Tamar Hallerman

Washington Correspondent

Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia. She also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. Before joining the paper in January 2016, she wrote about government spending for CQ Roll Call. There she covered appropriations, budget, the resignation of John Boehner and more immigration-related news than she can remember. Before that, she was an energy reporter for three years. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, she attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Latest from Tamar Hallerman

The Jolt: Signs that the knives are out for House Speaker Paul Ryan
 At a conference in Colorado, the topic of dumping U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan before the November mid-terms was broached. From the Weekly Standard: One likely obstacle: The current speaker of the House. *** The seven candidates for Georgia governor combined to spend about $13 million on TV and radio ads during this portion...

Posted: an hour ago

At a conference in Colorado, the topic of dumping U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan before the November mid-terms was broached. From the Weekly Standard: One likely obstacle: The current speaker of the House. *** The seven candidates for Georgia governor combined to spend about $13 million on TV and radio ads during this portion...
The forces that will decide Georgia’s primary election
 Every state office is up for grabs this year in Georgia, and Tuesday’s primary will be a big first step in determining who will fill them. Republicans now control every statewide office and have a commanding majority in the Georgia Legislature. But Democrats hope a tide of new energy — along with frustration with President Donald...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Every state office is up for grabs this year in Georgia, and Tuesday’s primary will be a big first step in determining who will fill them. Republicans now control every statewide office and have a commanding majority in the Georgia Legislature. But Democrats hope a tide of new energy — along with frustration with President Donald...
Candidates make last pitches on final day before Georgia primary
 The candidates for Georgia governor hit the roads, hopped on airplanes and unleashed a final volley of ads Monday on the eve of a primary vote that likely won’t settle what’s been a costly and grueling competition. The five Republicans and two Democrats scrapping for their parties’ nominations fanned out across the state...

Posted: 16 hours ago

The candidates for Georgia governor hit the roads, hopped on airplanes and unleashed a final volley of ads Monday on the eve of a primary vote that likely won’t settle what’s been a costly and grueling competition. The five Republicans and two Democrats scrapping for their parties’ nominations fanned out across the state...
The Jolt: A sign that Nathan Deal might weigh in if GOP race goes to overtime
 On the last weekend before Tuesday’s GOP primary vote for governor, Chris Riley, top aide to Gov. Nathan Deal, weighed in with this Twitter message in praise of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the frontrunner in the contest: We’re told that the above doesn’t constitute an endorsement. But Riley’s move does raise a distinct...

Posted: 20 hours ago

On the last weekend before Tuesday’s GOP primary vote for governor, Chris Riley, top aide to Gov. Nathan Deal, weighed in with this Twitter message in praise of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the frontrunner in the contest: We’re told that the above doesn’t constitute an endorsement. But Riley’s move does raise a distinct...
Atlanta’s top congressional contests include wide-open field for Dems
 If there’s one thing that’s clear about Georgia’s two most competitive congressional races, it’s how jumbled the Democratic field is going into this week’s primaries.  The Democratic matchups in the 6th and 7th districts in the north Atlanta suburbs are seen as such wide-open affairs that even seasoned party...

Posted: a day ago

If there’s one thing that’s clear about Georgia’s two most competitive congressional races, it’s how jumbled the Democratic field is going into this week’s primaries.  The Democratic matchups in the 6th and 7th districts in the north Atlanta suburbs are seen as such wide-open affairs that even seasoned party...
Democratic candidates for governor debate HOPE changes
 The two Democrats vying to make history as Georgia’s first female governor tangled over their roles in a 2011 deal to overhaul the HOPE scholarship in a televised debate Sunday, each framing herself as an unapologetic advocate for young people seeking educational opportunities. Stacey Evans and Stacey Abrams also extensively litigated...

Posted: a day ago

The two Democrats vying to make history as Georgia’s first female governor tangled over their roles in a 2011 deal to overhaul the HOPE scholarship in a televised debate Sunday, each framing herself as an unapologetic advocate for young people seeking educational opportunities. Stacey Evans and Stacey Abrams also extensively litigated...
Republican gubernatorial candidates spar in final debate before vote
 The five Republican candidates for governor traded barbs Sunday on gun rights, “religious liberty” and rival tax plans in their final debate ahead of the May 22 primary election. In a televised matchup hosted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, the Republicans all hardened their stances on school safety...

Posted: a day ago

The five Republican candidates for governor traded barbs Sunday on gun rights, “religious liberty” and rival tax plans in their final debate ahead of the May 22 primary election. In a televised matchup hosted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, the Republicans all hardened their stances on school safety...
Abrams, Evans make final pitches to undecided voters
 Stacey Abrams beamed Saturday from the front steps of her Kirkwood campaign headquarters as a fired-up crowd of roughly 100 supporters chanted her last name.  The former Georgia House minority leader and Democratic gubernatorial candidate sent off campaign volunteers for an afternoon of door-knocking and phone-banking in style, donning...

Posted: 2 days ago

Stacey Abrams beamed Saturday from the front steps of her Kirkwood campaign headquarters as a fired-up crowd of roughly 100 supporters chanted her last name.  The former Georgia House minority leader and Democratic gubernatorial candidate sent off campaign volunteers for an afternoon of door-knocking and phone-banking in style, donning...
Isakson positive but noncommittal about Veterans Affairs nominee
 Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Friday was upbeat but noncommittal about Robert Wilkie, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ interim leader whom President Donald Trump said he would nominate as permanent head of the sprawling agency. The third-term Republican’s opinion holds outsized weight with the White House. As chairman...

Posted: 3 days ago

Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Friday was upbeat but noncommittal about Robert Wilkie, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ interim leader whom President Donald Trump said he would nominate as permanent head of the sprawling agency. The third-term Republican’s opinion holds outsized weight with the White House. As chairman...
The Jolt: Judicial hopeful admits to ‘political prosecution’ of black man
 Ken Shigley is one of two candidates in the only contested statewide judicial contest, a seat on the state Court of Appeals. You can expect some humor from the man. He describes his non-partisan race with former Dougherty County district attorney Ken Hodges as something of a corollary to the Democratic race for governor, but between...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ken Shigley is one of two candidates in the only contested statewide judicial contest, a seat on the state Court of Appeals. You can expect some humor from the man. He describes his non-partisan race with former Dougherty County district attorney Ken Hodges as something of a corollary to the Democratic race for governor, but between...
Former Isakson opponent quietly reenters political arena
 Jim Barksdale is dipping his toes back into Georgia politics.  The Atlanta investment manager, who lost his U.S. Senate bid to Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson 18 months ago, has recently gotten involved in the congressional campaign of a fellow Democrat in the Athens-based 10th Congressional District. And Barksdale said he&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Jim Barksdale is dipping his toes back into Georgia politics.  The Atlanta investment manager, who lost his U.S. Senate bid to Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson 18 months ago, has recently gotten involved in the congressional campaign of a fellow Democrat in the Athens-based 10th Congressional District. And Barksdale said he&rsquo...





Tamar Hallerman

Washington Correspondent

Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia. She also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. Before joining the paper in January 2016, she wrote about government spending for CQ Roll Call. There she covered appropriations, budget, the resignation of John Boehner and more immigration-related news than she can remember. Before that, she was an energy reporter for three years. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, she attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Latest from Tamar Hallerman

The Jolt: Signs that the knives are out for House Speaker Paul Ryan
 At a conference in Colorado, the topic of dumping U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan before the November mid-terms was broached. From the Weekly Standard: One likely obstacle: The current speaker of the House. *** The seven candidates for Georgia governor combined to spend about $13 million on TV and radio ads during this portion...

Posted: an hour ago

At a conference in Colorado, the topic of dumping U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan before the November mid-terms was broached. From the Weekly Standard: One likely obstacle: The current speaker of the House. *** The seven candidates for Georgia governor combined to spend about $13 million on TV and radio ads during this portion...
The forces that will decide Georgia’s primary election
 Every state office is up for grabs this year in Georgia, and Tuesday’s primary will be a big first step in determining who will fill them. Republicans now control every statewide office and have a commanding majority in the Georgia Legislature. But Democrats hope a tide of new energy — along with frustration with President Donald...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Every state office is up for grabs this year in Georgia, and Tuesday’s primary will be a big first step in determining who will fill them. Republicans now control every statewide office and have a commanding majority in the Georgia Legislature. But Democrats hope a tide of new energy — along with frustration with President Donald...
Candidates make last pitches on final day before Georgia primary
 The candidates for Georgia governor hit the roads, hopped on airplanes and unleashed a final volley of ads Monday on the eve of a primary vote that likely won’t settle what’s been a costly and grueling competition. The five Republicans and two Democrats scrapping for their parties’ nominations fanned out across the state...

Posted: 16 hours ago

The candidates for Georgia governor hit the roads, hopped on airplanes and unleashed a final volley of ads Monday on the eve of a primary vote that likely won’t settle what’s been a costly and grueling competition. The five Republicans and two Democrats scrapping for their parties’ nominations fanned out across the state...
The Jolt: A sign that Nathan Deal might weigh in if GOP race goes to overtime
 On the last weekend before Tuesday’s GOP primary vote for governor, Chris Riley, top aide to Gov. Nathan Deal, weighed in with this Twitter message in praise of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the frontrunner in the contest: We’re told that the above doesn’t constitute an endorsement. But Riley’s move does raise a distinct...

Posted: 20 hours ago

On the last weekend before Tuesday’s GOP primary vote for governor, Chris Riley, top aide to Gov. Nathan Deal, weighed in with this Twitter message in praise of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the frontrunner in the contest: We’re told that the above doesn’t constitute an endorsement. But Riley’s move does raise a distinct...
Atlanta’s top congressional contests include wide-open field for Dems
 If there’s one thing that’s clear about Georgia’s two most competitive congressional races, it’s how jumbled the Democratic field is going into this week’s primaries.  The Democratic matchups in the 6th and 7th districts in the north Atlanta suburbs are seen as such wide-open affairs that even seasoned party...

Posted: a day ago

If there’s one thing that’s clear about Georgia’s two most competitive congressional races, it’s how jumbled the Democratic field is going into this week’s primaries.  The Democratic matchups in the 6th and 7th districts in the north Atlanta suburbs are seen as such wide-open affairs that even seasoned party...
Democratic candidates for governor debate HOPE changes
 The two Democrats vying to make history as Georgia’s first female governor tangled over their roles in a 2011 deal to overhaul the HOPE scholarship in a televised debate Sunday, each framing herself as an unapologetic advocate for young people seeking educational opportunities. Stacey Evans and Stacey Abrams also extensively litigated...

Posted: a day ago

The two Democrats vying to make history as Georgia’s first female governor tangled over their roles in a 2011 deal to overhaul the HOPE scholarship in a televised debate Sunday, each framing herself as an unapologetic advocate for young people seeking educational opportunities. Stacey Evans and Stacey Abrams also extensively litigated...
Republican gubernatorial candidates spar in final debate before vote
 The five Republican candidates for governor traded barbs Sunday on gun rights, “religious liberty” and rival tax plans in their final debate ahead of the May 22 primary election. In a televised matchup hosted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, the Republicans all hardened their stances on school safety...

Posted: a day ago

The five Republican candidates for governor traded barbs Sunday on gun rights, “religious liberty” and rival tax plans in their final debate ahead of the May 22 primary election. In a televised matchup hosted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, the Republicans all hardened their stances on school safety...
Abrams, Evans make final pitches to undecided voters
 Stacey Abrams beamed Saturday from the front steps of her Kirkwood campaign headquarters as a fired-up crowd of roughly 100 supporters chanted her last name.  The former Georgia House minority leader and Democratic gubernatorial candidate sent off campaign volunteers for an afternoon of door-knocking and phone-banking in style, donning...

Posted: 2 days ago

Stacey Abrams beamed Saturday from the front steps of her Kirkwood campaign headquarters as a fired-up crowd of roughly 100 supporters chanted her last name.  The former Georgia House minority leader and Democratic gubernatorial candidate sent off campaign volunteers for an afternoon of door-knocking and phone-banking in style, donning...
Isakson positive but noncommittal about Veterans Affairs nominee
 Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Friday was upbeat but noncommittal about Robert Wilkie, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ interim leader whom President Donald Trump said he would nominate as permanent head of the sprawling agency. The third-term Republican’s opinion holds outsized weight with the White House. As chairman...

Posted: 3 days ago

Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Friday was upbeat but noncommittal about Robert Wilkie, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ interim leader whom President Donald Trump said he would nominate as permanent head of the sprawling agency. The third-term Republican’s opinion holds outsized weight with the White House. As chairman...
The Jolt: Judicial hopeful admits to ‘political prosecution’ of black man
 Ken Shigley is one of two candidates in the only contested statewide judicial contest, a seat on the state Court of Appeals. You can expect some humor from the man. He describes his non-partisan race with former Dougherty County district attorney Ken Hodges as something of a corollary to the Democratic race for governor, but between...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ken Shigley is one of two candidates in the only contested statewide judicial contest, a seat on the state Court of Appeals. You can expect some humor from the man. He describes his non-partisan race with former Dougherty County district attorney Ken Hodges as something of a corollary to the Democratic race for governor, but between...
Former Isakson opponent quietly reenters political arena
 Jim Barksdale is dipping his toes back into Georgia politics.  The Atlanta investment manager, who lost his U.S. Senate bid to Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson 18 months ago, has recently gotten involved in the congressional campaign of a fellow Democrat in the Athens-based 10th Congressional District. And Barksdale said he&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Jim Barksdale is dipping his toes back into Georgia politics.  The Atlanta investment manager, who lost his U.S. Senate bid to Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson 18 months ago, has recently gotten involved in the congressional campaign of a fellow Democrat in the Athens-based 10th Congressional District. And Barksdale said he&rsquo...





Tamar Hallerman

Washington Correspondent

Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia. She also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. Before joining the paper in January 2016, she wrote about government spending for CQ Roll Call. There she covered appropriations, budget, the resignation of John Boehner and more immigration-related news than she can remember. Before that, she was an energy reporter for three years. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, she attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Latest from Tamar Hallerman

The Jolt: Signs that the knives are out for House Speaker Paul Ryan
 At a conference in Colorado, the topic of dumping U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan before the November mid-terms was broached. From the Weekly Standard: One likely obstacle: The current speaker of the House. *** The seven candidates for Georgia governor combined to spend about $13 million on TV and radio ads during this portion...

Posted: an hour ago

At a conference in Colorado, the topic of dumping U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan before the November mid-terms was broached. From the Weekly Standard: One likely obstacle: The current speaker of the House. *** The seven candidates for Georgia governor combined to spend about $13 million on TV and radio ads during this portion...
The forces that will decide Georgia’s primary election
 Every state office is up for grabs this year in Georgia, and Tuesday’s primary will be a big first step in determining who will fill them. Republicans now control every statewide office and have a commanding majority in the Georgia Legislature. But Democrats hope a tide of new energy — along with frustration with President Donald...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Every state office is up for grabs this year in Georgia, and Tuesday’s primary will be a big first step in determining who will fill them. Republicans now control every statewide office and have a commanding majority in the Georgia Legislature. But Democrats hope a tide of new energy — along with frustration with President Donald...
Candidates make last pitches on final day before Georgia primary
 The candidates for Georgia governor hit the roads, hopped on airplanes and unleashed a final volley of ads Monday on the eve of a primary vote that likely won’t settle what’s been a costly and grueling competition. The five Republicans and two Democrats scrapping for their parties’ nominations fanned out across the state...

Posted: 16 hours ago

The candidates for Georgia governor hit the roads, hopped on airplanes and unleashed a final volley of ads Monday on the eve of a primary vote that likely won’t settle what’s been a costly and grueling competition. The five Republicans and two Democrats scrapping for their parties’ nominations fanned out across the state...
The Jolt: A sign that Nathan Deal might weigh in if GOP race goes to overtime
 On the last weekend before Tuesday’s GOP primary vote for governor, Chris Riley, top aide to Gov. Nathan Deal, weighed in with this Twitter message in praise of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the frontrunner in the contest: We’re told that the above doesn’t constitute an endorsement. But Riley’s move does raise a distinct...

Posted: 20 hours ago

On the last weekend before Tuesday’s GOP primary vote for governor, Chris Riley, top aide to Gov. Nathan Deal, weighed in with this Twitter message in praise of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the frontrunner in the contest: We’re told that the above doesn’t constitute an endorsement. But Riley’s move does raise a distinct...
Atlanta’s top congressional contests include wide-open field for Dems
 If there’s one thing that’s clear about Georgia’s two most competitive congressional races, it’s how jumbled the Democratic field is going into this week’s primaries.  The Democratic matchups in the 6th and 7th districts in the north Atlanta suburbs are seen as such wide-open affairs that even seasoned party...

Posted: a day ago

If there’s one thing that’s clear about Georgia’s two most competitive congressional races, it’s how jumbled the Democratic field is going into this week’s primaries.  The Democratic matchups in the 6th and 7th districts in the north Atlanta suburbs are seen as such wide-open affairs that even seasoned party...
Democratic candidates for governor debate HOPE changes
 The two Democrats vying to make history as Georgia’s first female governor tangled over their roles in a 2011 deal to overhaul the HOPE scholarship in a televised debate Sunday, each framing herself as an unapologetic advocate for young people seeking educational opportunities. Stacey Evans and Stacey Abrams also extensively litigated...

Posted: a day ago

The two Democrats vying to make history as Georgia’s first female governor tangled over their roles in a 2011 deal to overhaul the HOPE scholarship in a televised debate Sunday, each framing herself as an unapologetic advocate for young people seeking educational opportunities. Stacey Evans and Stacey Abrams also extensively litigated...
Republican gubernatorial candidates spar in final debate before vote
 The five Republican candidates for governor traded barbs Sunday on gun rights, “religious liberty” and rival tax plans in their final debate ahead of the May 22 primary election. In a televised matchup hosted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, the Republicans all hardened their stances on school safety...

Posted: a day ago

The five Republican candidates for governor traded barbs Sunday on gun rights, “religious liberty” and rival tax plans in their final debate ahead of the May 22 primary election. In a televised matchup hosted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, the Republicans all hardened their stances on school safety...
Abrams, Evans make final pitches to undecided voters
 Stacey Abrams beamed Saturday from the front steps of her Kirkwood campaign headquarters as a fired-up crowd of roughly 100 supporters chanted her last name.  The former Georgia House minority leader and Democratic gubernatorial candidate sent off campaign volunteers for an afternoon of door-knocking and phone-banking in style, donning...

Posted: 2 days ago

Stacey Abrams beamed Saturday from the front steps of her Kirkwood campaign headquarters as a fired-up crowd of roughly 100 supporters chanted her last name.  The former Georgia House minority leader and Democratic gubernatorial candidate sent off campaign volunteers for an afternoon of door-knocking and phone-banking in style, donning...
Isakson positive but noncommittal about Veterans Affairs nominee
 Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Friday was upbeat but noncommittal about Robert Wilkie, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ interim leader whom President Donald Trump said he would nominate as permanent head of the sprawling agency. The third-term Republican’s opinion holds outsized weight with the White House. As chairman...

Posted: 3 days ago

Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Friday was upbeat but noncommittal about Robert Wilkie, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ interim leader whom President Donald Trump said he would nominate as permanent head of the sprawling agency. The third-term Republican’s opinion holds outsized weight with the White House. As chairman...
The Jolt: Judicial hopeful admits to ‘political prosecution’ of black man
 Ken Shigley is one of two candidates in the only contested statewide judicial contest, a seat on the state Court of Appeals. You can expect some humor from the man. He describes his non-partisan race with former Dougherty County district attorney Ken Hodges as something of a corollary to the Democratic race for governor, but between...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ken Shigley is one of two candidates in the only contested statewide judicial contest, a seat on the state Court of Appeals. You can expect some humor from the man. He describes his non-partisan race with former Dougherty County district attorney Ken Hodges as something of a corollary to the Democratic race for governor, but between...
Former Isakson opponent quietly reenters political arena
 Jim Barksdale is dipping his toes back into Georgia politics.  The Atlanta investment manager, who lost his U.S. Senate bid to Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson 18 months ago, has recently gotten involved in the congressional campaign of a fellow Democrat in the Athens-based 10th Congressional District. And Barksdale said he&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Jim Barksdale is dipping his toes back into Georgia politics.  The Atlanta investment manager, who lost his U.S. Senate bid to Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson 18 months ago, has recently gotten involved in the congressional campaign of a fellow Democrat in the Athens-based 10th Congressional District. And Barksdale said he&rsquo...