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

The Jolt: Nathan Deal, Georgia Power, and a clout-heavy game of musical chairs
 If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...

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If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...
When the opioid crisis touched Johnny Isakson’s family
 In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The...

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In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The...
In Georgia, calls for Trump impeachment met with caution, zeal, scorn
 To some Democrats, billionaire Tom Steyer is a heaven-sent financier with a powerful message built around impeaching Donald Trump. To others, he’s a rogue who could threaten the party’s midterm election hopes at a time when Democrats can ill afford a distraction. The California philanthropist this week brought his national movement...

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To some Democrats, billionaire Tom Steyer is a heaven-sent financier with a powerful message built around impeaching Donald Trump. To others, he’s a rogue who could threaten the party’s midterm election hopes at a time when Democrats can ill afford a distraction. The California philanthropist this week brought his national movement...
Dem candidates steer clear of Trump impeachment debate
 Many of the Democrats challenging GOP incumbents in the north Atlanta suburbs say it’s too soon for their party to push for impeaching President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill.  Few if any of the Democrats seeking to unseat U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall in Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts are publicly...

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Many of the Democrats challenging GOP incumbents in the north Atlanta suburbs say it’s too soon for their party to push for impeaching President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill.  Few if any of the Democrats seeking to unseat U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall in Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts are publicly...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal’s pick for PSC gets GOP foe with tea party, solar backing
 So it turns out that, this spring, tea partyer Debbie Dooley won’t be camping out in north Georgia in an attempt to unseat House Speaker David Ralston – as she has in the past. Instead, Dooley is focused on giving Nathan Deal a bit of heartburn, championing a Republican solar advocate against Tricia Pridemore, the governor&rsquo...

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So it turns out that, this spring, tea partyer Debbie Dooley won’t be camping out in north Georgia in an attempt to unseat House Speaker David Ralston – as she has in the past. Instead, Dooley is focused on giving Nathan Deal a bit of heartburn, championing a Republican solar advocate against Tricia Pridemore, the governor&rsquo...
Ga. lawmakers stockpile cash in anticipation of tough midterm climate
 Some of Georgia’s GOP members of Congress stepped up their campaign fundraising during the first three months of the year, stockpiling cash as party leaders warn about a tough political climate in the upcoming midterm elections.  U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, who won the most expensive House race of all time last year...

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Some of Georgia’s GOP members of Congress stepped up their campaign fundraising during the first three months of the year, stockpiling cash as party leaders warn about a tough political climate in the upcoming midterm elections.  U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, who won the most expensive House race of all time last year...
The Jolt: Clarke County sheriff says he won’t detain ICE targets without warrant
 As the weekend broke, Blake Aued of Flagpole magazine in Athens dropped this bit of news: The decision reverses a policy that Sheriff Ira Edwards had instituted in July, which had drawn criticism when it was made public in July. More: You can expect to hear a good deal more about this. Athens is home to Secretary of State Brian...

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As the weekend broke, Blake Aued of Flagpole magazine in Athens dropped this bit of news: The decision reverses a policy that Sheriff Ira Edwards had instituted in July, which had drawn criticism when it was made public in July. More: You can expect to hear a good deal more about this. Athens is home to Secretary of State Brian...
Major Dem donor’s Atlanta visit prompts an obvious question: Will he get involved in Ga. races?
 Could the left’s biggest campaign donor be eyeing a major investment in Georgia?  That’s a major question as California billionaire Tom Steyer visits Atlanta next week for a town hall event aimed at building public support for impeaching President Trump. The former hedge fund manager spent upwards of $90 million supporting...

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Could the left’s biggest campaign donor be eyeing a major investment in Georgia?  That’s a major question as California billionaire Tom Steyer visits Atlanta next week for a town hall event aimed at building public support for impeaching President Trump. The former hedge fund manager spent upwards of $90 million supporting...
The Jolt: An Embattled EPA chief and a hunt for Delta SkyMiles
 Last month’s NRA flap made Delta Air Lines plenty of Republican enemies in Georgia and beyond. But the Atlanta-based airline appears to have at least one high-flying GOP fan: embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. That’s according to a scathing letter five Capitol Hill Democrats sent to Pruitt on Thursday. The group...

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Last month’s NRA flap made Delta Air Lines plenty of Republican enemies in Georgia and beyond. But the Atlanta-based airline appears to have at least one high-flying GOP fan: embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. That’s according to a scathing letter five Capitol Hill Democrats sent to Pruitt on Thursday. The group...
Georgia congressional race pulled into national gun control debate
 The thousands of student gun control activists and their parents who gathered for a recent prayer vigil in the cavernous, Gothic-style sanctuary of the Washington National Cathedral sat in respectful silence as Lucy McBath took to the podium and declared herself a “surrogate mother” to their movement. The Marietta resident stood...

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The thousands of student gun control activists and their parents who gathered for a recent prayer vigil in the cavernous, Gothic-style sanctuary of the Washington National Cathedral sat in respectful silence as Lucy McBath took to the podium and declared herself a “surrogate mother” to their movement. The Marietta resident stood...
Liberal megadonor coming to Atlanta with impeach Trump message
 A billionaire activist is coming to Atlanta next week with a provocative and unambiguous message: President Donald Trump is unfit for the nation’s highest office and should be impeached.  Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, one of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, is planning to headline a town hall-style event in...

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A billionaire activist is coming to Atlanta next week with a provocative and unambiguous message: President Donald Trump is unfit for the nation’s highest office and should be impeached.  Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, one of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, is planning to headline a town hall-style event in...