Jim Galloway

Columnist and Blogger

Jim Galloway, a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is the lead writer and founder of the AJC’s Political Insider blog, the best-read and most influential political blog in the state.

Latest from Jim Galloway

The Jolt: A key Abrams ally tries another run for her Georgia House post
 Call it the revenge of the Abramites. One year ago, Stacey Abrams’ top deputy in the Georgia House, Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley, lost her bid to lead the House caucus after Abrams resigned to run for governor. And later today, the chamber’s Democrats will decide whether she deserves another shot. She’s challenging Bob Trammell...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Call it the revenge of the Abramites. One year ago, Stacey Abrams’ top deputy in the Georgia House, Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley, lost her bid to lead the House caucus after Abrams resigned to run for governor. And later today, the chamber’s Democrats will decide whether she deserves another shot. She’s challenging Bob Trammell...
A new 'religious liberty' fight, but on shifting Republican ground
 Within hours of this week’s formal announcement that Amazon.com would not bring a second headquarters and 50,000 high-paying jobs to Atlanta, a first challenge was issued to the Republican leaders of Georgia’s new political order. Representatives of eight social conservative groups, whose members populate much of the base of the...

Posted: 3 days ago

Within hours of this week’s formal announcement that Amazon.com would not bring a second headquarters and 50,000 high-paying jobs to Atlanta, a first challenge was issued to the Republican leaders of Georgia’s new political order. Representatives of eight social conservative groups, whose members populate much of the base of the...
The Jolt: Stacey Abrams has a decision to make  
 This is what a trial balloon looks like. Late last night, the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams, struggling to reach a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, suggested that it might lay down a final card. From the AJC report by Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse: The Abrams campaign has been a most disciplined one when it comes...

Posted: 3 days ago

This is what a trial balloon looks like. Late last night, the gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams, struggling to reach a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, suggested that it might lay down a final card. From the AJC report by Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse: The Abrams campaign has been a most disciplined one when it comes...
The Jolt: ‘Rural Georgia ain’t going down easy’
 Pry your eyes away from the tedious fight for votes underway in the Georgia governor’s race long enough to ponder this: If he hasn’t won it, Republican Brian Kemp at least gained the upper hand in this gubernatorial contest by campaigning almost exclusively in a rural Georgia that’s rapidly shedding people. Democrat...

Posted: 4 days ago

Pry your eyes away from the tedious fight for votes underway in the Georgia governor’s race long enough to ponder this: If he hasn’t won it, Republican Brian Kemp at least gained the upper hand in this gubernatorial contest by campaigning almost exclusively in a rural Georgia that’s rapidly shedding people. Democrat...
The Jolt: Suburban women are drifting away, and Republicans are worried
 In today’s print column on the runoff for secretary of state, we noted that the north Fulton County seat given up by soon-to-be-ex state Rep. Brad Raffensperger, R-Johns Creek, had been won by Democrat Angelika Kausche. “They just had a very strong ground game,” Raffensperger told us. But ground games don&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

In today’s print column on the runoff for secretary of state, we noted that the north Fulton County seat given up by soon-to-be-ex state Rep. Brad Raffensperger, R-Johns Creek, had been won by Democrat Angelika Kausche. “They just had a very strong ground game,” Raffensperger told us. But ground games don&rsquo...
Amid a fight over ballots, a runoff to decide who should count them
 In a curious homage to the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Georgia’s race for governor has devolved into a form of trench warfare. Armies of lawyers dispatched by Democrat Stacey Abrams and her allies have clambered over the top, bayonets fixed, to pin down votes. One at a time if need be. Likewise entrenched, Republican Brian Kemp...

Posted: 5 days ago

In a curious homage to the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Georgia’s race for governor has devolved into a form of trench warfare. Armies of lawyers dispatched by Democrat Stacey Abrams and her allies have clambered over the top, bayonets fixed, to pin down votes. One at a time if need be. Likewise entrenched, Republican Brian Kemp...
The Jolt: John Meadows, chairman of House Rules, dies before special session
 State lawmakers will assemble this afternoon for a five-day, special lame-duck session of the Legislature on the news that one of its most powerful members has died. State Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, chairman of the House Rules Committee, died of stomach cancer, according to a Tweeted message of condolence from Brian Kemp, the Republican...

Posted: 6 days ago

State lawmakers will assemble this afternoon for a five-day, special lame-duck session of the Legislature on the news that one of its most powerful members has died. State Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, chairman of the House Rules Committee, died of stomach cancer, according to a Tweeted message of condolence from Brian Kemp, the Republican...
The Jolt: Behind Brian Kemp’s push for Stacey Abrams to concede
 Last Thursday, hours after Republican Karen Handel cleared the way by conceding defeat in her Sixth District congressional race, the gubernatorial campaign of Brian Kemp began to ramp up its attack on the Democratic woman who has yet to give up. From the press release: And this morning, according to his campaign, “days after businessman...

Posted: 7 days ago

Last Thursday, hours after Republican Karen Handel cleared the way by conceding defeat in her Sixth District congressional race, the gubernatorial campaign of Brian Kemp began to ramp up its attack on the Democratic woman who has yet to give up. From the press release: And this morning, according to his campaign, “days after businessman...
Going home
 My father left high school early for the U.S. Army, six months before Pearl Harbor. Any 17-year-old could see what was coming, and if you signed up early, you could pick your service. None of the seven Galloway brothers were born in this country. Nonetheless, four would scatter themselves across the globe during World War II, wearing the...

Posted: 8 days ago

My father left high school early for the U.S. Army, six months before Pearl Harbor. Any 17-year-old could see what was coming, and if you signed up early, you could pick your service. None of the seven Galloway brothers were born in this country. Nonetheless, four would scatter themselves across the globe during World War II, wearing the...
Atlanta’s northern ‘burbs have put Georgia in play for 2020
 The northern suburbs of Atlanta just put Georgia in the 2020 presidential sweepstakes. On Tuesday, for the second time in four years, Cobb and Gwinnett counties — which for decades have served as springboards for Republican heavyweights such as Newt Gingrich, Johnny Isakson and Ralph Reed — went for the Democrat at the top of...

Posted: 10 days ago

The northern suburbs of Atlanta just put Georgia in the 2020 presidential sweepstakes. On Tuesday, for the second time in four years, Cobb and Gwinnett counties — which for decades have served as springboards for Republican heavyweights such as Newt Gingrich, Johnny Isakson and Ralph Reed — went for the Democrat at the top of...