Tamar Hallerman

Washington Correspondent

Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia. She also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. Before joining the paper in January 2016, she wrote about government spending for CQ Roll Call. There she covered appropriations, budget, the resignation of John Boehner and more immigration-related news than she can remember. Before that, she was an energy reporter for three years. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, she attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Latest from Tamar Hallerman

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: an hour 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...
Woodall on track to hold onto 7th District seat 
 Lawrenceville Congressman Rob Woodall appeared to narrowly clinch a fifth term in the U.S. House late Thursday in a rapidly diversifying suburban district he had won comfortably just two years ago. The Republican was on track to eke out a 419-vote win over Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux after the Gwinnett elections board finalized...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Lawrenceville Congressman Rob Woodall appeared to narrowly clinch a fifth term in the U.S. House late Thursday in a rapidly diversifying suburban district he had won comfortably just two years ago. The Republican was on track to eke out a 419-vote win over Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux after the Gwinnett elections board finalized...
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: a day 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...
What Dems’ House takeover means for Georgia lawmakers
 When U.S. Rep. Doug Collins first announced his bid to lead the powerful House Judiciary Committee, the Gainesville Republican presented a vision that included advancing prison reform legislation, overhauling immigration laws and bolstering intellectual property protections.  But Democrats’ House takeover has forced Collins...

Posted: a day ago

When U.S. Rep. Doug Collins first announced his bid to lead the powerful House Judiciary Committee, the Gainesville Republican presented a vision that included advancing prison reform legislation, overhauling immigration laws and bolstering intellectual property protections.  But Democrats’ House takeover has forced Collins...
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: 2 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...
Woodall’s lead narrows in closely-contested 7th District race
 Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux narrowed her deficit in Georgia’s 7th District race late Tuesday after the Gwinnett elections board counted a trove of provisional ballots, all but assuring the state’s only unresolved congressional contest will drag on for several more days.  About 530 votes now separate the Georgia State University...

Posted: 2 days ago

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux narrowed her deficit in Georgia’s 7th District race late Tuesday after the Gwinnett elections board counted a trove of provisional ballots, all but assuring the state’s only unresolved congressional contest will drag on for several more days.  About 530 votes now separate the Georgia State University...
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: 3 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...
Fighting for his political life, Woodall steps up criticism of Dem opponent
 U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall is turning up the heat on his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux as he fights for his political life in the north Atlanta suburbs.  Without mentioning Bourdeaux by name, the Lawrenceville Republican released a statement late Monday saying his 7th District opponent should let local elections officials “do...

Posted: 3 days ago

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall is turning up the heat on his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux as he fights for his political life in the north Atlanta suburbs.  Without mentioning Bourdeaux by name, the Lawrenceville Republican released a statement late Monday saying his 7th District opponent should let local elections officials “do...
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: 4 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...
Democrat Bourdeaux sues Gwinnett over rejected ballots in 7th District race
 The congressional campaign of Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux filed an emergency motion in federal court on Sunday evening seeking to delay Gwinnett County from certifying its election results in order to count a cache of absentee and provisional ballots that had previously been rejected.  The 7th District candidate effectively joined...

Posted: 4 days ago

The congressional campaign of Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux filed an emergency motion in federal court on Sunday evening seeking to delay Gwinnett County from certifying its election results in order to count a cache of absentee and provisional ballots that had previously been rejected.  The 7th District candidate effectively joined...
A lot came together to help McBath score big win for Georgia Democrats
 Look at the raw numbers from Tuesday’s 6th Congressional District race and you’ll see that U.S. Rep. Karen Handel actually built on the support she received in last year’s special election against Jon Ossoff. Twenty-one thousand more voters in north DeKalb, Fulton and eastern Cobb counties supported the Roswell...

Posted: 6 days ago

Look at the raw numbers from Tuesday’s 6th Congressional District race and you’ll see that U.S. Rep. Karen Handel actually built on the support she received in last year’s special election against Jon Ossoff. Twenty-one thousand more voters in north DeKalb, Fulton and eastern Cobb counties supported the Roswell...