Author: Kerwin Swint

At Issue: Bad Ads

The Club for Growth, a small-government, anti-tax advocacy group, has spent literally millions of dollars on attack ads targeting Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Doug Collins since February. They are largely wasting their money, not because current Sen. Kelly Loeffler…

At Issue: Blue-state Exodus

As most people who follow Georgia politics know, the state’s demographics have been shifting in significant ways. These population changes will invariably affect voting patterns in state politics. One of the largest drivers of demographic and population changes is the…

At Issue: What Lies Ahead?

The Georgia Republican Party’s majority in the state legislature is very much tied to its ability to hold onto a critical mass of suburban Atlanta votes in this November’s election. By that, I mean holding onto enough seats in the…

At Issue: Political Drama

The House impeachment and Senate trial of President Donald Trump has consumed much of the nation’s attention for the past several months. The Democratic Party’s campaign to dethrone Trump, which began just after his election in 2016, has produced the…

At Issue: In the Spotlight

In November the Democratic presidential candidate roadshow made a stop in Georgia, specifically to Tyler Perry Studios in South Atlanta. This was the fifth Democratic Party debate in the series, as the various presidential candidates vie for the opportunity to…

At Issue: Political Winds

Next month, Georgia’s state legislators will gather in Atlanta for what could be one of the most consequential sessions of the General Assembly in decades. There’s significant business left over from the 2019 session, but there are also tremendous political…

At Issue: An Inspiration

When I was a young college student at the University of Georgia in the 1980s, my political science professor, Chuck Bullock, liked to bring in guest speakers who had accomplished something in politics. I remember one of these speakers, at…

At Issue: War on ICE

In July, a man armed with a rifle and carrying incendiary devices attacked a federal immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash. The man was shot and killed by police, and no one else was injured. In his manifesto, he claimed…

At Issue: Tale of Two Bills

Two controversial bills in the Georgia legislature in recent years have met different fates, and for reasons that are illuminating. I’m speaking of the religious liberty bill, vetoed by former Gov. Nathan Deal in 2016, and the heartbeat bill, signed…

At Issue: A Personal Feud

Georgia is undeniably in the eye of a storm when it comes to voter registration and ballot access. Credit the personal invective and animosity between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp that stretches back to 2013. Their six-year feud has now…