Kyle Wingfield

Kyle Wingfield is the AJC's conservative columnist. He joined the AJC in 2009 after writing for the Wall Street Journal, based in Brussels, and the Associated Press, based in Atlanta and Montgomery, Ala. He is a native of Dalton and a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Latest from Kyle Wingfield

Opinion: Why Georgia Republicans changed their minds about transit
 A guy from Blue Ridge, a guy from Dawsonville, a guy from East Cobb, a woman from Johns Creek and a woman from Dacula walk into a bar — I mean, a press briefing — to talk about a bill. They’re all Republicans. Care to guess what the bill’s about?  If you guessed “expanding mass transit,” you deserve...

Posted: 23 hours ago

A guy from Blue Ridge, a guy from Dawsonville, a guy from East Cobb, a woman from Johns Creek and a woman from Dacula walk into a bar — I mean, a press briefing — to talk about a bill. They’re all Republicans. Care to guess what the bill’s about?  If you guessed “expanding mass transit,” you deserve...
Opinion: How Republicans came to see transit as a viable option

Posted: 23 hours ago

A guy from Blue Ridge, a guy from Dawsonville, a guy from East Cobb, a woman from Johns Creek and a woman from Dacula walk into a bar — I mean, a press briefing — to talk about a bill. They’re all Republicans. Care to guess what the bill’s about? If you guessed “expanding mass transit,” you deserve an extra...
Opinion: Georgia must get tax-reform basics right the first time
 A great deal of GOP orthodoxy has been challenged over the past couple of years: on the merits of free trade, on the value of international alliances such as NATO, and on the urgency of taming federal deficits and debt, among other things.  But one constant, at least, has remained. The income tax should err on the side of being simple...

Posted: 2 days ago

A great deal of GOP orthodoxy has been challenged over the past couple of years: on the merits of free trade, on the value of international alliances such as NATO, and on the urgency of taming federal deficits and debt, among other things.  But one constant, at least, has remained. The income tax should err on the side of being simple...
Opinion: State legislators must get tax reform right the first time

Posted: 2 days ago

A great deal of GOP orthodoxy has been challenged over the past couple of years: on the merits of free trade, on the value of international alliances such as NATO, and on the urgency of taming federal deficits and debt, among other things. But one constant, at least, has remained. The income tax should err on the side of being simple rather...
Opinion: State should take advantage of opportunity federal tax reform presents
 “It’s now or never” is a phrase one should be wary of applying to legislation. Even more so than with perennially close-but-no-cigar sports teams — and, sadly, we have plenty of those locally — “there’s always next year” more befits bills that face long odds at the present time.  But I...

Posted: 5 days ago

“It’s now or never” is a phrase one should be wary of applying to legislation. Even more so than with perennially close-but-no-cigar sports teams — and, sadly, we have plenty of those locally — “there’s always next year” more befits bills that face long odds at the present time.  But I...
Opinion: Federal tax reform gives Georgia a golden opportunity

Posted: 7 days ago

“It’s now or never” is a phrase one should be wary of applying to legislation. Even more so than with perennially close-but-no-cigar sports teams — and, sadly, we have plenty of those locally — “there’s always next year” more befits bills that face long odds at the present time. But I may have...
Opinion: Congress keeps the lights on by passing a bloated mess
 I was tempted this morning to declare the death of the tea party (2009-2018) after the spending bonanza Congress approved in the wee hours of Friday. But given that 67 Republicans in the House and 16 in the Senate voted against the bill, perhaps “death” is a bit overstated. It might be more accurate to say those who still...

Posted: 8 days ago

I was tempted this morning to declare the death of the tea party (2009-2018) after the spending bonanza Congress approved in the wee hours of Friday. But given that 67 Republicans in the House and 16 in the Senate voted against the bill, perhaps “death” is a bit overstated. It might be more accurate to say those who still...
Opinion: The first thing Atlanta needs to do about housing affordability

Posted: 9 days ago

Atlanta has a problem with housing affordability. The city’s new mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, campaigned on spending $1 billion to address the problem. A fat lot of good even that large a sum will do, though, if the biggest threat to affordability isn’t solved in a very real way. Recall last summer, when homeowners across Fulton...
Opinion: The first thing Atlanta needs to do for housing affordability
 Atlanta has a problem with housing affordability, as most everyone seems to recognize. The city’s new mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, even campaigned on spending $1 billion to address the problem.  A fat lot of good even that large a sum will do, though, if the biggest threat to homeowners’ finances isn’t solved in a very...

Posted: 10 days ago

Atlanta has a problem with housing affordability, as most everyone seems to recognize. The city’s new mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, even campaigned on spending $1 billion to address the problem.  A fat lot of good even that large a sum will do, though, if the biggest threat to homeowners’ finances isn’t solved in a very...
Opinion: Senate’s objections to adoption bill don’t withstand scrutiny
 I never like to start an argument by assuming bad intentions on someone else’s part. So I take state senators at their word when they say they worry allowing more adoptive parents to cover certain living expenses for birth mothers will drive up the cost of adoptions.  I just think they’re wrong. The bill that has loomed over...

Posted: 12 days ago

I never like to start an argument by assuming bad intentions on someone else’s part. So I take state senators at their word when they say they worry allowing more adoptive parents to cover certain living expenses for birth mothers will drive up the cost of adoptions.  I just think they’re wrong. The bill that has loomed over...
Opinion: What ‘the memo’ tells us (and doesn’t tell us) about FBI and Trump
 We now have “the memo.” Click here to read it, not that I expect it to change a single person’s mind about anything.  The biggest claims in the document -- which was created by Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, and released Friday after President Trump declassified the information within...

Posted: 14 days ago

We now have “the memo.” Click here to read it, not that I expect it to change a single person’s mind about anything.  The biggest claims in the document -- which was created by Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, and released Friday after President Trump declassified the information within...