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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Deal taps former aide to coveted Georgia board position
 Brian Robinson is a former aide to Gov. Nathan Deal. AJC file. Gov. Nathan Deal appointed his former spokesman to the board of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, a coveted position that oversees the sprawling convention center
            and the sparkling new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The governor announced the appointment of Brian...

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Brian Robinson is a former aide to Gov. Nathan Deal. AJC file. Gov. Nathan Deal appointed his former spokesman to the board of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, a coveted position that oversees the sprawling convention center and the sparkling new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The governor announced the appointment of Brian...
Council targets ruling that blocks Georgia from being sued without consent
 Gov. Nathan Deal. AJC file. A panel created by Gov. Nathan Deal recommended a range of options to counter a landmark Georgia Supreme Court ruling that 
            effectively bars citizens from suing the state when trying to overturn a law they believe is constitutional. The findings submitted to Deal on Tuesday by the Court Reform Council...

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Gov. Nathan Deal. AJC file. A panel created by Gov. Nathan Deal recommended a range of options to counter a landmark Georgia Supreme Court ruling that effectively bars citizens from suing the state when trying to overturn a law they believe is constitutional. The findings submitted to Deal on Tuesday by the Court Reform Council...
Georgia 2018: Abrams gets backup from progressive powers
 Democrat Stacey Abrams. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM Democrat Stacey Abrams bid for governor welcomed some reinforcements from her party’s progressive wing. The Working Families Party, a national progressive advocacy group, on Tuesday endorsed her bid for higher office. And MoveOn.Org
            said a majority of its members &ndash...

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Democrat Stacey Abrams. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM Democrat Stacey Abrams bid for governor welcomed some reinforcements from her party’s progressive wing. The Working Families Party, a national progressive advocacy group, on Tuesday endorsed her bid for higher office. And MoveOn.Org said a majority of its members &ndash...
Georgia GOP faces $700K in debt amid tide of legal bills
 Georgia GOP chair John Watson. AJC file The Georgia Republican Party reported it faced about $700,000 in debt, much of it from mounting legal bills linked to a racial discrimination lawsuit that was
            recently settled after about three years of litigation. The state party’s federal financial disclosure, 
            filed...

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Georgia GOP chair John Watson. AJC file The Georgia Republican Party reported it faced about $700,000 in debt, much of it from mounting legal bills linked to a racial discrimination lawsuit that was recently settled after about three years of litigation. The state party’s federal financial disclosure, filed...
Georgia’s Democratic establishment starts to rally behind Bottoms in Atlanta mayor race
 Atlanta Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms was endorsed by state Rep. Pat Gardner, former state Sen. Jason Carter, state Sen.
               Elena Parent, state Rep. David Dreyer and former state Rep. Kathy Ashe. (AJC/Greg Bluestein) Georgia’s Democratic establishment is stepping up its efforts to rally supporters behind Councilwoman...

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Atlanta Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms was endorsed by state Rep. Pat Gardner, former state Sen. Jason Carter, state Sen. Elena Parent, state Rep. David Dreyer and former state Rep. Kathy Ashe. (AJC/Greg Bluestein) Georgia’s Democratic establishment is stepping up its efforts to rally supporters behind Councilwoman...
The Supreme Court sets a date for Georgia’s water wars dispute
 How much water Georgia can withdraw from Lake Lanier to meet its growth needs has been the subject of a long legal battle
               between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. (AJC/Bob Andres) The U.S. Supreme Court has set a Jan. 8 date to hear arguments in Georgia’s ongoing water rights dispute with Florida, in what could be a final...

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How much water Georgia can withdraw from Lake Lanier to meet its growth needs has been the subject of a long legal battle between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. (AJC/Bob Andres) The U.S. Supreme Court has set a Jan. 8 date to hear arguments in Georgia’s ongoing water rights dispute with Florida, in what could be a final...
Democrats aim for suburbs in Alabama ahead of Deep South votes
 Amanda Wilson has watched with a mix of glee and uncertainty as the imposing homes along this wealthy suburban town’s zigzagging streets has suddenly sprouted Democratic signs. “I’m a blue dot in a big red state,” said Wilson, a 64-year-old retiree. “But I don’t feel as lonely anymore.” Republican...

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Amanda Wilson has watched with a mix of glee and uncertainty as the imposing homes along this wealthy suburban town’s zigzagging streets has suddenly sprouted Democratic signs. “I’m a blue dot in a big red state,” said Wilson, a 64-year-old retiree. “But I don’t feel as lonely anymore.” Republican...
‘Party of Trump?’ Democrats launch ad linking Norwood to president
 Mary Norwood, candidate for mayor, gives supporters a double thumbs up on election night. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com Georgia Democrats unleashed their most aggressive attack yet on Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood with a six-figure buy for a TV and radio spot
            that asks whether the city’s next leader should be...

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Mary Norwood, candidate for mayor, gives supporters a double thumbs up on election night. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com Georgia Democrats unleashed their most aggressive attack yet on Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood with a six-figure buy for a TV and radio spot that asks whether the city’s next leader should be...
Georgia 2018: Abrams Israeli stance under scrutiny in gov race
 Democrat Stacey Abrams. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM A prominent Jewish developer slammed Democrat Stacey Abrams for her vote against legislation that required firms 
            bidding for state contracts to certify that they aren’t participating in an economic boycott of Israel. Steve Berman, founder of OA Development, wrote in the...

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Democrat Stacey Abrams. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM A prominent Jewish developer slammed Democrat Stacey Abrams for her vote against legislation that required firms bidding for state contracts to certify that they aren’t participating in an economic boycott of Israel. Steve Berman, founder of OA Development, wrote in the...
Roy Moore: ‘I’ve unified the Democrats and Republicans in fighting against me’
 Former Alabama chief justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks in Vestavia Hills, Ala., on Saturday. AP/Hal Yeager Birmingham, Ala. – Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore said Thursday he’s prepared for a protracted battle with his party as more claims about sexual misconduct surface,
            quipping that he&rsquo...

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Former Alabama chief justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks in Vestavia Hills, Ala., on Saturday. AP/Hal Yeager Birmingham, Ala. – Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore said Thursday he’s prepared for a protracted battle with his party as more claims about sexual misconduct surface, quipping that he&rsquo...
Analysis: White voters outpaced black voters in Atlanta mayors race
 Atlanta City Hall. AJC file. The numbers are still trickling out, but an early analysis of recently-released voting data by a veteran Democratic analyst found that white voters outnumbered
            black voters in last week’s Atlanta mayoral election. The analysis by Chris Huttman found that about 49 percent of the nearly 100,000...

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Atlanta City Hall. AJC file. The numbers are still trickling out, but an early analysis of recently-released voting data by a veteran Democratic analyst found that white voters outnumbered black voters in last week’s Atlanta mayoral election. The analysis by Chris Huttman found that about 49 percent of the nearly 100,000...