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.

Latest from Greg Bluestein

The Jolt: The Confederate battle flag takes a hit among white Southerners
 Half of all residents in 11 Southern states maintain that the United States was founded as an explicitly Christian nation, according to a Winthrop University poll on regional attitudes that was released this morning. The Christian nation belief was particularly strong, as one might expect, among white evangelicals polled. Seventy-six percent...

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Half of all residents in 11 Southern states maintain that the United States was founded as an explicitly Christian nation, according to a Winthrop University poll on regional attitudes that was released this morning. The Christian nation belief was particularly strong, as one might expect, among white evangelicals polled. Seventy-six percent...
The Jolt: The black-and-white cyber security debate behind that November surprise
 Like any subset of society, the world of technology has its own culture, its own precepts of what separates good behavior from bad. Some people find certain aspects of that culture baffling – specifically, the topic of cyber security. And many of those people can be found in and around the state Capitol. Over the weekend, our AJC colleague...

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Like any subset of society, the world of technology has its own culture, its own precepts of what separates good behavior from bad. Some people find certain aspects of that culture baffling – specifically, the topic of cyber security. And many of those people can be found in and around the state Capitol. Over the weekend, our AJC colleague...
Georgia Republicans refocus on pocketbook issues after suburban losses
 Weeks after Georgia Republicans suffered a wave of defeats across metro Atlanta, the party’s leaders are promising to focus on pocketbook issues rather than fights over social divides that energize the GOP’s rural base. At last week’s biennial training session for legislators in Athens and in the hallways under the Gold...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Weeks after Georgia Republicans suffered a wave of defeats across metro Atlanta, the party’s leaders are promising to focus on pocketbook issues rather than fights over social divides that energize the GOP’s rural base. At last week’s biennial training session for legislators in Athens and in the hallways under the Gold...
Who could challenge Sen. David Perdue in 2020
 If you thought the gubernatorial race brought a deluge of outside money and attention to Georgia, just wait until 2020.  Not only will Georgia be a likely battleground state with President Donald Trump  on the ballot, but Democrats are also preparing to challenge Republican David Perdue as he competes for a second term in the...

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If you thought the gubernatorial race brought a deluge of outside money and attention to Georgia, just wait until 2020.  Not only will Georgia be a likely battleground state with President Donald Trump on the ballot, but Democrats are also preparing to challenge Republican David Perdue as he competes for a second term in the...
Ethics complaint targets Georgia tea party leader 
 A Republican attorney filed an ethics complaint Friday claiming a prominent Georgia tea party leader failed to register as a lobbyist and disclose most of her political advocacy work. The complaint targets Debbie Dooley, a co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots who has attracted national attention for her advocacy for alternative...

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A Republican attorney filed an ethics complaint Friday claiming a prominent Georgia tea party leader failed to register as a lobbyist and disclose most of her political advocacy work. The complaint targets Debbie Dooley, a co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots who has attracted national attention for her advocacy for alternative...
The Jolt: Donald Trump and the other thing that happened in August 2015
 Late this summer, federal prosecutors in New York promulgated a 22-page list of Michael Cohen’s sins against the U.S. legal code. The charges against President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer included this paragraph: On Wednesday, in a non-prosecution agreement, the feds revealed Corporation-1 to be National Enquirer...

Posted: 3 days ago

Late this summer, federal prosecutors in New York promulgated a 22-page list of Michael Cohen’s sins against the U.S. legal code. The charges against President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer included this paragraph: On Wednesday, in a non-prosecution agreement, the feds revealed Corporation-1 to be National Enquirer...
‘Pet projects?’ How Deal has transformed his hometown of Gainesville
 Gov. Nathan Deal stood before a crowd of dozens of Gainesville’s elite on a chilly fall afternoon and told the crowd he hadn’t expected to see them again so soon. “I keep thinking it’s my last address here as governor,” he told the audience at an event announcing another multimillion-dollar investment in his...

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Gov. Nathan Deal stood before a crowd of dozens of Gainesville’s elite on a chilly fall afternoon and told the crowd he hadn’t expected to see them again so soon. “I keep thinking it’s my last address here as governor,” he told the audience at an event announcing another multimillion-dollar investment in his...
Ossoff strikes populist tone as he mulls Senate bid 
 Cornelia – Jon Ossoff’s bid for Georgia’s 6th District brought him to all corners of Atlanta suburbs, but late Thursday he arrived at a new setting: A crowded library meeting hall in deeply-conservative Habersham County.  The investigative journalist raised $30 million in last year’s special election for the U...

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Cornelia – Jon Ossoff’s bid for Georgia’s 6th District brought him to all corners of Atlanta suburbs, but late Thursday he arrived at a new setting: A crowded library meeting hall in deeply-conservative Habersham County.  The investigative journalist raised $30 million in last year’s special election for the U...
Railroad giant’s new Atlanta HQ a triumph of city-state alliance
 Norfolk Southern made official Wednesday what was long expected — that the company’s headquarters is moving from Virginia to Atlanta. The formal announcement that Georgia had coaxed the railroad giant out of Norfolk to a future glitzy office complex in Midtown is a swan song of sorts for Gov. Nathan Deal, who has made economic...

Posted: 5 days ago

Norfolk Southern made official Wednesday what was long expected — that the company’s headquarters is moving from Virginia to Atlanta. The formal announcement that Georgia had coaxed the railroad giant out of Norfolk to a future glitzy office complex in Midtown is a swan song of sorts for Gov. Nathan Deal, who has made economic...