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 problem with putting a number on Georgia's gang population
 Every now and then, I will look up from the keyboard and suddenly realize that I’m in an argument. If you’re married, the same thing has probably happened to you once or twice. Some days ago, I focused on a joint press release on gang activity issued by Brian Kemp and Chris Carr, the Republican candidates for governor and attorney...

Posted: a day ago

Every now and then, I will look up from the keyboard and suddenly realize that I’m in an argument. If you’re married, the same thing has probably happened to you once or twice. Some days ago, I focused on a joint press release on gang activity issued by Brian Kemp and Chris Carr, the Republican candidates for governor and attorney...
The Jolt: Dithering over SCOTUS pick could cost GOP the Senate, Reed warns
 The transactional relationship between evangelicals and Republicans is on full display in Washington, as frustration grows among religious conservatives over Senate hesitation to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Warnings are being given, should Senate Republicans fail to deliver a high court justice who anti-abortion...

Posted: a day ago

The transactional relationship between evangelicals and Republicans is on full display in Washington, as frustration grows among religious conservatives over Senate hesitation to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Warnings are being given, should Senate Republicans fail to deliver a high court justice who anti-abortion...
The Jolt: ‘Election’ campaign erupts ahead of Plant Vogtle nuke votes
 We figured that election season would see the unfinished construction of two new nuclear reactors become an issue. But not like this. Full-page ads, which ran in newspapers in Marietta and Newnan on Wednesday, referred to Georgia Power’s effort to complete the Plant Vogtle project as “one of the most expensive and mismanaged...

Posted: 2 days ago

We figured that election season would see the unfinished construction of two new nuclear reactors become an issue. But not like this. Full-page ads, which ran in newspapers in Marietta and Newnan on Wednesday, referred to Georgia Power’s effort to complete the Plant Vogtle project as “one of the most expensive and mismanaged...
The Jolt: A Democrat loses a billboard fight in Forsyth County
 Steve Smith is a Democrat in what might be called a challenging climate. He’s running against Republican Greg Dolezal for the District 27 seat in the state Senate being vacated by Michael Williams, the unsuccessful GOP candidate for governor. The district is based in Forsyth County, which means Smith will be lucky to see even the...

Posted: 3 days ago

Steve Smith is a Democrat in what might be called a challenging climate. He’s running against Republican Greg Dolezal for the District 27 seat in the state Senate being vacated by Michael Williams, the unsuccessful GOP candidate for governor. The district is based in Forsyth County, which means Smith will be lucky to see even the...
When Hurricane Florence met Hurricane Fake News
 Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Fake News have been jostling for dominance these last few days. And that’s dangerous. Because in times of crisis, trust and truth can become one and the same thing. President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept that nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria &mdash...

Posted: 4 days ago

Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Fake News have been jostling for dominance these last few days. And that’s dangerous. Because in times of crisis, trust and truth can become one and the same thing. President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept that nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria &mdash...
The Jolt: Judge says Kemp, others had ‘heads in sand’ over hacking threat
 A federal judge ruled late Monday that Georgia can continue using electronic voting machines in November’s election despite concerns they are vulnerable to hacking. From our AJC colleague Mark Niesse: Click here to read the entire ruling, or scroll through it below. In her ruling, Totenberg faulted the plaintiffs for asking too...

Posted: 5 days ago

A federal judge ruled late Monday that Georgia can continue using electronic voting machines in November’s election despite concerns they are vulnerable to hacking. From our AJC colleague Mark Niesse: Click here to read the entire ruling, or scroll through it below. In her ruling, Totenberg faulted the plaintiffs for asking too...
The Jolt: Mayor Bottoms makes a jobs case for ‘Gulch’ makeover
 Atlanta City Hall will be a dramatic focal point today. From our AJC colleague Scott Trubey: Bottoms needs eight votes from the 15-member council to proceed. One hint about where she thinks some of those votes lie can be found in an op-ed, under her own byline, that appeared this weekend in the Atlanta Voice, a newspaper and website...

Posted: 5 days ago

Atlanta City Hall will be a dramatic focal point today. From our AJC colleague Scott Trubey: Bottoms needs eight votes from the 15-member council to proceed. One hint about where she thinks some of those votes lie can be found in an op-ed, under her own byline, that appeared this weekend in the Atlanta Voice, a newspaper and website...
The Jolt: A biscuit backlash in the ‘religious liberty’ debate
 The owner of a Flying Biscuit restaurant in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most vibrant gay neighborhoods is under pressure to renounce his support for the Republican candidate for governor.  The folks at Project Q reported that Joseph Hsiao claims the backlash over his $2,000 in contributions to Kemp is a “misunderstanding...

Posted: 8 days ago

The owner of a Flying Biscuit restaurant in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most vibrant gay neighborhoods is under pressure to renounce his support for the Republican candidate for governor.  The folks at Project Q reported that Joseph Hsiao claims the backlash over his $2,000 in contributions to Kemp is a “misunderstanding...
The Jolt: Kemp cracks the door open to Medicaid waivers
 Republican Brian Kemp has yet to roll out an in-depth healthcare policy, but he said  his soon-to-be released plan won’t exclude the possibility of Medicaid waivers that would bring vast changes to the state’s medical system. “I’m not going to rule out anything that’s innovative,” the GOP candidate...

Posted: 10 days ago

Republican Brian Kemp has yet to roll out an in-depth healthcare policy, but he said his soon-to-be released plan won’t exclude the possibility of Medicaid waivers that would bring vast changes to the state’s medical system. “I’m not going to rule out anything that’s innovative,” the GOP candidate...
The Jolt: In the governor’s race, it’s all offense -- and no defense
 There’s a sharp trend emerging in the Georgia race for governor. One candidate hits another candidate, and the other candidate swipes back on another topic -- while refusing to address the first attack at all costs.  Even if they have a perfectly good answer to the first attack in their pocket. Let’s take this week as...

Posted: 11 days ago

There’s a sharp trend emerging in the Georgia race for governor. One candidate hits another candidate, and the other candidate swipes back on another topic -- while refusing to address the first attack at all costs.  Even if they have a perfectly good answer to the first attack in their pocket. Let’s take this week as...
Reviving a health care sisterhood in Georgia
 Historically, a political sisterhood has stood behind expanded health insurance coverage in Georgia. The alliance has fallen into disrepair. Rebuilding it has become a crucial part of Stacey Abrams’ Democratic bid for governor, marked by a nonstop call for Medicaid expansion. “You’ll hear me talk about this ad nauseam, because...

Posted: 11 days ago

Historically, a political sisterhood has stood behind expanded health insurance coverage in Georgia. The alliance has fallen into disrepair. Rebuilding it has become a crucial part of Stacey Abrams’ Democratic bid for governor, marked by a nonstop call for Medicaid expansion. “You’ll hear me talk about this ad nauseam, because...