Tom Baxter has written about politics and the South for more than four decades. He was national editor and chief political correspondent at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and later edited The Southern Political Report, an online publication, for four years. Tom was the consultant for the 2008 election night coverage sponsored jointly by Current TV, Digg and Twitter, and a 2011 fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. He has written about the impact of Georgia’s and Alabama's immigration laws in reports for the Center for American Progress. Tom and his wife, Lili, have three adult children and seven grandchildren.
The analysis of how decorum has broken down in the U.S. Supreme Court nominating process usually begins with Robert Bork and moves through Clarence Thomas to the present, sorry state of events. A 1994 Alabama race run by Karl Rove deserves more attention, because the venom which has been injected into judicial politics starts at the state level.
“Secret TRUMP Deal: $40,983 for each taxpayer,” goes the email pitch for what turns out to be an investment newsletter. Although the president has nothing to do with them, pitches like these say a lot about his political situation.
How much you say doesn’t matter as much as what you say, but Brian Kemp’s reluctance to say much at all about healthcare so far, and Stacey Abrams volubility on the issue, reflect how the two candidates approach the issue.
Shortly after 9/11, the expression “new normal” came into vogue. It was supposed to describe the new regimen of measures everybody was going to have to get used to as the nation adjusted to the terrorist threat. But it has become a reminder of how unevenly the impact of that day’s attack has been distributed.
The Georgia and Florida governor’s races have so many parallels that we can expect them to be paired in a lot of stories analyzing politics over the next couple of months. Whether the two races have a parallel outcome is another question.
n South Korea this summer, mosquitoes are dying from the heat and BMWs have been banned because they keep catching fire. In North Korea, meanwhile, the crops are failing. These are splinters of what has been the biggest story in the world this year, just about everywhere but the United States.
Last week Secretary of State Brian Kemp refused to step down to avoid any conflict of interest in the upcoming election, and a federal court mulled a suit demanding the state go back to paper ballots, now. It’s a far cry from 16 years ago, when we were talking about a future in which voting would be as easy as going to the mall.
Amid all the other big news swirling around President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, the revelation that a Chattanooga developer offered him $10 million to secure government loans for his late-life project didn’t attract much national attention. But it’s a story for our times.
The political class is already stocking up popcorn for the study in contrasts that is this year’s Georgia governor’s race. Unfortunately, the race is also likely to mark a milestone in the politics of dark money electioneering, which for the average voter means endless waves of scary black-and-white attack ads paid for by organizations with fuzzy names.
Goodness knows we have enough political entertainment here in Georgia, with one of our legislators biting a fake penis and yanking down his britches on TV, and dueling endorsements from the president and the governor. But something important has been happening in Birmingham.
It’s a open seat, the race is neck to neck and lots of money is being spent by both campaigns. By all rights, we should be expecting a healthy turnout next week in the runoff election to pick the Republican candidate for governor. A sharp drop in turnout could be a warning sign voters are tiring of the race to be “craziest.”
As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, nearly a third of Americans say a second civil war is likely in the next five years. If they’re right, the next civil war won’t be anything like the last one.
From California to Georgia, there’s talk about states breaking apart from each other. The idea seems in keeping with these fractious times, but so far the idea of divorce doesn’t appeal to many voters.
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule between Georgia and Florida in the years-long water wars, a peek into a future when “pretty solutions” to water shortages no longer suffice. That future has been unfolding in Cape Town.
We don’t know yet how much that secret recording of Casey Cagle admitting that he’d put politics over policy will affect the runoff campaign. But it reveals some interesting things about what’s worried the Republican front-runner, and what hasn’t.