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House moves to help STEM students

House moves to help STEM students

The General Assembly reconvened Monday, Feb. 1, to start our fourth week of the 2016 legislative session. With a month of session behind us, we ... » Read More
Helping businesses give real-world experience to kids

Helping businesses give real-world experience to kids

Serving as your state representative allows me the unique opportunity and great privilege to hear your concerns and hopes for the future. » Read More
Legislation starting to pour in

Legislation starting to pour in

The Senate moved the amended FY16 budget along, working on slight changes. The philosophy behind the amended budget has evolved into the interim budget being ... » Read More
Kemp’s primary could be decisive

Kemp’s primary could be decisive

Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: he wanted the world ... » Read More
Beating plowshares into pistols

Beating plowshares into pistols

Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again. Georgia's version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a ... » Read More
Big news out of the Capitol for Effingham

Big news out of the Capitol for Effingham

This past week was a very exciting one at the Capitol. On Monday and Tuesday, elected officials and civic leaders gathered in Atlanta for Effingham ... » Read More
Parkway funding will be big for Effingham, area

Parkway funding will be big for Effingham, area

In the second week of the General Assembly, we spent most of our time in committee meetings, reviewing legislation and preparing bills for full House ... » Read More
House sends amended budget to Senate

House sends amended budget to Senate

The budget to complete the balance of the 2016 fiscal year was passed on to the Senate by the House of Representatives and will be ... » Read More
Return of corn-fried shrimp is welcomed news

Return of corn-fried shrimp is welcomed news

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" ("Of ... » Read More
Some lawmakers are still fighting the Civil War

Some lawmakers are still fighting the Civil War

You may have the impression that the Civil War ended sometime around 1865, after the Confederate armies stacked their weapons, the soldiers returned to their ... » Read More
Governor presents FY17 budget

Governor presents FY17 budget

At $23.7 billion, the governor's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget is the biggest in Georgia history, due in large part to the additional ... » Read More
Supporting the disabled community

Supporting the disabled community

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician ... » Read More
Who will win the fight for ‘freedom’?

Who will win the fight for ‘freedom’?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ... » Read More
The serious work of the budget begins

The serious work of the budget begins

Unlike the federal government, Georgia lawmakers are required to pass a balanced budget. We work diligently during the legislative session to ensure that tax dollars ... » Read More
Legislators begin the task of budget work

Legislators begin the task of budget work

Last week, we gaveled in to start the second session of the 153rd General Assembly. » Read More
A busy start to the legislative session

A busy start to the legislative session

The first week of the legislative session commenced with much activity including the governor's state of the State address, committee meetings, and planning sessions ... » Read More
General Assembly gets under way

General Assembly gets under way

The first week of the 2016 General Assembly convened on Jan. 10 with two new members of the Senate taking their seats: Sen. Larry Walker ... » Read More
Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ... » Read More
The state of the column can’t be overstated

The state of the column can’t be overstated

My fellow Georgians: Now that President Barack Obama's has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal ... » Read More
Reflections on the first year in the U.S. Senate

Reflections on the first year in the U.S. Senate

Dear friends, » Read More
More education reform commission recommendations

More education reform commission recommendations

The most apparent recommendation of the funding subcommittee is the $467.4 million in new spending that the subcommittee proposes. This new funding, based on ... » Read More
Let the jockeying for governor begin

Let the jockeying for governor begin

For the next few weeks you'll see every candidate for president dropping by the Capitol as they campaign toward the March 1 presidential primary. » Read More
Thoughts on education reform commission

Thoughts on education reform commission

Dear Georgia Public Schoolteachers: » Read More
The Legislature’s work gets under way

The Legislature’s work gets under way

The Georgia General Assembly began the 2016 session Monday, and it is my great privilege to continue to represent you. It is my hope that ... » Read More
Recommendations from the education reform commission

Recommendations from the education reform commission

Priority Level 1-Recommendation No. 1-Develop guidance to developing strategic compensation models for teachers possibly including: teacher involvement in the creation of compensation models ... » Read More
Advice to a great-grandson

Advice to a great-grandson

Welcome to 2016. This begins your eighth year with us. I think you would agree that at this point in time, life has been better ... » Read More
Lawmakers have tough choices this session

Lawmakers have tough choices this session

Legislators will be returning to Atlanta soon to convene the 2016 General Assembly session, but this one may have a slightly different feel to it. » Read More
Ten reasons to be optimistic for 2016

Ten reasons to be optimistic for 2016

One of the top albums of 2015, according to NPR, is one called "Sometimes I Sit and Think…And Sometimes I Just Sit." To come ... » Read More
A love story that defied time and circumstance

A love story that defied time and circumstance

Perhaps the most appropriate way to end this year is with a love story - the story of Dr. Raymond Cook, 96, and Dr. Elisabeth Mays ... » Read More
Thanks for a good year

Thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some ... » Read More
It’s time to finish the job

It’s time to finish the job

This spring, in an emotional ceremony surrounded by courageous parents of children with epilepsy, Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 1, Haleigh's Hope Act, which ... » Read More
Does the state owe you money?

Does the state owe you money?

The Department of Revenue (DOR) operates an unclaimed property program holding assets of both businesses and individuals, such as unclaimed paychecks or the contents of ... » Read More
I wish I had been there in Bethlehem

I wish I had been there in Bethlehem

This column has become a Christmas tradition and I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to all who believe. » Read More
Some thoughts for the holiday season

Some thoughts for the holiday season

It's a tradition for newspapers to make a seasonal request of their readers: "This Christmas, remember the needy." » Read More
November revenues bring Christmas cheer

November revenues bring Christmas cheer

Well, if you were looking for something to cheer you up to enjoy the Christmas holidays. for some of us, November revenues did the trick. » Read More
Sometimes, being naughty can be nice

Sometimes, being naughty can be nice

Ring! Ring! Ring! » Read More
Upcoming power bills will bring quite a shock

Upcoming power bills will bring quite a shock

You would think we learned our lesson the first time around - but we didn't. » Read More


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