As Memorial Day recedes, the word of the week is "summer." Unfortunately, the true meaning of the holiday more often takes a back seat to barbecue. What is now simply the "unofficial start of summer" once was "Decoration Day," honoring the troops who died in the Civil War. Today, it honors all the Americans who have died in military service.
When the U.S. Senate race kicked off last year, the conventional wisdom was that Jack Kingston would be hindered by the fact he was not well-known to Georgia's voters outside the coastal counties he represented in the 1st Congressional District.
To David Perdue, Jack Kingston and Michelle Nunn: Congratulations on making it this far in your quest to become our newest U.S. senator. As you prepare for the next phase of your campaign, I thought I would pass along to you some unsolicited advice for your consideration. Please don't thank me. It was either this or clean out my sock drawer.
When Governor Deal recently vetoed a bill involving misdemeanor probation collection companies, he referred to areas of concern in the bill, but also part of the controversy over the bill stemmed from an audit report released by the Department of Audits and Accounts that raised questions about the operation of these companies in local governments (audit released April 24 – www.audits.ga.gov). This is an example of one of the roles that the Department of Audits plays in state government: the role of oversight, accountability and adherence to law. These performance audits can be requested by the Legislature or ...
On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Georgia will hold the earliest primary election in the state's history.
I was taught at a young age that you shouldn't cut off your nose to spite your face.
How's this for a conflict? This past weekend I had to choose between going to New York and attending the prestigious Peabody Award ceremonies, sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, or an opportunity to participate in the 14th annual Washpot Festival in Garfield.
This is the time of year for school year-end banquets and awards programs. Attending some of these always reminds me of what is working very well in education and what ingredients make for success for many, many young people.
Georgia's economy is picking up, and with it the daily traffic congestion as growing numbers of commuters travel to jobs. Inertia followed the failure of the 2012 transportation sales tax (TSPLOST) in nine of 12 regions, but it's time to move forward on transportation.
This session I sponsored House Resolution 1717, which recognized May 14, 2014, as Atrial Fibrillation Day in the state of Georgia to help raise awareness about this serious, silent threat to many Georgians. Atrial fibrillation, the most common form of arrhythmia, occurs when the electrical activity of the heart is disorganized, causing an irregular heartbeat, disrupting the flow of blood through the heart and into the brain.
In just one more week, Georgia will hold its earliest primary election ever and finally give a definitive answer on the race everybody is watching, the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.
It is the Merry Month of May and you know that means, boys and girls. It is time for Answer Man! You ask it, we answer it. Please know that all answers have been authenticated and hermetically-sealed by Funk and Wagnalls. (No, not that Funk and Wagnall. This is Elrod Funk and Jim Bob Wagnalls. I don't know them all that well but they knocked on the door and said they needed work and wanted to cut my grass. I told them I had a better idea.)
State revenues were negative for the month, declining by $50.1 million, or -2.9 percent. A little history might show why this decline is not a surprise to state leaders.
Across Georgia, tension is in the air as 1.6 million students endure the annual ritual of end-of-year testing. Nervous students, parents and teachers feel the pressure: The efforts of an entire year hinge upon the performance at this one point in time.
Since graduating from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 1980, I have had the privilege of practicing in what I believe is the greatest health care system in the world.
There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election.
The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."
Students who have had to put their education on hold, like soldiers returning from deployment, and individuals looking to make a career change, are in the market to not only advance their education but to do so in an easily accessible and low-cost manner.
For the next five months-plus, Jack Kingston will have a job to do. And we expect him to do it the same way and in the same manner he has approached it for the previous 21 ½ years.
This excerpt is adapted from a speech by Ben Scafidi on July 10 at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation's Friedman Legacy for Freedom celebration in Macon.
There once was a man who had a stable of horses, a barn full of fine animals for lease. At first glance, it appeared that his business offered great flexibility, a steed for every desire.
In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's university system.
In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.
Robust June revenue collections of $1.76 billion produced a gain of $182.3 million for the month, an 11.5 percent increase. June's fiscal year-end report pushed total fiscal year 2014 totals to $17.88 billion in total collections, with a total gain of $879.2 million for the year or a 5.2 percent increase … by any account a "good" year moving the state in a positive direction.
IRS, DEA, CIA, DOD, FDA, DOE, TSA - unfortunately, in our federal government, acronyms are the norm.
Protection to person and property is the paramount duty of government. This phrase, which appears on the first page of the Georgia Constitution, highlights the importance of the criminal justice system.
For those who have endured Georgia's longest runoff election ever, the July 22 finish line is finally coming into view.
"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.
Another major focus of the state is securing employment for veterans. According to the Workforce Division at the Department of Economic Development, up to 80,000 veterans will return to Georgia within the next four years. The unemployment rate for veterans continues to exceed the national unemployment average, especially among the Iraq and Afghanistan-era vets.
Georgia soon will be losing one of its most entertaining political personalities in U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, the Republican from Athens.