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

How Sears and its catalog helped subvert Jim Crow in the South
 Sears’ declaration of bankruptcy this week was entirely expected, a train wreck long in the making. What might have caught many by surprise were the immediate reflections by African-American scholars on the role that the retail giant – and its catalog — played in helping black Southerners survive the 20th century. Upon the...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Sears’ declaration of bankruptcy this week was entirely expected, a train wreck long in the making. What might have caught many by surprise were the immediate reflections by African-American scholars on the role that the retail giant – and its catalog — played in helping black Southerners survive the 20th century. Upon the...
The Jolt: When 107,000 Georgia voters were culled – for not voting
 Over at WABE (90.1FM), Johnny Kaufman is part of a national group effort looking at “use it or lose it” voter registration policies in several states, including Georgia. On a single July weekend in 2017, Kaufman’s team reports, more than half a million people – 8 percent of the state’s registered voters...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Over at WABE (90.1FM), Johnny Kaufman is part of a national group effort looking at “use it or lose it” voter registration policies in several states, including Georgia. On a single July weekend in 2017, Kaufman’s team reports, more than half a million people – 8 percent of the state’s registered voters...
The Jolt: A ‘legal mob’ accuses the Georgia GOP of libel
 Earlier this week, we ventured that this 2018 election season might be the most litigated on record, pointing to the spate of federal lawsuits over voter registration and the dismissal of absentee ballots in Gwinnett County. Picking up language generated out of Washington, the state GOP has accused a “legal mob” for...

Posted: a day ago

Earlier this week, we ventured that this 2018 election season might be the most litigated on record, pointing to the spate of federal lawsuits over voter registration and the dismissal of absentee ballots in Gwinnett County. Picking up language generated out of Washington, the state GOP has accused a “legal mob” for...
The Jolt: On paper, Brian Kemp doesn’t know how brother-in-law makes a living
 Under state law, when they file campaign disclosure reports, candidates are supposed to list the names, addresses, occupations and employers of donors as a way of helping the public know who is bankrolling their bids for office. Campaigns are good about listing the first two, but some are better than others with that last bit. Take Brian...

Posted: 2 days ago

Under state law, when they file campaign disclosure reports, candidates are supposed to list the names, addresses, occupations and employers of donors as a way of helping the public know who is bankrolling their bids for office. Campaigns are good about listing the first two, but some are better than others with that last bit. Take Brian...
How Exact Match 2.0 happened -- but the real question is why
 This 2018 election could become one of the most litigated in state history. Already, in June, we saw Georgia’s practice of purging from its rolls hundreds of thousands of voters, some dead and many others simply disinterested, given shelter by the U.S. Supreme Court. Monday brought a lawsuit that asked a federal judge to ponder...

Posted: 2 days ago

This 2018 election could become one of the most litigated in state history. Already, in June, we saw Georgia’s practice of purging from its rolls hundreds of thousands of voters, some dead and many others simply disinterested, given shelter by the U.S. Supreme Court. Monday brought a lawsuit that asked a federal judge to ponder...
The Jolt: New lawsuit challenges Gwinnett rejection of absentee ballots
 The 2018 race for governor in Georgia could soon become one of the most litigated in state history. The AJC reported Monday that a large number of absentee ballots rejected by Gwinnett County election officials: And you know that one federal lawsuit had already been filed last week, challenging the state’s “exact match&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

The 2018 race for governor in Georgia could soon become one of the most litigated in state history. The AJC reported Monday that a large number of absentee ballots rejected by Gwinnett County election officials: And you know that one federal lawsuit had already been filed last week, challenging the state’s “exact match&rdquo...
The Jolt: David Perdue snatches Tech student’s smart phone
 For the second time in two weeks, a social media video has surfaced highlighting a confrontation between U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and critics. But instead of a D.C. airport, where the Republican was recently cornered by a group of women angered by his support for Brett Kavanaugh, the latest exchange took place at Georgia Tech...

Posted: 4 days ago

For the second time in two weeks, a social media video has surfaced highlighting a confrontation between U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and critics. But instead of a D.C. airport, where the Republican was recently cornered by a group of women angered by his support for Brett Kavanaugh, the latest exchange took place at Georgia Tech...
White women voters are sticking -- not just with Kemp, but Trump, too
 Slightly more than a year ago, Stacey Abrams made clear that African-American women, the most dedicated demographic group within the Democratic party, would form the core of her campaign for governor. At this, she has succeeded. With a little more than three weeks to go, she still runs neck-and-neck with Republican Brian Kemp in her bid to...

Posted: 7 days ago

Slightly more than a year ago, Stacey Abrams made clear that African-American women, the most dedicated demographic group within the Democratic party, would form the core of her campaign for governor. At this, she has succeeded. With a little more than three weeks to go, she still runs neck-and-neck with Republican Brian Kemp in her bid to...
The Jolt: Stacey Abrams, Georgia Dems double down on ‘exact match’
 Stacey Abrams and Georgia Democrats are doubling – even tripling -- down on attacks aimed at Georgia’s “exact match” voter registration mandate, which has placed 53,000 voters in a kind of purgatory. A new Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows the race for governor to be a statistical...

Posted: 7 days ago

Stacey Abrams and Georgia Democrats are doubling – even tripling -- down on attacks aimed at Georgia’s “exact match” voter registration mandate, which has placed 53,000 voters in a kind of purgatory. A new Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows the race for governor to be a statistical...
The Jolt: On health care, Republicans say offense is the best defense
 Stacey Abrams has put Medicaid expansion in Georgia at the core of her gubernatorial campaign. But elsewhere, some Democrats are embracing U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ call for a single-payer system. Which Republicans have begun using to shield themselves from accusations that they are trying to sink the most popular provision of the Affordable...

Posted: 8 days ago

Stacey Abrams has put Medicaid expansion in Georgia at the core of her gubernatorial campaign. But elsewhere, some Democrats are embracing U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ call for a single-payer system. Which Republicans have begun using to shield themselves from accusations that they are trying to sink the most popular provision of the Affordable...
The Jolt: Two polls say Georgia’s race for governor remains neck-and-neck
 We’ve got two statewide polls to chew over this morning. Both register Georgia’s race for governor as a dead heat. And both will be judged by an AJC survey that will be out tomorrow. An 11Alive/Survey USA online poll posted Tuesday puts Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams at 47-45 percent, respectively. (MOE +/-4...

Posted: 9 days ago

We’ve got two statewide polls to chew over this morning. Both register Georgia’s race for governor as a dead heat. And both will be judged by an AJC survey that will be out tomorrow. An 11Alive/Survey USA online poll posted Tuesday puts Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams at 47-45 percent, respectively. (MOE +/-4...