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 →

Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to mass near the Georgia World Congress Center on Friday for a “die-in” protest against Donald Trump’s speech at the National Rifle Association convention in Atlanta. The protest organized by gun control advocates will be held at Woodruff Park on the same day that Trump and other high-profile leaders, including Republican Sen. David Perdue and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, address the NRA event. The “die-in” is an offshoot of the weekly protests outside Perdue’s downtown Atlanta office that urge him to hold a town hall meeting. This event will feature 93 people lying on the grassy ground at Woodruff toRead More →

WASHINGTON – Former Gov. Sonny Perdue will become the first-ever Georgian to lead the sprawling Department of Agriculture after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to the Cabinet Monday evening. Thirty-seven Democrats joined every Republican to vote in favor of elevating the Republican to the position, 87-11, nearly 13 weeks after he was first tapped by President Donald Trump.     The ‘no’ votes came mainly from liberals, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Senior Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois voted ‘yes.’ Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson also voted in favor of Perdue’s nomination, saying theRead More →