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Bond sales fulfill state’s commitments

The state sold $1.28 billion in bonds last week, fulfilling the commitment of the governor and the General Assembly to the major capital needs facing the state including, k-12 education, transportation, Board of Regents institutions, technical colleges, the state's natural resources and funds to continue protecting Georgia's citizens.

June 23, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


The flag should come down — but will it?

It's as if we stepped into a time machine and went 15 years back into the past.

June 23, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Five young men define a successful life

Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Vote on Trade Promotion Authority could make a comeback

Monday, June 15: I'm very fortunate to be able to return home from Washington on most weekends but traveling can certainly be challenging at times. Today we sat on the runway in Savannah for almost an hour before finally being cleared to take off as we were told that air traffic in the Washington airport was backed up.

June 23, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion


A long overdue welcome home

It's been a long time in coming. And long overdue.

June 16, 2015 | By Pat Donahue | Opinion


Georgia sets the pace in the Southeast

With 3.1 percent growth in May, Georgia's state revenues are building toward the end in June of an outstanding year in fiscal year 2015, a year where the state appears poised to lead the Southeast in revenue growth.

June 16, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


What’s next for Sen. Isakson?

Until the morning of June 10, next year's U.S. Senate race appeared to be already settled.

June 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


A time to remember a special man

It has been 31 years since he passed away and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Separating myth from fact on the TPA

In case you missed it, this week I joined a bipartisan majority in the House to advance Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to assert Congress' role in and bring transparency and accountability to international trade negotiations.

June 16, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion


Budget bolsters natural resources

As a state with boundless natural resources, Georgia leaders work to protect those resources with legislation, to promote hunting and fishing and to fund various water initiatives, preserve natural resource areas and wildlife area preservation. This week, we look at legislation passed in the 2015 session and the fiscal year 2016 budget for Natural Resource areas.

June 09, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


When Georgia had three governors

We live in a state where strange things can happen in politics, but you won't see anything stranger than the time Georgia had three people who all claimed to be the state's chief executive.

June 09, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Dangling participles, feds keep close watch on columnist

Last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation that will alter somewhat how federal law enforcement can monitor our phone calls in the future.

June 09, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Digging into the Freedom of Information Act

Last week, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held several hearings to examisne the unacceptable backlog of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and the lack of transparency from the Obama Administration. FOIA was signed into law in 1966 and allows the public to request records from any federal agency covered by FOIA. Last year, 100 agencies were subjected to FOIA and anyone has the ability to file a FOIA request by submitting a letter to the agency.

June 09, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion


Laws bolster public safety, reduce recidivism

Several pieces of legislation passed through the Public Safety Committee and the Judiciary Committee which are pro-victim, pro-law enforcement and pro citizen's rights.

June 02, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Supreme Court ruling could be a death blow for Georgians

At some point between now and June 30, the Supreme Court will hand down a decision that could be disastrous for nearly half a million Georgia residents.

June 02, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


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Five things we learned about Georgia’s lottery

1. Georgia's Lottery is one of the largest in the nation, fifth in terms of sales. The other states that are in the top ...

August 26, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Carter shows a special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts ...

August 26, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Ready to step out on his own

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or ...

August 25, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


First month of fiscal year looks good

Sometimes July, the first month of the 2016 fiscal year, can start off with a whimper. In some years, refunds might have been delayed for ...

August 19, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


One of the ‘Lost Dodd Boys’ looks back

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do ...

August 19, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Trump’s telling the truth on one big issue

Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination seems to defy gravity and all the other laws of nature.

August 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


FLETC still best choice for State training center

Last week I shared that I viewed critical documents from the Office of Management and Budget detailing that the Obama Administration agrees that the Federal ...

August 19, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion


Looking at lottery expenses

Comparing various states' lottery expenses can be tricky. We settled on using total revenues less payouts leaving the balance that would logically be expenses. That ...

August 11, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


With school back in session, let the games begin

Another school year is underway in our state, which means that it's time to start complaining about the Georgia High School Association.

August 11, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Hooray! The State of Georgia, CSX Transportation, Murray County and the Georgia Ports Authority have announced construction of the Appalachian Regional Port to be built ...

August 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Study says: FLETC best site for training center

The State Department is attempting to push forward with a plan to construct a new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at Fort Pickett in Blackstone ...

August 11, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion


Snake oil in the clean power plan

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help," Ronald Reagan famously said. After ...

August 11, 2015 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


How Georgia’s lottery compares

Georgia had the fifth largest gross total sales of all lottery systems in the U.S. in fiscal year 2014. Of the top lottery systems ...

August 04, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Step right up and place your bets

Casino gambling is coming to Georgia. That is probably the horse to bet on.

August 04, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Junior Lee chimes in on the 2016 race

Please don't say anything to Junior E. Lee about this but I had several people come up to me after a recent speech to ...

August 04, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


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