A GOP super PAC launched a final attack questioning why Democrat Jon Ossoff is “refusing to debate” Republican Karen Handel on national TV. The Congressional Leadership Fund’s closing ad criticizes Ossoff’s decision to reject an Atlanta Press Club debate that CNN had proposed to broadcast. The ad was timed for Tuesday, the same day the debate would have been held. “Ossoff ducked the CNN debate because he doesn’t want to answer the tough questions,” the narrator said. The debate over debates is a little more complicated than that. Ossoff and Handel both participated in two debates last week – one that was broadcast live onRead More →

We may remember the wake left by the Sixth District race for Congress as the beginning of the 2018 Democratic race for governor. Late this afternoon, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams of Atlanta announced that she would leave her leadership post in the state Capitol at the end of this month. The text: Dear Members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus:   Please accept this letter stating my intent to resign the post of Leader of the House Democratic Caucus, effective July 1, 2017. I have been honored to serve in this role since November 2010, and I relinquish this position deeply proud of ourRead More →

It’s the stuff of juicy must-watch TV: Balaclava-clad assassins in El Salvador. Death squads on bloody streets in Kenya. Women once forced to serve as sex slaves for Islamic State terrorists training to fight their former captors in Iraqi deserts. If Jon Ossoff pulls off an upset victory in the June 20 runoff with Republican Karen Handel, he’ll have taken one of the stranger paths to get there: As a 30-year-old investigative filmmaker who sent journalists to dusty Latin American alleys or sweltering Middle Eastern battlefields. He is now the one in the white-hot lens of the nation’s political spotlight. The outcome could either putRead More →

Georgia Republicans struggled to defend President Trump amid new questions Wednesday about whether he attempted to shut down a federal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. The revelation that then-FBI Director Jim Comey wrote in a February memo that Trump asked him to end a probe into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, sent Republicans scrambling to respond to another major Trump controversy. And the late Wednesday announcement that the Justice Department tapped former FBI chief Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation threw another wrinkle into the response. The continuing drama put additional pressure on Trump’s staunchest advocates in the Georgia GOP. AndRead More →

Democrat Jon Ossoff isn’t quite ready to use the i-word about President Donald Trump yet. In an interview with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer that was conducted before reports of Jim Comey’s explosive memo surfaced, Ossoff tapped the brakes on calls for Donald Trump’s impeachment. “I don’t think we’re there,” he told O’Hayer. “I think that we need a full and  transparent and independent assessment of what level of interference there was by Russian intelligence services in the U.S. election. And overseers in Congress and any independent counsel or commission to do so should follow those facts wherever they lead.” In an interview later Friday, he elaborated:Read More →

Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young is set to endorse Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell’s campaign for mayor as he tries to rise above a crowded field to lead Georgia’s largest city. The campaign said the endorsement from Young, a former Atlanta mayor and civil rights icon, will be formally announced at the opening of Mitchell’s new campaign office on the city’s westside on Saturday at 10 a.m. It’s part of a broader retooling of Mitchell’s campaign that involved two key hires. Richard McDaniel, who was Southern regional director of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is now Mitchell’s chief strategist. And Lance Orchid, a veteran of ClintonRead More →