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Greg Bluestein

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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

Where the candidates for Georgia governor stand on climate change
 The devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael brought to light a debate over environmental policy that’s attracted little attention in this year’s race for Georgia governor. Whoever succeeds Gov. Nathan Deal will face consequential decisions over how to approach climate change, tackle environmental regulations and decide whether...

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The devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael brought to light a debate over environmental policy that’s attracted little attention in this year’s race for Georgia governor. Whoever succeeds Gov. Nathan Deal will face consequential decisions over how to approach climate change, tackle environmental regulations and decide whether...
The Jolt: When 107,000 Georgia voters were culled – for not voting
 Over at WABE (90.1FM), Johnny Kaufman is part of a national group effort looking at “use it or lose it” voter registration policies in several states, including Georgia. On a single July weekend in 2017, Kaufman’s team reports, more than half a million people – 8 percent of the state’s registered voters...

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Over at WABE (90.1FM), Johnny Kaufman is part of a national group effort looking at “use it or lose it” voter registration policies in several states, including Georgia. On a single July weekend in 2017, Kaufman’s team reports, more than half a million people – 8 percent of the state’s registered voters...
Abrams takes a sharper-elbowed approach to Kemp as early voting starts
 Not so long ago, Stacey Abrams avoided many direct attacks on Republican Brian Kemp, even as he pummeled her relentlessly. Not anymore. Previously, Abrams relied on allies to swipe back at Kemp while she tried to present herself as above the fray. Now, she’s launching direct attacks on the Republican’s views about policies...

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Not so long ago, Stacey Abrams avoided many direct attacks on Republican Brian Kemp, even as he pummeled her relentlessly. Not anymore. Previously, Abrams relied on allies to swipe back at Kemp while she tried to present herself as above the fray. Now, she’s launching direct attacks on the Republican’s views about policies...
Deal cements hometown legacy with sparkling new Hall County campus
 The ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday in Gov. Nathan Deal’s hometown will celebrate the completion of one of the costliest state building projects in recent Georgia history. It will also mark a signature achievement for the Gainesville Republican.  The event will commemorate the opening of the Hall County campus of Lanier Technical...

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday in Gov. Nathan Deal’s hometown will celebrate the completion of one of the costliest state building projects in recent Georgia history. It will also mark a signature achievement for the Gainesville Republican.  The event will commemorate the opening of the Hall County campus of Lanier Technical...
Kemp’s office removes video that triggered outrage on social media 
 Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office removed a video on his website after it triggered outrage on social media for featuring an African-American actor who failed to bring proper photo ID to vote. The minute-long video on the Republican’s website was created before the 2016 election and aimed to instruct voters how to cast a...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office removed a video on his website after it triggered outrage on social media for featuring an African-American actor who failed to bring proper photo ID to vote. The minute-long video on the Republican’s website was created before the 2016 election and aimed to instruct voters how to cast a...
Kemp to stump with Marco Rubio on Monday in Cobb County
 Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is set to campaign with Republican Brian Kemp and other down-ticket candidates on Monday in vote-rich Cobb County, one of the few Georgia counties that he carried during his 2016 run for president.  Rubio will appear with Kemp and Geoff Duncan, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, at 9:45 on Monday...

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Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is set to campaign with Republican Brian Kemp and other down-ticket candidates on Monday in vote-rich Cobb County, one of the few Georgia counties that he carried during his 2016 run for president.  Rubio will appear with Kemp and Geoff Duncan, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, at 9:45 on Monday...
‘Not by a longshot’ Scathing new attack ad aims at Kemp 
 Brian Kemp might be hoping that voters forget the shotgun-toting image that helped him win the GOP nomination. Georgia Democrats are doing everything they can to remind them.  The state party launched a scathing new attack ad Thursday that opens with footage of that controversial commercial, which featured Kemp pointing a shotgun...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Brian Kemp might be hoping that voters forget the shotgun-toting image that helped him win the GOP nomination. Georgia Democrats are doing everything they can to remind them.  The state party launched a scathing new attack ad Thursday that opens with footage of that controversial commercial, which featured Kemp pointing a shotgun...
The Jolt: A ‘legal mob’ accuses the Georgia GOP of libel
 Earlier this week, we ventured that this 2018 election season might be the most litigated on record, pointing to the spate of federal lawsuits over voter registration and the dismissal of absentee ballots in Gwinnett County. Picking up language generated out of Washington, the state GOP has accused a “legal mob” for...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Earlier this week, we ventured that this 2018 election season might be the most litigated on record, pointing to the spate of federal lawsuits over voter registration and the dismissal of absentee ballots in Gwinnett County. Picking up language generated out of Washington, the state GOP has accused a “legal mob” for...
Abrams rallies with seniors ousted from Black Voters Matter bus 
 Augusta – Stacey Abrams took a campaign detour to the scene of one of the more controversial moments of this year’s election: A senior center where county officials prevented a third-party group from taking elderly black residents to a voting site.  At a stop early Tuesday in Louisville, the Democratic candidate for governor...

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Augusta – Stacey Abrams took a campaign detour to the scene of one of the more controversial moments of this year’s election: A senior center where county officials prevented a third-party group from taking elderly black residents to a voting site.  At a stop early Tuesday in Louisville, the Democratic candidate for governor...
On the Georgia trail: A tougher-talking Abrams and ‘condescending’ ag remarks
 Brunswick - Not so long ago, Stacey Abrams avoided many direct attacks on Republican Brian Kemp even as he pummeled her relentlessly. Not anymore.  At campaign stops this week, she repeatedly laced into her GOP rival over a slew of his policies.  On his $600 million plan to raise teacher pay? “I’m not going...

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Brunswick - Not so long ago, Stacey Abrams avoided many direct attacks on Republican Brian Kemp even as he pummeled her relentlessly. Not anymore.  At campaign stops this week, she repeatedly laced into her GOP rival over a slew of his policies.  On his $600 million plan to raise teacher pay? “I’m not going...
New poll shows razor-thin race for Georgia governor and solid Trump approvals 
 A new poll released Wednesday shows a neck-and-neck race for Georgia governor, solid approval ratings for President Donald Trump and that voters are more likely to support Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation than oppose it. The Reuters/Ipsos/University of Virginia Center for Politics poll had Kemp leading Abrams 47-46...

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A new poll released Wednesday shows a neck-and-neck race for Georgia governor, solid approval ratings for President Donald Trump and that voters are more likely to support Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation than oppose it. The Reuters/Ipsos/University of Virginia Center for Politics poll had Kemp leading Abrams 47-46...