Greg Bluestein

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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A final tally: Ossoff raised nearly $30M in 6th District race
 Democrat Jon Ossoff delivers his concession speech in Georgia’s 6th District race. PHOTO / JASON GETZ Democrat Jon Ossoff wound up raising nearly $30 million for his unsuccessful campaign to represent Georgia’s 6
            th District – by far the most ever raised in a U.S. House contest – and spent almost every...

Posted: 6 days ago

Democrat Jon Ossoff delivers his concession speech in Georgia’s 6th District race. PHOTO / JASON GETZ Democrat Jon Ossoff wound up raising nearly $30 million for his unsuccessful campaign to represent Georgia’s 6 th District – by far the most ever raised in a U.S. House contest – and spent almost every...
A word on fixed elections, from the sheriff of Telfair County
 A communal chuckle was shared among many of Georgia’s political addicts on Wednesday. The topic was 
            a Facebook post by Chris Steverson, sheriff of Telfair County, in which he opined about the obsession — on the part of the media, certain quarters of Congress and a special counsel — with
            Russian attempts...

Posted: 8 days ago

A communal chuckle was shared among many of Georgia’s political addicts on Wednesday. The topic was a Facebook post by Chris Steverson, sheriff of Telfair County, in which he opined about the obsession — on the part of the media, certain quarters of Congress and a special counsel — with Russian attempts...
Familiar foes clash over voting rights in Georgia governor race
 Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp. AJC file. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s struggles over election security have rekindled a rivalry with one of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Except now his feud with
            Stacey Abrams is playing out against the backdrop of the race for governor. Kemp, the state’s top...

Posted: 8 days ago

Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp. AJC file. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s struggles over election security have rekindled a rivalry with one of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Except now his feud with Stacey Abrams is playing out against the backdrop of the race for governor. Kemp, the state’s top...
Poll shows why Norwood is in pole position for Atlanta mayor’s race
 Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM Councilwoman Mary Norwood has carved out a commanding lead in the race for Atlanta mayor, but the No. 2 spot in what’s likely to be a runoff for the city’s top job is up for grabs,
            
            according to an 11Alive poll released Wednesday. The poll...

Posted: 8 days ago

Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM Councilwoman Mary Norwood has carved out a commanding lead in the race for Atlanta mayor, but the No. 2 spot in what’s likely to be a runoff for the city’s top job is up for grabs, according to an 11Alive poll released Wednesday. The poll...
Governor’s race revives a familiar feud between Kemp, Abrams
 Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s struggles over election security have rekindled a rivalry with one of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Except now his feud with Stacey Abrams is playing out against the backdrop of the race for governor. Kemp, the state’s top elections official, and Abrams, a state legislator...

Posted: 8 days ago

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s struggles over election security have rekindled a rivalry with one of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Except now his feud with Stacey Abrams is playing out against the backdrop of the race for governor. Kemp, the state’s top elections official, and Abrams, a state legislator...
A liberal Democrat takes aim at Hice’s deep-red Georgia district
 U.S. Rep. Jody Hice. AJC/Jonathan Phillips U.S. Rep. Jody Hice represents one of the redder districts in the nation, a northeast Georgia stretch splattered around the deep-blue island of Athens. He’s
            drawn a 2018 challenger who aims to energize those core Democrats in next year’s midterms. Chalis Montgomery, a 39-year-old...

Posted: 9 days ago

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice. AJC/Jonathan Phillips U.S. Rep. Jody Hice represents one of the redder districts in the nation, a northeast Georgia stretch splattered around the deep-blue island of Athens. He’s drawn a 2018 challenger who aims to energize those core Democrats in next year’s midterms. Chalis Montgomery, a 39-year-old...
The science of rain delays: SunTrust is parked under a faucet
 Where science and rain delays merge: The Atlanta Braves endured their 11
            th rain delay of the season on Tuesday. Marshal Shepherd may know why. He’s a professor of meteorology at the University of Georgia, is co-author of a study of urban rainfall patterns in and around
            Atlanta. Using radar and rain gauge data...

Posted: 9 days ago

Where science and rain delays merge: The Atlanta Braves endured their 11 th rain delay of the season on Tuesday. Marshal Shepherd may know why. He’s a professor of meteorology at the University of Georgia, is co-author of a study of urban rainfall patterns in and around Atlanta. Using radar and rain gauge data...
Georgia 6th: Handel stocks up for re-election campaign
 House Speaker Paul Ryan with Rep. Karen Handel and her husband Steve. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) U.S. Rep. Karen Handel has more than $400,000 left in her campaign coffers as she braces for what could be another grueling election bid to represent Georgia’s 6
            th District, 
            according to campaign filing...

Posted: 9 days ago

House Speaker Paul Ryan with Rep. Karen Handel and her husband Steve. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) U.S. Rep. Karen Handel has more than $400,000 left in her campaign coffers as she braces for what could be another grueling election bid to represent Georgia’s 6 th District, according to campaign filing...
Georgia 2018: Cagle nabs endorsements from 58 sheriffs
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM Last week, Republican Michael Williams attacked rival Casey Cagle over law enforcement pay in a bizarre press conference meant to boost his campaign for governor. This morning, the lieutenant governor
            sprung a list of endorsements by 58 sheriffs around the state.   Those...

Posted: 10 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM Last week, Republican Michael Williams attacked rival Casey Cagle over law enforcement pay in a bizarre press conference meant to boost his campaign for governor. This morning, the lieutenant governor sprung a list of endorsements by 58 sheriffs around the state.   Those...
Poll: Nathan Deal is one of nation’s more popular governors
 Gov. Nathan Deal. AJC file. Gov. Nathan Deal fares just fine in 
            the latest Morning Consult poll of gubernatorial approval ratings. The 
            poll released Tuesday shows that 57 percent of voters give him favorable reviews – and just over a quarter disapprove. About 16 percent don’t have an
            opinion...

Posted: 10 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal. AJC file. Gov. Nathan Deal fares just fine in the latest Morning Consult poll of gubernatorial approval ratings. The poll released Tuesday shows that 57 percent of voters give him favorable reviews – and just over a quarter disapprove. About 16 percent don’t have an opinion...
Health advocate enters race for Georgia insurance chief
 Democrat Cindy Zeldin is running for Insurance Commissioner. A prominent Democratic health advocate entered the race for Georgia’s open Insurance Commissioner seat on Tuesday with a pledge to serve as a compassionate voice
            for consumers, sensing an opportunity to flip a down-ticket office that’s been held for decades...

Posted: 10 days ago

Democrat Cindy Zeldin is running for Insurance Commissioner. A prominent Democratic health advocate entered the race for Georgia’s open Insurance Commissioner seat on Tuesday with a pledge to serve as a compassionate voice for consumers, sensing an opportunity to flip a down-ticket office that’s been held for decades...