Doug Chalmers was 24 and working on his first political campaign in 1988 when he first met Roger Ailes, the veteran GOP operative and Fox News founder who died this week. It was a U.S. Senate campaign and Chalmers and others were in Ailes’ New York office in February. “All of a sudden a staffer comes in and says, ‘Mr. Ailes, you have a phone call,’” Chalmers, now one of the top Republican political lawyers in Georgia, said this week. “It was the vice president.” That would be then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, who had just finished a disappointing third in the Iowa caucuses. Bush’s campaign was,Read More →

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed nine pieces of legislation on Tuesday, including a foster care measure that was overwhelmingly approved by Georgia lawmakers and a bill that would have created a new 911 authority to handle fees for emergency calls. The governor’s vetoes came as he signed a raft of new measures into law on the last day of the 40-day signing period for legislation. He signed more than 50 pieces of legislation into law on Monday and was set to approve dozens more on Tuesday. One of the most noteworthy vetoes nixed House Bill 359, known as the Supporting and Strengthening Families Act. The legislationRead More →

By Ariel Hart, Misty Williams and Tamar Hallerman When the U.S. House of Representatives finally made good on its promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act Thursday, Josh Schiffer felt a pit in his stomach. Schiffer’s five-year-old daughter has a congenital heart defect, the kind of pre-existing condition that insurance companies used to refuse to cover or charge with outlandish premium prices — before the Obamacare law. Would she be able to get health insurance under the new GOP health plan? “This is something that is already terrifying and scary and strikes at the heart of anyone with kids,” he said. MORE: How Georgia Republicans votedRead More →

Dominos are falling early in this year’s race for mayor of Atlanta. IBPO Local 623, the union for Atlanta police officers, on Tuesday endorsed Mary Norwood in the contest – something that didn’t happen eight years ago. From an emailed statement by the at-large city councilwoman: “We want our officers to live, work and play in the communities  they serve and we can do that with an attractive plan for our officers to live in Atlanta’s neighborhoods.   “Right now, we have 1,600 sworn officers working for our police department with 1,400 on the street. For years, Mayors have set a goal for 2,000 officersRead More →

North Georgia pities those who have been deprived of the experience of McCracken Poston, a former state lawmaker and attorney who owns one of the best names ever devised. But it does not necessarily like to share him. This post, culled from something he has written for Facebook, is an exception: Many people are asking me today about Sally Yates.   My knowledge of Sally Quillian Yates came in three phases. She was a law student a year behind me at the University of Georgia. We all knew she was from a family of prominent lawyers, chiefly her father, Chief Judge Kelley Quillian of theRead More →

Democrat Jon Ossoff called for a special prosecutor Tuesday to “investigate Russian interference,” seizing on the stunning move by President Donald Trump to abruptly fire the director of the FBI amid a criminal investigation into whether his advisers colluded with the Russian government. Seizing on the shocking news of James Comey’s sudden termination, the 6th District candidate said on Twitter that the firing raises “severe questions” and that there should be bipartisan support behind a special prosecutor to investigate whether Russia tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 vote. His Republican opponent in the June 20 runoff, Karen Handel, did not comment Tuesday onRead More →