Will Harry Reid and President Obama continue to shut down the federal government in order to force Obamacare on the American people?
Has Washington gone crazy? It was tempting to think that as Republicans fought with Democrats over the question of pushing the federal government into a shutdown or default.
Despite the rants of publicity-seeking bigots, the blather of Twitter twits and a national news media more interested in scooping the competition than in accurate reporting, the fact is that our American system of justice presumes one is innocent until proven guilty.
Georgia's Lottery has been a tremendous success, and sometimes those who would criticize ignore the very real positives that continue to make it unique. We have looked at other states' scholarship programs and use of their lottery funds.
"Discretion," said Falstaff in Shakespeare's "Henry IV," "is the better part of valor."
Stephen Goldsmith was a champion of privatization and outsourcing of government operations during his tenure as mayor of Indianapolis. He recalled in his 1997 book, "The Twenty-First Century City," how he used what he called the "yellow pages" test: "Look at the city's yellow pages. If the phone book lists three companies that provide a certain service, the city probably should not be in that business, at least not exclusively."
Last year, Labor Day weekend was a sporting bonanza for me and my boys: three auto races, a dove shoot, Georgia football and the Braves. This year my wife was in Victory Circle. I attended no sporting events, and the whole family was sequestered at the Dillard House in Rabun County to celebrate our 30 years of marriage, and the best country cooking in Georgia.
When you are governor of Georgia, you quickly learn an essential lesson: sometimes it's necessary to go to war with the Atlanta media. It's a long-established tradition in state politics.
It looks like our legislators are about to lose one of their most cherished perks: free football tickets. Bless their hearts.
Georgia's HOPE Scholarship has been the model as states from around the country have adopted programs to help their students acquire higher education and to meet other educational goals as well. Those that are linked to lotteries have faced or are facing the same constrictions of growing costs versus a slower-growing or stable lottery as Georgia's highly successful lottery has faced.
As the Oct. 1 deadline approaches for the launch of the Affordable Care Act's state health insurance exchanges - "marketplaces" - the need to get young people to sign up for health insurance has been the subject of more and more media pieces.
In our lives, there are places and things we remember. I remember one event as if it were yesterday. It was a little after 9 a.m. and we had just opened the pharmacy for business. My assistant came running in where I was working and asked if we had heard about the building that had been damaged at the Trade Center. I was confused at first and thought she was talking about the Savannah Trade ...
In many states, one of the top policy objectives is to provide a K-12 and college education for as many people as possible in the belief that a well-educated citizenry is good for a state's future well-being.
Dear Syrian rebels: I thought I'd take a minute to correspond with you as you resume your efforts to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. You are no doubt disappointed that the United States government chose not to come to your aid as they promised. There is a good reason, and that is my purpose in writing you. Although I am not an official of the United States government, I am part of a group known as We the Unwashed. Put the blame squarely on us.
Georgia's public universities offer nationally competitive low tuition rates which contribute to a lower amount of student debt upon graduation than many states. Georgia offers the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship program, the longest standing merit-based scholarship that is lottery funded.
Some years ago my friend Ken Wales produced a movie called "Amazing Grace" about the remarkable life of William Wilberforce. Wilberforce, a member of Parliament who took office after the Revolutionary War, not only changed Britain, but impacted the world. Many of us could learn a lesson or two from his life.
There's an old joke that goes, "a bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."
It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50 and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.
As mentioned last week, one of the key elements to saving state money when it comes to criminal justice is utilizing alternative sentencing options that are more cost-effective and have lower recidivism rates than traditional prison sentences.
The announcement the Atlanta Braves are abandoning Turner Field in downtown Atlanta for a location in the suburbs was a shock to almost everybody. There are many questions that must be answered, most important among them being how much of the $302 million in "public" funding will come from Cobb County taxpayers.
No one likes to hear, "I told you so…"
When it comes to holidays, I've always preferred Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
The General Assembly passed criminal justice reform (HB 1176) in the 2012 legislative session to combat the increasing costs of housing inmates, as well as improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system.
With the implementation of the federal health law commonly referred to as ObamaCare in full, disjointed, tragic swing, President Obama has confirmed what many long suspected: Even if you like it, you can't keep your plan.
David Hannum, a competitor of the showman P. T. Barnum, is generally credited with being the one who coined the phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute."
Last week, family and friends gathered in the small town of Chattahoochee Hills, south of Atlanta, to celebrate a life well-lived. Our late grandson, Zack Wansley, was honored at the dedication of "Zack's Glade," a pristine and picturesque piece of Cochran Mill Park near where he died while training for the Atlanta Marathon in 2008.
At 5.9 percent growth for October, state revenues were up satisfactorily but took a different path to get there.
Last week, we looked at agencies' proposed requests for additional funding in the amended fiscal year 2014 budget and the general FY15 budget. Of course, these amounts are subject to the governor's review through the Office of Planning and Budget in preparation for his two budget presentations in early January 2014.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has wisely resisted the lure of federal Medicaid dollars. Doubling down on faulty, unsustainable federal programs is what got this country into its current fiscal mess. What's disappointing is that governors like Deal who request the flexibility to try new solutions are denied that opportunity. It's "my way or the highway" with the federal government.