Taking apart the city of Stockbridge -- and the faint whiff of a deal

We spoke on Presidents’ Day, so from my point of view, the comparison to Abraham Lincoln was irresistible. On Jan. 1, Anthony Ford became the first African-American elected as mayor of Stockbridge. Just like Lincoln, Ford has been immediately greeted with an unprecedented crisis of southern secession. Right? “Ah. Very good. I got that,” the mayor said. “I don’t know if...
We spoke on Presidents’ Day, so from my point of view, the comparison to Abraham Lincoln was irresistible. On Jan. 1, Anthony Ford became the first African-American elected as mayor of Stockbridge...

Gun research may return at CDC decades after NRA pressure shut it down

Should teachers carry guns? Will having a gun make you safer? What gun sale rules save lives? Following the school shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17, calls for action have filled the news. But safety advocates say they lack perhaps the most important tool of all: objective research to know what actions would actually work. Following testimony Thursday by new U.S....
Should teachers carry guns? Will having a gun make you safer? What gun sale rules save lives? Following the school shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17, calls for action...


Georgia leaders reach deal to cut state’s top income tax rate

Georgia leaders reach deal to cut state’s top income tax rate

The size of Georgia’s estimated windfall from the federal tax overhaul that Congress approved in December kept growing over the past month: first it was $3.7 billion over five years, then $4.7 billion, and by Tuesday, $5.2 billion. So Gov. Nathan Deal was wary about moving to eliminate the windfall — essentially higher income taxes that Georgians would have to pay — because he couldn&rsquo...
Gun control advocates to descend on Georgia Statehouse Wednesday

Gun control advocates to descend on Georgia Statehouse Wednesday

With the deadly shooting at a Florida school last week fresh in their minds, gun control advocates are expecting a large crowd at the Georgia Statehouse on Wednesday for their annual lobbying day. Members from gun control advocate groups Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety hold the event annually, where they urge lawmakers to take action on changes to weapons laws.  Last year&rsquo...
Opinion: No money for priority schools yet lawmakers find $17 million for charters

Opinion: No money for priority schools yet lawmakers find $17 million for charters

Janet Kishbaugh is co-chair of the Georgia Coalition for Public Education, formerly the Committee to Keep Georgia Schools Local. In this commentary, Kishbaugh questions the lack of adequate funding for Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature initiative, state turnaround schools. While the state says it can’t come up with more funding for turnaround coaches in the first set of schools chosen for the...
Booting bill gets unsympathetic hearing in House committee

Booting bill gets unsympathetic hearing in House committee

Car booters got a rough ride in a state House committee considering legislation  to legalize the practice. The industry wanted booting legalized throughout the state and charge a $85 fee. Instead, the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee said booting could only be legal where jurisdictions explicitly allow it. And it set the maximum fee at $65. Local ordinances could be even...
Georgia senators vote to let adoption agencies deny same-sex couples

Georgia senators vote to let adoption agencies deny same-sex couples

A bill that would guarantee religious adoption agencies’ ability to turn away gay couples in Georgia passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The committee voted 5-2 to approve the legislation, Senate Bill 375.  The measure allows faith-based agencies to use their religious beliefs as a justification to reject same-sex couples that are trying to adopt children from...
The Jolt: Same-sex marriage becomes unabashed focus of ‘religious liberty’ bill

The Jolt: Same-sex marriage becomes unabashed focus of ‘religious liberty’ bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave 5-2 approval this morning to Senate Bill 375, a measure offering legal protection to faith-based child placement agencies that refuse to engage with LGBT couples. A similar provision was stripped from a massive overhaul of the state’s adoption law last month, when it was condemned by Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston for threatening...
Georgia Legislature Today: Religion, adoptions and gay couples

Georgia Legislature Today: Religion, adoptions and gay couples

The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Tuesday, Day 23 of the 2018 legislative session: Religious adoptions: Senators might move forward with a bill that would permit faith-based adoption agencies to reject same-sex married couples who are trying to adopt children from foster care. Senate Bill 375 could get a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 8 a.m. UPDATE: The bill...
Pro-Cagle booster launches $1.2M ad buy in Georgia gov race  

Pro-Cagle booster launches $1.2M ad buy in Georgia gov race  

An issues advocacy group rolled out a pair of statewide ads Tuesday praising Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s education policies and illegal immigration crackdown, providing air support for the Republican ahead of his own multimillion blitz. Citizens for Georgia’s Future said the $1.2 million ad buy will launch the two ads in the Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah TV markets...
‘Low Bridge’ or not, many in Savannah think Talmadge name should go

‘Low Bridge’ or not, many in Savannah think Talmadge name should go

Some want the bridge heading from Savannah to South Carolina to be named for the Native Americans who first inhabited the area. Others want the bridge spanning the Savannah river to bear the city’s name. Still others believe the structure should honor the founder of the Girl Scouts, who was a Savannah native. What a lot of folks in this majority African-American city seem to agree on is that...
Kemp faces new voter security questions amid Russia probe

Kemp faces new voter security questions amid Russia probe

As evidence mounts that Russia is again trying to interfere in U.S. votes, Georgia’s top elections official faces new scrutiny of his oversight of the state’s voting system. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican candidate for governor, tells voters the state’s elections system is secure and that he doesn’t need additional help from Washington to defend against hackers...
Around Georgia: Private school to begin drug testing students

Around Georgia: Private school to begin drug testing students

Private school plans to drug test first on a voluntary basis The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that a local private school plans to drug-test students in grades 8-12 on a voluntary basis next year before making it mandatory in future years. Brookstone School in Columbus plans to use students’ hair samples to perform the drug tests, the newspaper reports. The samples will be sent to a lab...
‘I was deathly afraid.’ Jimmy Carter shares details of wife Rosalynn’s surgery

‘I was deathly afraid.’ Jimmy Carter shares details of wife Rosalynn’s surgery

   Plains -- Jimmy Carter said Monday he was “deathly afraid” during what he described as the “very serious” operation his wife underwent this past weekend. Rosalynn Carter, 90, had surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to remove “troubling scar tissue” from a portion of her small intestine, according to a statement the Carter Center released...
In converted jail cell, Kemp talks tough on illegal immigrants 

In converted jail cell, Kemp talks tough on illegal immigrants 

Secretary of State Brian Kemp launched his statewide bus tour Monday with a trip to a former city jail converted into a coffee shop, where he outlined a crackdown on illegal immigration. The Republican told a few dozen supporters it was “insane” that immigrants in the country illegally get healthcare coverage when “residents are getting priced out of the market.” ...
The Jolt: ‘Joe Biden’s office calling. Is this still a good number?’

The Jolt: ‘Joe Biden’s office calling. Is this still a good number?’

The mass email that arrived from former Vice President Joe Biden last Wednesday said this: Which is a good message for a Democrat thinking about 2020, but not absolute proof of his intentions. Neither was this Biden message that arrived on Friday, condemning members of Congress for their inaction on guns: But then we received word that Joe Biden’s staff has been calling prominent Georgia...
Georgia might let adoption agencies use religion to refuse gay couples

Georgia might let adoption agencies use religion to refuse gay couples

If you believe several Georgia senators, allowing adoption agencies to turn away married gay couples would result in more adoptions of foster children. They reason that more Christian adoption providers will open in Georgia if the government protects their religious objections to same-sex parents, as envisioned by Senate Bill 375. The legislation is the latest “religious liberty&rdquo...
Atlanta seals off road outside Capitol after dangerous incident 

Atlanta seals off road outside Capitol after dangerous incident 

State officials have been trying to close down the road outside the Georgia Capitol for years. It might have taken a dangerous incident to seal off the street.  Days after an Atlanta man was charged with five criminal counts outside the Gold Dome, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal that the city would temporarily restrict access on the section of Mitchell...
The year that transit became a potent election-year issue in metro Atlanta

The year that transit became a potent election-year issue in metro Atlanta

There are times when it’s right and proper to stop, look back at where we’ve been, and acknowledge the new territory before us. This is one of them. For the first time, in the spring, summer and fall of 2018, commuter rail will be a legitimate campaign and policy issue in suburban Atlanta — not just the racial wedge it has been for the last half-century. Yes, some Republicans are...
PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact recently checked a Georgia gubernatorial candidate’s claim about high-speed availability for rural residents; a TV commentator’s statement on the number of immigrants in the country; and a senator’s comment about the nation’s rising national debt. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. In Georgia, “25 percent of...
Georgia flu deaths reach 79; vaccination urged even now

Georgia flu deaths reach 79; vaccination urged even now

Georgia’s death toll from flu continued to mount this week, and now stands at 79 dead from the sickness. The state Department of Public Health on Friday released figures for the week ending February 10, showing that 13 new patients were confirmed dead from flu, one of them a child. Health officials are urging people who have not been vaccinated to do so. The request came with greater emphasis...
Georgia school legislation could cost millions

Georgia school legislation could cost millions

Two school bills that could channel more than $30 million in state tax dollars to private schools and charter schools next year are moving through the Georgia House of Representatives. House Bill 482 allows parents to opt their children out of public schools and take state money with them. The state funding, typically half the amount it costs to educate a student, could be used instead to offset private...
Co-conspirator in Russia meddling probe made Atlanta trip

Co-conspirator in Russia meddling probe made Atlanta trip

The probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election made a pit stop in Atlanta. Indictments announced on Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller accuse 13 Russian nationals of using social media and other activities to influence voters in the race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. The legal papers say that in November 2014 one of the co-conspirators traveled to Atlanta...
Bill blocks Georgia cities from outlawing puppy sales at stores

Bill blocks Georgia cities from outlawing puppy sales at stores

The Georgia Senate is considering legislation that would prohibit local governments from regulating the sale of pets. Animal-rights lobbyists say the measure would strip local control from cities that want to crack down on pet sales and encourage adoption instead. Canton became the first city to enact a local ban last year shortly after a puppy mill was discovered in Cherokee County. Senate Agriculture...
Sheriff behind ‘Lucifer’ comment looks to heat up Georgia statehouse

Sheriff behind ‘Lucifer’ comment looks to heat up Georgia statehouse

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who compared Gov. Nathan Deal to Lucifer earlier this week, is now marveling at the state Capitol stir he’s caused. On Thursday, Sills said the volatile reaction he’s received for criticizing the governor’s new bid to reform the use of cash bail requirements for minor crimes was a sign that other law enforcement officers should &ldquo...
Research center proposed to boost rural Georgia businesses

Research center proposed to boost rural Georgia businesses

A government organization could be created to help rebuild the economies of rural Georgia communities, according to legislation introduced this week. The Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation would identify business opportunities, create community plans, provide assistance to various industries and help coordination with nonprofit organizations. State Rep. Jason Shaw, the sponsor of ...

Whoops: Georgia gov candidate slips up some endorsements

Stacey Abrams touted the endorsements of more than 100 local officials earlier this week. Now, a handful of them say they never backed her campaign for governor. Cairo Mayor Booker Gainor, fresh off a November election, told local media he was “shocked” to be on the list because he hasn’t endorsed either Abrams or her Democratic rival, former state Rep. Stacey Evans.  &ldquo...
It’s Atlanta’s fault that EPA’s Scott Pruitt flies first-class

It’s Atlanta’s fault that EPA’s Scott Pruitt flies first-class

Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal Enforcement, who explained that flying first class helped...
Cagle is the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor

Cagle is the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor

In the months leading up to this year’s General Assembly session, the statehouse crowd made it clear Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was their candidate for governor. Lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors who traditionally side with the winners in governor’s races poured money into Cagle’s bid to replace Gov. Nathan Deal, according to a review of campaign filings by The Atlanta...
Capitol Recap: Ballots have positions open, so hunt on for candidates

Capitol Recap: Ballots have positions open, so hunt on for candidates

Help wanted: Republican legislative candidates in Gwinnett County. Normally, they shouldn’t be that hard to find. Gwinnett, like other suburban Atlanta counties, is traditionally a GOP stronghold. But this time around, Democrats sense an opportunity in the ‘burbs, thanks to a combination of President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings in some of those areas and changing...
Georgia governor to back limited medical marijuana expansion

Georgia governor to back limited medical marijuana expansion

Gov. Nathan Deal came out against a measure to allow medical marijuana to be grown in the state, but his administration is backing a smaller expansion of the program. Deal's top aide, Chris Riley, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the governor will endorse adding post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, a condition includes diagnosed migraines, to the list of illnesses...
Torpy at Large: Propping up the boonies, Atlanta’s thankless burden

Torpy at Large: Propping up the boonies, Atlanta’s thankless burden

A bill proposed in the state House would require city dwellers like myself to pony up extra when watching movies on Netflix so they can run high-speed internet out to the boonies. It turns out that it’s not worth it for companies to deliver broadband out to these far-flung localities. The free market system, the cornerstone of conservative thought on business, is working against them. You...
Cagle makes a monster ad buy in Georgia gov race 

Cagle makes a monster ad buy in Georgia gov race 

Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle shelled out $4.4 million for six weeks of TV ads to boost his campaign for governor, enough cash to flood the airwaves ahead of the crowded GOP primary. Cagle’s campaign said Friday the ad buys include broadcast TV purchases in markets across the state - Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah - as well as radio, cable and satellite spots. The ad...
Georgia lawmakers required to receive sex harassment training

Georgia lawmakers required to receive sex harassment training

Georgia legislators must receive mandatory sexual harassment training every two years, according to a policy approved by leaders of the state House and Senate on Thursday. The Georgia General Assembly’s new sexual harassment policy also was expanded to include lawmakers’ dealings with lobbyists and part-time employees. The expanded sexual harassment requirements come as a result of...
How Georgia’s Perdue, Isakson voted on Senate’s immigration bills

How Georgia’s Perdue, Isakson voted on Senate’s immigration bills

The Senate’s great immigration debate of 2018 didn’t turn out to be such a great debate after all. Lawmakers spent most of the week not on the Senate floor, debating legislation freely as promised, but huddled behind closed doors and pointing fingers.  The chamber only took four immigration-related votes this week before sprinting out of town for a week-long recess, leaving the fate...
Georgia Senate backs bill to create new city of Eagle’s Landing

Georgia Senate backs bill to create new city of Eagle’s Landing

Henry County residents hoping to create a new city got one step closer after the Senate approved measures Thursday that put the decision before voters. The legislation that would carve out a southern portion of Stockbridge and unincorporated areas of Henry County to create a new city of Eagle’s Landing, with vastly different racial demographics drew several hours of debate before being approved...
Georgia 2018: Democrats ratchet up calls for gun restrictions after Florida shooting   

Georgia 2018: Democrats ratchet up calls for gun restrictions after Florida shooting   

The two Democratic candidates for governor ratcheted up pledges Thursday to back new firearm restrictions after a Florida gunman opened fire at a Florida high school in one of the deadliest school shootings in modern U.S. history. Stacey Abrams, the former top Democrat in the Georgia House, said the shooting was a reminder that “the opportunity for America to protect lives from gun violence...
Why Georgia governor’s last criminal justice push may be his toughest

Why Georgia governor’s last criminal justice push may be his toughest

Gov. Nathan Deal may have saved one of the hardest parts of his plan to remake the criminal justice system for last. With little opposition, the Republican spearheaded legislation over his two terms that kept more nonviolent offenders out of prison and set up a system of accountability courts. But his proposal this week to give judges new flexibility to forgo cash bail for poor defendants has sparked...
Alternative testing bill passes Georgia Senate

Alternative testing bill passes Georgia Senate

Legislation that would let school districts experiment with home-gown alternatives to Georgia’s state standardized tests advanced through the state Senate Thursday. The Georgia Milestones come at the end of a school year,  or in some cases at the end of a semester. That means teachers get the results after their students have moved on, so they complain that the tests don’t help them...
Ga. lawmakers fighting Air Force proposal to kill prized surveillance plane

Ga. lawmakers fighting Air Force proposal to kill prized surveillance plane

Georgia’s defense-focused lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fight after the Pentagon proposed cancelling the contract to replace a prized surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force base that supports roughly 2,500 jobs.  Members of the delegation are livid that the Defense Department asked Congress to kill a program to upgrade the aging fleet of E-8C Joint Surveillance...
Carving a city of Eagles Landing from the city of Stockbridge

Carving a city of Eagles Landing from the city of Stockbridge

The state Senate could be in something of an uproar today, as the chamber takes up two bills that would carve a new city out of the existing, majority-black city of Stockbridge in Henry County. Senate Bills 262 and 263 are being taken up as general rather than local legislation, to escape the opposition of state Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, who represents nearly all of Stockbridge. We&rsquo...
Deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history: What do we tell kids? 

Deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history: What do we tell kids? 

Here is a letter to Marietta families from Grant Rivera, the superintendent of Marietta City Schools. Rivera wrote the letter in the wake of the high school shooting in Florida Wednesday that killed 17 students and sent 15 others to the hospital.  The rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the deadliest high school shooting in American history. The suspected assasilant is a former...
DeKalb takes next step in decriminalizing marijuana

DeKalb takes next step in decriminalizing marijuana

DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are changed at the state Capitol. The board voted 6-1 on Tuesday...
Georgia senate committee removes fines, explusions from campus speech bill

Georgia senate committee removes fines, explusions from campus speech bill

The Georgia senate’s higher education committee voted Tuesday to remove provisions from a bill that would impose fines and penalties as severe as expulsion for student protesters who repeatedly stop people from speaking on Georgia's public college campuses. Senate Bill 339 would include an amendment that would have the University System of Georgia create a range of unspecified penalties...

As Eagle’s Landing cityhood chances grow, Stockbridge leaders pray

The state Senate on Tuesday stood by its support of a proposal to create a city of Eagle’s Landing by de-annexing a portion of Stockbridge. Senate leaders had been asked by Sen. Emanuel Jones, a Democrat who represents Stockbridge, to reconsider their support for two bills — one to create a charter for Eagle’s Landing and another to change the boundaries of Stockbridge. The bills...
White House: President Trump open to series of gun control ideas

White House: President Trump open to series of gun control ideas

In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Florida last week, the White House told reporters on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is ready to discuss a range of gun restrictions that have been championed by Democrats in Congress, while also stressing that there is no quick legislative answer to such mass shootings. Asked about the President’s past support...
Boy Scouts among groups fighting changes to state’s Hidden Predator Act

Boy Scouts among groups fighting changes to state’s Hidden Predator Act

The timing couldn’t be more favorable for proponents of a legislative bill that would bolster Georgia’s Hidden Predator Act, widely considered among the nation’s weakest.   Scandals such as the one involving former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, accused of sexually assaulting more than 300 young female athletes, has brought renewed attention to cases of child...
The right is looking for an honest debate on guns

The right is looking for an honest debate on guns

The way to keep our children safe is clear – shoring up our school security and getting better at spotting disturbed kids. Anything else is wasting time. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue.Opinions from the Right:When hurting kids and parents have bad ideas: Addressing post-shooting activism From Townhall: Make schools secure, and learn how to spot kids who are disturbed...
The left has a solution for mass shootings – don’t sell the weapons the shooters use

The left has a solution for mass shootings – don’t sell the weapons the shooters use

The way to stop mass shootings is to restrict the sale of assault weapons. It’s the only thing that makes sense. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue.Opinions from the left:On gun violence, we are a failed state From columnist E.J. Dionne: When will we stop letting the NRA decide if our children will be protected at school? No one becomes a mass shooter without mass-shooting...
Mueller unveils new indictment, charging lawyer with lying to investigators

Mueller unveils new indictment, charging lawyer with lying to investigators

The probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections produced another indictment on Monday, as the feds charged a man with making false statements to investigators working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, also accusing the lawyer of deleting emails, and not cooperating with the probe. The initial document released by a Washington, D.C. federal court showed Alex Van...
While Trump backs bipartisan gun bill, there’s no guarantee of action in Congress on guns

While Trump backs bipartisan gun bill, there’s no guarantee of action in Congress on guns

The White House on Monday signaled that President Donald Trump is willing to back at least one bipartisan measure to strengthen the national instant check system for those who buy firearms, as Democrats in the House and Senate continued to argue that action by the Congress on gun violence is long overdue. “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered...
Opinion: The guard dog who refuses to bark

Opinion: The guard dog who refuses to bark

According to a grand-jury indictment released last week, Russians conducting an illegal social-media campaign in the 2016 elections were instructed to support not just Donald Trump but Bernie Sanders as well. Sanders, for one, is none too happy about it. As he explained it on “Meet The Press,” Sunday, Russian interference constituted an attack on our sovereignty and form of government...
The left has news for the president: The indictment of 13 Russians shouldn’t make you comfortable

The left has news for the president: The indictment of 13 Russians shouldn’t make you comfortable

Robert Mueller’s indictments of more than a dozen Russians are a good thing, but it’s just a start. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. 1. As Robert Mueller Fights Russian Meddling, Trump Is MIA From USA Today: What’s missing in the news of indictments of Russians for meddling in U.S. elections is some leadership from the White House. 2. Mueller Indictments...
The right wants to know where the left was on gun control when they had the White House

The right wants to know where the left was on gun control when they had the White House

The right wants to know where the left was on gun control when they had the White House As Democrats condemn the right for doing nothing after mass shootings, Republicans ask why the left did not pass another assault weapons ban when they were in charge. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. 1. Democrats, Spare Me Your Hypocrisy on Guns From S.E. Cupp, CNN: Where were the...
After latest indictments, President Trump vents on Twitter about Russia investigation

After latest indictments, President Trump vents on Twitter about Russia investigation

In the wake of a fresh round of indictments in the wide-ranging investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday and Sunday to repeatedly express his frustration with the probe, again proclaiming his innocence, attacking his critics, and demanding attention instead on actions of the Obama Administration...
Opinion: Here’s a curious thing

Opinion: Here’s a curious thing

The indictment of 13 Russian nationals released Friday tells us that the Kremlin’s effort to interfere with and influence the 2016 U.S. election was launched in Russia by early 2014. The Trump administration has seized upon that timeline as proof that it had no involvement in or knowledge of the Russia intervention. For example, in the first sentence of its response to the indictment, the Trump...
Bill limiting Georgia Power profits would not apply to Vogtle delays

Bill limiting Georgia Power profits would not apply to Vogtle delays

A newly proposed Senate Bill that would have limited charges on Georgia Power customer bills for the Vogtle nuclear expansion project has been amended, to apply only to future nuclear projects. The amended version of Senate Bill 355, which received unanimous support from members of the Regulated Industries and Utilities committee Thursday, will target projects commissioned after January 1, 2018. The...

Opinion: Memphis Monday morning ...

I’m glad the week is over, except for the fact that these days, in this business, the week is never really over. The good news is that we have music, and music has long served as my five o’clock whistle, my psychological reset button, no matter what time it finally blows.  This is one of my favorite all-time cuts, and always succeeds in changing my mindset. Take a listen: <iframe...
Digging inside the details of the new indictments in the Russia probe

Digging inside the details of the new indictments in the Russia probe

The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election for President on Friday presented some of the first official government evidence of actions taken in the campaign, as a federal grand jury returned an indictment against 13 Russians and 3 Russian entities, alleging that they used social media to support President Donald Trump, and oppose Democratic nominee ...
Opinion: Russia’s meddling has consequences

Opinion: Russia’s meddling has consequences

His name was “Jermaine,” and based on his Twitter profile picture, he was a young black male. In early November of 2015, Jermaine was angry about racial tensions and violence on the campus of the University of Missouri. “The cops are marching with the KKK!” he claimed on Twitter. “They beat up my little brother! Watch out!” Attached was a picture of a black child...
Mueller investigation charges 13 Russians in investigation over 2016 election interference

Mueller investigation charges 13 Russians in investigation over 2016 election interference

The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced Friday that thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian groups had been charged with violating U.S. criminal laws for interfering with the 2016 election, detailing a string of efforts to help President Donald Trump’s campaign, and sew doubt about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “Defendants, posing as U...
The left wants you to know: It’s not mental health, it’s not society, it’s the guns

The left wants you to know: It’s not mental health, it’s not society, it’s the guns

The left is asking when people will realize the root of the problem of mass shootings is access to guns. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: You can’t shoot up a school – or concert, or night club – if you don’t have access to powerful guns and a lot of ammunition. From the Chicago Tribune: Events like the Florida high...
Arming teachers or fixing society? The right ponders the question

Arming teachers or fixing society? The right ponders the question

Whether it’s arming teachers or working on what’s wrong with our society we have to make some progress toward ending such violence. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. From The National Review::Teachers could be taught to be a first line of defense against someone firing a gun at school. From columnist Patrick Buchanan: We can’t expect an end to such violence...
Congress goes home for 10 day break with no deal on DACA, Dreamers

Congress goes home for 10 day break with no deal on DACA, Dreamers

With the Senate failing to make any headway on how to deal with the status of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” lawmakers in the Congress went home for a ten day break Thursday with no clear path forward on the politically difficult issue of immigration, with a deadline to deal with DACA set by the President less than three weeks away. “It’s safe to say...
Nikolas Cruz's social media pages had 'disturbing' material; have been deleted from Facebook, Instagram

Nikolas Cruz's social media pages had 'disturbing' material; have been deleted from Facebook, Instagram

Social media sites Facebook and Instagram issued a statement Thursday saying they had deleted the profile of accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz. The 19-year-old gunman, who was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, had posted photos and at least one video that law enforcement officials called “very, very disturbing.” Cruz is charged with...
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