Jim Denery

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Jim Denery is a premium editor who mostly handles stories involving Georgia politics and government. He has been with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2007. Before that, he worked as a reporter and editor at eight other papers, most of them in the South.

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Capitol Recap: White House spat muddies Georgia’s hurricane recovery
 The storm that passed through the White House this week has cast a cloud over funding for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. The White House clash Tuesday between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer heightened the possibility of a federal government shutdown later this month. The...

Posted: 2 days ago

The storm that passed through the White House this week has cast a cloud over funding for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. The White House clash Tuesday between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer heightened the possibility of a federal government shutdown later this month. The...
Capitol Recap: Georgia voting has ended. Talk about it hasn’t.
 After a primary and primary runoff, a general election and another runoff, it looks like — with the exception of a state House District race in North Georgia where the difference Tuesday was only three votes — that an end can finally be called on the 2018 campaign season. It won’t, however, put a halt to talk about...

Posted: 9 days ago

After a primary and primary runoff, a general election and another runoff, it looks like — with the exception of a state House District race in North Georgia where the difference Tuesday was only three votes — that an end can finally be called on the 2018 campaign season. It won’t, however, put a halt to talk about...
Capitol Recap: Some in GOP blame Kemp for party’s suburban woes
 Brian Kemp got the most votes in Georgia’s race for governor, but he’s taking some heat from fellow Republicans for mapping a route to the Governor’s Mansion that didn’t run through the suburbs. Among the complaints: It’s so 2016. And that might not be so good in 2020 and beyond if it alienates an important...

12:00 AM Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Brian Kemp got the most votes in Georgia’s race for governor, but he’s taking some heat from fellow Republicans for mapping a route to the Governor’s Mansion that didn’t run through the suburbs. Among the complaints: It’s so 2016. And that might not be so good in 2020 and beyond if it alienates an important...
Capitol Recap: In Atlanta market, TV campaign ads bring out the mean
 Why so negative, Atlanta? A firm called iQ Media has tracked television advertising since September in Georgia’s race for governor, and what it found is that the campaigns tend to go on the attack in the Atlanta market. They play hardball here, even when the Braves’ season is over. Groups supporting Republican Brian Kemp...

12:00 AM Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Why so negative, Atlanta? A firm called iQ Media has tracked television advertising since September in Georgia’s race for governor, and what it found is that the campaigns tend to go on the attack in the Atlanta market. They play hardball here, even when the Braves’ season is over. Groups supporting Republican Brian Kemp...
Capitol Recap: On Georgia disclosures, requests often act as answers
 They say the devil is in the details. Just don’t go looking for the Prince of Darkness in Georgia's campaign finance reports. That information is still being requested. State law requires candidates to list in campaign disclosure reports the names, addresses, occupations and employers of individual donors. It’s a good way...

11:00 AM Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

They say the devil is in the details. Just don’t go looking for the Prince of Darkness in Georgia's campaign finance reports. That information is still being requested. State law requires candidates to list in campaign disclosure reports the names, addresses, occupations and employers of individual donors. It’s a good way...
Capitol Recap: Health care draws the spotlight in Georgia, U.S.
 It was a busy week on the health care front, both in Georgia and nationally, and covering a range of issues. Pre-existing conditions drew attention with a push from President Donald Trump. In an op-ed for USA Today, Trump wrote that during the 2016 campaign, he vowed “that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing...

11:00 AM Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

It was a busy week on the health care front, both in Georgia and nationally, and covering a range of issues. Pre-existing conditions drew attention with a push from President Donald Trump. In an op-ed for USA Today, Trump wrote that during the 2016 campaign, he vowed “that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing...
CAPITOL RECAP: Who did what to fight gangs? Georgia’s AG candidates ask
 Those aren’t gang signs. That’s just finger-pointing. A lot of digits were aimed this past week over the subject of gangs and who might be at fault for the crime they commit. The Republican Attorneys General Association came out with an ad knocking the bona fides of Democrat Charlie Bailey. Bailey, who hopes to unseat Republican...

11:00 AM Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

Those aren’t gang signs. That’s just finger-pointing. A lot of digits were aimed this past week over the subject of gangs and who might be at fault for the crime they commit. The Republican Attorneys General Association came out with an ad knocking the bona fides of Democrat Charlie Bailey. Bailey, who hopes to unseat Republican...
Capitol Recap: Metro Atlanta voters show signs of a gender gap
 The political landscape is ever shifting — that’s what keeps pollsters employed. Right now, the biggest figurative sand dunes rolling across the horizon could be older female voters. That’s based on data supplied by Democratic operative Chris Huttman. Huttman has been polling in state House and Senate districts where...

11:00 AM Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

The political landscape is ever shifting — that’s what keeps pollsters employed. Right now, the biggest figurative sand dunes rolling across the horizon could be older female voters. That’s based on data supplied by Democratic operative Chris Huttman. Huttman has been polling in state House and Senate districts where...
Capitol Recap: Pressure builds as Vogtle faces a key deadline
 The construction of two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle may be five years behind schedule and well over its initial budget, but at least it’s generating ad revenue and rhetorical heat. Full-page ads ran this past week in newspapers in Marietta and Newnan calling Georgia Power’s effort to complete the expansion...

11:00 AM Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

The construction of two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle may be five years behind schedule and well over its initial budget, but at least it’s generating ad revenue and rhetorical heat. Full-page ads ran this past week in newspapers in Marietta and Newnan calling Georgia Power’s effort to complete the expansion...
Capitol Recap: Analysis finds Georgia hopeful’s tax debt sets her apart
 There’s nothing unique about Stacey Abrams having debt, even as a candidate for higher office. An analysis OZY conducted of the 56 most competitive U.S. House districts showed that roughly two-thirds of the candidates owed money to somebody, and at least 65 of those aspiring Congress dwellers carried more than $50,000 in non-mortgage...

11:00 AM Friday, Sep. 07, 2018

There’s nothing unique about Stacey Abrams having debt, even as a candidate for higher office. An analysis OZY conducted of the 56 most competitive U.S. House districts showed that roughly two-thirds of the candidates owed money to somebody, and at least 65 of those aspiring Congress dwellers carried more than $50,000 in non-mortgage...
Capitol Recap: Kemp sets his limit on ‘religious liberty’ for Georgia
 Back during primary season, Brian Kemp — like most of the other major candidates in the GOP race for governor — pledged to sign “religious liberty” legislation if it got to his desk. As vows go, it was a little vague. For instance, would he have signed legislation like House Bill 757 that Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed in...

11:00 AM Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Back during primary season, Brian Kemp — like most of the other major candidates in the GOP race for governor — pledged to sign “religious liberty” legislation if it got to his desk. As vows go, it was a little vague. For instance, would he have signed legislation like House Bill 757 that Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed in...