This week’s Courier Herald column: If you’ve been watching the stock market lately, you probably are getting frustrated with the pattern. What became a game for many during the pandemic – with phrases such as “stocks only go up” and “buy the dip” heard as rallying cries – has transitioned back to some cruel realities.
This week’s Courier Herald column: We’ve long since detached campaign rhetoric from reality. The activists that control each party instead demand candidates tell them what they want to hear. Voters tell ourselves it’s just talk. We know what they really mean. That’s the status quo, and most of us have made an uncomfortable peace with
This week’s Courier Herald column: When the Supreme Court made law from the judicial branch in January of 1973, I was 3 years old. Let’s stipulate for the record that the men and women who remember times before Roe vs Wade are well into their AARP years. I am old enough to remember, however, when
This week’s Courier Herald column: This week I found myself in Athens Georgia, back on the grounds of my alma mater and our state’s flagship University. The occasion wasn’t even football related, as many returning alumni trips are. After writing about UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security’s work on energy policy several months ago
This week’s Courier Herald column: It’s not about Donald Trump. Let me repeat that less the opening not be clear enough. The 2022 mid-term elections, both the primary and the general, are not about Donald Trump. My friends in the news media, stuck on their own narrative since 2016, have already concluded this is wrong.
This week’s Courier Herald column: The time between the General Assembly leaving town and Easter provides most that work in and around the area of state politics a bit of much needed down time. There is an exception for those running for office this year, especially those with primary opposition. It seems campaigns are a
This week’s Courier Herald column: It was January of 1975. Wheel of Fortune made its television premier. The Atlanta Falcons used the first pick of the NFL draft to add Steve Bartkowski from UCLA to their roster. And down at the Georgia capitol, 27-year-old Calvin Smyre of Columbus was sworn in for the first time
There will be a lot of institutional knowledge leaving the capitol this evening when the gavels bang Sine Die. None of them have served longer than Representative Calvin Smyre of Columbus. First elected in 1974, he’s served as a member of the majority and minority parties. He’s humble, but wields quiet power when needed and
This week’s Courier Herald column: When the gavels in the Georgia House and Senate signal Sine Die, all of the usual signs of spring emerge. The Masters will be played in Augusta, Spring breakers will populate our beaches, and those that govern will immediately begin asking for our money and our votes. Georgia’s primaries, where
This week’s Courier Herald column: At least we’re fighting. It’s all we seem to know how to do these days. The fights of each party take on different tones and use different weapons. Today’s focus is the fighting nature of Georgia “conservatives”. Air quotes are used because the word seems to have as many meanings