Jim Galloway

Columnist and Blogger

Jim Galloway, a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is the lead writer and founder of the AJC’s Political Insider blog, the best-read and most influential political blog in the state.

Latest from Jim Galloway

The year that transit became a potent election-year issue in metro Atlanta
 There are times when it’s right and proper to stop, look back at where we’ve been, and acknowledge the new territory before us. This is one of them. For the first time, in the spring, summer and fall of 2018, commuter rail will be a legitimate campaign and policy issue in suburban Atlanta — not just the racial wedge it has...

Posted: a minute ago

There are times when it’s right and proper to stop, look back at where we’ve been, and acknowledge the new territory before us. This is one of them. For the first time, in the spring, summer and fall of 2018, commuter rail will be a legitimate campaign and policy issue in suburban Atlanta — not just the racial wedge it has...
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...
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...
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...
The Jolt: The two new faces of the shifting metro ATL attitude on transit
 On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A...

Posted: 2 days ago

On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A...
John Ellington’s plan to escape Georgia’s political tribalism
 Tribalism is the current catch phrase with cachet in American politics. Our discourse has become polarized and insular. We have embraced moral and legal relativism with all the enthusiasm of a 50-yard line spectator at a Georgia-Alabama game. Never mind those lying eyes, whether they’re lodged in your head or mine. My team can do no...

Posted: 3 days ago

Tribalism is the current catch phrase with cachet in American politics. Our discourse has become polarized and insular. We have embraced moral and legal relativism with all the enthusiasm of a 50-yard line spectator at a Georgia-Alabama game. Never mind those lying eyes, whether they’re lodged in your head or mine. My team can do no...
Sonny Perdue defends Trump plan to shift from food stamps to ‘CARE’ packages for poor
 If the Trump administration gets its way, former Georgia governor and current Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue could oversee the transformation of the nation’s food stamp program -- away from redeemable coupons to a system in which boxes of American-grown food are shipped directly to poor families. The change, contained in the Trump...

Posted: 3 days ago

If the Trump administration gets its way, former Georgia governor and current Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue could oversee the transformation of the nation’s food stamp program -- away from redeemable coupons to a system in which boxes of American-grown food are shipped directly to poor families. The change, contained in the Trump...
The Jolt: A Gwinnett GOP chairman’s plea for more candidates 
 Last week, Gwinnett County GOP chair Mike Seigle sent out an email solicitation for candidates leading up to the qualifying period that begins March 5. Seigle noted that state Rep. David Casas, R-Lilburn, was not seeking re-election, and said a second House Republican from Gwinnett might pull the ripcord as well. Seigle did not offer a name...

Posted: 4 days ago

Last week, Gwinnett County GOP chair Mike Seigle sent out an email solicitation for candidates leading up to the qualifying period that begins March 5. Seigle noted that state Rep. David Casas, R-Lilburn, was not seeking re-election, and said a second House Republican from Gwinnett might pull the ripcord as well. Seigle did not offer a name...
Clayton Co. school superintendent picks a fight with Delta over fuel tax
 You don’t often see a school superintendent pick a fight with one of the region’s big economic powerhouses. And yet that’s what’s happening in Clayton County. On Friday, Morcease Beasley, head of the Clayton school system, put out a YouTube video to rally opposition to House Bill 821, a tax package endorsed by Gov...

Posted: 6 days ago

You don’t often see a school superintendent pick a fight with one of the region’s big economic powerhouses. And yet that’s what’s happening in Clayton County. On Friday, Morcease Beasley, head of the Clayton school system, put out a YouTube video to rally opposition to House Bill 821, a tax package endorsed by Gov...
The Eugene Talmadge Bridge as a middle finger of protest
 Just before I pointed the pick-up down I-75 to come here for a taping of GPB’s “Political Rewind,” I received a small cache of documents from the state Department of Transportation that addressed how the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge came to bear the name of a Georgia governor who was a fierce defender of white supremacy...

Posted: 7 days ago

Just before I pointed the pick-up down I-75 to come here for a taping of GPB’s “Political Rewind,” I received a small cache of documents from the state Department of Transportation that addressed how the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge came to bear the name of a Georgia governor who was a fierce defender of white supremacy...