Georgia TipSheet

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Deal leads Carter 44-40 in hypothetical matchup

    Rumblings that state Senator Jason Carter is mulling a bid to unseat Governor Nathan Deal have sparked interest across the board, leading one progressive group to commission a poll of their own. A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey of 602 registered Georgia voters, conducted on behalf of Better Georgia, shows the incumbent Republican…

Atlanta attorney may jump into GOP Senate fray

  An Atlanta attorney says he is seriously weighing a Republican primary bid to succeed Sen. Saxby Chambliss, telling friends he will join the crowded GOP field if he can raise the necessary resources to be considered a viable contender. Art Gardner, a named parter at the boutique intellectual property firm Gardner Groff, has told…

Conservatives, led by Broun, warn Boehner on guns

U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Georgia and Steve Stockman of Texas have collected the signatures of more than three dozen Republicans on a letter warning congressional leadership from green-lighting legislation providing for universal background checks without majority support from the House GOP caucus. “We are writing to express our strong opposition to legislation requiring private…

Gingrey to announce Senate bid Wednesday

    U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey will formally announce a bid for Georgia’s Republican Senate nomination to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a well-placed GOP strategist has confirmed. A Republican with knowledge of Gingrey’s plans told Tipsheet the congressman, now in his sixth term in the House, would file a federal statement of candidacy Wednesday…

Majority of Georgians favor tightened gun laws

A majority of Georgians support background checks on all gun buyers as well as federal legislation that would criminalize the sale of assault weapons, according to automated polling firm Survey USA. The survey, fielded last Wednesday with a sample of 500 adults, found broad support for a host of new gun control measures, universal background…

Erickson considering challenge to Chambliss

    Popular conservative blogger and radio personality Erick Erickson said Tuesday he was considering a primary challenge to Sen. Saxby Chambliss after a host of political bigs had approached him about staging a bid of his own in the days since the incumbent broke with a vaulted no-taxes pledge. “For a week now, I’ve…

Lowery: all whites are going to hell

The man who delivered the benediction at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration said that he believes, as he once did in his “militant” youth, that all whites are hell-bound. The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a patriarch of the civil rights movement and close ally of the president, said at a weekend rally in central Georgia that…

Despite predictions of disenfranchisement, black voter participation in GA above 2008 levels

  More than a quarter million African American voters in Georgia have already cast ballots for the November elections, the highest participation rate ever recorded by the secretary of state’s office. According to state elections officials, 780,545 Georgians, of which 33 percent were black, had already voted in the presidential contest as of Friday. Should…

‘Independent’ Barrow still fundraising off Obama

U.S. Rep. John Barrow once rode Barack Obama’s long coattails to reelection in 2008, a race and hope-filled political climate that must seem like little more than a dream now for the vulnerable incumbent. Even in the toxic midterm cycle, when fifty-two fellow Democratic lawmakers lost reelection, Barrow boasted he had worked “hand-in-hand” with the…