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

‘You can’t run from your roots.’ Kemp sticks to conservative approach
 Gov.-elect Brian Kemp emerged from his narrow victory resolved to pursue the conservative campaign promises that helped energize Republicans to secure him a record number of gubernatorial votes, even if that means wading deep into divisive social debates. Kemp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News in an exclusive...

Posted: a day ago

Gov.-elect Brian Kemp emerged from his narrow victory resolved to pursue the conservative campaign promises that helped energize Republicans to secure him a record number of gubernatorial votes, even if that means wading deep into divisive social debates. Kemp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News in an exclusive...
Tom Price, other GOP figures on Kemp’s ‘Georgians First’ transition team 
 Gov.-elect Brian Kemp unveiled a transition team on Monday that included dozens of Republican politicians, conservative activists, former aides, prominent GOP financiers and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. An outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, Price resigned from his post in September 2017 after drawing...

Posted: a day ago

Gov.-elect Brian Kemp unveiled a transition team on Monday that included dozens of Republican politicians, conservative activists, former aides, prominent GOP financiers and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. An outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, Price resigned from his post in September 2017 after drawing...
A Libertarian runner-up picks a side in secretary of state race
 Democrat John Barrow picked up a surprising endorsement in his Dec. 4 runoff bid for secretary of state: The third-place finisher who forced the race into overtime. Libertarian J. Smythe DuVal on Monday threw his support behind Barrow, a former U.S. House member whom he said was able to “fix Georgia’s broken election...

Posted: a day ago

Democrat John Barrow picked up a surprising endorsement in his Dec. 4 runoff bid for secretary of state: The third-place finisher who forced the race into overtime. Libertarian J. Smythe DuVal on Monday threw his support behind Barrow, a former U.S. House member whom he said was able to “fix Georgia’s broken election...
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: a day 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...
Georgia leaders try to stem Hollywood revolt after Kemp’s win
 Georgia’s top politicians tried to stem a revolt from some Hollywood executives who threatened to boycott the state’s booming film industry after Brian Kemp won the race for governor, urging moviemakers not to take their frustration out on thousands of workers who depend on their investments. “The hard-working Georgians...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgia’s top politicians tried to stem a revolt from some Hollywood executives who threatened to boycott the state’s booming film industry after Brian Kemp won the race for governor, urging moviemakers not to take their frustration out on thousands of workers who depend on their investments. “The hard-working Georgians...
Now as a governor-elect, Kemp points to Georgia’s future
 Republican Brian Kemp won the closest Georgia race for governor in more than 50 years, defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams by a narrow margin after a post-election battle that lasted until the last ballots trickled into county officials more than a week after the vote. His victory capped a divisive race against Abrams that hinged on his relentless...

Posted: 3 days ago

Republican Brian Kemp won the closest Georgia race for governor in more than 50 years, defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams by a narrow margin after a post-election battle that lasted until the last ballots trickled into county officials more than a week after the vote. His victory capped a divisive race against Abrams that hinged on his relentless...
Abrams plans suit to seek cure to problems in Georgia’s voting process
 Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams is not going away. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s not ruling out a run for another public office, perhaps as early as 2020. But before she considers a new campaign, she is throwing her energy behind a new federal lawsuit alleging mismanagement and malfeasance...

Posted: 3 days ago

Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams is not going away. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s not ruling out a run for another public office, perhaps as early as 2020. But before she considers a new campaign, she is throwing her energy behind a new federal lawsuit alleging mismanagement and malfeasance...
‘We’re moving on.’ Kemp vows to unite divided Georgia 
 A day after his opponent ended her campaign, Gov.-elect Brian Kemp vowed to unite a divided Georgia electorate and push ahead with his plans to cut taxes, slash regulations and boost struggling rural parts of the state. The Republican held a Saturday press conference at the Capitol to congratulate Democrat Stacey Abrams on a hard-fought campaign...

Posted: 3 days ago

A day after his opponent ended her campaign, Gov.-elect Brian Kemp vowed to unite a divided Georgia electorate and push ahead with his plans to cut taxes, slash regulations and boost struggling rural parts of the state. The Republican held a Saturday press conference at the Capitol to congratulate Democrat Stacey Abrams on a hard-fought campaign...
Stacey Abrams’ defiant speech delights supporters, irks critics
 Stacey Abrams chose to end her gubernatorial campaign the way she ran it: by bucking conventional wisdom. Where other losing candidates have been subdued and conciliatory, she was defiant and bold. Traditionally, when a candidate ends a bid for office, it comes with a speech praising the winner and calling for unity. Abrams acknowledged...

Posted: 4 days ago

Stacey Abrams chose to end her gubernatorial campaign the way she ran it: by bucking conventional wisdom. Where other losing candidates have been subdued and conciliatory, she was defiant and bold. Traditionally, when a candidate ends a bid for office, it comes with a speech praising the winner and calling for unity. Abrams acknowledged...
Trump praises Kemp’s win – and touts Abrams’ ‘terrific political future’ 
 Maybe President Donald Trump got the message that Brian Kemp has plenty of work ahead to try to unite Georgia’s divided electorate. The president tweeted hearty congratulations to Kemp on his election victory after Stacey Abrams ended her bid for Georgia governor. But he also congratulated the Democrat on waging a campaign that fought...

Posted: 4 days ago

Maybe President Donald Trump got the message that Brian Kemp has plenty of work ahead to try to unite Georgia’s divided electorate. The president tweeted hearty congratulations to Kemp on his election victory after Stacey Abrams ended her bid for Georgia governor. But he also congratulated the Democrat on waging a campaign that fought...
The Jolt: Stacey Abrams has a decision to make  
 This is what a trial balloon looks like. Late last night, the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams, struggling to reach a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, suggested that it might lay down a final card. From the AJC report by Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse: The Abrams campaign has been a most disciplined one when it comes...

Posted: 4 days ago

This is what a trial balloon looks like. Late last night, the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams, struggling to reach a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, suggested that it might lay down a final card. From the AJC report by Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse: The Abrams campaign has been a most disciplined one when it comes...





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

‘You can’t run from your roots.’ Kemp sticks to conservative approach
 Gov.-elect Brian Kemp emerged from his narrow victory resolved to pursue the conservative campaign promises that helped energize Republicans to secure him a record number of gubernatorial votes, even if that means wading deep into divisive social debates. Kemp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News in an exclusive...

Posted: a day ago

Gov.-elect Brian Kemp emerged from his narrow victory resolved to pursue the conservative campaign promises that helped energize Republicans to secure him a record number of gubernatorial votes, even if that means wading deep into divisive social debates. Kemp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News in an exclusive...
Tom Price, other GOP figures on Kemp’s ‘Georgians First’ transition team 
 Gov.-elect Brian Kemp unveiled a transition team on Monday that included dozens of Republican politicians, conservative activists, former aides, prominent GOP financiers and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. An outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, Price resigned from his post in September 2017 after drawing...

Posted: a day ago

Gov.-elect Brian Kemp unveiled a transition team on Monday that included dozens of Republican politicians, conservative activists, former aides, prominent GOP financiers and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. An outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, Price resigned from his post in September 2017 after drawing...
A Libertarian runner-up picks a side in secretary of state race
 Democrat John Barrow picked up a surprising endorsement in his Dec. 4 runoff bid for secretary of state: The third-place finisher who forced the race into overtime. Libertarian J. Smythe DuVal on Monday threw his support behind Barrow, a former U.S. House member whom he said was able to “fix Georgia’s broken election...

Posted: a day ago

Democrat John Barrow picked up a surprising endorsement in his Dec. 4 runoff bid for secretary of state: The third-place finisher who forced the race into overtime. Libertarian J. Smythe DuVal on Monday threw his support behind Barrow, a former U.S. House member whom he said was able to “fix Georgia’s broken election...
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: a day 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...
Georgia leaders try to stem Hollywood revolt after Kemp’s win
 Georgia’s top politicians tried to stem a revolt from some Hollywood executives who threatened to boycott the state’s booming film industry after Brian Kemp won the race for governor, urging moviemakers not to take their frustration out on thousands of workers who depend on their investments. “The hard-working Georgians...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgia’s top politicians tried to stem a revolt from some Hollywood executives who threatened to boycott the state’s booming film industry after Brian Kemp won the race for governor, urging moviemakers not to take their frustration out on thousands of workers who depend on their investments. “The hard-working Georgians...
Now as a governor-elect, Kemp points to Georgia’s future
 Republican Brian Kemp won the closest Georgia race for governor in more than 50 years, defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams by a narrow margin after a post-election battle that lasted until the last ballots trickled into county officials more than a week after the vote. His victory capped a divisive race against Abrams that hinged on his relentless...

Posted: 3 days ago

Republican Brian Kemp won the closest Georgia race for governor in more than 50 years, defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams by a narrow margin after a post-election battle that lasted until the last ballots trickled into county officials more than a week after the vote. His victory capped a divisive race against Abrams that hinged on his relentless...
Abrams plans suit to seek cure to problems in Georgia’s voting process
 Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams is not going away. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s not ruling out a run for another public office, perhaps as early as 2020. But before she considers a new campaign, she is throwing her energy behind a new federal lawsuit alleging mismanagement and malfeasance...

Posted: 3 days ago

Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams is not going away. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s not ruling out a run for another public office, perhaps as early as 2020. But before she considers a new campaign, she is throwing her energy behind a new federal lawsuit alleging mismanagement and malfeasance...
‘We’re moving on.’ Kemp vows to unite divided Georgia 
 A day after his opponent ended her campaign, Gov.-elect Brian Kemp vowed to unite a divided Georgia electorate and push ahead with his plans to cut taxes, slash regulations and boost struggling rural parts of the state. The Republican held a Saturday press conference at the Capitol to congratulate Democrat Stacey Abrams on a hard-fought campaign...

Posted: 3 days ago

A day after his opponent ended her campaign, Gov.-elect Brian Kemp vowed to unite a divided Georgia electorate and push ahead with his plans to cut taxes, slash regulations and boost struggling rural parts of the state. The Republican held a Saturday press conference at the Capitol to congratulate Democrat Stacey Abrams on a hard-fought campaign...
Stacey Abrams’ defiant speech delights supporters, irks critics
 Stacey Abrams chose to end her gubernatorial campaign the way she ran it: by bucking conventional wisdom. Where other losing candidates have been subdued and conciliatory, she was defiant and bold. Traditionally, when a candidate ends a bid for office, it comes with a speech praising the winner and calling for unity. Abrams acknowledged...

Posted: 4 days ago

Stacey Abrams chose to end her gubernatorial campaign the way she ran it: by bucking conventional wisdom. Where other losing candidates have been subdued and conciliatory, she was defiant and bold. Traditionally, when a candidate ends a bid for office, it comes with a speech praising the winner and calling for unity. Abrams acknowledged...
Trump praises Kemp’s win – and touts Abrams’ ‘terrific political future’ 
 Maybe President Donald Trump got the message that Brian Kemp has plenty of work ahead to try to unite Georgia’s divided electorate. The president tweeted hearty congratulations to Kemp on his election victory after Stacey Abrams ended her bid for Georgia governor. But he also congratulated the Democrat on waging a campaign that fought...

Posted: 4 days ago

Maybe President Donald Trump got the message that Brian Kemp has plenty of work ahead to try to unite Georgia’s divided electorate. The president tweeted hearty congratulations to Kemp on his election victory after Stacey Abrams ended her bid for Georgia governor. But he also congratulated the Democrat on waging a campaign that fought...
The Jolt: Stacey Abrams has a decision to make  
 This is what a trial balloon looks like. Late last night, the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams, struggling to reach a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, suggested that it might lay down a final card. From the AJC report by Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse: The Abrams campaign has been a most disciplined one when it comes...

Posted: 4 days ago

This is what a trial balloon looks like. Late last night, the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams, struggling to reach a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, suggested that it might lay down a final card. From the AJC report by Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse: The Abrams campaign has been a most disciplined one when it comes...





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

‘You can’t run from your roots.’ Kemp sticks to conservative approach
 Gov.-elect Brian Kemp emerged from his narrow victory resolved to pursue the conservative campaign promises that helped energize Republicans to secure him a record number of gubernatorial votes, even if that means wading deep into divisive social debates. Kemp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News in an exclusive...

Posted: a day ago

Gov.-elect Brian Kemp emerged from his narrow victory resolved to pursue the conservative campaign promises that helped energize Republicans to secure him a record number of gubernatorial votes, even if that means wading deep into divisive social debates. Kemp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News in an exclusive...
Tom Price, other GOP figures on Kemp’s ‘Georgians First’ transition team 
 Gov.-elect Brian Kemp unveiled a transition team on Monday that included dozens of Republican politicians, conservative activists, former aides, prominent GOP financiers and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. An outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, Price resigned from his post in September 2017 after drawing...

Posted: a day ago

Gov.-elect Brian Kemp unveiled a transition team on Monday that included dozens of Republican politicians, conservative activists, former aides, prominent GOP financiers and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. An outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, Price resigned from his post in September 2017 after drawing...
A Libertarian runner-up picks a side in secretary of state race
 Democrat John Barrow picked up a surprising endorsement in his Dec. 4 runoff bid for secretary of state: The third-place finisher who forced the race into overtime. Libertarian J. Smythe DuVal on Monday threw his support behind Barrow, a former U.S. House member whom he said was able to “fix Georgia’s broken election...

Posted: a day ago

Democrat John Barrow picked up a surprising endorsement in his Dec. 4 runoff bid for secretary of state: The third-place finisher who forced the race into overtime. Libertarian J. Smythe DuVal on Monday threw his support behind Barrow, a former U.S. House member whom he said was able to “fix Georgia’s broken election...
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: a day 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...
Georgia leaders try to stem Hollywood revolt after Kemp’s win
 Georgia’s top politicians tried to stem a revolt from some Hollywood executives who threatened to boycott the state’s booming film industry after Brian Kemp won the race for governor, urging moviemakers not to take their frustration out on thousands of workers who depend on their investments. “The hard-working Georgians...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgia’s top politicians tried to stem a revolt from some Hollywood executives who threatened to boycott the state’s booming film industry after Brian Kemp won the race for governor, urging moviemakers not to take their frustration out on thousands of workers who depend on their investments. “The hard-working Georgians...
Now as a governor-elect, Kemp points to Georgia’s future
 Republican Brian Kemp won the closest Georgia race for governor in more than 50 years, defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams by a narrow margin after a post-election battle that lasted until the last ballots trickled into county officials more than a week after the vote. His victory capped a divisive race against Abrams that hinged on his relentless...

Posted: 3 days ago

Republican Brian Kemp won the closest Georgia race for governor in more than 50 years, defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams by a narrow margin after a post-election battle that lasted until the last ballots trickled into county officials more than a week after the vote. His victory capped a divisive race against Abrams that hinged on his relentless...
Abrams plans suit to seek cure to problems in Georgia’s voting process
 Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams is not going away. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s not ruling out a run for another public office, perhaps as early as 2020. But before she considers a new campaign, she is throwing her energy behind a new federal lawsuit alleging mismanagement and malfeasance...

Posted: 3 days ago

Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams is not going away. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s not ruling out a run for another public office, perhaps as early as 2020. But before she considers a new campaign, she is throwing her energy behind a new federal lawsuit alleging mismanagement and malfeasance...
‘We’re moving on.’ Kemp vows to unite divided Georgia 
 A day after his opponent ended her campaign, Gov.-elect Brian Kemp vowed to unite a divided Georgia electorate and push ahead with his plans to cut taxes, slash regulations and boost struggling rural parts of the state. The Republican held a Saturday press conference at the Capitol to congratulate Democrat Stacey Abrams on a hard-fought campaign...

Posted: 3 days ago

A day after his opponent ended her campaign, Gov.-elect Brian Kemp vowed to unite a divided Georgia electorate and push ahead with his plans to cut taxes, slash regulations and boost struggling rural parts of the state. The Republican held a Saturday press conference at the Capitol to congratulate Democrat Stacey Abrams on a hard-fought campaign...
Stacey Abrams’ defiant speech delights supporters, irks critics
 Stacey Abrams chose to end her gubernatorial campaign the way she ran it: by bucking conventional wisdom. Where other losing candidates have been subdued and conciliatory, she was defiant and bold. Traditionally, when a candidate ends a bid for office, it comes with a speech praising the winner and calling for unity. Abrams acknowledged...

Posted: 4 days ago

Stacey Abrams chose to end her gubernatorial campaign the way she ran it: by bucking conventional wisdom. Where other losing candidates have been subdued and conciliatory, she was defiant and bold. Traditionally, when a candidate ends a bid for office, it comes with a speech praising the winner and calling for unity. Abrams acknowledged...
Trump praises Kemp’s win – and touts Abrams’ ‘terrific political future’ 
 Maybe President Donald Trump got the message that Brian Kemp has plenty of work ahead to try to unite Georgia’s divided electorate. The president tweeted hearty congratulations to Kemp on his election victory after Stacey Abrams ended her bid for Georgia governor. But he also congratulated the Democrat on waging a campaign that fought...

Posted: 4 days ago

Maybe President Donald Trump got the message that Brian Kemp has plenty of work ahead to try to unite Georgia’s divided electorate. The president tweeted hearty congratulations to Kemp on his election victory after Stacey Abrams ended her bid for Georgia governor. But he also congratulated the Democrat on waging a campaign that fought...
The Jolt: Stacey Abrams has a decision to make  
 This is what a trial balloon looks like. Late last night, the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams, struggling to reach a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, suggested that it might lay down a final card. From the AJC report by Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse: The Abrams campaign has been a most disciplined one when it comes...

Posted: 4 days ago

This is what a trial balloon looks like. Late last night, the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams, struggling to reach a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, suggested that it might lay down a final card. From the AJC report by Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse: The Abrams campaign has been a most disciplined one when it comes...