of ads in the runup to the July 24 contest. The secretary of state’s campaign said he’s snapped up broadcast airtime in metro Atlanta and other major markets, along with Fox News...

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The GOP candidate for governor, whose provocative ads helped earn him a runoff date against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, has purchased $1 million worth of ads in the runup to the July 24 contest. The secretary of state’s campaign said he’s snapped up broadcast airtime in metro Atlanta and other major markets, along with Fox News...
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...

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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...
Georgia Dems demand that Deal refuse to send troops to U.S. border 
 A pair of prominent Democrats urged Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday to refuse to send Georgia National Guard troops to the U.S. border until President Donald Trump ends his policy of separating children from their parents when they cross into this country illegally.  In the letter, state Rep. Scott Holcomb and state Sen. Elena Parent...

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A pair of prominent Democrats urged Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday to refuse to send Georgia National Guard troops to the U.S. border until President Donald Trump ends his policy of separating children from their parents when they cross into this country illegally.  In the letter, state Rep. Scott Holcomb and state Sen. Elena Parent...
The Jolt: The new wrinkle in Trump immigration policy --‘tender age’ shelters
 We’ve got a new phrase in the debate over President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. From the Associated Press: *** Meanwhile, U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson are being drawn into the debate. Given that Perdue has made a name for himself as one of the president’s closest Capitol Hill allies...

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We’ve got a new phrase in the debate over President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. From the Associated Press: *** Meanwhile, U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson are being drawn into the debate. Given that Perdue has made a name for himself as one of the president’s closest Capitol Hill allies...
New Ga. 400 transit line could become key to Amazon pitch 
 The state’s plan to develop a mass transit expansion along the spine of Ga. 400 through north metro Atlanta has already become a key part of its pursuit of Amazon’s second headquarters.  The state has kept Amazon updated on the state’s $100 million down payment to build interchanges for commuter buses...

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The state’s plan to develop a mass transit expansion along the spine of Ga. 400 through north metro Atlanta has already become a key part of its pursuit of Amazon’s second headquarters.  The state has kept Amazon updated on the state’s $100 million down payment to build interchanges for commuter buses...
Georgia lawmakers engulfed in firestorm over family separations
 Georgia lawmakers on Capitol Hill were consumed by fallout on Tuesday over a Trump administration immigration policy that’s led to children being separated from their parents on the nation’s border with Mexico. Many of the state’s 12 GOP members of Congress had sought to maintain distance between themselves and the heartbreaking...

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Georgia lawmakers on Capitol Hill were consumed by fallout on Tuesday over a Trump administration immigration policy that’s led to children being separated from their parents on the nation’s border with Mexico. Many of the state’s 12 GOP members of Congress had sought to maintain distance between themselves and the heartbreaking...