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

A painful family tale: Johnny Isakson and the opioid epidemic
 A very old joke in journalism revolves around the definition of news. It is, rookie reporters have been told for ages, whatever the editor sees on the way to the office. Cynical, perhaps, but there’s more than a grain of truth in that barb. We all tend to attach greater importance to the forces that pierce our personal bubbles. Sometimes...

Posted: a minute ago

A very old joke in journalism revolves around the definition of news. It is, rookie reporters have been told for ages, whatever the editor sees on the way to the office. Cynical, perhaps, but there’s more than a grain of truth in that barb. We all tend to attach greater importance to the forces that pierce our personal bubbles. Sometimes...
The Jolt: An AJC poll shows why Democrats no longer defer to the NRA
 Georgia Democrats once tiptoed around the National Rifle Association. The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows why they don’t any more: -- Eight in 10 likely Democratic primary voters disapprove of the NRA and roughly 90 percent want stricter regulations for the sale of firearms. -- Overall, NRA...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Georgia Democrats once tiptoed around the National Rifle Association. The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows why they don’t any more: -- Eight in 10 likely Democratic primary voters disapprove of the NRA and roughly 90 percent want stricter regulations for the sale of firearms. -- Overall, NRA...
Sonny Perdue names ex-Senate colleague to an agriculture post in Rome
 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that he has appointed a former Georgia Senate colleague to an overseas post. Former Senate president pro tem Tommie Williams, a Republican from Lyons, will serve as minister-counselor for agriculture in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Rome...

Posted: a day ago

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that he has appointed a former Georgia Senate colleague to an overseas post. Former Senate president pro tem Tommie Williams, a Republican from Lyons, will serve as minister-counselor for agriculture in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Rome...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal, Georgia Power, and a clout-heavy game of musical chairs
 If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...

Posted: a day ago

If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...
When the opioid crisis touched Johnny Isakson’s family
 In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The...

Posted: 2 days ago

In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The...
As an apostle of Donald Trump’s impeachment makes his case, remember Newt Gingrich
 To impeach or not to impeach. That’s not the question. The dilemma for Democrats is whether to broach the topic at all. California billionaire Tom Steyer, he of the non-stop “Need to Impeach” ads on cable TV news, clearly thinks they should. My advice? I say, “Remember Newt Gingrich.” But that can wait. Steyer...

Posted: 3 days ago

To impeach or not to impeach. That’s not the question. The dilemma for Democrats is whether to broach the topic at all. California billionaire Tom Steyer, he of the non-stop “Need to Impeach” ads on cable TV news, clearly thinks they should. My advice? I say, “Remember Newt Gingrich.” But that can wait. Steyer...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal’s pick for PSC gets GOP foe with tea party, solar backing
 So it turns out that, this spring, tea partyer Debbie Dooley won’t be camping out in north Georgia in an attempt to unseat House Speaker David Ralston – as she has in the past. Instead, Dooley is focused on giving Nathan Deal a bit of heartburn, championing a Republican solar advocate against Tricia Pridemore, the governor&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

So it turns out that, this spring, tea partyer Debbie Dooley won’t be camping out in north Georgia in an attempt to unseat House Speaker David Ralston – as she has in the past. Instead, Dooley is focused on giving Nathan Deal a bit of heartburn, championing a Republican solar advocate against Tricia Pridemore, the governor&rsquo...
The Jolt: Clarke County sheriff says he won’t detain ICE targets without warrant
 As the weekend broke, Blake Aued of Flagpole magazine in Athens dropped this bit of news: The decision reverses a policy that Sheriff Ira Edwards had instituted in July, which had drawn criticism when it was made public in July. More: You can expect to hear a good deal more about this. Athens is home to Secretary of State Brian...

Posted: 4 days ago

As the weekend broke, Blake Aued of Flagpole magazine in Athens dropped this bit of news: The decision reverses a policy that Sheriff Ira Edwards had instituted in July, which had drawn criticism when it was made public in July. More: You can expect to hear a good deal more about this. Athens is home to Secretary of State Brian...
Stacey Abrams, Stone Mountain, and the art of the possible
 You might think that the hazards behind Michael Thurmond’s effort to shift the history told at Stone Mountain Park lie on the Republican side, currently the party of choice for most Sons of Confederate Veterans. And indeed, that’s partly true. There’s opposition there. But when you are an African-American leader in search...

Posted: 6 days ago

You might think that the hazards behind Michael Thurmond’s effort to shift the history told at Stone Mountain Park lie on the Republican side, currently the party of choice for most Sons of Confederate Veterans. And indeed, that’s partly true. There’s opposition there. But when you are an African-American leader in search...
The Jolt: An Embattled EPA chief and a hunt for Delta SkyMiles
 Last month’s NRA flap made Delta Air Lines plenty of Republican enemies in Georgia and beyond. But the Atlanta-based airline appears to have at least one high-flying GOP fan: embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. That’s according to a scathing letter five Capitol Hill Democrats sent to Pruitt on Thursday. The group...

Posted: 7 days ago

Last month’s NRA flap made Delta Air Lines plenty of Republican enemies in Georgia and beyond. But the Atlanta-based airline appears to have at least one high-flying GOP fan: embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. That’s according to a scathing letter five Capitol Hill Democrats sent to Pruitt on Thursday. The group...
The Jolt: Trump administration considers drug tests for food stamp recipients
 The Associated Press poked around emails generated by Sonny Perdue’s U.S. Department of Agriculture and found this: The House Agriculture committee today is slated to release its draft of the farm bill, which would set guidelines for Perdue’s Agriculture Department for the next five years. Beefed-up work requirements have already...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Associated Press poked around emails generated by Sonny Perdue’s U.S. Department of Agriculture and found this: The House Agriculture committee today is slated to release its draft of the farm bill, which would set guidelines for Perdue’s Agriculture Department for the next five years. Beefed-up work requirements have already...



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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

A painful family tale: Johnny Isakson and the opioid epidemic
 A very old joke in journalism revolves around the definition of news. It is, rookie reporters have been told for ages, whatever the editor sees on the way to the office. Cynical, perhaps, but there’s more than a grain of truth in that barb. We all tend to attach greater importance to the forces that pierce our personal bubbles. Sometimes...

Posted: a minute ago

A very old joke in journalism revolves around the definition of news. It is, rookie reporters have been told for ages, whatever the editor sees on the way to the office. Cynical, perhaps, but there’s more than a grain of truth in that barb. We all tend to attach greater importance to the forces that pierce our personal bubbles. Sometimes...
The Jolt: An AJC poll shows why Democrats no longer defer to the NRA
 Georgia Democrats once tiptoed around the National Rifle Association. The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows why they don’t any more: -- Eight in 10 likely Democratic primary voters disapprove of the NRA and roughly 90 percent want stricter regulations for the sale of firearms. -- Overall, NRA...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Georgia Democrats once tiptoed around the National Rifle Association. The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows why they don’t any more: -- Eight in 10 likely Democratic primary voters disapprove of the NRA and roughly 90 percent want stricter regulations for the sale of firearms. -- Overall, NRA...
Sonny Perdue names ex-Senate colleague to an agriculture post in Rome
 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that he has appointed a former Georgia Senate colleague to an overseas post. Former Senate president pro tem Tommie Williams, a Republican from Lyons, will serve as minister-counselor for agriculture in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Rome...

Posted: a day ago

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that he has appointed a former Georgia Senate colleague to an overseas post. Former Senate president pro tem Tommie Williams, a Republican from Lyons, will serve as minister-counselor for agriculture in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Rome...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal, Georgia Power, and a clout-heavy game of musical chairs
 If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...

Posted: a day ago

If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...
When the opioid crisis touched Johnny Isakson’s family
 In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The...

Posted: 2 days ago

In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The...
As an apostle of Donald Trump’s impeachment makes his case, remember Newt Gingrich
 To impeach or not to impeach. That’s not the question. The dilemma for Democrats is whether to broach the topic at all. California billionaire Tom Steyer, he of the non-stop “Need to Impeach” ads on cable TV news, clearly thinks they should. My advice? I say, “Remember Newt Gingrich.” But that can wait. Steyer...

Posted: 3 days ago

To impeach or not to impeach. That’s not the question. The dilemma for Democrats is whether to broach the topic at all. California billionaire Tom Steyer, he of the non-stop “Need to Impeach” ads on cable TV news, clearly thinks they should. My advice? I say, “Remember Newt Gingrich.” But that can wait. Steyer...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal’s pick for PSC gets GOP foe with tea party, solar backing
 So it turns out that, this spring, tea partyer Debbie Dooley won’t be camping out in north Georgia in an attempt to unseat House Speaker David Ralston – as she has in the past. Instead, Dooley is focused on giving Nathan Deal a bit of heartburn, championing a Republican solar advocate against Tricia Pridemore, the governor&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

So it turns out that, this spring, tea partyer Debbie Dooley won’t be camping out in north Georgia in an attempt to unseat House Speaker David Ralston – as she has in the past. Instead, Dooley is focused on giving Nathan Deal a bit of heartburn, championing a Republican solar advocate against Tricia Pridemore, the governor&rsquo...
The Jolt: Clarke County sheriff says he won’t detain ICE targets without warrant
 As the weekend broke, Blake Aued of Flagpole magazine in Athens dropped this bit of news: The decision reverses a policy that Sheriff Ira Edwards had instituted in July, which had drawn criticism when it was made public in July. More: You can expect to hear a good deal more about this. Athens is home to Secretary of State Brian...

Posted: 4 days ago

As the weekend broke, Blake Aued of Flagpole magazine in Athens dropped this bit of news: The decision reverses a policy that Sheriff Ira Edwards had instituted in July, which had drawn criticism when it was made public in July. More: You can expect to hear a good deal more about this. Athens is home to Secretary of State Brian...
Stacey Abrams, Stone Mountain, and the art of the possible
 You might think that the hazards behind Michael Thurmond’s effort to shift the history told at Stone Mountain Park lie on the Republican side, currently the party of choice for most Sons of Confederate Veterans. And indeed, that’s partly true. There’s opposition there. But when you are an African-American leader in search...

Posted: 6 days ago

You might think that the hazards behind Michael Thurmond’s effort to shift the history told at Stone Mountain Park lie on the Republican side, currently the party of choice for most Sons of Confederate Veterans. And indeed, that’s partly true. There’s opposition there. But when you are an African-American leader in search...
The Jolt: An Embattled EPA chief and a hunt for Delta SkyMiles
 Last month’s NRA flap made Delta Air Lines plenty of Republican enemies in Georgia and beyond. But the Atlanta-based airline appears to have at least one high-flying GOP fan: embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. That’s according to a scathing letter five Capitol Hill Democrats sent to Pruitt on Thursday. The group...

Posted: 7 days ago

Last month’s NRA flap made Delta Air Lines plenty of Republican enemies in Georgia and beyond. But the Atlanta-based airline appears to have at least one high-flying GOP fan: embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. That’s according to a scathing letter five Capitol Hill Democrats sent to Pruitt on Thursday. The group...
The Jolt: Trump administration considers drug tests for food stamp recipients
 The Associated Press poked around emails generated by Sonny Perdue’s U.S. Department of Agriculture and found this: The House Agriculture committee today is slated to release its draft of the farm bill, which would set guidelines for Perdue’s Agriculture Department for the next five years. Beefed-up work requirements have already...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Associated Press poked around emails generated by Sonny Perdue’s U.S. Department of Agriculture and found this: The House Agriculture committee today is slated to release its draft of the farm bill, which would set guidelines for Perdue’s Agriculture Department for the next five years. Beefed-up work requirements have already...





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

A painful family tale: Johnny Isakson and the opioid epidemic
 A very old joke in journalism revolves around the definition of news. It is, rookie reporters have been told for ages, whatever the editor sees on the way to the office. Cynical, perhaps, but there’s more than a grain of truth in that barb. We all tend to attach greater importance to the forces that pierce our personal bubbles. Sometimes...

Posted: a minute ago

A very old joke in journalism revolves around the definition of news. It is, rookie reporters have been told for ages, whatever the editor sees on the way to the office. Cynical, perhaps, but there’s more than a grain of truth in that barb. We all tend to attach greater importance to the forces that pierce our personal bubbles. Sometimes...
The Jolt: An AJC poll shows why Democrats no longer defer to the NRA
 Georgia Democrats once tiptoed around the National Rifle Association. The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows why they don’t any more: -- Eight in 10 likely Democratic primary voters disapprove of the NRA and roughly 90 percent want stricter regulations for the sale of firearms. -- Overall, NRA...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Georgia Democrats once tiptoed around the National Rifle Association. The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows why they don’t any more: -- Eight in 10 likely Democratic primary voters disapprove of the NRA and roughly 90 percent want stricter regulations for the sale of firearms. -- Overall, NRA...
Sonny Perdue names ex-Senate colleague to an agriculture post in Rome
 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that he has appointed a former Georgia Senate colleague to an overseas post. Former Senate president pro tem Tommie Williams, a Republican from Lyons, will serve as minister-counselor for agriculture in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Rome...

Posted: a day ago

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that he has appointed a former Georgia Senate colleague to an overseas post. Former Senate president pro tem Tommie Williams, a Republican from Lyons, will serve as minister-counselor for agriculture in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Rome...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal, Georgia Power, and a clout-heavy game of musical chairs
 If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...

Posted: a day ago

If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...
When the opioid crisis touched Johnny Isakson’s family
 In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The...

Posted: 2 days ago

In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The...
As an apostle of Donald Trump’s impeachment makes his case, remember Newt Gingrich
 To impeach or not to impeach. That’s not the question. The dilemma for Democrats is whether to broach the topic at all. California billionaire Tom Steyer, he of the non-stop “Need to Impeach” ads on cable TV news, clearly thinks they should. My advice? I say, “Remember Newt Gingrich.” But that can wait. Steyer...

Posted: 3 days ago

To impeach or not to impeach. That’s not the question. The dilemma for Democrats is whether to broach the topic at all. California billionaire Tom Steyer, he of the non-stop “Need to Impeach” ads on cable TV news, clearly thinks they should. My advice? I say, “Remember Newt Gingrich.” But that can wait. Steyer...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal’s pick for PSC gets GOP foe with tea party, solar backing
 So it turns out that, this spring, tea partyer Debbie Dooley won’t be camping out in north Georgia in an attempt to unseat House Speaker David Ralston – as she has in the past. Instead, Dooley is focused on giving Nathan Deal a bit of heartburn, championing a Republican solar advocate against Tricia Pridemore, the governor&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

So it turns out that, this spring, tea partyer Debbie Dooley won’t be camping out in north Georgia in an attempt to unseat House Speaker David Ralston – as she has in the past. Instead, Dooley is focused on giving Nathan Deal a bit of heartburn, championing a Republican solar advocate against Tricia Pridemore, the governor&rsquo...
The Jolt: Clarke County sheriff says he won’t detain ICE targets without warrant
 As the weekend broke, Blake Aued of Flagpole magazine in Athens dropped this bit of news: The decision reverses a policy that Sheriff Ira Edwards had instituted in July, which had drawn criticism when it was made public in July. More: You can expect to hear a good deal more about this. Athens is home to Secretary of State Brian...

Posted: 4 days ago

As the weekend broke, Blake Aued of Flagpole magazine in Athens dropped this bit of news: The decision reverses a policy that Sheriff Ira Edwards had instituted in July, which had drawn criticism when it was made public in July. More: You can expect to hear a good deal more about this. Athens is home to Secretary of State Brian...
Stacey Abrams, Stone Mountain, and the art of the possible
 You might think that the hazards behind Michael Thurmond’s effort to shift the history told at Stone Mountain Park lie on the Republican side, currently the party of choice for most Sons of Confederate Veterans. And indeed, that’s partly true. There’s opposition there. But when you are an African-American leader in search...

Posted: 6 days ago

You might think that the hazards behind Michael Thurmond’s effort to shift the history told at Stone Mountain Park lie on the Republican side, currently the party of choice for most Sons of Confederate Veterans. And indeed, that’s partly true. There’s opposition there. But when you are an African-American leader in search...
The Jolt: An Embattled EPA chief and a hunt for Delta SkyMiles
 Last month’s NRA flap made Delta Air Lines plenty of Republican enemies in Georgia and beyond. But the Atlanta-based airline appears to have at least one high-flying GOP fan: embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. That’s according to a scathing letter five Capitol Hill Democrats sent to Pruitt on Thursday. The group...

Posted: 7 days ago

Last month’s NRA flap made Delta Air Lines plenty of Republican enemies in Georgia and beyond. But the Atlanta-based airline appears to have at least one high-flying GOP fan: embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. That’s according to a scathing letter five Capitol Hill Democrats sent to Pruitt on Thursday. The group...
The Jolt: Trump administration considers drug tests for food stamp recipients
 The Associated Press poked around emails generated by Sonny Perdue’s U.S. Department of Agriculture and found this: The House Agriculture committee today is slated to release its draft of the farm bill, which would set guidelines for Perdue’s Agriculture Department for the next five years. Beefed-up work requirements have already...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Associated Press poked around emails generated by Sonny Perdue’s U.S. Department of Agriculture and found this: The House Agriculture committee today is slated to release its draft of the farm bill, which would set guidelines for Perdue’s Agriculture Department for the next five years. Beefed-up work requirements have already...