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McCutcheon Supreme Court case a victory for free speech

In striking down the aggregate limits on contributions to candidates, PACs and political parties challenged in McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court delivered a victory not only to political donors…

Whistleblower advocate for nation’s spies under attack?

The Pentagon’s inspector general is trying to suspend and possibly revoke the top secret access of the Defense Department’s former director of whistleblowing, triggering concerns in Congress that he’s being…

Without Port of Savannah cash, bipartisanship turns to bi-paranoia

For four years, Republicans and Democrats in Georgia have politely held hands when it came to courting Washington and its money to help pay for the deepening the Port of…

Presidential snub: Fibber in chief

LAST SEPTEMBER, Vice President Joe Biden visited Savannah’s port and pledged that harbor deepening will occur “come hell or high water.” Someone on the White House staff forgot to inform…

Winners and losers in the ad valorem tax increase

One of the most confusing tax increases the Georgia General Assembly has foisted on the public is the TAVT, the Title Ad Valorem Tax. The annual birthday tax that rolls…

Barton: Which is smarter, the school board or a box of rocks?

By Tom Barton Which is smarter — the Savannah-Chatham County school board or a box of rocks? Be careful before you answer. That’s because the school system is in the…

Execs get $10,000 pay hikes as lottery flounders

Georgia Lottery sales fell drastically along with the rest of the economy after 2008. HOPE scholarship funds had to be cut, and six years later Georgia officials are still trying…

CNN had plenty of reasons to fire Piers

Plenty of blame will rightly be heaped on Piers Morgan for the fiery failure of his prime-time show on CNN, now canceled. If you believe reports from insiders, the show’s…

Commentary: Asset forfeiture Georgia’s dirty secret:

There’s no doubt that Georgia’s law enforcement officials dislike strings that restrict civil asset forfeiture, which is the power of law enforcement to seize and keep property suspected of being…

Movie crew didn’t have permission to film on Wayne tracks?

Movie crew didn’t have permission to film on Wayne tracks?

THE SENSELESS tragedy in rural southeast Georgia that killed a young movie crew worker and injured seven others last week sent a shock wave through the local film community and…

Four commissioners absent from Augusta tax vote

Suppose you called a meeting to plot the course of Augusta’s future and only six of the 10 members of the governing board showed up? via 4 commissioners absent from…

Analysis: GOP rushes to prevent freshman’s bills from becoming campaign fodder

A small-town newspaper’s story about a freshman legislator prompted the most unusual display of political damage control seen in two decades at the Georgia House of Representatives. A strident libertarian…

Water plan first step in stealing your water for Atlanta

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts — or in this case, of “environmental” legislation the dubious benefits of which look less environmental than political and financial.A bill has resurfaced in the…

Obama’s weaponization of government

When you analyze the public response to the State of the Union and the latest polling data, it’s clear that the President has lost a tremendous amount of credibility with…