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The right discusses Kanye’s ‘more consequential success’

The right discusses Kanye’s ‘more consequential success’

1. Kanye's Success: Trump Now Backs Criminal Justice Reform From New York Post: “The president’s rhetorical embrace of criminal justice reform got considerably less attention, but may prove more consequential.” 2. Could Trump Win 20% of African-American Vote in 2020? From IBD: “There are subtle but increasing indications that his approval among other African-Americans...
Dems should be wary of ‘deposing’ Pelosi, the left says

Dems should be wary of ‘deposing’ Pelosi, the left says

1. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t care what they say about her From Washington Post: “Democrats should be wary of deposing her in response to pressure from the other side.” 2. Nancy Pelosi Will Rise Again From Slate: “Some Democrats are tired of Pelosi, and Republicans can’t stand her. Here’s why she’ll almost definitely be speaker again anyway.&rdquo...
Opinion: Decency gets body-slammed

Opinion: Decency gets body-slammed

At a political speech in Montana Thursday night, Donald J. Trump took a moment to speak highly of the state’s Republican congressman, Greg Gianforte. "Greg is smart and, by the way, never wrestle him. Never. You understand that?" the president said, laughing as he physically acted out the scene two years ago in which Gianforte body-slammed a reporter to the ground, breaking his glasses...
Opinion: Moving forward on regional transit in metro Atlanta

Opinion: Moving forward on regional transit in metro Atlanta

A few weeks ago, the Georgia General Assembly passed landmark legislation creating a regional transit authority in metro Atlanta. Skeptics believed it couldn’t be done, saying the issue was too complicated, our state and region too divided. But I had faith that these obstacles could be overcome. Indeed, through the many months spent shepherding this bill through the state Legislature, I was...
Torpy at Large: When bail reform means you bail on returning to court

Torpy at Large: When bail reform means you bail on returning to court

The city of Atlanta this year allowed a lot more low-level offenders to be released on their own signature rather than having to scrounge up cash for bail. But preliminary figures show many defendants aren’t worth their John Hancocks. Numbers mustered up by Atlanta Municipal Court Chief Judge Christopher Portis for a limited snapshot shows that 71 percent more defendants are skipping bond...
Opinion: I’m not a distraction, far from it. Stop treating me as one.

Opinion: I’m not a distraction, far from it. Stop treating me as one.

A senior at Etowah High School wrote an essay about the message school dress codes deliver to young women.  Regular readers know I share Cherokee County student Madison Jones’ concerns over dress codes and the misplaced focus on how the behavior and appearance of girls impacts boys and their education. Most recently, I wrote about a Texas elementary school that included a hallway quote...