Friday’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” was on the road, in front of a gathering of the State Bar of Georgia. What can you say? Enemies of the people need lawyer, too. Several, in fact. Discussion started with the casino bill and the state Capitol, and includes an attempt to get into the head of White House strategist Steve Bannon, who told CPAC that the “deconstruction of the administrative state” will proceed apace. If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to it now: Today’s panelist include: Host Bill Nigut; yours truly; former Georgia congressman Buddy Darden; blogger and columnist Jackie Gingrich Cushman; Republican strategistRead More →

The uneasy clash between grass-roots activists and establishment figures at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta isn’t hard to spot. It’s on display at caucus meetings, panel discussions and the maneuvering behind Saturday’s vote to elect a new party leader. And for a party struggling to find a balance between the liberal wave of outrage at Donald Trump and its leaders trying to corral that energy into electoral action, the attempts to strike a tentative truce will define their fight against the president. It won’t be easy. Democrats of all stripes have united in a Trump “resistance” movement, but even the most outspoken electedRead More →

We are close to finding out what happens when President Donald Trump meets a hand-harvested Vidalia onion. Or a blueberry bush. Or a field of carrots. Six years ago, the Legislature passed House Bill 87, an effort aimed at discouraging illegal immigrants in Georgia. It did just that. And Georgia farmers quickly saw their crops rot in the fields. A University of Georgia study identified a shortage of 5,244 farm laborers and $74.9 million in losses from seven crops. If you are in this country without the proper papers, you are likely to be even more skittish than you were in 2011. Something is coming,Read More →

Updated at 3:20 p.m.: Democratic leaders picked a political veteran with ties to the party’s establishment as a new face of the resistance to Donald Trump at a party meeting Saturday in Atlanta, charging former U.S. labor secretary Tom Perez with turning the explosive protests against the president into election gains. Perez becomes the first Latino chairman of the party, just as the new Trump administration begins to implement the Republican president’s promise to build a wall on the nation’s southern border with Mexico, and to step up the deportation the millions of illegal immigrants already here. Perez won on a second ballot with 235Read More →

The Democratic National Committee elected former Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez as its new chair on Saturday. Perez edged out Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison to clinch the victory, reports the New York Times. From the New York Times: Former Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, narrowly defeating Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota to take the helm of a still-divided party stunned by President Trump’s victory but hopeful that it can ride the backlash against his presidency to revival. The balloting, which carried a measure of suspense not seen in the party in decades, revealed that DemocratsRead More →

When Donald Trump tweeted out a congratulations of sorts to the newly elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, he probably didn’t expect the man to clap back quite so hard or so quickly. Trump tweeted that he “couldn’t be happier” that Perez won the seat at the head of the table before the former Secretary of Labor told him to hold up. “Call me Tom. And don’t get too happy. @keithellison and I, and Democrats united across the country, will be your worst nightmare,” tweeted Perez. Perez won the Saturday election against Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). After his win, Perez suspended committee rules andRead More →