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: Get AC/DC on the line. Doug Collins has some news.
 It might be 195 days until the election, but we suspect this could be one of the biggest days of Congressman Doug Collins’ 2018. Members of the House are slated to advance two of the top items on the Gainesville Republican’s agenda, the culmination of years of work that will undoubtedly bolster the three-term lawmaker as...

Posted: 15 hours ago

It might be 195 days until the election, but we suspect this could be one of the biggest days of Congressman Doug Collins’ 2018. Members of the House are slated to advance two of the top items on the Gainesville Republican’s agenda, the culmination of years of work that will undoubtedly bolster the three-term lawmaker as...
Georgia governor on Eagles Landing: ‘I’m not leaning either way’
 The proposal to carve out land taken from the existing city of Stockbridge to create a new, more affluent municipality is probably the most controversial bill on Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk. And the Republican is not hinting where he stands on it after meeting with both sides.  The governor on Tuesday sat down with the mayor of Stockbridge...

Posted: 19 hours ago

The proposal to carve out land taken from the existing city of Stockbridge to create a new, more affluent municipality is probably the most controversial bill on Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk. And the Republican is not hinting where he stands on it after meeting with both sides.  The governor on Tuesday sat down with the mayor of Stockbridge...
In first TV debate, Abrams and Evans clash over ethics, guns and HOPE 
 Trailing in the polls, Stacey Evans repeatedly tried to tie her rival Stacey Abrams to the GOP in Tuesday’s first televised debate of Democratic candidates for governor.  Evans said Abrams “ripped that program to shreds” when she sided with Republicans on a 2011 measure to cut HOPE scholarship awards. And she claimed...

Posted: a day ago

Trailing in the polls, Stacey Evans repeatedly tried to tie her rival Stacey Abrams to the GOP in Tuesday’s first televised debate of Democratic candidates for governor.  Evans said Abrams “ripped that program to shreds” when she sided with Republicans on a 2011 measure to cut HOPE scholarship awards. And she claimed...
Georgia 2018: Hill trumpets NRA rating after ‘Benedict Arnold’ attack 
 Days after a rival branding him a traitor over his Second Amendment stance, Republican Hunter Hill trumpeted the National Rifle Association’s decision to give him an “A” rating. The former state senator highlighted the NRA’s review on Tuesday as his GOP rivals in the race for governor over his comments about potentially...

Posted: a day ago

Days after a rival branding him a traitor over his Second Amendment stance, Republican Hunter Hill trumpeted the National Rifle Association’s decision to give him an “A” rating. The former state senator highlighted the NRA’s review on Tuesday as his GOP rivals in the race for governor over his comments about potentially...
The Jolt: Casey Cagle predicts a two-month runoff in GOP race for governor
 Casey Cagle took his Republican campaign for governor on the road Monday, sprinkling news like an April shower. In the morning, the lieutenant governor played the lowered expectation game. Cagle is the presumed frontrunner, but told crowds that it was “mathematically impossible” for him to win the gubernatorial nomination...

Posted: a day ago

Casey Cagle took his Republican campaign for governor on the road Monday, sprinkling news like an April shower. In the morning, the lieutenant governor played the lowered expectation game. Cagle is the presumed frontrunner, but told crowds that it was “mathematically impossible” for him to win the gubernatorial nomination...
Georgia 2018: Abrams gets some star power for final stretch
 Stacey Abrams is getting some high-powered help for the early voting period that starts Monday. The Democratic candidate for governor said actresses Tracee Ellis Ross, Rashida Jones and Niecy Nash will join the former House minority leader on the campaign trail for stops in Albany, Atlanta, and Middle Georgia. They are set to visit April...

Posted: 2 days ago

Stacey Abrams is getting some high-powered help for the early voting period that starts Monday. The Democratic candidate for governor said actresses Tracee Ellis Ross, Rashida Jones and Niecy Nash will join the former House minority leader on the campaign trail for stops in Albany, Atlanta, and Middle Georgia. They are set to visit April...
In latest ad, Cagle invokes fraught adoption debate
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s latest ad requires a lot of unpacking. The 30-second spot features heart-tugging images of teary-eyed children clutching at teddy bears and solemnly looking out a window as rain gushes down. The voice-over from the GOP frontrunner for governor highlights one of the more contentious legislative fights over the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s latest ad requires a lot of unpacking. The 30-second spot features heart-tugging images of teary-eyed children clutching at teddy bears and solemnly looking out a window as rain gushes down. The voice-over from the GOP frontrunner for governor highlights one of the more contentious legislative fights over the...
Police use anti-KKK law to arrest people protesting neo-Nazis
 Faced with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against a crowd of neo-Nazis in Newnan, Georgia, authorities turned to a little-known Georgia law adopted in 1951 to combat the Ku Klux Klan. The law, which makes it illegal to wear a mask at most public events, was cited in several of the arrests of counterdemonstrators who joined a...

Posted: 2 days ago

Faced with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against a crowd of neo-Nazis in Newnan, Georgia, authorities turned to a little-known Georgia law adopted in 1951 to combat the Ku Klux Klan. The law, which makes it illegal to wear a mask at most public events, was cited in several of the arrests of counterdemonstrators who joined a...
Why Monday is no longer Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia
 The fourth Monday in April had for decades been known in Georgia as Confederate Memorial Day. But this year, the day goes by the much more neutral title: "State Holiday." Most state employees will still take Monday off, but they will no longer officially be memorializing the South's casualties. That's because Gov. Nathan Deal in...

Posted: 3 days ago

The fourth Monday in April had for decades been known in Georgia as Confederate Memorial Day. But this year, the day goes by the much more neutral title: "State Holiday." Most state employees will still take Monday off, but they will no longer officially be memorializing the South's casualties. That's because Gov. Nathan Deal in...
Police use anti-KKK law to arrest people protesting neo-Nazis
 Faced with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against a crowd of neo-Nazis in Newnan, local and state authorities turned to a little-known Georgia law adopted in 1951 to combat the Ku Klux Klan. The law, which makes it illegal to wear a mask at most public events, was cited in several of the arrests of counterdemonstrators who joined a protest...

Posted: 3 days ago

Faced with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against a crowd of neo-Nazis in Newnan, local and state authorities turned to a little-known Georgia law adopted in 1951 to combat the Ku Klux Klan. The law, which makes it illegal to wear a mask at most public events, was cited in several of the arrests of counterdemonstrators who joined a protest...