Tamar Hallerman

Washington Correspondent

Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia. She also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. Before joining the paper in January 2016, she wrote about government spending for CQ Roll Call. There she covered appropriations, budget, the resignation of John Boehner and more immigration-related news than she can remember. Before that, she was an energy reporter for three years. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, she attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Latest from Tamar Hallerman

House Speaker David Ralston gets a GOP challenge -- again
 House Speaker David Ralston will once more face competition in May to retain his solidly-conservative north Georgia seat.  Margaret Williamson said in a statement to the hyperlocal site Fetch Your News that she would square off against the Blue Ridge Republican in the GOP primary.  “I have actively participated in...

Posted: 19 hours ago

House Speaker David Ralston will once more face competition in May to retain his solidly-conservative north Georgia seat.  Margaret Williamson said in a statement to the hyperlocal site Fetch Your News that she would square off against the Blue Ridge Republican in the GOP primary.  “I have actively participated in...
Tom Price joins advisory board of Jackson Healthcare
 Bloomberg reports that Tom Price’s post-Cabinet career has begun: Price stepped down from HHS job last September, amid probes of his use of taxpayer-funded jets while in office – and after unsuccessful Senate attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Price was a leading critic of the Obama administration’s central...

Posted: a day ago

Bloomberg reports that Tom Price’s post-Cabinet career has begun: Price stepped down from HHS job last September, amid probes of his use of taxpayer-funded jets while in office – and after unsuccessful Senate attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Price was a leading critic of the Obama administration’s central...
Jolt: On Atlanta-D.C. flight, John Lewis taunted with a shout of ‘Trump!’
 A new podcast with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., presumably the prelude to a 2020 presidential campaign, debuted Sunday with an appearance by U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The conversation focused on the Atlanta congressman’s extensive civil rights biography, but in the last few minutes, Lewis spoke of a new taunt aimed his way &ndash...

Posted: 2 days ago

A new podcast with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., presumably the prelude to a 2020 presidential campaign, debuted Sunday with an appearance by U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The conversation focused on the Atlanta congressman’s extensive civil rights biography, but in the last few minutes, Lewis spoke of a new taunt aimed his way &ndash...
Perdue says he doesn’t recall Trump’s controversial Haiti comments 
 U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s office said Friday that he doesn’t recall President Donald Trump making disparaging remarks about Haiti and African nations during a private meeting in the White House, as Democrats pressured him to condemn the comments. Perdue, a top ally of the president, was at the Oval Office meeting involving discussion...

Posted: 6 days ago

U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s office said Friday that he doesn’t recall President Donald Trump making disparaging remarks about Haiti and African nations during a private meeting in the White House, as Democrats pressured him to condemn the comments. Perdue, a top ally of the president, was at the Oval Office meeting involving discussion...
David Perdue looks to pull Trump to the right in latest immigration fight
 Eyeing an unofficial Jan. 19 deadline, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators is looking to cut an immigration deal that would shield young undocumented people from deportation while passing muster with President Donald Trump.  Georgia’s U.S. Sen. David Perdue sees his role a bit differently.  The freshman Republican is not among...

Posted: 6 days ago

Eyeing an unofficial Jan. 19 deadline, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators is looking to cut an immigration deal that would shield young undocumented people from deportation while passing muster with President Donald Trump.  Georgia’s U.S. Sen. David Perdue sees his role a bit differently.  The freshman Republican is not among...
A cemetery fence separating black and white dead comes down in south Georgia
 We begin this MLK weekend with some lines from the Tallahassee, Fla., Democrat: Camilla is an hour drive from Tallahassee, with a population just over 5,000. Some 70 percent of residents are African-American. The town is closer to Valdosta and Albany, but we’ve seen no reports on this from newspapers there. A statement sent to...

Posted: 6 days ago

We begin this MLK weekend with some lines from the Tallahassee, Fla., Democrat: Camilla is an hour drive from Tallahassee, with a population just over 5,000. Some 70 percent of residents are African-American. The town is closer to Valdosta and Albany, but we’ve seen no reports on this from newspapers there. A statement sent to...
Deal, coastal Georgia officials raise concerns about offshore drilling
 Gov. Nathan Deal raised concerns about the Trump administration’s decision to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in coastal Georgia and much of the rest of the nation’s coastal waters, but it’s unclear whether the state will seek an exemption from the expanded federal program. The governor’s office said in a statement...

Posted: 7 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal raised concerns about the Trump administration’s decision to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in coastal Georgia and much of the rest of the nation’s coastal waters, but it’s unclear whether the state will seek an exemption from the expanded federal program. The governor’s office said in a statement...
U.S. Senate confirms first Trump-nominated Ga. judge
 The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed former federal prosecutor Michael Brown to the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, greenlighting President Donald Trump’s first Georgia-based judicial pick six months after he was first nominated.  Brown sailed through the chamber  92-0 after clearing a procedural vote the previous...

Posted: 7 days ago

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed former federal prosecutor Michael Brown to the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, greenlighting President Donald Trump’s first Georgia-based judicial pick six months after he was first nominated.  Brown sailed through the chamber 92-0 after clearing a procedural vote the previous...
The Jolt: A Senate committee passes the adoption bill, but adds a poison pill
 A bill to make the adoption process in Georgia faster and easier passed out of a state Senate committee Wednesday, without a controversial “religious liberty” provision that stalled the legislation last year. A floor vote could come as early as next week – meeting demands made by both Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker...

Posted: 7 days ago

A bill to make the adoption process in Georgia faster and easier passed out of a state Senate committee Wednesday, without a controversial “religious liberty” provision that stalled the legislation last year. A floor vote could come as early as next week – meeting demands made by both Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker...
Georgia governor concerned about offshore drilling marring ‘pristine’ coastline
 Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday he’s concerned about the Trump administration’s decision to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in coastal Georgia and much of the rest of the nation’s coastal waters.  The governor’s office said in a statement that he has “some concerns with opening up Georgia&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday he’s concerned about the Trump administration’s decision to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in coastal Georgia and much of the rest of the nation’s coastal waters.  The governor’s office said in a statement that he has “some concerns with opening up Georgia&rsquo...