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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Biden to campaign with Abrams in Georgia next week
 Former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign with Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia next week. A spokeswoman for the Abrams campaign said that Biden will stump with Abrams on Thursday, though the location of the visit is still unclear.  He’s the latest in a string of big-name Democrats to support Abrams’ November race for...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign with Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia next week. A spokeswoman for the Abrams campaign said that Biden will stump with Abrams on Thursday, though the location of the visit is still unclear.  He’s the latest in a string of big-name Democrats to support Abrams’ November race for...
The Jolt: Dithering over SCOTUS pick could cost GOP the Senate, Reed warns
 The transactional relationship between evangelicals and Republicans is on full display in Washington, as frustration grows among religious conservatives over Senate hesitation to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Warnings are being given, should Senate Republicans fail to deliver a high court justice who anti-abortion...

Posted: 15 hours ago

The transactional relationship between evangelicals and Republicans is on full display in Washington, as frustration grows among religious conservatives over Senate hesitation to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Warnings are being given, should Senate Republicans fail to deliver a high court justice who anti-abortion...
Abrams antes up with ‘community safety plan’ 
 More community-oriented policing. Stricter enforcement of sex trafficking laws. Additional training for school resource officers. Democrat Stacey Abrams rolled out a “community safety plan” this week that leans toward preventing crimes before they happen to pair with her pledge to continue Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice...

Posted: 18 hours ago

More community-oriented policing. Stricter enforcement of sex trafficking laws. Additional training for school resource officers. Democrat Stacey Abrams rolled out a “community safety plan” this week that leans toward preventing crimes before they happen to pair with her pledge to continue Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice...
Coming soon: The ‘Nathan Deal Judicial Center’ 
 A towering judicial complex that is one of the most expensive building projects in Georgia history could soon bear the name of the politician who has reshaped the state judiciary.  House Speaker David Ralston said this week at the State of the Ports gathering in Savannah that he’ll propose legislation next year that names...

Posted: 19 hours ago

A towering judicial complex that is one of the most expensive building projects in Georgia history could soon bear the name of the politician who has reshaped the state judiciary.  House Speaker David Ralston said this week at the State of the Ports gathering in Savannah that he’ll propose legislation next year that names...
On the Georgia trail: White supremacists, sex offender crackdowns and school safety 
 Earlier this week, Brian Kemp pounced on the quasi-endorsement that the Metro Atlanta chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America bestowed on Stacey Abrams.  But there is another side to this coin. Abrams could just as easily tie Kemp to the racist fringe groups backing his bid for governor who have taken aggressive and inflammatory...

Posted: a day ago

Earlier this week, Brian Kemp pounced on the quasi-endorsement that the Metro Atlanta chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America bestowed on Stacey Abrams.  But there is another side to this coin. Abrams could just as easily tie Kemp to the racist fringe groups backing his bid for governor who have taken aggressive and inflammatory...
The Jolt: ‘Election’ campaign erupts ahead of Plant Vogtle nuke votes
 We figured that election season would see the unfinished construction of two new nuclear reactors become an issue. But not like this. Full-page ads, which ran in newspapers in Marietta and Newnan on Wednesday, referred to Georgia Power’s effort to complete the Plant Vogtle project as “one of the most expensive and mismanaged...

Posted: a day ago

We figured that election season would see the unfinished construction of two new nuclear reactors become an issue. But not like this. Full-page ads, which ran in newspapers in Marietta and Newnan on Wednesday, referred to Georgia Power’s effort to complete the Plant Vogtle project as “one of the most expensive and mismanaged...
The Jolt: A Democrat loses a billboard fight in Forsyth County
 Steve Smith is a Democrat in what might be called a challenging climate. He’s running against Republican Greg Dolezal for the District 27 seat in the state Senate being vacated by Michael Williams, the unsuccessful GOP candidate for governor. The district is based in Forsyth County, which means Smith will be lucky to see even the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Steve Smith is a Democrat in what might be called a challenging climate. He’s running against Republican Greg Dolezal for the District 27 seat in the state Senate being vacated by Michael Williams, the unsuccessful GOP candidate for governor. The district is based in Forsyth County, which means Smith will be lucky to see even the...
In Georgia, Republican women try to navigate Trump era
 Just about every weekday after working hours are over, DeAnna Harris bolts from her real estate marketing gig to knock on doors for her other job: trying to flip a state House seat in Democratic territory. And each time she canvasses, she is ready for the flurry of questions from residents in Cobb County neighborhoods wary of voting for a...

Posted: 2 days ago

Just about every weekday after working hours are over, DeAnna Harris bolts from her real estate marketing gig to knock on doors for her other job: trying to flip a state House seat in Democratic territory. And each time she canvasses, she is ready for the flurry of questions from residents in Cobb County neighborhoods wary of voting for a...
On the beat: Of Deal’s pointed words, good timing and socialism 
 Gov. Nathan Deal is hosting a private fundraiser for Brian Kemp’s campaign in Gainesville on Thursday. The two might want to huddle about a key part of the Republican’s platform beforehand. Deal told reporters after an Atlanta Press Club event that he’s “hopeful” to hear more about what education plans Kemp and...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal is hosting a private fundraiser for Brian Kemp’s campaign in Gainesville on Thursday. The two might want to huddle about a key part of the Republican’s platform beforehand. Deal told reporters after an Atlanta Press Club event that he’s “hopeful” to hear more about what education plans Kemp and...
Georgia governor urges Atlanta to approve Gulch incentives
 Gov. Nathan Deal urged the Atlanta City Council to break an impasse over an incentive package that could be worth $1.75 billion to redevelop the derelict Gulch in downtown Atlanta.  The Republican said after an Atlanta Press Club event Tuesday that legislators should approve the plan to make way for a new mini-city on a “very unproductive...

Posted: 3 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal urged the Atlanta City Council to break an impasse over an incentive package that could be worth $1.75 billion to redevelop the derelict Gulch in downtown Atlanta.  The Republican said after an Atlanta Press Club event Tuesday that legislators should approve the plan to make way for a new mini-city on a “very unproductive...
Jimmy Carter plunges into Georgia race, underlining a Democratic shift
 Stacey Abrams had one consistent message when she joined former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday outside a rural health center in his hometown of Plains: Expanding Medicaid in Georgia will be her top priority if elected governor. But her campaign event with Carter sent another signal, too, of the shifting political winds that have swept...

Posted: 3 days ago

Stacey Abrams had one consistent message when she joined former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday outside a rural health center in his hometown of Plains: Expanding Medicaid in Georgia will be her top priority if elected governor. But her campaign event with Carter sent another signal, too, of the shifting political winds that have swept...