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Five things we learned about Georgia’s lottery

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 ... » Read More
Carter shows  a special kind of courage

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 ... » Read More
Ready to step out on his own

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 ... » Read More

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 ... » Read More
One of the ‘Lost Dodd Boys’ looks back

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 ... » Read More
Trump’s telling the truth on one big issue

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. » Read More
FLETC still best choice for State training center

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 ... » Read More
Looking at lottery expenses

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 ... » Read More
With school back in session, let the games begin

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. » Read More
Random thoughts on random subjects

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 ... » Read More
Study says: FLETC best site for training center

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 ... » Read More
Snake oil in the clean power plan

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 ... » Read More
How Georgia’s lottery compares

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 ... » Read More
Step right up and place your bets

Step right up and place your bets

Casino gambling is coming to Georgia. That is probably the horse to bet on. » Read More
Junior Lee chimes in on the 2016 race

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 ... » Read More
IRS commissioner should step down

IRS commissioner should step down

Last week, I joined colleagues on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in calling on President Obama to immediately remove Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John ... » Read More
Could more funding be squeezed out of the lottery?

Could more funding be squeezed out of the lottery?

As tuition rises and pressures continue on the HOPE Scholarship and Grant and the need for additional Pre-K slots continues to increase, the conversation usually ... » Read More
How Georgia measures up against other states

How Georgia measures up against other states

Georgia is a state where we measure ourselves by how other people think of us. » Read More
How to be a liberal in one angry letter

How to be a liberal in one angry letter

I want you to hear this from me rather than from Donald Trump. I have been outed. I am a "bed-wetting liberal." No longer can ... » Read More
Eliminating sanctuary cities  and Planned Parenthood funding

Eliminating sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood funding

In the wake of the tragic terrorist attack in Chattanooga, I cosponsored H.R. 3115, the Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act, to allow military ... » Read More
State sets record in monthly revenue

State sets record in monthly revenue

A solid June revenue total of $1.81 billion capped fiscal year 2015 with the highest revenue collections in the state's history, totaling $19 ... » Read More
Lawmakers have an explosive issue on their hands

Lawmakers have an explosive issue on their hands

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend – literally. » Read More
Blessed are the peacemakers who state the obvious

Blessed are the peacemakers who state the obvious

Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot. I had hoped I could cut back on pacifying petulant poops and spend more time ... » Read More
Little support for questionable Iran deal

Little support for questionable Iran deal

In case you missed it, the Obama Administration announced an agreement on the Iranian nuclear deal this week and I asked you to let me ... » Read More
The dignity  of work

The dignity of work

For most people, chronic homelessness among men would not be the first choice among problems to tackle in inner-city Atlanta. Millions of dollars in government ... » Read More
Budget restores Medicaid rates

Budget restores Medicaid rates

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law in 2010 by President Obama, it included many provisions to expand Medicaid ... » Read More
Business wins over tradition

Business wins over tradition

Some wars are not fought on battlefields these days. They are fought on social networks with the weapons of Twitter feeds and Facebook memes. » Read More
Island’s deer glad they are now official

Island’s deer glad they are now official

In the midst of all the turmoil over recent Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage as well as the furor over the Confederate ... » Read More
The next frontier for private property rights

The next frontier for private property rights

Susette Kelo was minding her own business when the city of New London, Conn., set its sights on her home. The city wanted to take ... » Read More
Not enough has changed

Not enough has changed

Though it sits just 90 miles to our southernmost point, travelling to Cuba is like traveling back in time. On a recent mission there. I ... » Read More
Expanding autism care in Georgia

Expanding autism care in Georgia

Over the past several years, efforts to increase autism awareness and provide and expand treatment coverage have been a top priority of Georgia legislators and ... » Read More
Where should your water come from?

Where should your water come from?

This is what's happening in California as the state tries to cope with a record-breaking drought that is now in its fourth year. » Read More
‘Occasional’ column reaches 17 years

‘Occasional’ column reaches 17 years

It was supposed to be one-and-done but it didn't work out that way. » Read More
Good news out of the Supreme Court

Good news out of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court this week ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's effort to limit power plant emissions. » Read More
How the state addresses nursing profession

How the state addresses nursing profession

Last month, National Nurses Week celebrated the work that nurses perform to provide quality care for patients every day. In Georgia, there are currently over ... » Read More
Three new chapters in the story of America

Three new chapters in the story of America

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with ... » Read More
Going back to California and all is well

Going back to California and all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California ... » Read More
ACA still unworkable, unaffordable and unpopular

ACA still unworkable, unaffordable and unpopular

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the administration to allow ObamaCare subsidies to flow through HealthCare.gov. This is a ... » Read More
Health care law’s new name should be SCOTUSCare

Health care law’s new name should be SCOTUSCare

The only thing worse for health care in America than Obamacare has been its implementation, which clearly ignores the rule of law. » Read More


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