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 Jolt: A preview of what a voting machine overhaul could look like
 The group appointed by Brian Kemp to recommend a new voting system will meet Wednesday for the first time since the election. And a series of recommendations from a panelist obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sets some goal posts for what they could address. The report from Wenke Lee, a Georgia Tech professor who serves as the panel&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

The group appointed by Brian Kemp to recommend a new voting system will meet Wednesday for the first time since the election. And a series of recommendations from a panelist obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sets some goal posts for what they could address. The report from Wenke Lee, a Georgia Tech professor who serves as the panel&rsquo...
The Jolt: By coming home, Nick Ayers cuts through a web of loyalties
 As Donald Trump goes back to the drawing board in his search for a new top aide, Georgia operative Nick Ayers is preparing to head home – and launch his next venture. Ayers had been the president’s top choice for chief of staff -- the New York Times reported a press release announcing his hire was even primed to go --...

Posted: 2 days ago

As Donald Trump goes back to the drawing board in his search for a new top aide, Georgia operative Nick Ayers is preparing to head home – and launch his next venture. Ayers had been the president’s top choice for chief of staff -- the New York Times reported a press release announcing his hire was even primed to go --...
The arrival of apartment-based politics in north metro Atlanta
 Since the drubbing that Republicans suffered in metro Atlanta’s northern suburbs last month, something that Fran Millar said had nagged at me. A state senator from Dunwoody, Millar was one of several GOP state lawmakers who saw their seats washed away by a blue wave on Election Day. Twenty-four hours after his loss, Millar was quick...

Posted: 5 days ago

Since the drubbing that Republicans suffered in metro Atlanta’s northern suburbs last month, something that Fran Millar said had nagged at me. A state senator from Dunwoody, Millar was one of several GOP state lawmakers who saw their seats washed away by a blue wave on Election Day. Twenty-four hours after his loss, Millar was quick...
The Jolt: A call to ‘revolutionize’ state regulation of hospitals, and tax satellite TV
 The House Rural Development Council on Thursday dropped its wish-list for the 2019 session of the Legislature, calling for lawmakers to “revolutionize” the current state system that regulates hospitals, and a lower but expanded sales tax that would cover satellite TV and digital purchases. Given that we just finished a gubernatorial...

Posted: 5 days ago

The House Rural Development Council on Thursday dropped its wish-list for the 2019 session of the Legislature, calling for lawmakers to “revolutionize” the current state system that regulates hospitals, and a lower but expanded sales tax that would cover satellite TV and digital purchases. Given that we just finished a gubernatorial...
The Jolt: A brewing January fight could pit ballot access against voter security
 In his victory declaration on Wednesday, Secretary of State-elect Brad Raffensperger vowed to defend the broad voter registration purges and strict requirements for absentee balloting, which were implemented by his Republican predecessor and fueled Democratic accusations of disenfranchisement in fall campaigns. From our AJC colleague...

Posted: 6 days ago

In his victory declaration on Wednesday, Secretary of State-elect Brad Raffensperger vowed to defend the broad voter registration purges and strict requirements for absentee balloting, which were implemented by his Republican predecessor and fueled Democratic accusations of disenfranchisement in fall campaigns. From our AJC colleague...
The Jolt: Georgia GOP’s runoff luck holds, but the margin for error shrinks
 Georgia Republicans can breathe easier this morning. Their lock on statewide constitutional offices remains in place. Some absentee and other ballots have yet to be tallied, but in the race for secretary of state, state Rep. Brad Raffensperger appears to have beaten former Georgia congressman John Barrow, 51.97 to 48.03 percent. In the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgia Republicans can breathe easier this morning. Their lock on statewide constitutional offices remains in place. Some absentee and other ballots have yet to be tallied, but in the race for secretary of state, state Rep. Brad Raffensperger appears to have beaten former Georgia congressman John Barrow, 51.97 to 48.03 percent. In the...
It's time to solve the Mystery of the 100,000 Missing Votes
 The 2018 election season has finally ended. It’s over. Finis. Which means that the time is now ripe to take a cold-eyed, dispassionate and non-partisan look at the Mystery of the Missing 100,000 Votes. This is not about Georgia’s race for governor, but about the lieutenant governor’s contest. And the puzzle isn&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

The 2018 election season has finally ended. It’s over. Finis. Which means that the time is now ripe to take a cold-eyed, dispassionate and non-partisan look at the Mystery of the Missing 100,000 Votes. This is not about Georgia’s race for governor, but about the lieutenant governor’s contest. And the puzzle isn&rsquo...
The Jolt: David Perdue says Democrats out to ‘steal’ race for secretary of state
 Welcome to Runoff Day, which is something like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Festivus rolled into a single, united celebration of peace and harmony. For this is the day the robocalls stop. U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., sent out his recorded message last night, at 10:30 p.m. or so, on behalf of Brad Raffensperger, the state House member...

Posted: 8 days ago

Welcome to Runoff Day, which is something like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Festivus rolled into a single, united celebration of peace and harmony. For this is the day the robocalls stop. U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., sent out his recorded message last night, at 10:30 p.m. or so, on behalf of Brad Raffensperger, the state House member...
The Jolt: That ‘darn good political trick’ that helped Deal’s first big win 
 In the waning days of Gov. Nathan Deal’s political career, it’s time to look back at his earliest days in office. And 11Alive’s Doug Richards has one of the most interesting tales we’ve read of Deal’s political genesis. He focuses on Deal’s bid for U.S. Congress in 1992 back when he was a Democratic state...

Posted: 15 days ago

In the waning days of Gov. Nathan Deal’s political career, it’s time to look back at his earliest days in office. And 11Alive’s Doug Richards has one of the most interesting tales we’ve read of Deal’s political genesis. He focuses on Deal’s bid for U.S. Congress in 1992 back when he was a Democratic state...
The Jolt: A key Abrams ally tries another run for her Georgia House post
 Call it the revenge of the Abramites. One year ago, Stacey Abrams’ top deputy in the Georgia House, Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley, lost her bid to lead the House caucus after Abrams resigned to run for governor. And later today, the chamber’s Democrats will decide whether she deserves another shot. She’s challenging Bob Trammell...

Posted: 23 days ago

Call it the revenge of the Abramites. One year ago, Stacey Abrams’ top deputy in the Georgia House, Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley, lost her bid to lead the House caucus after Abrams resigned to run for governor. And later today, the chamber’s Democrats will decide whether she deserves another shot. She’s challenging Bob Trammell...