Tag: Georgia

Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy watching Georgia Democrats squirm at the prospect of Stacey Abrams running for high office again soon. They also fume over reports that groups with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party are heavily involved in illegal marijuana production here in the U.S. Between weed and fentanyl, China’s agenda concerning our kids seems pretty clear. Finally, they condemn the comments of a Georgia state lawmaker who contends that people who didn’t finish high school are “not qualified” to make decisions about where their kids go to school.

Join Jim and Greg as they scratch their heads over the left’s own goal as the foreman of the grand jury in Atlanta does a bizarre media tour ahead of any announced indictments connected to the 2020 presidential race in Georgia. They also discuss the long shot GOP White House bid of Vivek Ramaswamy, with Jim saying this seems highly premature for a guy with no government experience. But they also discuss how presidents with decades in politics – like Joe Biden – prove that’s no guarantee of success either. Finally, they shake their heads at reports that George Santos claimed to make major donations to other Republican campaigns during the 2020 election cycle, but those other campaigns have no record of receiving that money.

Join Jim and Greg as they anticipate a U.S. Senate run from GOP West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and whether that will change Sen. Joe Manchin’s plans for 2024. They also react to former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announcing he will not run for U.S. Senate next year. Then, they fume as water-starved California lets 95 percent of the recent deluge of rain flush out into the Pacific Ocean in order to save the delta smelt in a key part of the state. Finally, they shake their heads as Democrats go from declaring Georgia Jim Crow 2.0 to a leading candidate to host next year’s Democratic National Convention.

Join Jim and Greg as they assess how the Georgia Senate run-off will be impacted by Gov. Kemp firing up his get-out-the-vote machine on behalf of Herschel Walker. Jim also walks us through the basics of the FTX implosion and the impact on our politics. Finally, they roll their eyes as another public protest from outgoing Twitter employees convinced many users that the platform was about to implode and the site turned into a death vigil.

This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard talk with Alisha Thomas Searcy, the Democratic nominee for Georgia state school superintendent. She shares her experience as a former six-term state legislator and school leader; her recent bid for Georgia’s top education post; and her passion for K-12 education reform. They explore her support of charter schools, school choice, and other accountability-based reforms, and how it impacted her reception within the Georgia Democratic Party, and among gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams and the teachers’ union (which endorsed her Republican opponent). She talks about the endorsements she received from bipartisan national figures such as former U.S. secretaries of education Rod Paige and Arne Duncan, as well as the fundraising realities of running for office, and the business community’s commitment to K-12 school reform. She shares insights on how education reform will likely proceed politically in Georgia and nationally.

Stories of the Week: How will the 2022 mid-term election results impact K-12 education? Cara and Gerard discuss. In New Mexico, voters passed a ballot measure that provides over $150 million a year for early childhood education.

Join Jim and Greg as they wince over the larger-than-expected jump in the Producer Price Index in September and brace for the consumer inflation numbers tomorrow. They also discuss Jim’s in-depth reporting on Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman and the media that have coddled him for many years. And they shake their heads as the Quinnipiac Poll, which was spectacularly wrong at times in 2020, shows not only Sen. Warnock growing his lead over Herschel Walker but Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams in an alleged dead heat in the governor’s race.

Still on Team Herschel


My Philly friend Christine Flowers has penned an excellent and insightful Substack post about the single-anonymous-sourced hit piece on Georgia Republican US Senate candidate and football legend Herschel Walker. He has repeatedly and clearly denied these most recent charges, which I won’t repeat here since Christine has mentioned them. Read and subscribe to her work.

I would simply add two points. First, this is not the Daily Beast’s first rodeo at scurrilous tabloid journalism. I respect no one employed there, including the once-respected Matt Lewis. It is a bad place that harms journalism and the body politic.

Second, it is increasingly clear that “October surprises” don’t work as they used to. The Gore campaign and their allies’ dump of an alleged DUI by GOP nominee George W. Bush in late October 2000 suppressed some votes, but the more devastating “Hollywood Access” tape from October 2016 didn’t work against Donald Trump.

Join Jim and Greg as they sort through the allegations against Georgia GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker from The Daily Beast and his own family – and what the impact will be on the campaign. They also roll their eyes as President Biden claims to have been raised politically in the Puerto Rican community. And they sigh over another emerging international hot spot, as North Korea fires a long-range ballistic missile that alarms Japan and appears to show the communist regime getting more competent with the technology.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer a very strong ad from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that uses Floridians from all walks of life mentioning how his policies have made their lives better. They also are intrigued to see the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette call our John Fetterman for being unable to take part in debates and the New York Times start to lay expectations for the defeat of Stacey Abrams in Georgia. Finally, they shake their heads at the left looking to California as the leaders in progressive energy policy…only to see California suffering rolling blackouts and and energy restrictions as a heat wave rolls in.

Jim and Greg continue their week of special podcasts by focusing on the critical 2022 midterm elections.  They start by looking at the most competitive U.S. Senate races and come to different conclusions about which party is likely to be in control of the Senate next year. They also look at the race for the House, which is likely to swing back to GOP control, but is it a lock and how big of a GOP majority is reasonable to expect?  Finally, they examine the highest profile governor races, which may produce presidential contenders before too long.

Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate Arizona leading the way on universal school choice – including parents keeping money for private tuition or homeschooling. They also groan as Canada’s vaccine mandate for people entering the country will mean 10 players for the Kansas City Royals can’t play in Toronto. And they analyze polling showing potential Georgia ticket-splitting as Gov. Brian Kemp enjoys a healthy lead while GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker is slightly behind.


Join Jim & Greg as they cheer a majority of U.S. senators rejecting the Democrats’ abortion bill that would have ended hundreds of state restrictions and forced pro-life doctors to perform abortions. They’re also glad to see record early voting turnout in Georgia, a vindication of last year’s new election laws that Democrats said was Jim Crow 2.0. And they shudder as the Producer Price Index measure of inflation was still at 11 percent in April.


State Governments Delivering on College Students’ Free Speech, Due Process Rights


There’s been no shortage of unconstitutional legislation affecting speech on campus for my employer, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), to cover of late. It’s a breath of fresh air, then, to commend Kentucky, Indiana, and Georgia for passing new new bills protecting student free speech and due process rights. 

The most transformative of these measures is the Kentucky Campus Due Process Protection Act, which Gov. Andy Beshear signed into law on April 8. Under the law, students facing suspension or expulsion at public institutions of higher education are ensured vital due process protections, including:

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(You can read Chapter 1, focused on leading Washington politicians and the media here) Last year started with a couple of big bangs, politically. The January 6th violence at the US Capitol, of course. Buckle up for a cavalcade of first anniversary media this week, even though we’re still learning from and litigating that. Some […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer sportscaster Bob Costas for denouncing the International Olympic Committee’s tendency to cozy up to authoritarian regimes, but they also note the Biden administration’s ongoing weakness toward Beijing. They also give Stacey Abrams a history lesson as she claims she always admitted that she lost the 2018 governor’s race in Georgia. And they get a kick out of Democrats trying to claim a major win after gas prices dip a whopping two cents per gallon over a two week span.

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It’s Not Just the Democrats’ HR 1 or HR 4, the So-Called “Corrupt Politicians Act.” Other “Reforms” are Afoot. Canada’s federal election on Monday featured what they call a “first past the post” election – whoever gets the most votes in a “riding” (what they call parliamentary districts) wins the election, even if no one […]

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Democratic superstar Stacey Abrams tweeted that she’s “hitting the road” to have conversations with folks on “politics, leadership, and social justice.” However, none of the initial tour stops in the crucial campaigning months of September, October, and November, are in Georgia. Preview Open

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome two more states making progress on election integrity. They also cringe at the April jobs report coming in way below expectations. And they react to Democrats and activists using the absurd, supposedly inclusive term of “birthing people” instead of mothers.

Deliberately Losing Georgia?


Democrats barely won Georgia in 2020.  In sane times, a party that barely wins a state for the first time would do everything it can to shore up (fortify?) its margin of victory, hoping for bigger future wins.

Democrats are doing the exact opposite.   They are doing everything they can to alienate the state by preventing members of their most loyal constituency from making money off the All Star game.

I guess that kind of craziness isn’t surprising in an era where mayors let their own cities burn, thinking it will enhance their resumes.  Or a time when large companies openly alienate half of their customers.  The Democrats’ attitude toward Georgia would seem to fit with the other craziness.