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

Inside John Lewis’ impromptu afternoon with Emmanuel Macron
 The Vermont students who were here Wednesday visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial  looked nothing short of flabbergasted as French President Emmanuel Macron approached them with Atlanta Congressman John Lewis in tow.  “You can be proud of this guy,” French media captured Macron telling the group as he placed...

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The Vermont students who were here Wednesday visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial looked nothing short of flabbergasted as French President Emmanuel Macron approached them with Atlanta Congressman John Lewis in tow.  “You can be proud of this guy,” French media captured Macron telling the group as he placed...
The Jolt: Get AC/DC on the line. Doug Collins has some news.
 It might be 195 days until the election, but we suspect this could be one of the biggest days of Congressman Doug Collins’ 2018. Members of the House are slated to advance two of the top items on the Gainesville Republican’s agenda, the culmination of years of work that will undoubtedly bolster the three-term lawmaker as...

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It might be 195 days until the election, but we suspect this could be one of the biggest days of Congressman Doug Collins’ 2018. Members of the House are slated to advance two of the top items on the Gainesville Republican’s agenda, the culmination of years of work that will undoubtedly bolster the three-term lawmaker as...
The Jolt: Casey Cagle predicts a two-month runoff in GOP race for governor
 Casey Cagle took his Republican campaign for governor on the road Monday, sprinkling news like an April shower. In the morning, the lieutenant governor played the lowered expectation game. Cagle is the presumed frontrunner, but told crowds that it was “mathematically impossible” for him to win the gubernatorial nomination...

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Casey Cagle took his Republican campaign for governor on the road Monday, sprinkling news like an April shower. In the morning, the lieutenant governor played the lowered expectation game. Cagle is the presumed frontrunner, but told crowds that it was “mathematically impossible” for him to win the gubernatorial nomination...
Collins prison bill aimed at cutting recidivism faces fight in D.C.
 Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are racing to pass a prison initiative this spring that is similar to those pioneered in Southern states over the past decade. But unlike Georgia, in which a bipartisan group of legislators emphatically backed pieces of a broader overhaul championed by Gov. Nathan Deal, deep-seated mistrust between and among the...

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are racing to pass a prison initiative this spring that is similar to those pioneered in Southern states over the past decade. But unlike Georgia, in which a bipartisan group of legislators emphatically backed pieces of a broader overhaul championed by Gov. Nathan Deal, deep-seated mistrust between and among the...
Georgia 6th: Gun control groups line up behind McBath
 Gun control groups are circling their wagons around Lucy McBath, the activist whose surprise challenge of U.S. Rep. Karen Handel has shaken up the Democratic primary for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.  The political arm of the Everytown for Gun Safety, the New York-based advocacy group, plans to announce its endorsement...

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Gun control groups are circling their wagons around Lucy McBath, the activist whose surprise challenge of U.S. Rep. Karen Handel has shaken up the Democratic primary for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.  The political arm of the Everytown for Gun Safety, the New York-based advocacy group, plans to announce its endorsement...
The Jolt: An AJC poll shows why Democrats no longer defer to the NRA
 Georgia Democrats once tiptoed around the National Rifle Association. The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows why they don’t any more: -- Eight in 10 likely Democratic primary voters disapprove of the NRA and roughly 90 percent want stricter regulations for the sale of firearms. -- Overall, NRA...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia Democrats once tiptoed around the National Rifle Association. The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows why they don’t any more: -- Eight in 10 likely Democratic primary voters disapprove of the NRA and roughly 90 percent want stricter regulations for the sale of firearms. -- Overall, NRA...
The Jolt: Nathan Deal, Georgia Power, and a clout-heavy game of musical chairs
 If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...

Posted: 6 days ago

If you’ve been stricken with doubts about Georgia Power’s continued influence in the state, let a press release sent out Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal put your mind at ease.  The governor announced he had tapped the utility’s chief executive, Paul Bowers, for a coveted spot on the governing board of the Georgia...
When the opioid crisis touched Johnny Isakson’s family
 In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The...

Posted: 7 days ago

In December 2016, the obituary for 25-year-old Charles Daniel “Charley” Joyner, grandson of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, listed the young man’s love for wrestling and his 3.95 GPA in math at Georgia Southern, where he had been about to receive his diploma. What wasn’t mentioned was the cause of death. In Washington, The...
In Georgia, calls for Trump impeachment met with caution, zeal, scorn
 To some Democrats, billionaire Tom Steyer is a heaven-sent financier with a powerful message built around impeaching Donald Trump. To others, he’s a rogue who could threaten the party’s midterm election hopes at a time when Democrats can ill afford a distraction. The California philanthropist this week brought his national movement...

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To some Democrats, billionaire Tom Steyer is a heaven-sent financier with a powerful message built around impeaching Donald Trump. To others, he’s a rogue who could threaten the party’s midterm election hopes at a time when Democrats can ill afford a distraction. The California philanthropist this week brought his national movement...
Dem candidates steer clear of Trump impeachment debate
 Many of the Democrats challenging GOP incumbents in the north Atlanta suburbs say it’s too soon for their party to push for impeaching President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill.  Few if any of the Democrats seeking to unseat U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall in Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts are publicly...

Posted: 8 days ago

Many of the Democrats challenging GOP incumbents in the north Atlanta suburbs say it’s too soon for their party to push for impeaching President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill.  Few if any of the Democrats seeking to unseat U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall in Georgia’s 6th and 7th congressional districts are publicly...