Powered by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 
Kyle Wingfield

Kyle Wingfield 

242 items
Results 1 - 20 of 242next >

'Ethics commission' isn't the only place we need good-government solutions

If the state ethics commission were a building, it'd have been condemned and reduced to rubble long ago. As it is, we're stuck with an edifice nobody believes to be sound -- but, equally, one which nobody seems quite sure how to fix. Oh, there are plenty of proposals. The ...

How liberal are Obama's judicial appointments? Historically liberal

One of the great debates about Barack Obama is just how much of an ideological partisan he is. Conservatives say he's extremely ideological; liberals tend to argue he's a pragmatic centrist who should be even more liberal. Who's right? Well, as the graph at the top of this post shows, ...

A hatchet job's revealing headline

"Is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the Next Sarah Palin?" reads the headline of a lengthy hit piece on Martinez in the left-wing magazine Mother Jones. The headline says a lot more about Mother Jones -- and what the left can't countenance -- than it does Martinez. If you'd never ...

On Tax Day, a closer look at how Georgia compares to other states

Today is Tax Day, but congratulations are in order for my fellow Georgians. For three whole days, we've been working for ourselves instead of the government. "Tax Freedom Day" is a way to visualize how much money the federal, state and local governments take from the average worker's earnings. This ...

Ukraine readies for war without U.S., European aid

Ukraine seemed to fall out of the American consciousness around the time Malaysian Airlines flight 370 fell out of the sky. But the Russian annexation of Crimea wasn't Moscow's last maneuver to reclaim what Vladimir Putin considers part of greater Russia. The same script is playing out in eastern Ukrainian, ...

The IRS scandal takes an important step forward

The IRS scandal is almost a year old, and the stone-walling by former IRS official Lois Lerner is slowly becoming less and less effective at keeping pertinent facts about the agency's targeting of conservative groups out of the public arena. In a letter this week requesting the Justice Department consider ...

The suddenly moneyed Georgia Democrats (Updated)

The Democratic Party of Georgia has narrowed the Georgia GOP's financial lead. After the first three months of this year, the Democrats had $520,000 cash on hand compared with $624,000 for the Republicans. This, after the Democrats at one point last year had only about $15,000 in their account. In ...

Are Georgia Republicans mostly satisfied with the taxes they pay? Hmmm

My friends at the AJC Political Insider blog led today's Jolt with an item about tax satisfaction. Georgians, according to a Gallup survey of all 50 states, think taxes are too high by a margin of 53 percent to 45 percent. This, the bloggers observe, is "not the stuff that ...

Inequality by the map: Largely urban, overwhelmingly Democratic

Income inequality has been one of Democrats' favorite issues of late, with liberal politicians from President Obama on down harping on it constantly. The issue is hardly ignored by conservative thinkers and lawmakers, from activists pushing school choice as a means of helping low-income students escape poorly performing schools to ...

Ethics ruling less worrisome for Deal than other election-year issues

While I was away at the end of last week, the former director of the state ethics commission won her whistleblower lawsuit against the state. Stacey Kalberman claimed she was fired in 2011 for investigating ethics complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal too aggressively, and a Fulton County jury sided with ...

Court ruling ends unjustifiable limits on political speech

For four decades, the U.S. government has labored under the dubious belief that you can't buy one congressman for $2,600, but you can buy lots of them for $2,600 apiece. As of this morning, that dubious belief is no longer the law. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, ...

Obamacare numbers not nearly as glowing as White House portrays them

The White House says Obamacare enrollments on the federal and state exchanges surpassed 7 million before last night's deadline to sign up and comply with the individual mandate. Supporters of the law are celebrating this as a success, and in the context of a disastrous website rollout and sticker shock ...

Laws help companies make billions; lawmakers blame everyone but themselves

In Washington, the Congress and the feds are teeing up investigations of businesses for doing ... what federal law allows them to do. Today, for example, Caterpillar executives are being hauled before a Senate subcommittee to explain why their company pays a higher effective tax rate than the average U.S. ...

GOP prospects of taking over Senate look bright

Last week, Democrats blew up at data-driven political prognosticator Nate Silver giving Republicans a 60 percent chance of winning control of the Senate in this fall's midterm elections. One wonders, then, how they'll react to this from the Washington Post's forecasting model: "[O]ur initial sense is this: Republicans may have ...

Report: Over $1.2 trillion of corporate welfare since 2000

In case the rain didn't already have you grumbling going into the weekend: "This week an Illinois-based watchdog group, Open the Books, issued a new report that scrupulously tallies up all federal grants, loans, direct payments, and insurance subsidies flowing to individuals and companies. It examined all accounts from the Department ...

Atlanta judge rules for Catholics against contraceptive mandate

This week has already brought us oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Hobby Lobby's challenge of the Obamacare contraceptive mandate, as well as a delay of the deadline for enrolling in Obamacare to comply with the individual mandate (just two weeks after the Obama administration said it had no ...

On Hobby Lobby, religious freedom and companies as moral actors

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases related to Obamacare's contraceptives mandate. Their ruling, when it comes, should bring some much-needed clarity to the raging debate about what rights and protections corporations enjoy under the law. First, let's get a few misnomers out of ...

Georgia's legislators need a better plan going forward

"Plan beats no plan." That line is attributed to former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, as an admonition to his colleagues during the 2008-09 financial crisis to be prepared to act however the circumstances might change. It applies just as well to sessions of our General Assembly -- the one just-ended, ...

Finally, a path forward for Georgia's foster care privatization

This final day of the 2014 legislative session could launch a new era in Georgia for protecting children -- from the adults who harm them and a system that too often shows up too late. The so-called foster care privatization bill has lumbered toward passage with no small amount of ...

Has Jason Carter 'lost his dadgum mind'? Ask Georgia's top Democrat

I had to chuckle when I read this item in today's Jolt from the Political Insider team (third from the top): "The GOP-backed proposed constitutional amendment that would cap the state's income tax at 6 percent only mustered the two-thirds majority it needed with the help of two unlikely allies: Democratic Reps. ...

242 items
Results 1 - 20 of 242next >
Archives: 2013    2014   
My YahooRSS
 

Today on MyAJC.com

Tomo

Where to eat in metro Atlanta

The AJC Dining Team brings you an insider’s look at 50 restaurants that define the flavors of metro Atlanta.

Harold Webster

'How are you supposed to live?'

Harold Webster worries about cooking by himself. The 65-year-old Atlanta grandfather has limited movement on his left side as a result of a stroke in December.

Comments  (12)  

041814 firefighter guinn kdj03

AJC Photos of the Week, April 12-18, 2014

Our photojournalists have chosen these shots as the week's finest in news photography from the AJC and elsewhere.

Try us: Get full access to MyAJC and Today's Paper online for 99 cents

AJC Day Pass

Get 24 hours of full access to MyAJC.com and Today's Paper online for just 99 cents

Video