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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: Evidence of a revolt among older, women voters in metro Atlanta
 The time has come to take you into the wild realm of raw, unweighted polling data – the kind that on-the-fly campaigns use to make final-approach decisions. Chris Huttman is a numbers cruncher who has been polling state House and Senate districts where Democrats hope to make a mark on Nov. 6. Most of them are in metro Atlanta, where...

Posted: 2 hours ago

The time has come to take you into the wild realm of raw, unweighted polling data – the kind that on-the-fly campaigns use to make final-approach decisions. Chris Huttman is a numbers cruncher who has been polling state House and Senate districts where Democrats hope to make a mark on Nov. 6. Most of them are in metro Atlanta, where...
The Jolt: Kavanaugh, Accuser No. 2, and a ‘vast left-wing conspiracy’
 The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight was already a smoldering affair. Last night, it become a full-fledged dumpster fire with a New Yorker magazine piece accusing the U.S. Supreme Court nominee of naked doings as a Yale college freshman. Hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that Accuser No. 1, research psychologist...

Posted: a day ago

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight was already a smoldering affair. Last night, it become a full-fledged dumpster fire with a New Yorker magazine piece accusing the U.S. Supreme Court nominee of naked doings as a Yale college freshman. Hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that Accuser No. 1, research psychologist...
Internal poll suggests reason for Abrams’ optimism 
 An internal poll released by Democrat Stacey Abrams on Sunday suggests why her campaign is so bullish headed into the final six weeks of the gubernatorial contest. A Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group survey of more than 600 likely Georgia voters shows the race against Republican Brian Kemp is neck-and-neck. The poll, which was funded by...

Posted: a day ago

An internal poll released by Democrat Stacey Abrams on Sunday suggests why her campaign is so bullish headed into the final six weeks of the gubernatorial contest. A Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group survey of more than 600 likely Georgia voters shows the race against Republican Brian Kemp is neck-and-neck. The poll, which was funded by...
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: 4 days 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...
Handel, Woodall try to focus campaigns on themselves instead of Trump
 Many Democrats want to make this year’s midterm elections a referendum on President Donald Trump, but some of the state’s GOP lawmakers are concentrating on something else entirely: themselves. Georgia’s two most-targeted Republican members of Congress have sought to neutralize their opponents’ attacks by keeping their...

Posted: 4 days ago

Many Democrats want to make this year’s midterm elections a referendum on President Donald Trump, but some of the state’s GOP lawmakers are concentrating on something else entirely: themselves. Georgia’s two most-targeted Republican members of Congress have sought to neutralize their opponents’ attacks by keeping their...
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: 5 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: 6 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...
In Georgia, Republican women try to navigate Trump era
 Just about every weekday after working hours are over, DeAnna Harris bolts from her real estate marketing gig to knock on doors for her other job: trying to flip a state House seat in Democratic territory. And each time she canvasses, she is ready for the flurry of questions from residents in Cobb County neighborhoods wary of voting for a...

Posted: 6 days ago

Just about every weekday after working hours are over, DeAnna Harris bolts from her real estate marketing gig to knock on doors for her other job: trying to flip a state House seat in Democratic territory. And each time she canvasses, she is ready for the flurry of questions from residents in Cobb County neighborhoods wary of voting for a...
Isakson, Perdue tread cautiously following Kavanaugh allegations
 Last month, both of Georgia’s Republican U.S. senators emphatically vowed to support Brett Kavanaugh, but new sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee have the duo taking a new look at the federal judge.  The seemingly safe confirmation of Kavanaugh plunged into uncertainty over the weekend after the Washington...

Posted: 6 days ago

Last month, both of Georgia’s Republican U.S. senators emphatically vowed to support Brett Kavanaugh, but new sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee have the duo taking a new look at the federal judge.  The seemingly safe confirmation of Kavanaugh plunged into uncertainty over the weekend after the Washington...
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: 7 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: 8 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...