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No, Bill Clinton Did Not Call Obamacare 'Crazy'

Spurred by screaming headlines about "skyrocketing" premiums on some government insurance exchanges, Obamacare foes are dredging up Bill Clinton's colorful quote regarding the Affordable ...

October 29, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Politics of personality and polling

The election is, in fact, not quite over. As you watch and listen to the media in the next week, keep a few questions in ...

October 29, 2016 | | Columnists


Two big ballot questions remain unanswered

As Georgians ponder how they will cast their ballots in this general election, there are only two issues that really have any suspense to them.

October 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Deal's Opportunity School District amendment no sure thing

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets. That ...

October 29, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


The bell tolls

The courthouse in this town has just tolled the hour of three.

October 25, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Crawford: Experience doesn’t count anymore

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Harrop: Clinton’s Wall Street speeches were actually brilliant

I've dismissed talk of Hillary Clinton's "secrecy problem" as mere babble in an election year. I thought, for example, that Clinton had no ...

October 23, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


A broader perspective

This political season has been so heated that many voters are looking forward to putting it behind them - regardless of the outcome. For those of ...

October 23, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle lays out his vision for public education

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Bank’s ethical lapses could be costly for all business

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My ...

October 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Christmas may come early this year

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


To change, or not to change

The good news is that the presidential election is less than a month away. The bad news is that the onslaught of negative campaigning will ...

October 16, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists


More states should ban the death penalty

Most of the civilized world has come to regard killing someone held in captivity as barbaric. The death penalty has been abolished in the European ...

October 09, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Take a close look at the constitutional amendments

In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.

October 09, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists


Sizing up what makes Georgia the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by ...

October 09, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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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

Dear Editor,

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


The incumbents are playing defense this election year

Congressman Doug Collins is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Take a break and meditate

While hard work gets us ahead, there appear to be limits. It's often the times of rest and recovery that provide us with the energy we need to work hard. In today's ultra-connected worlds of iPhones, email and Twitter, it is often hard to get even a few moments to oneself.

March 20, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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