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

Dem congressional contests take fiery turn ahead of runoffs
 Voter suppression. Disloyalty to the party. Political opportunism. Favorite of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Those are all punches that have been thrown in the run-up to Tuesday’s Democratic congressional runoffs, a pair of contests in Atlanta’s northern suburbs that have recently taken a negative turn. Both the 6th and 7th district races...

Posted: a day ago

Voter suppression. Disloyalty to the party. Political opportunism. Favorite of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Those are all punches that have been thrown in the run-up to Tuesday’s Democratic congressional runoffs, a pair of contests in Atlanta’s northern suburbs that have recently taken a negative turn. Both the 6th and 7th district races...
The Jolt: A weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions is downgraded
 At the same time an endorsement by President Donald Trump is roiling the GOP race for governor, a weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions, who commands the administration’s Department of Justice, appears to have been downgraded. Sunday will mark the start of a three-day summer conference on Jekyll Island for the Prosecuting Attorneys&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

At the same time an endorsement by President Donald Trump is roiling the GOP race for governor, a weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions, who commands the administration’s Department of Justice, appears to have been downgraded. Sunday will mark the start of a three-day summer conference on Jekyll Island for the Prosecuting Attorneys&rsquo...
Georgia beverage industry wonders if it can swallow costs of tariffs
 In a humid warehouse-turned-brewery in Marietta on a recent July morning, the canning of beer has stopped and workers are in a sweaty struggle with a broken machine. Shaking his head, co-owner David Sheets says they’ll have to call the manufacturer in Minnesota and hope a replacement can be shipped quickly. With razor-thin margins,...

Posted: 2 days ago

In a humid warehouse-turned-brewery in Marietta on a recent July morning, the canning of beer has stopped and workers are in a sweaty struggle with a broken machine. Shaking his head, co-owner David Sheets says they’ll have to call the manufacturer in Minnesota and hope a replacement can be shipped quickly. With razor-thin margins,...
The Jolt: Behind Donald Trump’s endorsement of Brian Kemp
 To say that GOP insiders were surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse Brian Kemp over Casey Cagle in the Republican runoff for governor would be an exercise in understatement. Even Kemp seemed to be caught off-guard by the timing. The president’s tweet Wednesday afternoon came as the secretary of state was in...

Posted: 3 days ago

To say that GOP insiders were surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse Brian Kemp over Casey Cagle in the Republican runoff for governor would be an exercise in understatement. Even Kemp seemed to be caught off-guard by the timing. The president’s tweet Wednesday afternoon came as the secretary of state was in...
The Jolt: Cobb County considers ‘a homeless camp’
 Two significant articles appear in today’s Marietta Daily Journal. The newspaper doesn’t connect them, but one can easily draw a dotted line between the two – under the rubric of a rapidly urbanizing Cobb County. The first comes out of a Tuesday gathering of the Cobb County Commission: And then there’s the report...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two significant articles appear in today’s Marietta Daily Journal. The newspaper doesn’t connect them, but one can easily draw a dotted line between the two – under the rubric of a rapidly urbanizing Cobb County. The first comes out of a Tuesday gathering of the Cobb County Commission: And then there’s the report...
David Perdue praises Trump for Russia summit, downplays ‘meddling’ comments
 Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue on Tuesday downplayed President Donald Trump’s handling of a recent meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, praising his ally a day after he was hounded for expressing doubt about Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 elections.  Perdue said Trump’s comments at a Helsinki news conference...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue on Tuesday downplayed President Donald Trump’s handling of a recent meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, praising his ally a day after he was hounded for expressing doubt about Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 elections.  Perdue said Trump’s comments at a Helsinki news conference...
The Jolt: In more leaked audio, Casey Cagle confesses sympathy for poor
 Late Monday afternoon, what may be the final snippet of that secret audio recording of Casey Cagle arrived via email. The fact that the clip came not from the Brian Kemp campaign but a former staffer for Hunter Hill, who finished third in the May 24 GOP primary for governor, was an immediate signal that the content would be somewhat...

Posted: 5 days ago

Late Monday afternoon, what may be the final snippet of that secret audio recording of Casey Cagle arrived via email. The fact that the clip came not from the Brian Kemp campaign but a former staffer for Hunter Hill, who finished third in the May 24 GOP primary for governor, was an immediate signal that the content would be somewhat...
Georgia Republicans distance themselves from Trump’s Russia comments
 Several Georgia GOP officials on Monday carefully distanced themselves from President Donald Trump’s comments that cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.  Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Jody Hice underscored that they believed...

Posted: 5 days ago

Several Georgia GOP officials on Monday carefully distanced themselves from President Donald Trump’s comments that cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.  Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Jody Hice underscored that they believed...
The 7th Congressional District race: What you need to know
 Perhaps no congressional district in Georgia has seen demographic shifts quite as profound as the 7th. Spanning portions of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, the district was once lily white and deeply conservative. But an influx of immigrants, particularly in Gwinnett, has heralded a major political shift, demonstrated by Hillary Clinton&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Perhaps no congressional district in Georgia has seen demographic shifts quite as profound as the 7th. Spanning portions of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, the district was once lily white and deeply conservative. But an influx of immigrants, particularly in Gwinnett, has heralded a major political shift, demonstrated by Hillary Clinton&rsquo...
The 6th Congressional District race: What you need to know
 It wasn’t all that long ago when Democrats had trouble finding any credible candidates to challenge the GOP’s dynasty in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. But the political grounds shifted after Democrat Jon Ossoff, a previously unheard of millennial filmmaker, nearly won the seat in a special election last spring. Ossoff ...

Posted: 6 days ago

It wasn’t all that long ago when Democrats had trouble finding any credible candidates to challenge the GOP’s dynasty in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. But the political grounds shifted after Democrat Jon Ossoff, a previously unheard of millennial filmmaker, nearly won the seat in a special election last spring. Ossoff ...
Georgia congressman considers bid to lead influential conservative group
 U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, is mulling a run for the chairmanship of an influential conservative group on Capitol Hill.  The sophomore congressman is one of a handful of GOP House members weighing a bid to chair the Republican Study Committee next year, the Hill newspaper reports.  The caucus is the largest on...

Posted: 6 days ago

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, is mulling a run for the chairmanship of an influential conservative group on Capitol Hill.  The sophomore congressman is one of a handful of GOP House members weighing a bid to chair the Republican Study Committee next year, the Hill newspaper reports.  The caucus is the largest on...