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This Sebastian is the real deal and that’s no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in ...

June 26, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Junior E. Lee talks about what bugs him this election year

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed ...

June 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Orlando is why we need surveillance

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch - twice - and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so.

June 19, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Defeating radical Islamic terrorism

I normally do not opine about national issues, as I am a state legislator. But I find I must make an exception in this case ...

June 19, 2016 | Dave Belton | Columnists


UGA athletic director does right thing the right way

I haven't met University of Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity, but I give him high marks for the way in which he has handled ...

June 12, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


A Trump presidency would sink all boats

Hello, investors. Come join the foreign policy experts in daily panic attacks over what a President Donald Trump would mean for your world. What does ...

June 12, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Some good guys leave the playing field

We've spent a lot of time talking about people running for office this year, but I want to note the departure of a few ...

June 12, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Will the ‘Trump effect’ oust Georgia incumbents?

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 22, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Democrats' divisiveness and the House of Cards

While there has been much consternation and media coverage of the split between Trump supporters and the Republican establishment in the past few months, the ...

May 22, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


A life in numbers

Numbers are how one keeps score. Those who engage in any competitive endeavor - business, sports, even weight loss - seek numbers to tell them how well ...

May 22, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Your Mission -- Learning to Live

Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton continues to battle Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. This week, Trump stated that he ...

May 15, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


When did Gov. Deal become a liberal?

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a ...

May 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


It’s been a strange election year

When friends ask me if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "How can I leave when I'm having ...

May 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Trump drives spike into culture war politics

Days before the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz paraded his two young daughters in matching pink dresses and spoke darkly of "putting little girls alone in ...

May 10, 2016 | By Froma Harrop | Columnists


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The Liberal Silent Majority

A few days before Bernie Sanders lost badly in the New York primary, 27,000 souls filled Washington Square Park, many wildly cheering him on. The political media consensus interpreted the scene as evidence of surging support for the senator from Vermont. It did not occur to them that:

April 24, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


A tale of two speeches

Donald Trump gained a commanding win in New York this week, picking up 89 of the 95 New York state Republican delegates. The win brought his total delegate count to 845, or 68 percent of the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. It was an important night for Trump, and brought him much closer to becoming the Republican nominee.

April 24, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


State senator defends religious freedom legislative efforts

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus). The senator did a smart thing: He reached out and asked for the opportunity to explain his position directly to you. After the cuffing he took, I figured I owed him that.

April 24, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Sanders and the Snapchat Liberals

If the polls hold, scoring tickets to "Hamilton" will be as good as it's going to get for Bernie Sanders in New York. But let us first linger in Wisconsin, where Democrats and independents gave Sanders what looked like a decisive win.

April 17, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Kasich's Why

With Republican frontrunner Donald Trump holding 744 of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the convention, the possibility of a contested convention is becoming more probable. In recent days, various names have been floated as potential white knights who could swoop in and save the Republican party during a contested convention. As names float, power brokers sit and dream of how who they can influence to become the nominee. Hmm … maybe Mitt Romney could become the nominee or Speaker Paul Ryan or Jeb Bush.

April 17, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Your elected officials want to keep you in the dark

Whenever you hear an elected official say they support the concept of "transparency" in government, you really shouldn't take them seriously. They usually don't mean what they're saying.

April 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Letter: Farewell, Old Newton

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April 16, 2016 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Lawmakers declare their independence

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Sharing life’s bumps and bruises with friends

She is not going to be pleased that I have told you this, but we are all family here, even if some of you consider me the illegitimate stepson of the weird cousin that talks with his mouth full.

April 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Over Here: Competence Amid Repulsive Politics

Belgians planning to "march against fear" on Sunday were told to stay home out of fear for more violence. Americans in Europe, meanwhile, are being advised to "exercise vigilance." What about Americans in America?

April 03, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Lawmakers don’t follow the clock

Georgia legislators have some problems when it comes to telling time.

April 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Terrorists and their Privacy

One inevitable sequel to a terrorist attack is seeing the ugly mugs of creeps-turned-monsters thrust before us over a multitude of news cycles. Another is a debate over cellphone encryption.

March 27, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Identifying ideology versus tactic

The terrorist attacks in Brussels this past Monday, claimed by the Islamic State, are a clear indication that the West has a lot of work left to do to defeat radical Islam. The attacks, which left more than 30 dead, were carried out by three suicide bombers - two brothers, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 30, and Khalid el-Bakraoui, 27, and another man, who has yet to be identified.

March 27, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Gov. Deal has two choices on ‘religious liberty’ bill

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other Republican governors handled this particular issue.

March 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Trump foes should stay off his stage

It's not easy to turn Donald Trump into an object of sympathy, but the hotheads disrupting his rallies are pulling it off. They may see their invasions as a brave effort to stop a frightening, divisive political force. But others - not just Trump followers - see privileged college kids stomping on someone's right to free speech.

March 20, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


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