Norm Woodel is one of those people in the world of politics whose face may not be that well known, but whose voice is right in the thick of it.
In my home hangs a photograph of a rather large and deep hole on the side of an asphalt road. It is the aftermath of an IED (improvised explosive device) - or in more simple terms, a homemade bomb - that went off just as the Humvee in which I was riding passed over it.
Georgia completed another bond sale this week, again under the AAA rating that only nine other states share. The sale validated the state leadership's businesslike management, but also saved the state money in financing costs. This week, we'll look at the five reasons Georgia continues to earn the AAA bond rating.
In spite of the tumultuous moves at Medient Studios, Inc., last week, maybe the planned massive studioplex won't be left on the cutting room floor.
Politically speaking, perhaps the biggest news story last week was the historic loss of Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary election.
It all seemed to be breaking the right way for Rep. Jack Kingston after the Senate Republican primary.
I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don't qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens, Georgia, on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Athens, Georgia, on a warm spring day or (c.) Athens, Georgia, on any day. As you no doubt know, Athens is home to my alma mater, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in all the land.
May revenues came in with a 3.1 percent gain as the middle month of the fourth quarter drifted closer to the end of the fiscal year in June. At $1.3 billion for the month, state revenues produced a gain of $42.2 million total.
The investigation continues into why somebody ran into another car head-on last week, killing a 4-year-old boy in the ensuing collision and badly injuring that young boy's mother.
What's a state to do when the federal surface transportation program heads toward its Sept. 1 expiration date with little promise of a new transportation bill and the Federal Highway Trust Fund's expenditures outpace tax receipts about $1.25 billion a month?
The people we send to the state Capitol to pass our laws have always reminded me of a goofy, flop-eared puppy that keeps making mistakes as it romps inside the house.
Before the start of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Billy Payne, the organization's CEO, reminded everyone that while much of the attention during the Games would be focused on the high-profile athletes, not to forget that all 10,000 athletes from the 107 countries represented were and would forever be Olympians - a title very few people in the world would ever attain.
Georgia has a primary care physician shortage totaling 200 physicians per 100,000 population, not unlike many other states. Other parts of the country, certainly in the northern part, may have as many as 350 per 100,000 population. This puts the state 39th in ranking.
At a time in the life of our nation when there appears to be a real lack of positive and aggressive leadership from our leader in Washington, I found this prayer by President Franklin Roosevelt on announcing the D-Day invasion. He asked the nation to join him in the prayer.
Two weeks ago, voters in Switzerland voted by an overwhelming 76 percent to 24 percent to reject the establishment of Switzerland's first minimum wage. The proposed wage floor was about $24 per hour and would have been the highest minimum wage in the world if the referendum had passed.
The regional transportation sales tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia and in metro Atlanta. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met in Atlanta on Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the 2015 legislative session.
As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the governor's desk for his signature was not going to happen this year.
A recent public meeting held on the topic of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) conspicuously neglected other relevant water-management problems and opportunities. The meeting was hosted on Jekyll Island by a General Assembly Natural Resources study committee chaired by Sen. Ross Tolleson.
There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.
Rap! Rap! Rap!
A Joint House-Senate Study Committee began work last week on transportation needs of the state and how those needs may be met in the coming years.
Carlethia Ingram easily could have become one more lost teenager. Her mother died four days after the birth of her youngest sister. For 10 years, Carlethia and two sisters lived with their grandmother in Savannah public housing until Barbara Ingram passed away last year.
Last week, the second of two Americans infected with the Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Our country's veterans have risked life and limb to protect our freedoms and ensure our way of life. For too long the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed our nation's veterans by operating under a culture of corruption and neglect that lacked accountability or leadership. Veterans deserve better than that and with the sweeping reforms put in place by theVeterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, I am committed to personally seeing to it that we have a better VA health system delivery for our veterans.
Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.
I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?
July is not a "high" revenue month, not in the category of December, April and some others, but as the first month in the fiscal year, it is important to get the year off to a good start.
According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the EPA "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Unfortunately, this finding and the EPA's subsequent action threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations of Georgians far more than greenhouse gases do.
The conventional wisdom about Georgia politics has been that the state's changing demographics will eventually bring about a change in its political orientation.
Dear Georgia public school teachers: