Greg Bluestein

Political Reporter

Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a range of beats that included politics and legal affairs. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. He's a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and political science and lives with his wife and two daughters in Dunwoody.

Latest from Greg Bluestein

Understanding Tuesday’s GOP runoff for Georgia governor 
 The Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp ends Tuesday, after more than a year of bitter GOP infighting over who is the best conservative candidate for governor.  The winner of the  runoff faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. Here is our guide to the people, events and trends that have...

Posted: a minute ago

The Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp ends Tuesday, after more than a year of bitter GOP infighting over who is the best conservative candidate for governor.  The winner of the runoff faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. Here is our guide to the people, events and trends that have...
Ga. lawmaker urged to resign after using racial slurs, dropping pants in TV show 
 Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday. Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the n-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday. Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the n-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened...
With White House’s support, Kemp turns up heat on Cagle
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tried to minimize the damage to his race for governor after President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival. The White House tried to make sure that didn’t happen. And Secretary of State Brian Kemp shifted his focus beyond Tuesday’s vote. It was a weekend of furious campaigning across the state, as...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tried to minimize the damage to his race for governor after President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival. The White House tried to make sure that didn’t happen. And Secretary of State Brian Kemp shifted his focus beyond Tuesday’s vote. It was a weekend of furious campaigning across the state, as...
Pence touts Kemp as the ‘real deal’ in Georgia race for governor
 Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor got a major boost Saturday from Vice President Mike Pence, who called him the best partner for the White House in an hourlong event that cast Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as mostly an afterthought. Instead, Pence and other speakers who rallied the crowd of more than 1,500 at the Macon Coliseum...

Posted: a day ago

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor got a major boost Saturday from Vice President Mike Pence, who called him the best partner for the White House in an hourlong event that cast Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as mostly an afterthought. Instead, Pence and other speakers who rallied the crowd of more than 1,500 at the Macon Coliseum...
Georgia GOP seeks unity while battle between Cagle and Kemp roars on
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp pledged Friday to unite to support whoever wins next week’s GOP runoff at a rally after the vote. Until then, though, there’s no sign of any letup in the venomous battle between the two Republicans competing for governor. The two tangled bitterly for another day on the campaign...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp pledged Friday to unite to support whoever wins next week’s GOP runoff at a rally after the vote. Until then, though, there’s no sign of any letup in the venomous battle between the two Republicans competing for governor. The two tangled bitterly for another day on the campaign...
Georgia GOP race for governor was Trump-like even before he stepped in
 The bruising Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp that comes to an end Tuesday has brought all the hallmarks of a Trump-era contest to a Georgia race for governor. There have been covert recordings, vicious nicknames, allegations of sexism and bloody-knuckle debates. And now, with Donald...

Posted: 2 days ago

The bruising Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp that comes to an end Tuesday has brought all the hallmarks of a Trump-era contest to a Georgia race for governor. There have been covert recordings, vicious nicknames, allegations of sexism and bloody-knuckle debates. And now, with Donald...
Cagle, Kemp tangle over reporter’s ‘Access Hollywood’ claim  
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp clashed Friday over a tweet sent by a national reporter who claimed he witnessed Kemp making sexist comments while reporting a story about how lobbyists court election officials. The tweet came late Thursday from Robert Faturechi, an investigative journalist with ProPublica...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp clashed Friday over a tweet sent by a national reporter who claimed he witnessed Kemp making sexist comments while reporting a story about how lobbyists court election officials. The tweet came late Thursday from Robert Faturechi, an investigative journalist with ProPublica...
Cagle and Kemp plan a truce at GOP unity rally after bitter runoff ends
 As some Republican officials call for cooler talk in the poisonous runoff for governor, the Georgia GOP has scheduled a unity rally after voters decide next week’s contest between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The Thursday evening event will feature the two bitter rivals along with Gov. Nathan Deal...

Posted: 2 days ago

As some Republican officials call for cooler talk in the poisonous runoff for governor, the Georgia GOP has scheduled a unity rally after voters decide next week’s contest between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The Thursday evening event will feature the two bitter rivals along with Gov. Nathan Deal...
The Jolt: A weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions is downgraded
 At the same time an endorsement by President Donald Trump is roiling the GOP race for governor, a weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions, who commands the administration’s Department of Justice, appears to have been downgraded. Sunday will mark the start of a three-day summer conference on Jekyll Island for the Prosecuting Attorneys&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

At the same time an endorsement by President Donald Trump is roiling the GOP race for governor, a weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions, who commands the administration’s Department of Justice, appears to have been downgraded. Sunday will mark the start of a three-day summer conference on Jekyll Island for the Prosecuting Attorneys&rsquo...
After Trump’s snub, Cagle lashes out at Tippins 
 Before Donald Trump waded into the GOP race for governor, the biggest outside factor in the contest may have been Clay Tippins.  Or, more specifically, the tape that Tippins secretly recorded featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking candidly with his former rival.  Now that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their...

Posted: 2 days ago

Before Donald Trump waded into the GOP race for governor, the biggest outside factor in the contest may have been Clay Tippins.  Or, more specifically, the tape that Tippins secretly recorded featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking candidly with his former rival.  Now that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their...
Now the underdog, Cagle grapples with Trump fallout
 No sooner had Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrapped up the second in a string of campaign rallies Thursday than he faced a barrage of questions he’d rather not hear: one query after another about President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival in next week’s GOP runoff for governor. Cagle tied himself each time to Gov. Nathan Deal...

Posted: 3 days ago

No sooner had Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrapped up the second in a string of campaign rallies Thursday than he faced a barrage of questions he’d rather not hear: one query after another about President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival in next week’s GOP runoff for governor. Cagle tied himself each time to Gov. Nathan Deal...





Greg Bluestein

Political Reporter

Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a range of beats that included politics and legal affairs. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. He's a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and political science and lives with his wife and two daughters in Dunwoody.

Latest from Greg Bluestein

Understanding Tuesday’s GOP runoff for Georgia governor 
 The Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp ends Tuesday, after more than a year of bitter GOP infighting over who is the best conservative candidate for governor.  The winner of the  runoff faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. Here is our guide to the people, events and trends that have...

Posted: a minute ago

The Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp ends Tuesday, after more than a year of bitter GOP infighting over who is the best conservative candidate for governor.  The winner of the runoff faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. Here is our guide to the people, events and trends that have...
Ga. lawmaker urged to resign after using racial slurs, dropping pants in TV show 
 Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday. Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the n-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday. Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the n-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened...
With White House’s support, Kemp turns up heat on Cagle
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tried to minimize the damage to his race for governor after President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival. The White House tried to make sure that didn’t happen. And Secretary of State Brian Kemp shifted his focus beyond Tuesday’s vote. It was a weekend of furious campaigning across the state, as...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tried to minimize the damage to his race for governor after President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival. The White House tried to make sure that didn’t happen. And Secretary of State Brian Kemp shifted his focus beyond Tuesday’s vote. It was a weekend of furious campaigning across the state, as...
Pence touts Kemp as the ‘real deal’ in Georgia race for governor
 Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor got a major boost Saturday from Vice President Mike Pence, who called him the best partner for the White House in an hourlong event that cast Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as mostly an afterthought. Instead, Pence and other speakers who rallied the crowd of more than 1,500 at the Macon Coliseum...

Posted: a day ago

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor got a major boost Saturday from Vice President Mike Pence, who called him the best partner for the White House in an hourlong event that cast Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as mostly an afterthought. Instead, Pence and other speakers who rallied the crowd of more than 1,500 at the Macon Coliseum...
Georgia GOP seeks unity while battle between Cagle and Kemp roars on
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp pledged Friday to unite to support whoever wins next week’s GOP runoff at a rally after the vote. Until then, though, there’s no sign of any letup in the venomous battle between the two Republicans competing for governor. The two tangled bitterly for another day on the campaign...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp pledged Friday to unite to support whoever wins next week’s GOP runoff at a rally after the vote. Until then, though, there’s no sign of any letup in the venomous battle between the two Republicans competing for governor. The two tangled bitterly for another day on the campaign...
Georgia GOP race for governor was Trump-like even before he stepped in
 The bruising Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp that comes to an end Tuesday has brought all the hallmarks of a Trump-era contest to a Georgia race for governor. There have been covert recordings, vicious nicknames, allegations of sexism and bloody-knuckle debates. And now, with Donald...

Posted: 2 days ago

The bruising Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp that comes to an end Tuesday has brought all the hallmarks of a Trump-era contest to a Georgia race for governor. There have been covert recordings, vicious nicknames, allegations of sexism and bloody-knuckle debates. And now, with Donald...
Cagle, Kemp tangle over reporter’s ‘Access Hollywood’ claim  
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp clashed Friday over a tweet sent by a national reporter who claimed he witnessed Kemp making sexist comments while reporting a story about how lobbyists court election officials. The tweet came late Thursday from Robert Faturechi, an investigative journalist with ProPublica...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp clashed Friday over a tweet sent by a national reporter who claimed he witnessed Kemp making sexist comments while reporting a story about how lobbyists court election officials. The tweet came late Thursday from Robert Faturechi, an investigative journalist with ProPublica...
Cagle and Kemp plan a truce at GOP unity rally after bitter runoff ends
 As some Republican officials call for cooler talk in the poisonous runoff for governor, the Georgia GOP has scheduled a unity rally after voters decide next week’s contest between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The Thursday evening event will feature the two bitter rivals along with Gov. Nathan Deal...

Posted: 2 days ago

As some Republican officials call for cooler talk in the poisonous runoff for governor, the Georgia GOP has scheduled a unity rally after voters decide next week’s contest between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The Thursday evening event will feature the two bitter rivals along with Gov. Nathan Deal...
The Jolt: A weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions is downgraded
 At the same time an endorsement by President Donald Trump is roiling the GOP race for governor, a weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions, who commands the administration’s Department of Justice, appears to have been downgraded. Sunday will mark the start of a three-day summer conference on Jekyll Island for the Prosecuting Attorneys&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

At the same time an endorsement by President Donald Trump is roiling the GOP race for governor, a weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions, who commands the administration’s Department of Justice, appears to have been downgraded. Sunday will mark the start of a three-day summer conference on Jekyll Island for the Prosecuting Attorneys&rsquo...
After Trump’s snub, Cagle lashes out at Tippins 
 Before Donald Trump waded into the GOP race for governor, the biggest outside factor in the contest may have been Clay Tippins.  Or, more specifically, the tape that Tippins secretly recorded featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking candidly with his former rival.  Now that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their...

Posted: 2 days ago

Before Donald Trump waded into the GOP race for governor, the biggest outside factor in the contest may have been Clay Tippins.  Or, more specifically, the tape that Tippins secretly recorded featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking candidly with his former rival.  Now that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their...
Now the underdog, Cagle grapples with Trump fallout
 No sooner had Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrapped up the second in a string of campaign rallies Thursday than he faced a barrage of questions he’d rather not hear: one query after another about President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival in next week’s GOP runoff for governor. Cagle tied himself each time to Gov. Nathan Deal...

Posted: 3 days ago

No sooner had Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrapped up the second in a string of campaign rallies Thursday than he faced a barrage of questions he’d rather not hear: one query after another about President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival in next week’s GOP runoff for governor. Cagle tied himself each time to Gov. Nathan Deal...





Greg Bluestein

Political Reporter

Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a range of beats that included politics and legal affairs. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. He's a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and political science and lives with his wife and two daughters in Dunwoody.

Latest from Greg Bluestein

Understanding Tuesday’s GOP runoff for Georgia governor 
 The Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp ends Tuesday, after more than a year of bitter GOP infighting over who is the best conservative candidate for governor.  The winner of the  runoff faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. Here is our guide to the people, events and trends that have...

Posted: a minute ago

The Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp ends Tuesday, after more than a year of bitter GOP infighting over who is the best conservative candidate for governor.  The winner of the runoff faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. Here is our guide to the people, events and trends that have...
Ga. lawmaker urged to resign after using racial slurs, dropping pants in TV show 
 Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday. Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the n-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday. Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the n-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened...
With White House’s support, Kemp turns up heat on Cagle
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tried to minimize the damage to his race for governor after President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival. The White House tried to make sure that didn’t happen. And Secretary of State Brian Kemp shifted his focus beyond Tuesday’s vote. It was a weekend of furious campaigning across the state, as...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tried to minimize the damage to his race for governor after President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival. The White House tried to make sure that didn’t happen. And Secretary of State Brian Kemp shifted his focus beyond Tuesday’s vote. It was a weekend of furious campaigning across the state, as...
Pence touts Kemp as the ‘real deal’ in Georgia race for governor
 Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor got a major boost Saturday from Vice President Mike Pence, who called him the best partner for the White House in an hourlong event that cast Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as mostly an afterthought. Instead, Pence and other speakers who rallied the crowd of more than 1,500 at the Macon Coliseum...

Posted: a day ago

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor got a major boost Saturday from Vice President Mike Pence, who called him the best partner for the White House in an hourlong event that cast Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as mostly an afterthought. Instead, Pence and other speakers who rallied the crowd of more than 1,500 at the Macon Coliseum...
Georgia GOP seeks unity while battle between Cagle and Kemp roars on
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp pledged Friday to unite to support whoever wins next week’s GOP runoff at a rally after the vote. Until then, though, there’s no sign of any letup in the venomous battle between the two Republicans competing for governor. The two tangled bitterly for another day on the campaign...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp pledged Friday to unite to support whoever wins next week’s GOP runoff at a rally after the vote. Until then, though, there’s no sign of any letup in the venomous battle between the two Republicans competing for governor. The two tangled bitterly for another day on the campaign...
Georgia GOP race for governor was Trump-like even before he stepped in
 The bruising Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp that comes to an end Tuesday has brought all the hallmarks of a Trump-era contest to a Georgia race for governor. There have been covert recordings, vicious nicknames, allegations of sexism and bloody-knuckle debates. And now, with Donald...

Posted: 2 days ago

The bruising Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp that comes to an end Tuesday has brought all the hallmarks of a Trump-era contest to a Georgia race for governor. There have been covert recordings, vicious nicknames, allegations of sexism and bloody-knuckle debates. And now, with Donald...
Cagle, Kemp tangle over reporter’s ‘Access Hollywood’ claim  
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp clashed Friday over a tweet sent by a national reporter who claimed he witnessed Kemp making sexist comments while reporting a story about how lobbyists court election officials. The tweet came late Thursday from Robert Faturechi, an investigative journalist with ProPublica...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp clashed Friday over a tweet sent by a national reporter who claimed he witnessed Kemp making sexist comments while reporting a story about how lobbyists court election officials. The tweet came late Thursday from Robert Faturechi, an investigative journalist with ProPublica...
Cagle and Kemp plan a truce at GOP unity rally after bitter runoff ends
 As some Republican officials call for cooler talk in the poisonous runoff for governor, the Georgia GOP has scheduled a unity rally after voters decide next week’s contest between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The Thursday evening event will feature the two bitter rivals along with Gov. Nathan Deal...

Posted: 2 days ago

As some Republican officials call for cooler talk in the poisonous runoff for governor, the Georgia GOP has scheduled a unity rally after voters decide next week’s contest between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The Thursday evening event will feature the two bitter rivals along with Gov. Nathan Deal...
The Jolt: A weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions is downgraded
 At the same time an endorsement by President Donald Trump is roiling the GOP race for governor, a weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions, who commands the administration’s Department of Justice, appears to have been downgraded. Sunday will mark the start of a three-day summer conference on Jekyll Island for the Prosecuting Attorneys&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

At the same time an endorsement by President Donald Trump is roiling the GOP race for governor, a weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions, who commands the administration’s Department of Justice, appears to have been downgraded. Sunday will mark the start of a three-day summer conference on Jekyll Island for the Prosecuting Attorneys&rsquo...
After Trump’s snub, Cagle lashes out at Tippins 
 Before Donald Trump waded into the GOP race for governor, the biggest outside factor in the contest may have been Clay Tippins.  Or, more specifically, the tape that Tippins secretly recorded featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking candidly with his former rival.  Now that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their...

Posted: 2 days ago

Before Donald Trump waded into the GOP race for governor, the biggest outside factor in the contest may have been Clay Tippins.  Or, more specifically, the tape that Tippins secretly recorded featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking candidly with his former rival.  Now that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their...
Now the underdog, Cagle grapples with Trump fallout
 No sooner had Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrapped up the second in a string of campaign rallies Thursday than he faced a barrage of questions he’d rather not hear: one query after another about President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival in next week’s GOP runoff for governor. Cagle tied himself each time to Gov. Nathan Deal...

Posted: 3 days ago

No sooner had Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrapped up the second in a string of campaign rallies Thursday than he faced a barrage of questions he’d rather not hear: one query after another about President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival in next week’s GOP runoff for governor. Cagle tied himself each time to Gov. Nathan Deal...