Author: Tim Darnell

Award-winning journalist and author; analyst and commentator on local and national politics, business and sports.

MRs: RIP, Braves legend; dramatic changes in Savannah politics; Go home, Carolina Panthers!

Trump: Clinton playing ‘woman card’
Will Webb run as an independent?
The GOP’s New Hampshire nightmare
Dramatic change in Savannah politics
Committee recommends more state benefits for kinship care providers
A Kenny Rogers theme park in Atlanta?
Three stolen Bentleys found at Hartsfield-Jackson
Falcons sink Panthers’ hope for an undefeated season
Legendary Bobby Dews dead at 76

MRs: Low gas prices; Dem debate fallout; Clarkston is a ‘terrorist destination’

Clinton aid stammers to defend Hillary’s Trump statement
Gas falls to $2 a gallon
Five takeaways from the Democratic debate
Cruz riles up Savannah supporters
Analyzing Gov. Deal’s school opportunity zone
Carter announces death of 28-year-old grandson
DeKalb city named a terrorist destination
EPA reverses decision on Georgia pipeline
First Web page went live 25 years ago

MRs: Georgia’s snobbiest cities; Streetcar in big trouble; Columbus becomes Y’allywood

Trump, Cruz ahead in Iowa
A ‘turning point’ for the world?
Georgia poll finds wide support for Trump and Muslim proposal
State investigators look into Perry fairgrounds management
Valdosta seeking to bench benches
Columbus GA becoming known as Y’allywood
Football fans spend $35M during Georgia-Florida game
Ethics investigation cost local taxpayers $9,000
DeKalb police reach out to Stone Mountain mosque leaders
Atlanta Streetcar in big, big trouble
Mapping Atlanta’s best Christmas displays of 2015
The 10 snobbiest places in Georgia

And finally, George W. Bush enters the 2016 presidential race … 

MRs: Erickson blasts NYT; Georgia’s San Bernardino hero; the REAL GSU routs Statesboro


Erickson blasts holes in NYT … literally
Georgia native remembered as hero in San Bernandino massacre
Carter says his cancer is gone

Georgia teachers should expect progress toward merit pay next session
Another Georgia execution set for this week
DeKalb community called ‘worst in America’
Budweiser Clydesdales visit Atlanta community

Will Muschamp to become next Gamecocks coach
The REAL GSU is bowl eligible … (Tech must be awfully jealous)
Houston, FSU heading to Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
And finally … perhaps the most significant news of the day 

Carter says cancer is gone

Former president Jimmy Carter says his cancer is gone.

Carter made the announcement to his Sunday school class in Plains this morning. Decatur Patch is reporting that a fellow church member told the AJC the church erupted in applause at the announcement.

Carter, 91, was diagnosed with cancer in August after having surgery to remove a lesion on his liver. After having the surgery, Carter announced that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body. Doctors had found melanoma lesions on his brain.

He announced that he would significantly cut back on his schedule while undergoing treatment for his diagnosis.

Soon after news broke that Carter was cancer free, his grandson Jason Carter tweeted ”Victory.”

Kirby Smart to become new UGA head coach

Kirby Smart, the 39-year-old defensive coordinator from the University of Alabama, will become the new head football coach at the University of Georgia.

The AJC is reporting that an announcement naming Smart as Mark Richt’s replacement could come as soon as Sunday or Monday.

Smart has been mentioned as a leading candidate to replace Richt as soon as the university announced that Richt would not return for the 2016 season.

Smart is from Bainbridge and lettered for UGA from 1995 to 1998.

The Bulldogs finished the 2015 season with a 9-3 record but went 5-3 in the SEC, in what is widely considered to be a down year for the conference’s Eastern division.

Under Richt, the Bulldogs went 145–51, the best winning percentage by a coach in school history.

Georgia won six SEC East titles and two SEC championships in Richt’s 15 seasons but hadn’t won the conference championship since 2005.

The Bulldogs came within seconds of beating Alabama in the 2012 SEC championship, where they were playing for a spot in the BCS national championship game.

Richt will coach Georgia in its postseason bowl game, while Smart and the No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide will face Florida in the SEC title game at the Georgia Dome.

UnitedHealth Group’s Losses Could Be Huge Blow to Obamacare

UnitedHealth Group announced on Thursday that it has lost $425 million from healthcare plans sold through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, according to

UnitedHealth Group said it may exit the Obamacare exchanges by 2017, which the website says is, “a potentially huge blow to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law. The exchanges have been viewed as the primary conduit to expand health coverage to middle-class Americans. If a major publicly traded insurer bows out, others may follow and destabilize the entire individual market.”

The company’s CEO, Stephen Hemsley, told investors on Thursday, “We cannot sustain these losses.”

The article said the company will evaluate its public exchange status next year before deciding if it will leave the market.

MRs: Paris attacks; KKK highway; Georgia’s flunks ethics report card

How will the U.S. respond to Paris attacks?

Atlanta remembers Paris
Local drummer was performing in Paris during attacks
Google eyeing Brookhaven for expansion
Columbus police expand body-camera plans after violent encounter with criminal
Georgia gets a D-minus on ethics report card
KKK wants to adopt highway
Macon Charter Academy in trouble
Smooth sailing for controversial Palmetto Pipeline
Showdown coming between Reed, council over Buckhead road extension

MRs: Trump on ‘SNL,’ Arthur Blank ditches DeKalb, Georgia’s 10 weirdest places

Trump gives ‘SNL’ its best ratings in years
Carson bashes media
Will there be a revote on Lavista Hills?
Death, heat blemish Savannah Rock ‘n Roll marathon

Atlanta United FC ditches DeKalb, heads to Marietta
Is Starbucks entering the war on Christmas?
Georgians gearing up for Georgia Gives Day on Nov. 12
Small batch bourbons become a hot commodity

The 10 weirdest places in Georgia

Two New DeKalb Mayors Highlight Election 2015

Brookhaven and Dunwoody elected new mayors Tuesday night, while DeKalb has a new city.

As expected, John Ernst handily defeated Dale Boone to become Brookhaven’s third mayor in its short history.

Denis Shortal ousted incumbent Mike Davis to become Dunwoody’s new mayor.

And while voters in Tucker approved cityhood, a bid to create DeKalb’s largest city — Lavista Hills — fell short.

Decatur voters overwhelmingly approved a major school bond referendum, and DeKalb voters were equally enthusiastic about changing the county’s ethics board process.

MRs: Election Day 2015, climate change politics, R.I.P. Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson, 1942-2015

Paul Ryan rules out future White House bid
Rubio and Trump head for S.C. showdown
GOP campaigns meet to discuss debate issues post CNBC debacle
Plenty of issues on midstate ballots for Tuesday elections
Georgia Freemasons outlaw homosexuality in its ranks

The politics of climate change on coastal Georgia
Ernst a solid bet to become Brookhaven’s next mayor
Richt back to drawing board to solve QB problems

‘Black Lives Matter’ protestors hit Hillary’s Atlanta campaign event

Hillary Clinton now knows what it feels like to be Jeb Bush and Bernie Sanders.

Clinton’s southwest Atlanta campaign event was disrupted today by protestors chanting “black lives matter,” reports the AJC.

Both Sanders and Bush had campaign events disrupted by Black Lives Matter activists, so much so that they had to leave their respective stages.

This time, however, police led one of the protest leader’s out of the building, and the crowd of 1,000 or so chanted, “Let her speak, let her speak.” Clinton continued to speak throughout the 10-minute protest.


MRs: Sanders goes hard after Hillary; Columbus’s heroin problem; Holyfield milestone

Peach Pundit/WGST road show before this week’s GOP debate
Sanders going hard after Hillary

Trump: I will be a great unifier
American millennials among the world’s least skilled
Columbus has rising heroin problem
Major renovations coming to Philips Arena
Evander Holyfield won boxing’s world title 25 years ago on Sunday
The ultimate away game: Brookhaven school to play football game in Ireland
Atlanta’s best neighborhoods for trick or treating

MRs: Lewis on MLK tower; Peach State football ups and downs; LiLo for prez 2020

A far more interesting Democratic debate on SNL …

Trump: I would have prevented 9/11
Biden keeps Dems waiting
LiLo for prez, 2020
Georgia gearing up for another religious liberty fight
Lewis on MLK tower at Stone Mountain: A good idea
Problems mounting on DeKalb’s sanitation director
Meet the Georgia teen who has the GOP abuzz
GSU wins a football game!
GT’s nightmare season
Did UGA save their season?

DeKalb Lawmaker: Eliminate the CEO Position

One DeKalb Democratic lawmaker has already called on interim CEO Lee May to resign.

Now, another wants to eliminate the position altogether.

According to Patch, state Rep. Scott Holcomb, (D-81), is proposing to eliminate the CEO position and perhaps replace with it with a professional county manager.

Holcomb said he plans to file a proposal in 2016 to change DeKalb’s form of government from its current CEO model. Several local GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Fran Millar of Dunwoody, have been advocating that change for some time.

Holcomb is the latest high-profile Democrat to weigh in on DeKalb’s current controversy, which began several weeks ago with the release of a report by former state Attorney General Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde, which cited widespread corruption and improper spending from many elected and appointed county officials.

The report also called on May to resign, a call repeated about two weeks later byDecatur State Sen. Emanuel Jones, the first Democrat to say May should step down.