Category: Presidential Politics

Biden, Buttegieg, Booker and Beto (Oh, My!) Spending the Week in Georgia

From Wednesday to Thursday our lives will be improved as four Democratic Presidential hopefuls deign to grace us with their presence. Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Corey Booker, Mayor Pete Buttegieg and former congressman Beto O’Rourke will be in Atlanta for a series of fundraisers and Thursday’s African American Leadership Summit and IWillVote Gala. Really

2020 Elections A Battle Of “isms”

This week’s Courier Herald column. Note, it’s a rare foray into National Politics here, as I’ve been mostly traveling the last two weeks and have let my usual State/Policy focus take a much needed mental break. While it seems ridiculously early, the 2020 Presidential race is taking shape.  That shape on the Democratic side is

Cory Booker Making Atlanta Whistle Stop Wednesday

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker wasn’t content to let Andrew Yang have all of Georgia to himself. On Wednesday, Booker will make only his second stop nationally to discuss reproductive and voting rights at Paschal’s. From a press release: Cory will make the case for a new Voting Rights Act to defend against attacks on

Biden/Abrams in 2020?

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign advisors are reportedly debating adding Stacey Abrams to the ticket…..as part of his official campaign announcement. A very speculative post from Axios’ Mike Allen says Biden’s position on Abrams couldn’t be discerned (that’s probably important to the process). But the report lays out several puzzle pieces that show why

Remembering A President And My Dad

This week’s Courier Herald column: President George Herbert Walker Bush died on November 30th, 2018, at the age of 94. He was preceded in death by his wife and partner of 73 years, Barbara. Together they had six children, including one who became a Governor and President, one who was also a governor, one who

Has Any Georgia Race Earned this Much Presidential Attention?

Listening to WABE this morning they mentioned three Presidents and a Vice President have all weighed in on the 2018 gubernatorial election in Georgia. (Donald Trump and Mike Pence for Brian Kemp and Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama for Stacey Abrams who also was endorsed by Hillary Clinton). Which got me to thinking: has there

Obama Snubs Barrow; Endorses Abrams, Riggs-Amico and Two State House Challengers

Former President Barack Obama made his “first wave” of endorsements nationwide in the 2018 race. While four Georgia Democrats received his good news, John Barrow, a national co-chair of Obama’s “Vote for Change” initiative during the 2008 presidential race, did not. Ouch. A message was left for the Barrow campaign and I’ll update when I

Trump Tariffs Could Cost GA $750 Million, Hurt 1.3 Million Georgians

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a state-by-state analysis of the impact on President Trump’s tariffs and the results are bad everywhere in Georgia. According to the Chamber (a one-pager is below), exports from Georgia to Canada, Mexico, the European Union and China worth worth $749,849,268 could be adversely impacted. The Chamber also says 1,283,800 jobs in