Category: Local Politics

Seven African American WOMEN DAs serving in Georgia

Georgia was founded in January 2, 1788.  For the first time in 232 years, there are seven African American women as the lead prosecutors in some of the State’s largest counties.  Last night’s runoff election solidified that Dekalb, Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Rockdale, Macon, and Fulton will all have black women as their District Attorney’s.  I

Finding America Starts At Home

This week’s Courier Herald column: A year ago about this time I wrote a column called “America The Beautiful”, in which I described an 8,000-mile road trip.  The overriding point of that piece was that the real beauty of our country is in its people.  This is best experienced and appreciated in person, and I

Collins Wants Independent DA For Brooks Case

Congressman Doug Collins made a not-all-together incorrect statement that an Independent District Attorney should be appointed in the killing of Rayshard Brooks. After being forced into a runoff, Atlanta DA Paul Howard chose to make political hay from Brooks’ death. The connection Collins draws with Brooks and Ahmaud Arbery seems a bit specious, however. In

Post-Election Day Roundup

A few thoughts that stand out from yesterday’s election: How swift and broad Gwinnett’s seachange is continues to astound me. By now I’m sure everyone’s seen that there were some 30,000 more votes cast in the Democratic Presidential Primary than Republican. And Georgia’s longest-serving school board member is likely going to lose her reelection bid.

Mary Norwood for Mayor (of Buckhead)

There is increasing chatter about Mary Norwood becoming the next president of the Buckhead Coalition. Along with that job comes the unofficial mayorship of Buckhead. Norwood is clearly getting feedback about her replacing founding president Sam Massell. Luckily for her, there’s few people who would be more qualified than Norwood. Her decades of civic service

Local Control? Or, To the People…

This week’s Courier Herald column: Much of what is done and not done in government has a common root or theme.  It’s difficult to educate the public and keep a couple hundred citizen legislators on message on every technical matter considered for law or policy.  Slogans are easier to remember than white papers. One of