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.
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.
This is the first election in Georgia history in which all the Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are women, and all the Republican candidates for those offices are men. There have been implications for both races.
here have been some theatrics involved — we’re about to talk about Louisiana, after all — but the nation should be paying more attention to what’s happening in Baton Rouge. It could be a warning for the rest of us.
We are in the process of losing an important chunk of our collective economic memory, as anyone with an investment account more than a decade old will be able to observe online over the coming months. As it slips from the 10-year charts, the lessons of the Great Recession are fading.
The changes wrought by DNA research haven’t been recognized as quickly or appreciated as much as some other big scientific and technological advances of our time. Maybe that’s because its impact has been both vertical and horizontal.
When you think how much lip service has been paid to education issues over the years, it’s striking how many of the interested parties have been caught flat-footed this year, when our schools really became big news.
The legislative year hasn’t ended yet in a lot of states, and the evidence isn’t overwhelming. But based at least on the reduction in material they’ve provided late-night monologues, lawmakers around the country seem to be going about their business with significantly less posturing this election year.
The political persona Zell Miller shaped through years of trial and error emphasized the parts that he shared with the broadest swath of what he thought of as his people. But he was more complicated than that.
We’re Terminus. We’re a town which has defined itself as a relay point, vital to the business of getting people and stuff from one place to another. So it’s fitting that the future of transportation is arriving here, not in the next decade or next year, but this week.
By far the weirdest story in the world this year — it makes “The Shape of Water” sound plausible — begins with a little critter which lives only on the tributaries of the Satilla River in Georgia and Florida.
Chances are you’ve read at least a little about the President’s father, Fred Trump. But the story of his grandfather, Freidrich, sheds a more interesting light on one of the main preoccupations of the Trump presidency.
Out of all the schools that have been shot up in this country, what was it about this one that has caused the reaction to differ from those in the past? The answer has to do with location, bandwith, and South Florida attitude.
Could the #MeToo Movement, the daily White House shenanigans over spousal abuse and all the other gender-related stories that preoccupy us be part of something much, much, much bigger? Steve Bannon thinks so.
You don’t often hear of politicians worrying there may not be enough reporters to cover them, but Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam did so last week in a speech. Could the nation’s richest governor be thinking about some kind of media startup when he leaves office?