The NAACP chapter in Atlanta, Georgia, has demanded the destruction of a famous, engraved Confederate depiction near their city. The largest bas-relief in the world, sculpted on the north face of Stone Mountain, just a 30-minute drive east of Atlanta, the relief consists of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.Read more
Johnny Isakson, the two-term senator from Georgia, has been talking for nearly a year about running for reelection, and he officially announced his intention to run just days after last November’s midterm election. And when the 70-year-old Republican announced on Wednesday that he has Parkinson’s disease, he indicated he wasn’t letting his diagnosis change his mind on politics, telling reporters he will “continue to pursue the election in 2016.”Read more
Georgia's new Republican senator David Perdue took his first foreign trip as a member of Congress to Israel. Perdue, the former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, met with Benjamin Netanyahu and appeared in a video statement with the Israeli prime minister. The Republican said he made his first trip as a sitting senator to Israel to make a statement about his personal support for the Jewish state, and thanked Netanyahu for his "hospitality."Read more
Republican David Perdue has won his race for the U.S. Senate in Georgia against Democrat Michelle Nunn, CNN projects. Perdue is expected to win more than 50 percent of the vote, meaning the race will not have to proceed to a runoff.
Nunn, the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, was considered one of the Democratic party's top recruits in a year that was otherwise expected to be good for Republicans. She and Perdue are both first-time candidates. Perdue, a businessman, is the cousin of former Republican governor Sonny Perdue.Read more
Senate candidate Michelle Nunn of Georgia refused to say how she would have voted on the Affordable Care Act. While the Democrat was campaigning in Macon Monday, a local TV news reporter asked Nunn about her position on the law.
"Would you have voted for the president's health-care law, if you had the opportunity," the reporter asked.
"So, I've said that I wasn't there, obviously, six years ago," Nunn said. "What I would do is talk about where we should go."
The reporter tried the question again, imploring Nunn to consider it "knowing what you know now."Read more
Republican governor Nathan Deal has spent much of his race for reelection talking up Georgia’s progress since he took office in 2011: targeted tax reform, economic development, a bigger education budget. His ads tout that the state has added 175,000 jobs and make the vague, hard-to-verify claim that Georgia is the “number-one place to do business.”Read more
The grandson of former president Jimmy Carter wants to run for the White House himself, says Georgia governor Nathan Deal. Jason Carter, a young Democratic state senator from Decatur, is challenging the Republican Deal in a close race. Speaking at a rally in Dahlonega, the 72-year-old Deal told the crowd that his Democratic opponent wants to follow in his grandfather's footsteps.Read more
A pair of polls on the Georgia Senate race continue to show a close race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn.
The first, from CNN, gives Nunn a 3-point lead at 47 percent to Perdue's 44 percent. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's poll, meanwhile, finds Perdue with a lead of 2 points, 44 percent to 42 percent.Read more
A Georgia man confronted Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn over the rising cost his health care plan because of Obamacare:
"This is an issue," Nunn concedes.
"It's huge," says the man pointing to his bill. "It went from $683.64 to $1,294.58 in just a few more days."
A male aide then intervenes to ask a female aide to get the man's information.
"I think this is kind of thing we need to work to remedy," Nunn says.Read more
Barack Obama called into an Atlanta radio station to urge Georgia voters to elect Michelle Nunn to the U.S. Senate so that the president can "keep on doing some good work."
"If Michelle Nunn wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the Senate, and that means that we can keep on doing some good work," said Obama on V-103, an urban contemporary radio station. Listen to the audio below:Read more
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on the 2014 elections.Read more
Ron Klain, the Democratic political operative tapped by President Obama to run the federal government's response to the Ebola virus outbreak, recently worked as a political adviser to Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democrat running for the U.S. Senate. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
Ron Klain starts work tomorrow as President Barack Obama’s Ebola “czar,” or point person to coordinate various agencies involved in containing the outbreak.Read more
A video tracker for the opposition research firm America Rising asked Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn whether she voted for President Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections. Nunn, who is in a close race to fill the open Georgia Senate seat, refused to answer the direct question.
"Ms. Nunn, did you vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012?" the tracker asked.Read more
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on the competitive purple state senate races in Iowa and Colorado, and the competitive races in traditionally red states like Georgia and North Carolina.Read more
Democrat Michelle Nunn leads her Republican opponent David Perdue in a new poll of the U.S. Senate race in Georgia. The 11Alive poll, conducted by SurveyUSA, found Nunn with 48 percent support to Perdue's 45 percent.
The poll also found Georgia's governor's race tied between incumbent Republican Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter, at 46 percent.Read more
In the summer of 1864, the Union cause rested with Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman. They commanded the most formidable armies ever seen on the continent, yet neither had been in uniform four years earlier, when the war began. Both were West Point trained and had served, without distinction, in the regular army. One had left the army in disgrace; the other in frustration.Read more
Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn experienced a week of embarrassment late last month when National Review's Eliana Johnson published a leaked memo from Nunn's Senate campaign. The memo was essentially Nunn's plan for how to win her race in Georgia, a state her Democratic father represented in the Senate until 1997 but that had grown more Republican in the ensuing years.Read more
See update below.Read more
Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s another advantage: the generally high quality of their candidates. This wasn’t the case in 2010 and 2012, when Republicans blew chances to capture the Senate.Read more
Businessman and first-time candidate David Perdue pulled off what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls a "political shocker" by winning the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate in Georgia Tuesday. Perdue defeated Republican congressman Jack Kingston, who had the backing of much of the party establishment in Georgia, most of the Republican House delegation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Read more
In the lead-up to Georgia's July 22 GOP runoff election for U.S. Senate, Congressman Jack Kingston of Savannah has received an endorsement from the Heisman Trophy-winning University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker. Walker, a Georgia native and star running back of UGA's undefeated 1980 season, says in a new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he cares "deeply about Georgia's future."
"Thats why I want my friend, Jack Kingston, carrying the ball for us in Washington," says Walker. Watch the ad below:Read more
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on the recent primary elections and how they're bad news for Democrats seeking to run against an "extremist" GOP.
Two Democratic members of the House of Representatives have said Eric Shinseki, the secretary of Veterans Affairs, should resign amid reports of the neglect of sick and injured veterans at VA hospitals around the country.
John Barrow and David Scott, both of Georgia, have said Shinseki ought to step down. Scott also indicated he believes there's no need for another internal review, despite President Obama's call for such. Jamie Dupree reports:Read more
The Associated Press reports that former CEO David Perdue and congressman Jack Kingston won first and second place, respectively, in Tuesday's Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Because Perdue, at 30 percent, did not win an outright majority, both he and Kingston (who got 26 percent) will face off in a runoff election for the GOP nomination on July 22. Fewer than 25,000 votes separated Perdue and Kingston.Read more
If there’s one thing we know about today’s Georgia Republican primary for U.S. Senate, it’s that we really don’t know who will win. Or, more precisely, we don’t know which candidates will come in first and second to proceed to the inevitable runoff election in July. With five major candidates in the running, it’s unlikely the winner will get the necessary 50 percent support to avoid a runoff. So even after today, we still won’t know who will be the Republican nominee in November.Read more
Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is coasting to victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary, while her Republican opponent won't likely be decided until the July 22 runoff. With a contentious, crowded GOP field getting most of the attention, Nunn has been able to stay out of the spotlight.Read more
With just days before Georgia's May 20 primary election, the leading Republican candidate has suggested he would support raising taxes as a way to fix the economy. Speaking to editorial board of the Macon Telegraph, businessman David Perdue said he supports "both" curbing government spending and increasing revenue. When a member of the board pointed out that "increasing revenue" is a euphemism for "raising taxes," Perdue reportedly "chuckled."Read more
A new internal poll of the Georgia Republican primary for U.S. Senate finds David Perdue, Karen Handel, and Jack Kingston all within a few points of each other. The poll conducted by Rosetta Stone Communications on behalf of the Handel campaign, found Perdue leading the pack with 22 percent support, with Handel just behind at 20 percent and Kingston in a close third at 18 percent.Read more
A new poll of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia shows former secretary of state Karen Handel moving into a statistical tie for first place with businessman David Perdue, inching ahead of congressman Jack Kingston. The poll found among likely voters, Perdue has 22 percent support, Handel has 21 percent, and Kingston has 17 percent. Additionally, congressmen Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey polled at 14 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Eleven percent say they are undecided.Read more
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