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: Brian Kemp makes course corrections for November
 With a gubernatorial nomination in hand, Republican Brian Kemp has begun sharpening his approach on a few key issues. Call them course corrections, if you prefer. Let’s start with voting machines. The secretary of state has long said he wants to replace Georgia’s outdated electronic voting system and that he’s...

Posted: 12 hours ago

With a gubernatorial nomination in hand, Republican Brian Kemp has begun sharpening his approach on a few key issues. Call them course corrections, if you prefer. Let’s start with voting machines. The secretary of state has long said he wants to replace Georgia’s outdated electronic voting system and that he’s...
Ga. county under pressure to reject ‘ugly’ plan to close precincts 
 Pressure is mounting on Randolph County officials to abandon a proposal to close seven out of nine polling places in a predominantly African-American area in southwest Georgia.   Dozens of voters crowded an elections board meeting in Randolph County on Thursday to blast plans to close polling sites for the November election that...

Posted: a day ago

Pressure is mounting on Randolph County officials to abandon a proposal to close seven out of nine polling places in a predominantly African-American area in southwest Georgia.   Dozens of voters crowded an elections board meeting in Randolph County on Thursday to blast plans to close polling sites for the November election that...
The Jolt: Dem chair says Ellison abuse claims won’t sully November chances
 Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was in Atlanta again on Wednesday, this time addressing a small group of Hispanic and Latino voters, talking up Stacey Abrams and talking down Brian Kemp. From our AJC colleague Amanda Coyne: But Perez also made news on another front. From the Associated Press: *** Georgia&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was in Atlanta again on Wednesday, this time addressing a small group of Hispanic and Latino voters, talking up Stacey Abrams and talking down Brian Kemp. From our AJC colleague Amanda Coyne: But Perez also made news on another front. From the Associated Press: *** Georgia&rsquo...
Why anti-Pelosi attacks could be losing their edge
 All those attack ads linking Georgia Democrats to Nancy Pelosi may not pack the same kind of punch they once did -- at least according to a CNN poll. The poll of 921 registered voters found that while the House minority leader remains singularly unpopular among Republicans, she has a marginal impact on how people will vote in November...

Posted: a day ago

All those attack ads linking Georgia Democrats to Nancy Pelosi may not pack the same kind of punch they once did -- at least according to a CNN poll. The poll of 921 registered voters found that while the House minority leader remains singularly unpopular among Republicans, she has a marginal impact on how people will vote in November...
The Jolt: ‘State citizenship’ matters, Georgia’s high court rules
 House Republicans at the state Capitol just preserved one of their number from an anticipated blue November wave. From our AJC colleague Mark Niesse: The decision is an important one, if only because of the emphasis placed on state citizenship as something additional to and separate from U.S. citizenship. We’re not talking...

Posted: 3 days ago

House Republicans at the state Capitol just preserved one of their number from an anticipated blue November wave. From our AJC colleague Mark Niesse: The decision is an important one, if only because of the emphasis placed on state citizenship as something additional to and separate from U.S. citizenship. We’re not talking...
Amazon HQ2: While Atlanta debates incentives, Ga. poised to add more
 Note to Georgia lawmakers: The lucrative package of incentives that Atlanta could put forth to stimulate a mini-city worthy of Amazon’s second headquarters won’t excuse state officials from dangling their own goodies.  That was the implicit message that Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration sent after Mayor Keisha...

Posted: 2 days ago

Note to Georgia lawmakers: The lucrative package of incentives that Atlanta could put forth to stimulate a mini-city worthy of Amazon’s second headquarters won’t excuse state officials from dangling their own goodies.  That was the implicit message that Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration sent after Mayor Keisha...
Millionaire candidates stud Georgia’s ballot
 From the top of the Georgia ticket to the bottom, voters in November will decide between millionaires and candidates with more modest economic backgrounds. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of financial disclosure records found more than half the candidates on the statewide ballot have a net worth that tops seven figures. Those six...

Posted: 3 days ago

From the top of the Georgia ticket to the bottom, voters in November will decide between millionaires and candidates with more modest economic backgrounds. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of financial disclosure records found more than half the candidates on the statewide ballot have a net worth that tops seven figures. Those six...
The Jolt: Stockbridge sold out by its own lawyers, complaint says
 The fight over the creation of a city of Eagles Landing from the existing city of Stockbridge has shifted to a new venue. Lee Stuart, a former mayor of Stockbridge has filed complaints with the State Bar of Georgia against state Rep. Andy Welch and state Sen. Brian Strickland. Both Henry County lawmakers are partners in the firm of Smith...

Posted: 3 days ago

The fight over the creation of a city of Eagles Landing from the existing city of Stockbridge has shifted to a new venue. Lee Stuart, a former mayor of Stockbridge has filed complaints with the State Bar of Georgia against state Rep. Andy Welch and state Sen. Brian Strickland. Both Henry County lawmakers are partners in the firm of Smith...
That makes three: Carter is latest prez to endorse in Georgia gov race 
 Another former president has backed Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign for Georgia governor. Weeks after Barack Obama gave Abrams his full-throated support, Georgia native Jimmy Carter called the Democrat the “right leader for our changing state who has consistently championed the values we share.”  “Stacey...

Posted: 4 days ago

Another former president has backed Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign for Georgia governor. Weeks after Barack Obama gave Abrams his full-throated support, Georgia native Jimmy Carter called the Democrat the “right leader for our changing state who has consistently championed the values we share.”  “Stacey...
Political hardball: Why the Braves are co-hosting a Kemp fundraiser 
 The Atlanta Braves franchise is wading into the race for Georgia governor by hosting a high-dollar fundraiser this month for Republican Brian Kemp, though the team said it expects to also chip into Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign. The team was among dozens of sponsors for an Aug. 27 fundraiser featuring Kemp and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Atlanta Braves franchise is wading into the race for Georgia governor by hosting a high-dollar fundraiser this month for Republican Brian Kemp, though the team said it expects to also chip into Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign. The team was among dozens of sponsors for an Aug. 27 fundraiser featuring Kemp and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson...
The Jolt: Senate Republicans bury the hatchet -- for now
 Two important things happened at a weekend round of meetings involving state GOP lawmakers.  The first is that House and Senate Republicans who backed other gubernatorial candidates apparently let bygones be bygones and, in a fit of comity, pledged their support to Brian Kemp, their party’s nominee for governor....

Posted: 4 days ago

Two important things happened at a weekend round of meetings involving state GOP lawmakers.  The first is that House and Senate Republicans who backed other gubernatorial candidates apparently let bygones be bygones and, in a fit of comity, pledged their support to Brian Kemp, their party’s nominee for governor....