Jim Galloway

Columnist and Blogger

Jim Galloway, a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is the lead writer and founder of the AJC’s Political Insider blog, the best-read and most influential political blog in the state.

Latest from Jim Galloway

Amid a last GOP push to repeal, the plight of Georgia hospitals is overlooked
 U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Collins said Sunday she finds it “very difficult” to envision backing the last-chance GOP
               bill repealing the Obama health care law. AP file/Robert F. Bukaty Late Friday, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., threw an adjustable spanner into Senate Republican plans for a last-ditch attempt...

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Collins said Sunday she finds it “very difficult” to envision backing the last-chance GOP bill repealing the Obama health care law. AP file/Robert F. Bukaty Late Friday, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., threw an adjustable spanner into Senate Republican plans for a last-ditch attempt...
Why a MARTA move into Cobb County wouldn’t have to be all or nothing
 A view of the Cumberland Community Improvement District looking northward from the Cobb Energy Centre. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM Local communities are largely the product of two constituencies. One is business-based. The other is voter-based. Political, in other words. The two don’t always approach change at the same speed. An unusual...

Posted: 2 days ago

A view of the Cumberland Community Improvement District looking northward from the Cobb Energy Centre. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM Local communities are largely the product of two constituencies. One is business-based. The other is voter-based. Political, in other words. The two don’t always approach change at the same speed. An unusual...
‘Political Rewind’ replay: John McCain says no, and Sarah Palin’s back
 Today’s edition of GPB’s
            “Political Rewind” began with breaking, AP style news: Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” dealing
                  a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican...

Posted: 2 days ago

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” began with breaking, AP style news: Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican...
Sarah Palin squares off against Donald Trump over Alabama senate race
 The Associated Press has coined a good, quick description for the GOP end of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama: Donald Trump vs. Trumpland. The president will be in Huntsville this evening, the headliner for a rally to boost incumbent Luther Strange, who wants to
            make permanent his grip on the seat given up by Jeff Sessions, now...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Associated Press has coined a good, quick description for the GOP end of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama: Donald Trump vs. Trumpland. The president will be in Huntsville this evening, the headliner for a rally to boost incumbent Luther Strange, who wants to make permanent his grip on the seat given up by Jeff Sessions, now...
Sarah Palin squares off against Donald Trump in Alabama senate race
 Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a rally, Thursday in Montgomery, Ala. Palin is in Montgomery to support
               Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate candidacy. AP/Brynn Anderson The Associated Press has coined a good, quick description for the GOP end of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama: Donald Trump vs. Trumpland...

Posted: 3 days ago

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a rally, Thursday in Montgomery, Ala. Palin is in Montgomery to support Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate candidacy. AP/Brynn Anderson The Associated Press has coined a good, quick description for the GOP end of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama: Donald Trump vs. Trumpland...
With polls shaky for Luther Strange, Donald Trump heads to Alabama
 Republicans Roy Moore and Luther Strange, the incumbent, will hold a debate on who should hold the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions,
               now the U.S. attorney general. Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, Butch Dill The Republican race for U.S. Senate in Alabama is closing in on next Tuesday’s runoff vote, and it has...

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Republicans Roy Moore and Luther Strange, the incumbent, will hold a debate on who should hold the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general. Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, Butch Dill The Republican race for U.S. Senate in Alabama is closing in on next Tuesday’s runoff vote, and it has...
‘Political Rewind’ replay: Two mayors and another health care debate
 Today’s edition of GPB’s
            “Political Rewind” featured two Georgia mayors – a Republican from Sandy Springs and a Republican from Columbus. Among the topics: — The decision by the State Election Board to hand several voter fraud cases involving the New Georgia Project, once headed
           ...

Posted: 4 days ago

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” featured two Georgia mayors – a Republican from Sandy Springs and a Republican from Columbus. Among the topics: — The decision by the State Election Board to hand several voter fraud cases involving the New Georgia Project, once headed ...
Election board meeting could foreshadow 2018 race for governor
 Stacey Abrams, a Democratic candidate for governor. Chad Rhym, Chad.Rhym@ajc.com The State Elections Board meets today for the first time this year, welcoming a new member and taking on a slew of cases — nearly 90 of them — that will make this
            a long meeting. Among those cases, our AJC colleague Kristina Torres tells...

Posted: 5 days ago

Stacey Abrams, a Democratic candidate for governor. Chad Rhym, Chad.Rhym@ajc.com The State Elections Board meets today for the first time this year, welcoming a new member and taking on a slew of cases — nearly 90 of them — that will make this a long meeting. Among those cases, our AJC colleague Kristina Torres tells...
The sharecropper’s son who helped save the Georgia Democratic party — twice
 Longtime lobbyist and friend Don Cargill (first row left), former U.S. senator Sam Nunn (first row right), former Georgia
               Gov. Roy Barnes (second row left) and senior pastor Dock Hollingsworth leave after a memorial service for Tommy Irvin at Second
               Ponce de Leon Baptist Church on Tuesday. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC...

Posted: 5 days ago

Longtime lobbyist and friend Don Cargill (first row left), former U.S. senator Sam Nunn (first row right), former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes (second row left) and senior pastor Dock Hollingsworth leave after a memorial service for Tommy Irvin at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church on Tuesday. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC...
Amazon hunt may be forcing a Cobb County shift on transit
 AP file/Paul Sakuma There’s nothing like being left out of the money to force a rethinking of policy. In today’s Marietta Daily Journal, we have an account of a Monday meeting between Gov. Nathan Deal and Cobb County leaders. The latter are worried that they
            — and Gwinnett County — might be left out of...

Posted: 6 days ago

AP file/Paul Sakuma There’s nothing like being left out of the money to force a rethinking of policy. In today’s Marietta Daily Journal, we have an account of a Monday meeting between Gov. Nathan Deal and Cobb County leaders. The latter are worried that they — and Gwinnett County — might be left out of...
‘Political Rewind’ replay: A last ditch Senate fight over health care
 Today’s edition of GPB’s
             “Political Rewind” had a health care focus: On U.S. Sen. Bernie Sander’s push for a single-payer system, bringing 15 Democratic senators with
            him, and on a last GOP attempt to destroy Obamacare with 51 Republican votes. The expiration date on the latter is Sept...

Posted: 6 days ago

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” had a health care focus: On U.S. Sen. Bernie Sander’s push for a single-payer system, bringing 15 Democratic senators with him, and on a last GOP attempt to destroy Obamacare with 51 Republican votes. The expiration date on the latter is Sept...