There’s a template for handling budget shortfalls which Gov. Brian Kemp seems to be following. But there’s no template for the controversy which has erupted over toxic emissions affecting neighborhoods in Cobb, Fulton and Newton counties.
Coming only three days after the murderous attack on the El Paso Walmart, last week’s ICE raids on seven Mississippi chicken plants drew a lot of national media attention and caused a lot of disruption in the small towns that were affected. Federal officials said this was the largest single-state workplace enforcement action in history, but it wasn’t the first time a chicken plant raid has wreaked havoc in the rural South.
On a day when President Trump has addressed the nation to condemn “racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” it might not seem appropriate to begin with Champ Bailey’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday. But the former Georgia Bulldog great spoke about that very subject with expertise, as he put it. It’s something, he said, which black men “have more expertise in than any aspect of our lives.”
(A note from Tom: This week I’m stepping aside for something special. The Almanac of American Politics, published every two years since 1972, is a necessity for political junkies, with its reams of demographic and election data and carefully crafted profiles of every state and congressional district. Volume by volume over time, it has become […]
What with the departure of Mad Magazine and the Chicago Defender, this has been a depressing passage in the long decline and fall of the Empire of Paper. The loss of any publication represents the loss of a voice, and in their separate ways, Mad and the Defender were unique and distinctive American voices.
Over the past four years, the staff of the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has produced a series of essays titled “The Demographics of Wealth.” It draws on interviews with more than 40,000 heads of households, conducted over more than a quarter century, to examine how factors like race, age and education affect a family’s financial health. You’re thinking, not exactly a summer beach read. No, but if you want a clear-eyed fix on the economy before the politicians start talking about it again, this is a great place to start.
Google the name of Norman Primus and all you will find is his photograph and his archived 2012 obituary. That’s a shame. Primus spent a good part of his life fighting for our republic, and if we had listened to him we might have avoided the problems which bubbled up in last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on partisan gerrymandering.
When word reached the corporate offices of Cracker Barrel last week that an anti-LGBTQ pastor and his group planned an event at one of its restaurants in Tennessee, the company released a sharply worded statement barring them. “We serve everyone who walks through our doors with genuine hospitality, not hate, and require all guests to do the same,” it said. That a sign of the changes since the restaurant chain banned gay and lesbian employees in 1991.
By Tom Baxter In 1896, a young conservative newspaper editor, William Allen White, was so infuriated after being accosted by a gang of progressives on the streets of Emporia that he fired off one of the most famous blasts of vituperation in the history of journalism, under the headline “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” The […]
Agriculture secretaries just don’t get the attention they deserve. A recent cover of the magazine caricatured Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Bob Barr shining the president’s shoes. No member of the Trump team has shined those shoes more enthusiastically, however, than the former Georgia governor, nor under tougher circumstances.
When you look at it short range, the failure to pass the disaster relief bill South Georgia farmers have been told was on the way is just another maddening example of Congress’s inability to do anything useful anymore. Looked at from a larger perspective, it is uncomfortably consistent with the direction the country is taking on climate change.
Gee, what a coincidence. In Tennessee, as in Georgia, the state house speaker has been embroiled in scandal this year, with calls for him to step down. Things couldn’t be working out much differently than they are in these neighboring states, however.
The first outlines of the Supreme Court showdown over Roe v. Wade are taking shape, and with them new questions. If the laws pass this year by state legislatures take effect, how exactly will they be enforced?
What do the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Rifle Association have in common? More, it turns out, than these groups’ leaders and supporters would care to admit. In recent months, scandal has threatened the survival of both organizations, and in both, women with deep Atlanta connections have been thrust unexpectedly into key leadership roles.
“Our country is full,” President Trump said last week, prompting a spirited response from demographers who warn that much of America is instead hollowing out, losing working-age residents at a particularly alarming rate. But from different perspectives, the same place can look full or empty.
As she ponders which of a buffet line of races to jump into next, Abrams has been making the national media circuit, the hottest name on the bill at progressive conferences and a guest on talks shows, morning and night. Events promoting the reissue of her book, “Lead From the Outside,” are sold out around the country. It’d be nice if it could last forever, but sooner or later the current Democratic star has to make up her mind.