Greg Bluestein

Political Reporter

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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After Trump’s endorsement, Cagle lashes out at Tippins 
 Before Donald Trump waded into the GOP race for governor, the biggest outside factor in the contest may have been Clay Tippins. Or, more specifically, the tape that Tippins secretly recorded featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking candidly with his former rival.  Now that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their full...

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Before Donald Trump waded into the GOP race for governor, the biggest outside factor in the contest may have been Clay Tippins. Or, more specifically, the tape that Tippins secretly recorded featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking candidly with his former rival.  Now that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their full...
Now the underdog, Cagle grapples with Trump fallout
 No sooner had Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrapped up the second in a string of campaign rallies Thursday than he faced a barrage of questions he’d rather not hear: one query after another about President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival in next week’s GOP runoff for governor. Cagle tied himself each time to Gov. Nathan Deal...

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No sooner had Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrapped up the second in a string of campaign rallies Thursday than he faced a barrage of questions he’d rather not hear: one query after another about President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival in next week’s GOP runoff for governor. Cagle tied himself each time to Gov. Nathan Deal...
Pence to headline rally for Kemp on Saturday
 Vice President Mike Pence will headline a rally for Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor in Macon on Saturday, giving the Republican another boost ahead of next week’s runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Two people with direct knowledge of the event told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of the plans. Pence&rsquo...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Vice President Mike Pence will headline a rally for Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor in Macon on Saturday, giving the Republican another boost ahead of next week’s runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Two people with direct knowledge of the event told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of the plans. Pence&rsquo...
The Jolt: Behind Donald Trump’s endorsement of Brian Kemp
 To say that GOP insiders were surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse Brian Kemp over Casey Cagle in the Republican runoff for governor would be an exercise in understatement. Even Kemp seemed to be caught off-guard by the timing. The president’s tweet Wednesday afternoon came as the secretary of state was in...

Posted: 16 hours ago

To say that GOP insiders were surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse Brian Kemp over Casey Cagle in the Republican runoff for governor would be an exercise in understatement. Even Kemp seemed to be caught off-guard by the timing. The president’s tweet Wednesday afternoon came as the secretary of state was in...
Trump endorses Brian Kemp in Georgia GOP gov race
 President Donald Trump gave Secretary of State Brian Kemp his “full and total endorsement” Wednesday in Georgia’s Republican race for governor, dealing Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle a devastating blow in a bitter runoff. In an afternoon tweet, Trump said Kemp was “tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration...

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President Donald Trump gave Secretary of State Brian Kemp his “full and total endorsement” Wednesday in Georgia’s Republican race for governor, dealing Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle a devastating blow in a bitter runoff. In an afternoon tweet, Trump said Kemp was “tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration...
Cagle’s final runoff ad is brutal attack on Kemp 
 Candidates usually close out their campaigns with feel-good messages. But the GOP race for governor may be too close to gamble on a sunny message. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s final ad ratcheted up the brutal back-and-forth with Secretary of State Brian Kemp, highlighting his role in a probe of massage parlors, his investment in...

Posted: a day ago

Candidates usually close out their campaigns with feel-good messages. But the GOP race for governor may be too close to gamble on a sunny message. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s final ad ratcheted up the brutal back-and-forth with Secretary of State Brian Kemp, highlighting his role in a probe of massage parlors, his investment in...
Cagle on Trump’s summit with Putin: ‘I don’t think he sided with Russia’
 Late last week, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle conducted a social media forum and took questions ranging from his views on abortion (tougher laws are needed, he said) to a voter fighting with her homeowners association (he politely offered his staff’s help).  On Tuesday, he conducted another one and was quickly confronted with a question...

Posted: a day ago

Late last week, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle conducted a social media forum and took questions ranging from his views on abortion (tougher laws are needed, he said) to a voter fighting with her homeowners association (he politely offered his staff’s help).  On Tuesday, he conducted another one and was quickly confronted with a question...
The Jolt: Cobb County considers ‘a homeless camp’
 Two significant articles appear in today’s Marietta Daily Journal. The newspaper doesn’t connect them, but one can easily draw a dotted line between the two – under the rubric of a rapidly urbanizing Cobb County. The first comes out of a Tuesday gathering of the Cobb County Commission: And then there’s the report...

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Two significant articles appear in today’s Marietta Daily Journal. The newspaper doesn’t connect them, but one can easily draw a dotted line between the two – under the rubric of a rapidly urbanizing Cobb County. The first comes out of a Tuesday gathering of the Cobb County Commission: And then there’s the report...
Tom Crawford, dean of state Capitol journalists, dies at 67
 Tom Crawford, the dean of state Capitol journalists who documented Georgia politics over more than three decades, has died. He was 67. Crawford in May announced the end to his journalism career, leading to a steady stream of tributes and visits from politicians, power brokers and fellow reporters who bid him farewell. He died of complications...

Posted: a day ago

Tom Crawford, the dean of state Capitol journalists who documented Georgia politics over more than three decades, has died. He was 67. Crawford in May announced the end to his journalism career, leading to a steady stream of tributes and visits from politicians, power brokers and fellow reporters who bid him farewell. He died of complications...
A pledge to fight poverty riles up the Georgia governor’s race
 Is a Republican’s pledge to fight poverty now an inexcusable offense in an ultracompetitive race for the most conservative voters in Georgia? That’s the question both GOP candidates for governor confronted Tuesday after another clip of a secretly recorded conversation was released. Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s allies...

Posted: 2 days ago

Is a Republican’s pledge to fight poverty now an inexcusable offense in an ultracompetitive race for the most conservative voters in Georgia? That’s the question both GOP candidates for governor confronted Tuesday after another clip of a secretly recorded conversation was released. Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s allies...
An endorsement highlights slight GOP shift on medical marijuana
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp are both open to researching new ways to expand access to medical marijuana if elected governor, though neither Republican candidate has explicitly endorsed legalizing the in-state cultivation of the drug. That’s a shift that state Rep. Allen Peake, who wrote the state’s medical...

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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp are both open to researching new ways to expand access to medical marijuana if elected governor, though neither Republican candidate has explicitly endorsed legalizing the in-state cultivation of the drug. That’s a shift that state Rep. Allen Peake, who wrote the state’s medical...