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Chris Riley

22. Chris Riley

The Hall County native, who is Nathan Deal’s chief of staff, has worked for the governor since his 1992 congressional campaign. That kind of loyalty means that Deal leans on his right-hand man more than do most elected officials.
Nathan Deal

1. Nathan Deal

It may be early in his second term as governor, but for Nathan Deal, it’s the home stretch of a 35-year political career, one in which he has never lost an election, from the Gold Dome to Capitol Hill and back.
Roy Barnes

Roy Barnes on the Confederate flag and where the South needs to go from here

Barnes, a throwback to Georgia’s once mighty but now dismantled Democratic machine, was eager to talk about the South’s contradictions. And, as the governor who oversaw the revamp of Georgia’s state flag back in 2001—which removed the battle emblem and arguably cost him reelection in 2002—few are more uniquely qualified.
Kasim Reed

Q&A: Mayor Kasim Reed on second-term goals, fatherhood, and the future of Turner Field

After he was photographed for our October cover, Mayor Kasim Reed chatted with Atlanta magazine editor-in-chief Steve Fennessy for a discussion about his second-term goals, the future of Turner Field, how fatherhood changed him from a “selfish” man, and what’s next.
Medical Marijuana in Georgia

Medical marijuana is legal now in Georgia. So how do we get it here?

HB1 is perhaps most notable for what it doesn’t do: permit the cultivation of cannabis in Georgia. This creates a dilemma for the very people it was designed to help: You can now possess cannabis oil for your medical condition, but because you’ll have to purchase it out-of-state, you’ll be breaking federal law by crossing state lines to bring it home.

College Football Hall of Fame vs. the Hyatt: What the GOP and Dem “victory” venues say about this year’s election in Georgia

You can argue about campaign strategists and outside money and the candidates’ resumes and who used social media better. And each candidate has made mistakes. But here's the reason these races are so tight: the GOP candidates simply don’t reflect Georgia.

Five questions the Georgia state ethics investigation of Governor Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign never answered

The state ethics commission is a mess, its organization and reputation in shambles. It’s forked over $3 million to four fired employees who blamed a cover-up in an investigation of Governor Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign, then fired its most recent director last month after a judge said she’d been “dishonest and nontransparent.”

October 2014

It’s election season again, and political observers nationwide are paying more and more attention to Georgia.

Nathan Deal: The Man Who Doesn’t Lose

Since 1980, Nathan Deal has run for office sixteen times—six state Senate campaigns, nine congressional campaigns, and one gubernatorial campaign—and never lost. One wonders if he even prepares concession speeches anymore.

Infographic of the Day: Georgia has the No. 1 unemployment rate

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly unemployment report card and let's just say that Mississippi will be feeling pretty good, because Georgia has now claimed the top spot. Indeed, ours is the...

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