Greg Bluestein

Political Reporter

Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a range of beats that included politics and legal affairs. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. He's a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and political science and lives with his wife and two daughters in Dunwoody.

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State government offices in north Georgia will be shuttered again Thursday 
 State government offices will remain closed across much of north Georgia on Thursday for non-essential personnel as plunging temperatures and icy roads caused treacherous conditions. Gov. Nathan Deal said he was acting on a recommendation from his emergency deputies in closing state government offices across 83 counties for a second day in...

Posted: 10 hours ago

State government offices will remain closed across much of north Georgia on Thursday for non-essential personnel as plunging temperatures and icy roads caused treacherous conditions. Gov. Nathan Deal said he was acting on a recommendation from his emergency deputies in closing state government offices across 83 counties for a second day in...
Tom Price joins advisory board of Jackson Healthcare
 Bloomberg reports that Tom Price’s post-Cabinet career has begun: Price stepped down from HHS job last September, amid probes of his use of taxpayer-funded jets while in office – and after unsuccessful Senate attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Price was a leading critic of the Obama administration’s central...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Bloomberg reports that Tom Price’s post-Cabinet career has begun: Price stepped down from HHS job last September, amid probes of his use of taxpayer-funded jets while in office – and after unsuccessful Senate attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Price was a leading critic of the Obama administration’s central...
 Georgia 2018: Abrams kicks up her ground game
 Democrat Stacey Abrams is set to open nearly a dozen campaign offices across the state as she kicks up her ground game in the race for governor.  The former House minority leader on Wednesday announced plans to open a Savannah office on Jan. 27. Her campaign will be opening other offices in Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Cobb, Hinesville...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Democrat Stacey Abrams is set to open nearly a dozen campaign offices across the state as she kicks up her ground game in the race for governor.  The former House minority leader on Wednesday announced plans to open a Savannah office on Jan. 27. Her campaign will be opening other offices in Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Cobb, Hinesville...
Stan Wise, chairman of PSC, to resign on Feb. 20 
 Stan Wise, the chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, said Tuesday in a note to Gov. Nathan Deal that he will step down on Feb. 20.  The Cobb County resident had previously announced he won’t be seeking re-election in 2018 after serving 23 years on the commission. Deal is widely expected to tap Tricia Pridemore...

Posted: a day ago

Stan Wise, the chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, said Tuesday in a note to Gov. Nathan Deal that he will step down on Feb. 20.  The Cobb County resident had previously announced he won’t be seeking re-election in 2018 after serving 23 years on the commission. Deal is widely expected to tap Tricia Pridemore...
Cagle raises nearly $7M in hunt for Georgia gov, has $5.75M on hand 
  Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle reported raising about $6.7 million in donations since he jumped in the race eight months ago, and his campaign will have all but $1 million of that in the bank in the runup to May’s GOP primary. Cagle reported raising more than $4 million in the disclosure period that will end on Jan. 31 and he has about...

Posted: a day ago

 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle reported raising about $6.7 million in donations since he jumped in the race eight months ago, and his campaign will have all but $1 million of that in the bank in the runup to May’s GOP primary. Cagle reported raising more than $4 million in the disclosure period that will end on Jan. 31 and he has about...
First GOP Hispanic lawmaker in Georgia to retire 
 Georgia Republicans have another suburban seat to defend in the state Legislature.  State Rep. David Casas, the first Hispanic Republican state legislator in Georgia history, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in November.  In a statement to the AJC, he said he wants to spend more time with his wife and teenage children...

Posted: a day ago

Georgia Republicans have another suburban seat to defend in the state Legislature.  State Rep. David Casas, the first Hispanic Republican state legislator in Georgia history, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in November.  In a statement to the AJC, he said he wants to spend more time with his wife and teenage children...
Jolt: On Atlanta-D.C. flight, John Lewis taunted with a shout of ‘Trump!’
 A new podcast with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., presumably the prelude to a 2020 presidential campaign, debuted Sunday with an appearance by U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The conversation focused on the Atlanta congressman’s extensive civil rights biography, but in the last few minutes, Lewis spoke of a new taunt aimed his way &ndash...

Posted: a day ago

A new podcast with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., presumably the prelude to a 2020 presidential campaign, debuted Sunday with an appearance by U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The conversation focused on the Atlanta congressman’s extensive civil rights biography, but in the last few minutes, Lewis spoke of a new taunt aimed his way &ndash...
Perdue’s shifting story on Trump expletive faces more scrutiny
 U.S. Sen. David Perdue is coming under more scrutiny for his assertion that President Donald Trump didn’t refer to Haiti and African nations in vulgar terms, with a Republican colleague who was in the closed-door meeting taking what appears to be a swipe at him. Already, the office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin – a Democrat who was...

Posted: a day ago

U.S. Sen. David Perdue is coming under more scrutiny for his assertion that President Donald Trump didn’t refer to Haiti and African nations in vulgar terms, with a Republican colleague who was in the closed-door meeting taking what appears to be a swipe at him. Already, the office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin – a Democrat who was...
AJC poll: Georgians have positive outlook on Deal, state’s direction
 Georgians have a dim view on the broader direction of the nation and President Donald Trump’s first year in the White House. But when it comes to state politics, voters have a much rosier outlook.  An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows a majority of registered voters – 53 percent – give Republican...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgians have a dim view on the broader direction of the nation and President Donald Trump’s first year in the White House. But when it comes to state politics, voters have a much rosier outlook.  An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows a majority of registered voters – 53 percent – give Republican...
Perdue under fire after changing course on Trump’s vulgar comments
 Days after U.S. Sen. David Perdue said he couldn’t recall whether President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African nations in certain vulgar terms, he went on national television to forcefully contend the president didn’t do so. Perdue’s course correction came Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” He said that...

Posted: 3 days ago

Days after U.S. Sen. David Perdue said he couldn’t recall whether President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African nations in certain vulgar terms, he went on national television to forcefully contend the president didn’t do so. Perdue’s course correction came Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” He said that...
AJC poll: The GOP tax plan is a tough sell in Georgia
 Georgia voters are broadly suspicious of President Donald Trump’s signature accomplishment in his first year in office: the package of $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that Republicans will take to the campaign trail for midterm elections this year. Keep reading the rest of the story at PoliticallyGeorgia.com. 

Posted: 3 days ago

Georgia voters are broadly suspicious of President Donald Trump’s signature accomplishment in his first year in office: the package of $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that Republicans will take to the campaign trail for midterm elections this year. Keep reading the rest of the story at PoliticallyGeorgia.com.