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Is there only one true progressive?

In our polarized politics, the Democratic Party is trending leftward - not as sharply or as rapidly as the Republican Party has turned toward the far ...

February 07, 2016 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Lawmakers keep on fighting the Civil War

Nathan Deal, meet Franklin Roosevelt.

February 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Crawford: Who wins in this fight over ‘freedom’?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 31, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 24, 2016 | | Columnists


The appeal of Donald Trump's authoritarian streak

No one, with the possible exception of Donald Trump, could have predicted six months ago that the billionaire real estate magnate would be sitting atop ...

January 24, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Crawford: They run for president, we’ll run for governor

For the next few weeks you'll see every candidate for president dropping by the capitol as they campaign toward the March 1 presidential primary.

January 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Cushman: Ideas, inclusion and inspiration

While members of the news media and Democrats paint Republicans as the party of angry old white men, the world around them is changing.

January 17, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Lawmakers have tough decisions this session

Legislators will be returning to Atlanta soon to convene the 2016 General Assembly session, but this one may have a slightly different feel to it.

January 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Advice to a great grandson: dream big and don’t waste a day

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 10, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Joys to come in the new year

I've always loved the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The celebration of Christ's birth has just occurred - renewing me spiritually ...

January 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some ...

January 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Joys to come

I've always loved the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The celebration of Christ's birth has just occurred - renewing me spiritually ...

January 03, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some ...

January 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


The upcoming power bills will shock customers

You would think we learned our lesson the first time around - but we didn't.

December 20, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Sometimes being naughty can be nice

Ring! Ring! Ring!

December 20, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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Technology will trump ‘Bootleggers’ mentality

In recent weeks, I've written about how the "Bootleggers and Baptists" dynamic corrupts regulatory politics. Bruce Yandle developed this concept decades ago. He observed that Prohibition became reality because Baptists wanted people to stop drinking while the ban on legal alcohol put money in the Bootlegger's pockets. The do-gooders succeeded only because the money-grubbers joined their effort.

April 12, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Living through the times

It seems every day now some famous personality or former friend has passed away and at 68 it makes me think sometimes of my own mortality.

April 05, 2015 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


GE and America’s corporate bootleggers

I recently highlighted an important book that describes how politics really works. "Bootleggers and Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics," by Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle, showed that prohibition became reality because it appeared to satisfy both Baptists and Bootleggers.

April 05, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


The weekend that changed the world

Approximately 1,982 years ago, a man died. In fact, many men died that day. We know for sure of three men. Two were tied to crosses and crucified. One was nailed to the cross. Had that been the end of it, it would have just been like so many other Roman crucifixions. But, unbeknownst to most anyone at the time, the first Easter weekend would become the most important weekend in the history of the world.

April 05, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Newton Co. legislators busy with successful legislation

It was a great week for Newton County! I am ecstatic to tell you that "Haleigh's Law," the medical cannabis oil bill, passed both the House and Senate and was signed by the Governor this week. Also my bill, "Kelsey's Law," passed unanimously in the Senate near midnight on the last night. I was also very excited that Newton County Representative Pam Dickerson's cyber-bullying law passed both the House and the Senate.

April 05, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Growing jobs, investing in the community and trading squirrel pelts

Dear Editor,

March 29, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out

The headline to this story is an adage taught by journalism schools throughout the country. News is supposed to be based on facts and reported without bias. But alas, reporters are human and have biases, acknowledged or not. If they are blatant and obvious, then we can dismiss them out of hand, (example: Chris Matthews saying, "I felt this thrill going up my leg," when listening to a speech given by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama).

March 29, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


President Spock?

The death of Leonard Nimoy saddened millions of Trekkies around the world (including me). But it wasn't just Trekkies who mourned. In the past month, it has become clear that Mr. Spock - the character Nimoy brought to life - had become a cultural icon extending far beyond the Trek universe.

March 29, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Thankful for a new generation of committed Methodist ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.

March 22, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Baptists and Bootleggers:

It's apparent to anyone willing to look that a wide gap has grown between a Washington/Wall Street political class and the nation they want to rule. Less clear to many is the reason why.

March 22, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


‘A great week for the children’

It was a great week for the children of Georgia. Not only did my bill to protect teenage girls from having their phone number put on a pornographic website ("Kelsey's Law") pass unanimously, but a Cyber Bullying measure by my fellow Newton delegate Rep. Pam Dickerson also passed. Overall, there were many bills to protect children including the "Hidden Predator Act" which lengthens the amount of time a victim may bring a sexual abuse perpetrator to civil court. This bill moves Georgia from the fourth worst in the nation to where most states are now. There was also a ...

March 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Our thoughts: Election smearing

There has begun a stirring of potential political candidates for the 2016 election, we know this because already there is already a sense of mud being mixed in order to smear folks.

March 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


Letter from the Mayor

Dear City of Covington Residents,

March 21, 2015 | | Columnists


Crossover day marks progress

I am honored to announce that my first bill, known as "Kelsey's Law," passed the House by a unanimous vote. Originally sponsored by my fellow Newton County delegation member, Representative Pam Dickerson, it will protect teenage girls from a form of cyber bullying. This occurred to brave Kelsey Upton, a resident of Oxford, who courageously helped fellow innocent teens by fighting this malicious injustice. Representative Dickerson also authored another anti-cyber bullying bill that I heartily support. It should be voted on during Crossover Day.

March 15, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


A proud Irishman, a proud day

Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day, a day celebrated throughout the land with parades and merriment and music. In Conyers there is a parade and the world's shortest run. The parade begins at 4:30 the run at 5 p.m.

March 15, 2015 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


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