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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.

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Sam Olens makes his peace with LGBT students of KSU
 We have seen Sam Olens, the Cobb County commission chairman, Olens the Atlanta Regional Commission chairman, and Olens the very Republican attorney general. Metro Atlanta is now a witness to what happens when a politician is freed from the litmus tests of a GOP primary. “I enjoy my new apolitical life,” Olens said Wednesday. &ldquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

We have seen Sam Olens, the Cobb County commission chairman, Olens the Atlanta Regional Commission chairman, and Olens the very Republican attorney general. Metro Atlanta is now a witness to what happens when a politician is freed from the litmus tests of a GOP primary. “I enjoy my new apolitical life,” Olens said Wednesday. &ldquo...
‘Political Rewind’ replay: Donald Trump’s impact on the Sixth District
 Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focused on President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director Jim Comey, his Twitter warning that the White House again might be a recording studio, and how that D.C. storm might affect Republican Karen Handel’s chances in the Sixth District. Mark Rountree of Landmark...

Posted: 13 days ago

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focused on President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director Jim Comey, his Twitter warning that the White House again might be a recording studio, and how that D.C. storm might affect Republican Karen Handel’s chances in the Sixth District. Mark Rountree of Landmark...
An important journalistic shift: The rise of ‘Donald Trump claims’
 Back in journalism school in Athens, professors and news-writing instructors drilled into us the value of the word “said.” It was a neutral statement of utterance that conveyed no judgment, pro or con. The victorious quarterback said this. The bereaved wife said that. The word we were always advised to avoid was “claim.&rdquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

Back in journalism school in Athens, professors and news-writing instructors drilled into us the value of the word “said.” It was a neutral statement of utterance that conveyed no judgment, pro or con. The victorious quarterback said this. The bereaved wife said that. The word we were always advised to avoid was “claim.&rdquo...
Donald Trump: ‘James Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations’
 Leading the day on Donald Trump’s morning Twitter thoughts has become something of a cliché. Even so, we can’t remember the last time a sitting U.S. president implied that the public shouldn’t rely on the words that come out of the mouths of those who run his daily White House briefings:   As a very active President...

Posted: 13 days ago

Leading the day on Donald Trump’s morning Twitter thoughts has become something of a cliché. Even so, we can’t remember the last time a sitting U.S. president implied that the public shouldn’t rely on the words that come out of the mouths of those who run his daily White House briefings: As a very active President...
How Donald Trump has shaped the race to lead Georgia’s GOP
 The Sixth District isn’t the only June election in this state that is being roiled by President Donald Trump. Beneath the health care storm, beyond the fight over leadership of the FBI, Republicans everywhere are in the midst of a debate to redefine themselves and conservatism. Ours is disguised as contest for the chairmanship of the...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Sixth District isn’t the only June election in this state that is being roiled by President Donald Trump. Beneath the health care storm, beyond the fight over leadership of the FBI, Republicans everywhere are in the midst of a debate to redefine themselves and conservatism. Ours is disguised as contest for the chairmanship of the...
How Donald Trump has shaped the race to lead Georgia’s GOP
 The Sixth District isn’t the only June election in this state that is being roiled by President Donald Trump. Beneath the health care storm, beyond the fight over leadership of the FBI, Republicans everywhere are in the midst of a debate to redefine themselves and conservatism. Ours is disguised as contest for the chairmanship of the...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Sixth District isn’t the only June election in this state that is being roiled by President Donald Trump. Beneath the health care storm, beyond the fight over leadership of the FBI, Republicans everywhere are in the midst of a debate to redefine themselves and conservatism. Ours is disguised as contest for the chairmanship of the...
Political Rewind’ replay: Nine months later, James Comey rushed out the door
 How could it not? Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focused on Tuesday’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump. We had a press secretary hiding in the bushes, the sackee learning about his fate at the same time his California audience did – on TV. And a president who...

Posted: 15 days ago

How could it not? Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focused on Tuesday’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump. We had a press secretary hiding in the bushes, the sackee learning about his fate at the same time his California audience did – on TV. And a president who...
A former state lawmaker lays bare his unrequited respect for Sally Yates
 North Georgia pities those who have been deprived of the experience of McCracken Poston, a former state lawmaker and attorney who owns one of the best names ever devised. But it does not necessarily like to share him. This post, culled from something he has written for Facebook, is an exception: Many people are asking me today about Sally...

Posted: 16 days ago

North Georgia pities those who have been deprived of the experience of McCracken Poston, a former state lawmaker and attorney who owns one of the best names ever devised. But it does not necessarily like to share him. This post, culled from something he has written for Facebook, is an exception: Many people are asking me today about Sally...
Mary Norwood picks up an early endorsement from Atlanta police union
 Dominos are falling early in this year’s race for mayor of Atlanta. IBPO Local 623, the union for Atlanta police officers, on Tuesday endorsed Mary Norwood in the contest – something that didn’t happen eight years ago. From an emailed statement by the at-large city councilwoman:  “We want our officers to live, work...

Posted: 16 days ago

Dominos are falling early in this year’s race for mayor of Atlanta. IBPO Local 623, the union for Atlanta police officers, on Tuesday endorsed Mary Norwood in the contest – something that didn’t happen eight years ago. From an emailed statement by the at-large city councilwoman: “We want our officers to live, work...
Jimmy Carter on Bernie Sanders: ‘Can you all see why I voted for him?’
 Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday suggested that had voted for Bernie Sanders in last year’s presidential primary. Our AJC colleague Jill Vejnoska monitored the Carter Center event that featured the two men, and had this:   The audience frequently broke into applause, particularly when Sanders launched into one of his signature...

Posted: 16 days ago

Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday suggested that had voted for Bernie Sanders in last year’s presidential primary. Our AJC colleague Jill Vejnoska monitored the Carter Center event that featured the two men, and had this: The audience frequently broke into applause, particularly when Sanders launched into one of his signature...