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Jim Galloway

Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.

Latest from Jim Galloway

The GOP debate over a minimum wage for cops and deputies
 According to a study based on census data, recently 
            highlighted by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, some 3,200 members of this state’s law enforcement community — bailiffs, prison guards, jailers, beat cops and deputy sheriffs
            — are food stamp recipients. “That’s probably correct...

Posted: a day ago

According to a study based on census data, recently highlighted by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, some 3,200 members of this state’s law enforcement community — bailiffs, prison guards, jailers, beat cops and deputy sheriffs — are food stamp recipients. “That’s probably correct...
Strangers on a plane: An intoxicated tale of bipartisanship
 Just seven days ago, Joan Kirchner had drawn a middle coach seat on the 3 p.m. Delta flight from D.C. to Atlanta. Her boss, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, was in
            first-class. A stranger arrived — a Delta million-miler who preferred an aisle seat. A late booking had awarded him the window, but it
            was no matter. He...

Posted: 4 days ago

Just seven days ago, Joan Kirchner had drawn a middle coach seat on the 3 p.m. Delta flight from D.C. to Atlanta. Her boss, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, was in first-class. A stranger arrived — a Delta million-miler who preferred an aisle seat. A late booking had awarded him the window, but it was no matter. He...
‘Political Rewind’ replay: Where’s Donald Trump headed on health care?
 Today’s edition of GPB’s
            “Political Rewind” opens with the U.S. Supreme Court decision to require a “grandparent” adjustment to the Trump administration travel ban on
            six majority-Muslim countries. The big question is what to make of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday afternoon...

Posted: 4 days ago

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” opens with the U.S. Supreme Court decision to require a “grandparent” adjustment to the Trump administration travel ban on six majority-Muslim countries. The big question is what to make of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday afternoon...
A warning of phone threats made to a Georgia mosque
 One of the more disheartening press releases to drop into the inbox today: CAIR-Georgia included an audio clip of the voicemail messages. We will not pass it on. To continue:

Posted: 5 days ago

One of the more disheartening press releases to drop into the inbox today: CAIR-Georgia included an audio clip of the voicemail messages. We will not pass it on. To continue:
Heads up: Professional cricket is coming to Atlanta
 Over at Global Atlanta, an outfit that keeps tabs on international doings, 
            Phil Bolton has some breaking news: Here’s hoping we’re not asked to call them 
            the Buttons. My vote will be for
             the Buddy Hollys. Or would it be the Buddy Hollies?

Posted: 6 days ago

Over at Global Atlanta, an outfit that keeps tabs on international doings, Phil Bolton has some breaking news: Here’s hoping we’re not asked to call them the Buttons. My vote will be for the Buddy Hollys. Or would it be the Buddy Hollies?
Read the letter: Four Dems ask Nathan Deal to intervene in Henry County schools
 Four Democratic state lawmakers are asking Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, to intervene with the Henry County school system over its failure to sign a new
            superintendent to a contract. 
            From my AJC colleague Chris Quinn: Read the entire letter here:   More from Quinn’s report: Read more: Henry County school...

Posted: 7 days ago

Four Democratic state lawmakers are asking Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, to intervene with the Henry County school system over its failure to sign a new superintendent to a contract. From my AJC colleague Chris Quinn: Read the entire letter here:   More from Quinn’s report: Read more: Henry County school...
Michael Williams and the history of a press conference that failed
 State Sen. Michael Williams, a Republican candidate for governor, held a press conference in the state Capitol on Thursday. Here’s a solid fact that came out of it – perhaps the only fact: After Williams said his piece, the “no excuses” candidate
            made his excuses and rushed for the nearest exit. He skedaddled...

Posted: 8 days ago

State Sen. Michael Williams, a Republican candidate for governor, held a press conference in the state Capitol on Thursday. Here’s a solid fact that came out of it – perhaps the only fact: After Williams said his piece, the “no excuses” candidate made his excuses and rushed for the nearest exit. He skedaddled...
‘Political Rewind’ replay: Getting ready for a ‘health care’ weekend
 Today’s edition of GPB’s
            “Political Rewind” eventually got to Donald Jr. and his Russia problem, but the emphasis was on the Senate debate over health insurance and the
            GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare. If you couldn’t catch it live, click below to listen now: Today’s panelists: Host...

Posted: 9 days ago

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” eventually got to Donald Jr. and his Russia problem, but the emphasis was on the Senate debate over health insurance and the GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare. If you couldn’t catch it live, click below to listen now: Today’s panelists: Host...
Georgia GOP candidate promises to dish dirt on ‘reprehensible’ Cagle
   State Sen. Michael Williams. (Williams campaign photo.) The turbulence at the state Capitol could get slightly rough today. State Sen. Michael Williams, a Republican candidate for governor from Forsyth County, has advertised a 2 p.m. press conference/rally.
            (Supporters have been invited as well as journalists.) Here&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

  State Sen. Michael Williams. (Williams campaign photo.) The turbulence at the state Capitol could get slightly rough today. State Sen. Michael Williams, a Republican candidate for governor from Forsyth County, has advertised a 2 p.m. press conference/rally. (Supporters have been invited as well as journalists.) Here&rsquo...
Never mind Trump Jr. Keep an eye on health care and South Georgia
 You’re forgiven if you think all of America is obsessed with the Trumps and their bewildering matryoshka doll, which always seems to have one more Russian
            surprise nesting inside. Cable TV can do that to you. Just so long as you know that the real news in Washington on Thursday will be the unveiling of a second Senate Republican...

Posted: 11 days ago

You’re forgiven if you think all of America is obsessed with the Trumps and their bewildering matryoshka doll, which always seems to have one more Russian surprise nesting inside. Cable TV can do that to you. Just so long as you know that the real news in Washington on Thursday will be the unveiling of a second Senate Republican...
‘Political Rewind’ replay: Donald Trump Jr.’s junior varsity play
 Today’s edition of GPB’s
            “Political Rewind” can’t avoid the topic that has all of Washington riveted: Donald Trump Jr.’s email string laying out his meeting with an
            alleged representative of the Russian government. You can’t usually hear heads shake on the radio, but this may...

Posted: 11 days ago

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” can’t avoid the topic that has all of Washington riveted: Donald Trump Jr.’s email string laying out his meeting with an alleged representative of the Russian government. You can’t usually hear heads shake on the radio, but this may...