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: 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...
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...

Posted: 15 hours ago

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...
John Barrow's promise to protect your right not to vote
 John Barrow thinks you have a sacred right not to vote for him, or for anyone else. And that the government ought not be allowed to erase you, should you decide to exercise that right. “There’s no need to be purging lists of voters who choose not to vote for any one of a thousand and one reasons,” said Barrow, a former congressman...

Posted: a day ago

John Barrow thinks you have a sacred right not to vote for him, or for anyone else. And that the government ought not be allowed to erase you, should you decide to exercise that right. “There’s no need to be purging lists of voters who choose not to vote for any one of a thousand and one reasons,” said Barrow, a former congressman...
The Jolt: In metro Atlanta, Cobb County is an early-voting desert
 When early voting starts next month, one thing is certain: A voter in Cobb County will have less time to do it than many voters elsewhere in metro Atlanta. Today’s Marietta Daily Journal attributes the following information to Michael Owens, the number-crunching chairman of the Cobb County Democratic party: The newspaper makes...

Posted: a day ago

When early voting starts next month, one thing is certain: A voter in Cobb County will have less time to do it than many voters elsewhere in metro Atlanta. Today’s Marietta Daily Journal attributes the following information to Michael Owens, the number-crunching chairman of the Cobb County Democratic party: The newspaper makes...
Georgia 2018: Cagle tries to shore up Cobb support
 Just before the weekend began, the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Casey Cagle produced the endorsement of Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon. Sayeth the press release: “Mayor Bacon joins Cagle's growing network of elected officials and grassroots leaders in Cobb County.” Only a day before, the Cagle campaign had rolled out the support...

Posted: 2 days ago

Just before the weekend began, the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Casey Cagle produced the endorsement of Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon. Sayeth the press release: “Mayor Bacon joins Cagle's growing network of elected officials and grassroots leaders in Cobb County.” Only a day before, the Cagle campaign had rolled out the support...
The Jolt: Bill Curry on use of Bible ‘to justify cruel, inhumane treatment’
 Republicans in Georgia’s congressional delegation remained mum this Father’s Day weekend on President Donald Trump’s policy of separating parents and children who cross the southern U.S. border to claim asylum, or without the proper paperwork. Given what happened to U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., last week, the reluctance...

Posted: 2 days ago

Republicans in Georgia’s congressional delegation remained mum this Father’s Day weekend on President Donald Trump’s policy of separating parents and children who cross the southern U.S. border to claim asylum, or without the proper paperwork. Given what happened to U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., last week, the reluctance...
The inevitable, demographic hand-off that’s headed Georgia’s way
 Several weeks ago, before the year’s last bell had rung, I found myself in front of a group of very bright students at North Cobb High School. I sidled up to my topic carefully, beginning with George Washington and the virtue of restraint. Of all the Founding Fathers, Washington is most famous for what he might have done, but didn&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Several weeks ago, before the year’s last bell had rung, I found myself in front of a group of very bright students at North Cobb High School. I sidled up to my topic carefully, beginning with George Washington and the virtue of restraint. Of all the Founding Fathers, Washington is most famous for what he might have done, but didn&rsquo...
The Jolt: Sonny Perdue heads to Canada to debate the price of milk
 In the United States, federally mandated ethanol subsidies, which prop up the price of corn in the Midwest, are the big dog in agricultural politics. Sonny Perdue is about to learn that the humble liter of milk has the same level of clout in Canada. One week after President Donald Trump shook up a G-7 meeting and hurled insults...

Posted: 5 days ago

In the United States, federally mandated ethanol subsidies, which prop up the price of corn in the Midwest, are the big dog in agricultural politics. Sonny Perdue is about to learn that the humble liter of milk has the same level of clout in Canada. One week after President Donald Trump shook up a G-7 meeting and hurled insults...
The Jolt: In May, two-thirds of new voters chose Democratic ballots
 Three weeks later, some of the juicier numbers from last month’s primary have begun rolling in. Chris Huttman is a Democratic operative now crunching numbers on behalf of Lucy McBath of Marietta, one of two Democratic candidates in the Sixth District congressional runoff. She faces Kevin Abel, a Sandy Springs businessman, in the...

Posted: 6 days ago

Three weeks later, some of the juicier numbers from last month’s primary have begun rolling in. Chris Huttman is a Democratic operative now crunching numbers on behalf of Lucy McBath of Marietta, one of two Democratic candidates in the Sixth District congressional runoff. She faces Kevin Abel, a Sandy Springs businessman, in the...
What South Carolina’s vote says about a new Southern political narrative  
   The primary last night in South Carolina showed us both the limits and the extent of the Donald Trump effect in a GOP electorate that somewhat resembles Georgia’s conservative bloc. On one hand, Gov. Henry McMaster failed to avoid a Republican runoff against an outsider challenger, despite boasting a late endorsement from the...

Posted: 7 days ago

  The primary last night in South Carolina showed us both the limits and the extent of the Donald Trump effect in a GOP electorate that somewhat resembles Georgia’s conservative bloc. On one hand, Gov. Henry McMaster failed to avoid a Republican runoff against an outsider challenger, despite boasting a late endorsement from the...
The Jolt: Johnny Isakson, David Perdue split over Donald Trump’s tariffs
 Georgia’s two U.S. senators have placed themselves on opposite sides of an internal GOP fight about whether to stop President Donald Trump’s tariffs. Both Johnny Isakson and David Perdue had previously voiced displeasure over the commander-in-chief’s moves to impose duties on imported steel and aluminum. But whereas...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgia’s two U.S. senators have placed themselves on opposite sides of an internal GOP fight about whether to stop President Donald Trump’s tariffs. Both Johnny Isakson and David Perdue had previously voiced displeasure over the commander-in-chief’s moves to impose duties on imported steel and aluminum. But whereas...