READERS WRITE: NOV. 13
Opinion: Electing women will hopefully be unremarkable someday
Opinion: Conservatives will keep pushing good American solutions
Opinion: Election outcome product of two weak parties
Myrlie Evers endorses Abrams as antidote to Trump
Opinion: Count the votes; all of them
11/14 Mike Luckovich: Walking wounded
Get Schooled / Maureen Downey
‘You can’t be what you can’t see.’ Black teachers benefit black kids
Today, we present several opinion viewpoints that take stock of a notable midterm election week in America. Tuesday’s election allowed voters, in time-honored fashion, to have their say in choosing who should represent them in halls of government. Some questions were handily resolved, such as the balance of power among Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
If you were wondering what the next two years might be like in Washington, wonder no longer. In President Trump’s words, it’s going to be a “warlike posture,” and that war began in a combative post-election press conference in which a defensive, angry Trump made clear that anybody who dares to cross him would become a target.
An historic election is behind us, yet we have settled nothing. A record turnout, all those billions of dollars, all that angry rhetoric and fear, and not a damn thing is resolved. To the contrary, the stage has now been set for confrontations over the next 24 months that are likely to prove more bitter, divisive and dangerous than those that got us here.
I grew up in Pittsburgh with Cecil Rosenthal, one of the victims of the hideous massacre in Squirrel Hill. Cecil had some developmental disabilities, and he only saw good in the world. All week, I’ve thought of the image of Cecil welcoming everyone into Tree of Life Synagogue. He probably welcomed the gunman with a warm smile and offered him a prayer book.
Erin and David Pervis pull out their smartphones to shed some light on their Georgia ballots. We sit at an outdoor table at the Balcony Restaurant having drinks before dinner. The restaurant is atop a building on one of those maze-like streets in Athens’ ancient quarter.
As the 2018 midterms wind toward a conclusion, the Republican Party and Donald Trump are choosing not to run a traditional GOP campaign. For example, they have all but ignored those massive tax cuts for corporations that a few months ago were to have served as the center pole of their campaign.
“It’s a terrible, terrible thing, what’s going on with hate in our country, frankly, and all over the world, and something has to be done,” President Trump said in the wake of the tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh that killed 11 Jews.
Red Light/Green Light imagery has been adopted by proponents and opponents of redeveloping Atlanta’s Gulch. Makes sense, as stop or go is the question now before Atlanta city government as it weighs an ambitious project that would create a shiny new neighborhood where none now exists.
It’s a bad deal. That’s the message the Atlanta City Council is hearing from residents. Since August, Council members have been wrestling with a massive proposed public subsidy for a private Gulch development. Their constituents oppose a deal they see as “bucks for billionaires.
For 159 years, the Metro Atlanta Chamber has engaged in civic, community and economic initiatives to help improve the City of Atlanta and our broader region. We have been intimately involved in projects from the 1996 Olympics and Grady Hospital Task Force to increasing transit funding and changing our state flag – each one having significant long-term impact on our region.
I have been a resident of Dekalb County for over 25 years and have experienced both the positive and negative of Dekalb County governance. Most of the negativity was attributed to the lack of oversight of the activities of some of the county’s elected and non-elected public officials.
Republicans all over the country, from Brian Kemp here in Georgia to Donald Trump up in Washington, claim that they want to make sure that Americans with pre-existing medical conditions can continue to get health insurance. They don’t, and they won’t. And how do Americans know that they don’t and won’t? Because they haven’t.
According to Donald Trump, the caravan of migrants walking north from Guatemala toward the United States harbors “unknown Middle Easterners,” who are no doubt intent on committing terrorist outrages of the most dastardly sort upon Americans once they penetrate our inner sanctum.
Suppose you just left a prison after serving, say, 10 years for armed robbery. Barbed wire, blocks of stone, hulking prison guards and distasteful food that you eat on a timed basis are in your rear-view mirror. You’re feeling a giant sigh of relief, right? Finally a taste of freedom, for sure? Uh … perhaps, not so fast.
Free and fair elections are the bedrock of our American democracy - a lesson I learned from my parents who fought for civil rights. I am proud of the work I’ve done to ensure eligible voters could exercise their constitutional rights. Georgians need affordable healthcare, good-paying jobs, and quality public schools.
Last week, the news broke that Brian Kemp, both the Secretary of State of Georgia and the Republican nominee for Governor, placed 53,000 voter registration applications on hold, at least 70 percent of which came from black people. The media went crazy. Democrats went crazy. Everyone on Twitter with a blue wave emoji or resistance hashtag went crazy. Voter suppression was all you heard.
There is a scene in the Denzel Washington movie “Remember the Titans” where the newly integrated football team from Alexandria, Virginia, began playing other teams that remained all-white. The viewer is shown the flagrant rule violations that the referees allow from the white team. Washington calls his team into the huddle and exhorts them to keep playing their best.
In Georgia, it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat. That’s why if your voter registration application is “pending”, you can vote – by presenting a photo ID – in the November 6th election.
Last year, even before President Trump and congressional Republicans celebrated passage of massive corporate tax cuts, U.S. corporate profits after taxes stood at record highs, having almost quadrupled over the previous 20 years. But according to Republicans, corporate America needed and deserved more, more, ever more and more. So they got it.
Recently, the New Georgia Project, a voting rights organization I chair, was forced to file yet another lawsuit against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. A skilled craftsman in the dubious art of voter suppression, Kemp is stalling the voter registrations of some 53,000 Georgians. As shocking as it is, this is just the latest chapter in an old story and, of late, a growing trend in America.
What should be just a normal cycle of election-season mud-slinging is at risk of becoming overshadowed — rightly or wrongly, depending on your side – by the old specter of racial discrimination once predominant in, but never wholly peculiar to, the American South. Senses and sentiments are heightened now, raw-edged on all sides.
Fifty-three-thousand Georgia voters have been placed on “pending” status because data on their voter-registration forms do not match exactly with data in other government databases.
For 159 years, the Metro Atlanta Chamber has engaged in civic, community and economic initiatives to help improve the city of Atlanta and our broader region. We have been intimately involved in projects from the 1996 Olympics and Grady Hospital Task Force to increasing transit funding and changing our state flag – each one having significant long-term impact on our region.
A few years ago, I joined a gym, wanting to fight middle age with a little more muscle mass and little less weight. I met a friend at 5 a.m. so that I would not let my work and parenting schedule be an excuse for getting in better shape. Knowing she was waiting on me, I did not turn off the alarm and go back to sleep; together, we tackled those miles on the treadmill.
As Governor, I will build a Georgia where families and businesses can thrive Georgia has flourished over the past 50 years. Our ports—air and sea—are economic engines that drive commerce and attract new companies. Our state has become a hub for innovation and opportunity. Yet, for too many of our fellow Georgians, the prosperity is a mirage.
Serving in public office was never part of some grand plan. My wife Marty will tell you that running for governor was never mentioned in marriage vows, either. But as a small business guy from Athens, I grew frustrated with big government regulations, paperwork, and high taxes. Some days I spent more time at City Hall than at the job site. I had to do something about it.
Georgia’s slice of the dash toward the November elections is entering the final stretch. Last Tuesday marked the deadline to register to cast a ballot in Georgia on November 6. And on Tuesday, early voting begins in this state. One of the most-closely watched races across Georgia — and the entire nation — is the contest to become Georgia’s next governor.
When I look at SCOTUS nominations, I always evaluate them based on best and brightest. In other words, is the nominated individual: a.) of exemplar character, and b.) among our smartest? Certainly, Justice Brett Kavanaugh is as smart as anyone who has ever served on the U.S. Supreme Court. But, his character clearly is very suspect. I am not an angel; quite the opposite.
At his rallies, Donald Trump is depicting the 2018 midterms as a major referendum on him personally. He also predicts a rising “red wave” that will carry more Republicans into office, driven by a surge of support from women after the Kavanaugh fight.
The MARTA Board last Thursday passed a plan that has great potential to increase mobility within the City of Atlanta — and beyond, truth be told. Approval of the More MARTA plan will unleash a projected $2.7 billion for transit improvements within the city limits. That amount is expected to be generated over 40 years from a half-penny sales tax that City of Atlanta voters passed in 2016.
Recently, the Korean Peninsula has been at the center of global attention more than ever. The 3rd Inter-Korean Summit Meeting was held in Pyeongyang on September 18-20. President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong Un adopted the historic Pyeongyang Joint Declaration.
Melania Trump is keen to make a difference in the lives of children around the world and noted as much during a speech at the 73rd U.N. General Assembly. In her remarks, she made direct mention of the good work being led by fellow first ladies H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, H.E. Margaret Kenyatta and H.E. Gertrude Mutharika.
At a political rally this week in Mississippi, the president of the United States of America, the most powerful man in the world, decided that for fun’s sake, it would be a good idea to publicly mock and ridicule a woman with no ability to defend herself against him, accusing her of ruining a good man’s life.
Accommodating one of the fastest growing state populations in the country has been a challenge for Georgia’s transportation system. Due to aging infrastructure, poorly designed mass transit systems, and a low-density suburban population, traffic gridlock and delays are normal occurrences for many north Georgia commuters. As Georgia faces the prospect of 2.
By adopting an expansive portfolio of new rail lines, bus routes, and major transit system improvements, the MARTA Board on Thursday took an historic stride to ensure the city of Atlanta remains strong and is moving forward for decades to come. After more than two years of intensive planning, public outreach, and often-spirited debate, the More MARTA Atlanta program is officially underway.
Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, strongly opposes Medicaid expansion in Georgia, calling Medicaid “a failed government program” that “costs too much and fails to deliver for hard-working Georgians.” That’s a pretty harsh assessment. Without Medicaid, some 1.
Safety is relative, and whatever quantum of safety we achieve comes with its own perils. The federal government, through agencies like the Food and Drug Administration, strives for — but cannot guarantee — patient safety. There’s a terrible tradeoff between relative safety and opportunities to save the dying, heal the sick, and relieve those in pain.
From the recent, unabashed public expressions of white supremacy to immoral policies of ripping immigrant children away from their parents to draconian efforts to gut programs that help struggling families keep their head above water, our nation is in a moral crisis. It seems we’ve lost our way. But no one said the fight for racial and social justice would take a linear path.
Maybe the question isn’t why, or whether, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein explored legal channels for challenging Donald Trump as president. Maybe the better question is why others in positions of power, particularly in Congress, have not done the same. Certainly, a confrontation between Trump and the Department of Justice has been coming from the beginning.
Georgia works hard. Our state has a booming manufacturing sector with 6,500 firms calling Georgia home. The creative screens industry pumps $9 billion into the State’s economy and Georgia’s number-one industry, agriculture and forestry, adds $73.3 billion.
Ballot proposals need more-accurate descriptions All of Georgia’s proposed constitutional amendments passed in landslides.
According to a recent report in The New York Times, Health and Human Services Department officials have been circulating a proposal to define sex. Their memo says, “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.
Love or hate him, Kris Kobach is a force to be reckoned with. And reckon with him is what voters in Kansas did in Tuesday’s election. Kobach, whose term as Kansas secretary of state will mercifully expire in the new year, was seeking the governorship and proved too extreme for the voters to retain.
Running for president in 2016, Donald Trump sold two kinds of populism. One appealed to white tribalism and xenophobia — starkly in his early embrace of birtherism, recurrently in his exaggerations about immigrant crime, Muslim terrorism and urban voter fraud.
Everyone is delivering post-mortems on Tuesday’s elections, so for what it’s worth, here’s mine: Despite some bitter disappointments and lost ground in the Senate, Democrats won a huge victory.
You can’t always get what you want. So said the philosopher Mick Jagger. He said it in 1969, so obviously, he didn’t intend it as a comment on the 2018 midterms. But progressives might be forgiven for thinking otherwise. After all, they wanted Andrew Gillum to become Florida’s first African-American governor. They didn’t get it.
WASHINGTON — In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson’s belief that “men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.” Now the state has until Tuesday to explain to the U.
Brookwood H.S. escapade raises larger questions Regarding the Brookwood High School band (“Band performance racial slur had been planned as a prank,” Metro, Nov. 6), when I read about their stunt, I remembered some of the things we used to do as high schoolers. I must say we have become so much more ultra-sensitive today than when I was that age, in the late 1950s.
WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the Senate.
Wow, Jeff Sessions was gone before they finished counting votes in Arizona. Do you think Donald Trump was trying to change the subject? Everybody knew he’d get a new attorney general after the elections, but we deserve to find out who won in Florida before we go back to 24/7 presidential pandemonium.
Trump should protect hunting, conservation on public lands Sportsmen have had high hopes the president and his cabinet would commit to, in President Trump’s words, “honoring the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.
WASHINGTON — The 2018 elections began the demolition of the Trump coalition. There remains much work to do. The results in some states were disappointing, and President Trump’s grip on the Republican Party was strengthened. But a large majority of Americans rejected the president’s divisive, ethno-nationalist politics.
Did former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg just take a page out of the playbook of Sen. Ed Muskie from half a century ago? In his first off-year election in 1970, President Richard Nixon ran a tough attack campaign to hold the 52 House seats the GOP had added in ‘66 and ‘68, and to pick up a few more seats in the Senate.
Throwback page shows off Old South’s proud moments I guess few people read the small print of the AJC page observing the past as reported in the old Atlanta Constitution, but the “Throwback Thursday” page of Nov. 1, reprinting the April 10, 1928 article on the opening ceremony of the unveiling of the Stone Mountain Memorial, was insightful.
Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism. No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans. The real battleground was the House, where Democrats had to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to get the 218 needed for a majority. They did.
Liberal media’s Luckovich misreads veterans Does “From the Left” cartoonist Mike Luckovich not see the irony in his Nov. 1 cartoon depicting three elderly World War II veterans? Or was someone else impersonating him that day? The cartoon’s first scene shows three veterans with the caption, “Fought to Save America in World War II.
MARTA police dedicated to system, public safety I’m proud of the MARTA police. Each morning as I drive to the MARTA station, I know I’ll return home at night. The hour will be late, and the train station, while not deserted, will have fewer commuters than in the morning. I know I can count on the security of the police presence, guaranteeing our safety.
One of the interesting features of this election cycle has been the gulf, often vast, between the hysteria of liberals who write about politics for a living and the relative calm of Democrats who practice it. In the leftward reaches of my Twitter feed the hour is late, the end of democracy nigh, the Senate and the Supreme Court illegitimate, and every Trump provocation a potential Reichstag fire....
President Donald Trump, in a pre-midterm snit, is obsessing over his fear of brown babies. It’s not surprising. After all, this is a president who manages to label any group of Latino migrants as “very bad people.” It was only a matter of time before Trump latched on to the fear tactic of immigrants increasing their numbers by giving birth on U.S. soil.
What’s driving American politics off a cliff? Racial hatred and the cynicism of politicians willing to exploit it play a central role. But there are other factors.
In the days following the murder rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue, I received several expressions of grief from friends who are committed Christians. One included in her note a verse from John Donne: “No man is an island entire of itself … any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.
Real, not fake, president would take responsibility The president created this toxic political environment. His rhetoric and lies are fuel for divisiveness and hatred. A real, not fake, president would never spew such venom. A real, not fake, president would never assault the media. A real, not fake, president would not lie habitually to Americans.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Here in the state’s southeast, which calls itself the Bootheel and nurses a genial distrust of Missouri’s metropolitan fleshpots (St. Louis, Kansas City), the loudspeaker is blasting out John Mellencamp’s “Small Town
Rob Rogers is an editorial cartoonist who was fired in June after 25 years with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His departure, he said, came after weeks of tension with a publisher who wanted a more pro-Trump stance.
Perhaps this will go down as The Year Two Indicted Congressmen Ran for Re-election. OK, not necessarily. We do have a lot of other … stuff going on. Still, it’s a moment to remember. We have the insider-trading guy in upstate New York and a California representative who allegedly used campaign contributions for, um, personal matters.
WASHINGTON — In an interview for “Axios on HBO,” President Trump announced he will sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship. When challenged on the constitutionality of doing this by executive order, Trump replied: “You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.
Caravan mothers guilty of child abuse Not one Democratic leader is talking about the migrants coming to our border. A reporter on Univision in Miami was on TV, asking how can we do this to these little children? He said it was child abuse. I will tell you what is child abuse: parents letting these kids travel thousands of miles through Central America with no food, shelter or money.
On Saturday, in Pittsburgh, a Sabbath celebration at the Tree of Life synagogue became the site of the largest mass murder of Jews in U.S. history. Eleven worshippers were killed by a racist gunman. On Friday, we learned the identity of the crazed criminal who mailed pipe bombs to a dozen leaders of the Democratic Party, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.
GLEN ALLEN, Va. — Listening to the conversation at Robert Jones’ Parkside Barber Shop and Grooming Lounge, you’d never know we live in a deeply divided country that seems incapable of discussing everyday challenges. Jones, a successful local entrepreneur, hosted a group of business leaders and educators here to ponder how to prepare the millennial workforce.
Why’s Obama-appointed judge on two big cases? Please explain to me how the judge deciding the Stockbridge and Eagles Landing dispute and the absentee ballot blow-up in the state of Georgia and especially Gwinnett County is the same U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May? This judge was an appointee of Barack Obama in 2013.
We progressives hail opportunity, egalitarianism and diversity. Yet here’s our dirty little secret: Some of our most liberal bastions in America rely on a system of inherited privilege that benefits rich whites at the expense of almost everyone else. I’m talking about “legacy preferences” that elite universities give to children of graduates.
Dems using caravan to wage cultural war Never let a crisis go to waste. And if you can generate a crisis, all the better. Welcome to today’s Democratic Party. The migrant mob heading our way from Honduras via Mexico is a so-called humanitarian crisis. It could just as easily be called a Democratic campaign rally. But this is a foreign invasion force.
Democrats are hoping the coming election will give them a majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans and much of our nation dread that prospect. My question is: What would a House majority mean for the Democrats? Let’s look at it. To control the House of Representatives, Democrats must win at least 218 seats, which many predict as being likely.
Obama was bigger threat to U.S. legacy than Trump The letter, “Trump besmirching Reagan’s shining city on the hill” (Readers Write, Sept. 9) reveals a short-sighted delusion regarding the real threats to America’s historical and ongoing inspiration to the world.
Since the election of Donald Trump, the conservatives who opposed him in 2016 have increasingly divided into distinct camps — one group continuing to criticize him but still backing the institutional GOP, and the other following their anti-Trumpism into root-and-branch opposition to his party.
Kathleen Sebelius might as well be spitting into the Kansas wind. Don’t try this. People who have stood against the blistering gales of the prairie can attest to the futility. And yet Sebelius, a former Kansas governor and U.S. secretary of health and human services, is hopeful that a popular third-party candidate will withdraw from the Kansas governor’s race.
A few days ago, Pat Robertson, the evangelical leader, urged America not to get too worked up about the torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi, because we shouldn’t endanger “$100 billion in arms sales.
A caravan of ragtag would-be immigrants is making its way through the nations of Honduras (per capita income $4,630), El Salvador (per capita income $7,540), and Guatemala (per capita income $8,000) to Mexico. The response in the U.S. (per capita income $60,200) — panic. Hyperventilation is seemingly the response we bring to all challenges in 2018 America. We’ve seen caravans before.