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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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Georgia 2018: Evans revisits scene of her mother’s abuse in latest TV ad
 Stacey Evans’ latest TV ad begins with an image of a small house in Ringgold, and an explanation from the Democratic candidate for governor on why the place is so heart-wrenching to her.   “This is one of the 16 homes I grew up in that I’d rather not remember. It’s where I called the police when a man...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Stacey Evans’ latest TV ad begins with an image of a small house in Ringgold, and an explanation from the Democratic candidate for governor on why the place is so heart-wrenching to her.   “This is one of the 16 homes I grew up in that I’d rather not remember. It’s where I called the police when a man...
The Jolt: An AJC poll shows why Democrats no longer defer to the NRA
 Georgia Democrats once tiptoed around the National Rifle Association. The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows why they don’t any more: -- Eight in 10 likely Democratic primary voters disapprove of the NRA and roughly 90 percent want stricter regulations for the sale of firearms. -- Overall, NRA...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Georgia Democrats once tiptoed around the National Rifle Association. The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows why they don’t any more: -- Eight in 10 likely Democratic primary voters disapprove of the NRA and roughly 90 percent want stricter regulations for the sale of firearms. -- Overall, NRA...
A high noon showdown? GOP contender challenges rival to shoot-out 
 Republican David Shafer won the NRA’s endorsement last week. One of his top rivals for Georgia’s No. 2 job wants him to prove he has the sharpshooting skills to back it up.  Former state Sen. Rick Jeffares challenged Shafer to a high-stakes shootout on Friday: The winner of the clay shoot stays in the race, while the loser...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Republican David Shafer won the NRA’s endorsement last week. One of his top rivals for Georgia’s No. 2 job wants him to prove he has the sharpshooting skills to back it up.  Former state Sen. Rick Jeffares challenged Shafer to a high-stakes shootout on Friday: The winner of the clay shoot stays in the race, while the loser...
AJC poll points to ‘wide-open’ Democratic race for governor
 More than half of likely Georgia Democratic voters still haven’t decided who will get their vote in next month’s primary election for governor, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll released Thursday. The survey underscored the unpredictable nature of the May 22 vote pitting former House Minority...

Posted: a day ago

More than half of likely Georgia Democratic voters still haven’t decided who will get their vote in next month’s primary election for governor, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll released Thursday. The survey underscored the unpredictable nature of the May 22 vote pitting former House Minority...
AJC poll: Most Democrats haven’t decided on governor’s race
 More than half of likely Georgia Democratic voters still haven’t decided who will get their vote in next month’s primary election for governor, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll released Thursday. The survey underscored the unpredictable nature of the May 22 vote pitting former House Minority...

Posted: a day ago

More than half of likely Georgia Democratic voters still haven’t decided who will get their vote in next month’s primary election for governor, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll released Thursday. The survey underscored the unpredictable nature of the May 22 vote pitting former House Minority...
Cagle touts ‘great session’ in official letter to local leaders
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is leveraging his public office in the final weeks before the GOP primary by sending letters to local superintendents touting his record on education. The Republican front-runner for governor sent the dispatches on his office letterhead to each school superintendent earlier this month with estimates of how much his or...

Posted: a day ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is leveraging his public office in the final weeks before the GOP primary by sending letters to local superintendents touting his record on education. The Republican front-runner for governor sent the dispatches on his office letterhead to each school superintendent earlier this month with estimates of how much his or...
Reparations on group’s '2022' agenda; Abrams steers clear of issue
 The flyer touting an event with Stacey Abrams in Atlanta earlier this week read like a left-leaning activist’s fantasy: It’s 2022 and “we’re celebrating Medicare for All and Free College, and next on the agenda is Reparations.”  It invited progressives to hop in a time machine and imagine they are hearing...

Posted: a day ago

The flyer touting an event with Stacey Abrams in Atlanta earlier this week read like a left-leaning activist’s fantasy: It’s 2022 and “we’re celebrating Medicare for All and Free College, and next on the agenda is Reparations.”  It invited progressives to hop in a time machine and imagine they are hearing...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal, Georgia Power, and a clout-heavy game of musical chairs
 If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...

Posted: a day ago

If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...
Tippins targets ‘strip club’ Cagle and ‘Benedict’ Hill 
 The bumbling Casey Cagle lookalike is back. And this time he’s joined by a furtive Hunter Hill impersonator. Republican Clay Tippins debuted a new TV ad Thursday for the homestretch of the GOP primary race that’s backed by $500,000 in spending. And the Navy SEAL takes square aim at the two candidates considered to be at the...

Posted: a day ago

The bumbling Casey Cagle lookalike is back. And this time he’s joined by a furtive Hunter Hill impersonator. Republican Clay Tippins debuted a new TV ad Thursday for the homestretch of the GOP primary race that’s backed by $500,000 in spending. And the Navy SEAL takes square aim at the two candidates considered to be at the...
Cagle promotes ‘great session’ in official letters to superintendents
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is leveraging his public office in the final weeks before the GOP primary by sending letters to local superintendents touting his record on education.  The Republican front-runner for governor sent the dispatches on his office letterhead to each school superintendent earlier this month with estimates of how much...

Posted: a day ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is leveraging his public office in the final weeks before the GOP primary by sending letters to local superintendents touting his record on education.  The Republican front-runner for governor sent the dispatches on his office letterhead to each school superintendent earlier this month with estimates of how much...
Georgia 2018: Abrams wins LGBT advocacy group’s endorsement 
 The state’s most prominent gay rights advocacy group endorsed Stacey Abrams, the latest left-leaning organization to support the Democrat’s campaign for governor ahead of May 22 primary.  Georgia Equality said it backed the former Georgia House minority leader over her rival, ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans, after an extensive...

Posted: 2 days ago

The state’s most prominent gay rights advocacy group endorsed Stacey Abrams, the latest left-leaning organization to support the Democrat’s campaign for governor ahead of May 22 primary.  Georgia Equality said it backed the former Georgia House minority leader over her rival, ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans, after an extensive...