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 dustup over Stacey Evans’ speech at the Netroots Nation convention in Atlanta Saturday of liberal activists here was nothing approaching what was going on in Charlottesville. It was simply, with no need for exaggerated comparison, dumb.
Why are we the only country in the world with an opioid crisis? If we need to create more high-wage jobs, why do so many high-wage positions go unfilled? Why don’t Americans move as much as they used to? There’s a connecting thread to this tumble of questions.
The history of how we’ve managed to feed ourselves over the past century or so is a dramatic story with many surprising twists, although it has become entangled in and obscured by the more explosive events of our times.
Next door in scandalacious Alabama, they’ve moved on from the philandering former governor and the former House speaker, currently out on bond. Lately the big question has been, who are “Attorney No. 1” and “Employee No. 1?”
As befalls many an ambitious bill when legislatures head into the home stretch, the Healthy California Act got the hook last Friday. But as confusion mounts in Washington, there are good reasons you should know about this bill which sounds like a brand of smoothy.
In its closing days, the race for the 6th District congressional seat, already regarded as the most important bellwether for the 2018 congressional elections, has begun to be seen as an indicator of something much more immediate: the fate of the American Health Care Act.
There are a lot of reasons why it’s timely to revisit George C. Marshall’s speech, given 70 years ago this week, outlining his plan for a European recovery from the ravages of the Second World War. One is its simple literacy.
Remember the population explosion? Back in the 1960s, when overpopulation was considered such an imminent threat that President Richard Nixon spoke of the need to address it, the world’s population was moving past 3.5 billion. Today it’s more than 7.5 billion.
Without question, this increase in our numbers has contributed to a host of problems, from resource depletion to frictions over immigration. But the way we think and talk about overpopulation is vastly different than it was when there were half as many of us to worry about it.
Suppose the I-85 bridge repairs had run four weeks later than the guaranteed date, completion not yet in sight as summer dragged on, with a cost overrun of $36 million. That’s only a miniature comparison with the scope of the financial meltdown at the Plant Vogtle nuclear project.
All the way up to the week he took over his new job as Agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue had been an afterthought, his paperwork lost in the greater tumult of the Trump administration. And then, shazam.
Of the six Alabama governors elected since the end of George Wallace’s long reign, two had been convicted, until this week. With the plea deal on two misdemeanor charges and resignation of Gov. Robert Bentley — the “luv guv,” as he’s come to be known — the conviction rate went up to 50 percent.