Another high-powered Republican group is ready to unleash a wave of advertisements for Republican Karen Handel ahead of her June 20 runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce formally endorsed Handel on Tuesday in a press conference in Alpharetta, a move that seems destined to lead to a new media barrage supporting her bid to represent the suburban Atlanta district in Congress.     The move was no surprise. Handel once led the chamber’s north Fulton offshoot and the organization has long backed conservative candidates in key races. But it was more evidence that Handel has consolidated GOP support after vicious RepublicanRead More →

The pugilistic style employed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in his responses to reporters who annoy him – whether in print, in person, or on video – is no secret. The outraged phone call is most common, but has recently been supplanted by the long written rebuttal, as the AJC’s Bill Torpy can testify. But we have now entered new territory: The Internet-based video rebuttal. Which offers an excellent case study in how journalistic sausage is made. How, when offered same digital information, reporters and politicians see things quite differently. The history: Fox5’s Dale Russell, a longtime investigative reporter, last week turned a report onRead More →

An influential super PAC with ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan is set to spend another $3.5 million to support Republican Karen Handel’s campaign against Democrat Jon Ossoff. The Congressional Leadership Fund said Wednesday it will pour $2.5 million into TV advertising beginning May 10 to back Handel’s bid for the suburban Atlanta seat and assail Ossoff. The rest is to be spent on targeted mail and digital campaigns and a network of field operatives charged with knocking on 200,000 doors before the June 20 runoff.     The super PAC was the first major outside group to weigh in on the race, which isRead More →

Our data team has crunched a new set of numbers on Georgia’s 6th District race, and they’ve come up with nifty new maps that show not only how every precinct voted in last week’s special election but also compare them to how Donald Trump and Tom Price performed in November. One big takeaway: The Ga. 400/MARTA corridor running through the heart of the district could become a breeding ground for Democrats in future contests. Not only did Jon Ossoff rack up big margins over Republicans along the route, which stretches from Sandy Springs north to Alpharetta, but Hillary Clinton won largely the same territory. EvenRead More →

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” began amid the breaking news of President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul – and some Republican angst over an increase in the federal deficit. “Obviously, this is the largest tax cut proposed in 30 years. I think it fulfills the president’s pledge to do something like this,” said Heath Garrett, a confidante of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. “In order to pay for it though, they’re going to have to really change all these deductions, these tax credits, all the exemptions to get to these numbers.” The gang also looks ahead to the National Rifle Association’s assembly in Atlanta this weekRead More →

Shaming happens when a student does not have money in his or her account to pay for a meal and a cafeteria worker takes away their tray of food, disposing of it in front of other children, and replaces it with a lesser substitute such as a sandwich. visit main articleRead More →