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: Dem chair says Ellison abuse claims won’t sully November chances
 Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was in Atlanta again on Wednesday, this time addressing a small group of Hispanic and Latino voters, talking up Stacey Abrams and talking down Brian Kemp. From our AJC colleague Amanda Coyne: But Perez also made news on another front. From the Associated Press: *** Georgia&rsquo...

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Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was in Atlanta again on Wednesday, this time addressing a small group of Hispanic and Latino voters, talking up Stacey Abrams and talking down Brian Kemp. From our AJC colleague Amanda Coyne: But Perez also made news on another front. From the Associated Press: *** Georgia&rsquo...
The Jolt: ‘State citizenship’ matters, Georgia’s high court rules
 House Republicans at the state Capitol just preserved one of their number from an anticipated blue November wave. From our AJC colleague Mark Niesse: The decision is an important one, if only because of the emphasis placed on state citizenship as something additional to and separate from U.S. citizenship. We’re not talking...

Posted: a day ago

House Republicans at the state Capitol just preserved one of their number from an anticipated blue November wave. From our AJC colleague Mark Niesse: The decision is an important one, if only because of the emphasis placed on state citizenship as something additional to and separate from U.S. citizenship. We’re not talking...
Why Georgia Power's nuclear project could survive the November election
 Grab a cup of coffee and settle in, boys and girls. This is going to get complicated. Last week, Georgia Power announced that its cost of finishing two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle, which just eight months ago had been set at $7.3 billion, had increased by $1.1 billion. For Georgia Power customers, the good news is that stockholders...

Posted: a day ago

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in, boys and girls. This is going to get complicated. Last week, Georgia Power announced that its cost of finishing two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle, which just eight months ago had been set at $7.3 billion, had increased by $1.1 billion. For Georgia Power customers, the good news is that stockholders...
The Jolt: Stockbridge sold out by its own lawyers, complaint says
 The fight over the creation of a city of Eagles Landing from the existing city of Stockbridge has shifted to a new venue. Lee Stuart, a former mayor of Stockbridge has filed complaints with the State Bar of Georgia against state Rep. Andy Welch and state Sen. Brian Strickland. Both Henry County lawmakers are partners in the firm of Smith...

Posted: a day ago

The fight over the creation of a city of Eagles Landing from the existing city of Stockbridge has shifted to a new venue. Lee Stuart, a former mayor of Stockbridge has filed complaints with the State Bar of Georgia against state Rep. Andy Welch and state Sen. Brian Strickland. Both Henry County lawmakers are partners in the firm of Smith...
The Jolt: Senate Republicans bury the hatchet -- for now
 Two important things happened at a weekend round of meetings involving state GOP lawmakers.  The first is that House and Senate Republicans who backed other gubernatorial candidates apparently let bygones be bygones and, in a fit of comity, pledged their support to Brian Kemp, their party’s nominee for governor....

Posted: 2 days ago

Two important things happened at a weekend round of meetings involving state GOP lawmakers.  The first is that House and Senate Republicans who backed other gubernatorial candidates apparently let bygones be bygones and, in a fit of comity, pledged their support to Brian Kemp, their party’s nominee for governor....
A secretive debate to decide if the race for lieutenant governor will matter
 For the next 12 weeks, we will have what is likely to be a raucous campaign for lieutenant governor. Constitutionally, the office is the second-most important in the state. The lieutenant governor is the spare tire we keep in a state Capitol trunk, just in case the governor goes flat. Millions of dollars will be spent by and on behalf of...

Posted: 5 days ago

For the next 12 weeks, we will have what is likely to be a raucous campaign for lieutenant governor. Constitutionally, the office is the second-most important in the state. The lieutenant governor is the spare tire we keep in a state Capitol trunk, just in case the governor goes flat. Millions of dollars will be spent by and on behalf of...
The Jolt: A former chewing gum CEO shakes up debate over medicinal pot
 Foes of the medical marijuana push in the state Capitol are noting the presence of a new force in the debate, one that has already become a source of financing in this year’s campaigns. We’ll start with a bit of background from Monday’s AJC: The medical marijuana movement is opposed by many religious conservative activists...

Posted: 5 days ago

Foes of the medical marijuana push in the state Capitol are noting the presence of a new force in the debate, one that has already become a source of financing in this year’s campaigns. We’ll start with a bit of background from Monday’s AJC: The medical marijuana movement is opposed by many religious conservative activists...
The Jolt: Be careful with those rocks hurled at Stacey Abrams’ finances
 So you know that Brian Kemp and his Republican allies have begun attacking his Democratic rival for her personal financial decisions. From a Wednesday post: The Republican Governors Association picked up the cudgel this morning with a missive that included this line: And Thursday Georgia GOP chair John Watson added his voice: The...

Posted: 6 days ago

So you know that Brian Kemp and his Republican allies have begun attacking his Democratic rival for her personal financial decisions. From a Wednesday post: The Republican Governors Association picked up the cudgel this morning with a missive that included this line: And Thursday Georgia GOP chair John Watson added his voice: The...
The Jolt: On gun legislation and the definition of ‘radical’
 We told you earlier this week about a YouTube video posted by Georgia Gun Owners attacking Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor. The video is a minute in length, a sign that it’s designed for Internet viewing rather than TV broadcast. The latter is far more expensive. You can watch it here, but this is the key...

Posted: 7 days ago

We told you earlier this week about a YouTube video posted by Georgia Gun Owners attacking Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor. The video is a minute in length, a sign that it’s designed for Internet viewing rather than TV broadcast. The latter is far more expensive. You can watch it here, but this is the key...
Clemson researchers crack open a Russian troll factory
 Over the past several weeks, the biggest cache of new evidence in the Russian investigation hasn’t come from Robert Mueller or President Donald Trump’s smartphone. No, the freshest information on how Vladimir Putin targeted the 2016 presidential election has its origins just up I-85 at Clemson University. On that campus is something...

Posted: 8 days ago

Over the past several weeks, the biggest cache of new evidence in the Russian investigation hasn’t come from Robert Mueller or President Donald Trump’s smartphone. No, the freshest information on how Vladimir Putin targeted the 2016 presidential election has its origins just up I-85 at Clemson University. On that campus is something...
The Jolt: Democrats want Brian Kemp to return his state paycheck
 The Democratic Party of Georgia opened a new front in the race for governor on Monday, calling on Secretary of State Brian Kemp to return his salary as he runs for the state’s highest office. Party chief DuBose Porter stopped short of calling on Kemp to resign from the office, which supervises elections and the state’s business...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Democratic Party of Georgia opened a new front in the race for governor on Monday, calling on Secretary of State Brian Kemp to return his salary as he runs for the state’s highest office. Party chief DuBose Porter stopped short of calling on Kemp to resign from the office, which supervises elections and the state’s business...