Facing attacks targeting her record at a breast-cancer charity, Republican Karen Handel turned to a close friend battling cancer for her response. In a digital ad released Thursday, Anne Lewis said the attack ads from Democrat Jon Ossoff over her short-lived tenure at the Susan G. Komen Foundation “make me sick.” “Karen is one of the strongest advocates for women’s health I know,” said Lewis, a well-known Republican attorney and activist. “She stands up for us and she stands by us when we need her most. I know because she’s one of my best friends. Ignore the attacks, let’s elect a woman we can countRead More →

House Democrats launched a new 30-second TV spot Thursday focusing on familiar attacks against Republican Karen Handel, part of a nearly $3 million investment in Georgia’s hotly-competitive 6th District race. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s ad claims Handel has “used her political power to serve herself,” knocking her for the use of an SUV and a trip to China while she was Georgia’s secretary of state. It’s the group’s third ad since Ossoff’s first-place in the April 18 vote, and the DCCC said it was part of a “significant” six-figure ad buy. The SUV hit has come up before – including in the 2014 Senate race.Read More →

The Democratic National Committee will hire 10 new field staffers to target tens of thousands of minority voters who didn’t cast ballots in last month’s special election to represent metro Atlanta’s conservative-leaning suburbs. The DNC’s decision Thursday reflects the party’s multipronged approach to boost Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign for the 6th District. Even as he aims to appeal to moderate and independent voters to defeat Republican Karen Handel, the party is also targeting minority voters who have long been its most solid bloc of supporters. Democrats are looking for every edge they can get in the June 20 runoff to represent the district, which spansRead More →

The gaping loopholes in Georgia’s “campus carry” law has left universities scrambling to figure out how to implement the new rules. On Wednesday’s “Political Rewind,” both Republicans and Democrats predicted a sweep of lawsuits aiming to block the legislation from taking effect in July because of murky language. “It’s impossible to know where you can carry a gun and where you cannot, and if you choose to move forward with this implementation, you will be depriving people with due process,” said Democratic state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, outlining a potential legal strategy. “That’s my theory about what’s going to happen. It’s too big a mess.”Read More →

Katie Landsman watched her 11-year-old son embrace Jon Ossoff at his cramped Marietta campaign office. The boy was bawling. He had just learned about the horrors of the Holocaust, she explained, and wanted to meet a young politician who gave him hope. Then she offered a confession. She lives in Acworth, miles outside the 6th Congressional District. She can’t vote for Ossoff on June 20 in the runoff against Karen Handel. But the surprisingly tight race for a seat once considered a GOP stronghold has motivated her to volunteer. “I’m determined to not just flip the 6th District, but the state of Georgia. In myRead More →

Democrat Jon Ossoff holds a roundtable with women’s health advocates in Roswell. AJC/Greg Bluestein. They talked of astronomical medical bills. Never-ending fights with insurance companies. A driving desire for more preventive care. Democrat Jon Ossoff held a roundtable Friday with women’s health advocates and breast cancer survivors as his campaign stepped up the attack on Republican Karen Handel’s stint at a breast-cancer charity. A split on abortion is one of the starkest contrasts between the two candidates in the nationally-watched June 20 runoff to represent suburban Atlanta’s 6th District. And both candidates are banking that their positions will energize their supporters in the final stretchRead More →