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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“It’s time for a change.” A polarizing mayor’s race galvanizes Atlanta
 Nine of the leading candidates in Atlanta’s race for mayor. AJC file. The mayor’s race has polarized every region of Atlanta, but interviews with dozens of voters across the city show many share the same basic concerns ahead of the Nov.
            7 vote. They’re worried that transportation gridlock will stifle the city&rsquo...

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Nine of the leading candidates in Atlanta’s race for mayor. AJC file. The mayor’s race has polarized every region of Atlanta, but interviews with dozens of voters across the city show many share the same basic concerns ahead of the Nov. 7 vote. They’re worried that transportation gridlock will stifle the city&rsquo...
The most dramatic exchange in the WSB Atlanta mayoral debate
 Atlanta Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms. AJC/Phil Skinner The most dramatic moment in WSB’s Atlanta mayoral debate came near the end of the 90-minute event, when former state Sen. Vincent Fort took a calculated
            swipe at Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms – as if inviting her to jab back. She did, knocking him over...

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Atlanta Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms. AJC/Phil Skinner The most dramatic moment in WSB’s Atlanta mayoral debate came near the end of the 90-minute event, when former state Sen. Vincent Fort took a calculated swipe at Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms – as if inviting her to jab back. She did, knocking him over...
Jimmy Carter: ‘The media have been harder on Trump than any other president’
 Former President Jimmy Carter discusses his cancer diagnosis at the Carter Center in 2015. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com In a must-read interview with the 
            New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, former President Jimmy Carter offered Donald Trump his services to negotiate with North Korea’s leader. But her sit-down
       ...

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Former President Jimmy Carter discusses his cancer diagnosis at the Carter Center in 2015. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com In a must-read interview with the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, former President Jimmy Carter offered Donald Trump his services to negotiate with North Korea’s leader. But her sit-down ...
Jimmy Carter: ‘The media have been harder on Trump than any other president’
 Former President Jimmy Carter discusses his cancer diagnosis at the Carter Center in 2015. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com In a must-read interview with the 
            New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, former President Jimmy Carter offered Donald Trump his services to negotiate with North Korea’s leader. But her sit-down
       ...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Former President Jimmy Carter discusses his cancer diagnosis at the Carter Center in 2015. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com In a must-read interview with the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, former President Jimmy Carter offered Donald Trump his services to negotiate with North Korea’s leader. But her sit-down ...
Atlanta mayoral contenders ready ad blitz for final push
 Atlanta City Hall. AJC photo. Atlanta mayoral candidates readied their closing arguments with the escalation of an ad blitz over the weekend that offer a window into their last-push strategies. Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, one of the leading candidates in the Nov. 7 campaign, aired a TV spot featuring about a
            dozen unnamed...

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Atlanta City Hall. AJC photo. Atlanta mayoral candidates readied their closing arguments with the escalation of an ad blitz over the weekend that offer a window into their last-push strategies. Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, one of the leading candidates in the Nov. 7 campaign, aired a TV spot featuring about a dozen unnamed...
Georgia 2018: Prominent labor group endorses Abrams after ‘fervent’ meeting
 Former House minority leader Stacey Abrams. AJC file Democrat Stacey Abrams earned the endorsement Friday of the AFL-CIO, one of the state’s most influential labor groups, giving some additional union firepower to her campaign
            to become the nation’s first black female governor. The endorsement came after what several...

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Former House minority leader Stacey Abrams. AJC file Democrat Stacey Abrams earned the endorsement Friday of the AFL-CIO, one of the state’s most influential labor groups, giving some additional union firepower to her campaign to become the nation’s first black female governor. The endorsement came after what several...
Poll: Cagle leads GOP field in gov race, race for No. 2 wide open
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has a sizable lead over his Republican opponents, but the race for the No. 2 spot in an expected gubernatorial runoff next year
            is wide open, according to a Landmark/RosettaStone poll. The poll of likely Republican primary voters showed Cagle with about 35...

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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has a sizable lead over his Republican opponents, but the race for the No. 2 spot in an expected gubernatorial runoff next year is wide open, according to a Landmark/RosettaStone poll. The poll of likely Republican primary voters showed Cagle with about 35...
Atlanta races for another ‘Olympic moment’ with Amazon bid
 The pitches are in, but the work to land Amazon’s second headquarters is far from over. On Thursday, a Georgia official hand-delivered hardbound copies of what insiders call a “formidable” package for “HQ2,” a 50,000-job, $5 billion bonanza with the potential to alter the economic landscape of the winning bidder...

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The pitches are in, but the work to land Amazon’s second headquarters is far from over. On Thursday, a Georgia official hand-delivered hardbound copies of what insiders call a “formidable” package for “HQ2,” a 50,000-job, $5 billion bonanza with the potential to alter the economic landscape of the winning bidder...
Sally Yates: ‘I’ve never been drawn to the idea of elective office’

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On Wednesday, Joe Scarborough practically begged Sally Yates to run for elected office on MSBC’s “Morning Joe.” She dropped a few hints that an election bid – say, U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2020 – may not be in the cards. Said Scarborough: “When are you going to run for something?” “I have to...
Across Atlanta, shared concerns - and vivid splits - over mayor’s race
 The mayor’s race has polarized every region of Atlanta, splintering the black vote as well as those in the majority-white neighborhoods in the city’s northern half. But interviews with dozens of voters across the city show many share the same basic concerns ahead of the Nov. 7 vote. They’re worried that transportation gridlock...

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The mayor’s race has polarized every region of Atlanta, splintering the black vote as well as those in the majority-white neighborhoods in the city’s northern half. But interviews with dozens of voters across the city show many share the same basic concerns ahead of the Nov. 7 vote. They’re worried that transportation gridlock...
Reed: Georgia leaving ‘nothing on the table’ in hunt for Amazon HQ2
 Georgia formally entered the sweepstakes for Amazon’s second headquarters campus Thursday with a pitch one top leader called “the most aggressive” package the state has ever offered. Georgia officials were mum about the contents of the state’s bid, but the state’s formal package of information, including possible...

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Georgia formally entered the sweepstakes for Amazon’s second headquarters campus Thursday with a pitch one top leader called “the most aggressive” package the state has ever offered. Georgia officials were mum about the contents of the state’s bid, but the state’s formal package of information, including possible...