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Caveat investor: the feds want a bite of your mutual fund

Even with the stock market reaching all-time highs and many Americans smiling at the look of their 401(k) valuations, storm clouds are gathering in Washington and abroad that may mean higher costs ... » Read More
An Earth Day surprise

An Earth Day surprise

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same. » Read More
Georgia voters get the job done

Georgia voters get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials. » Read More
A reminder to text less and live more

A reminder to text less and live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa, this is one with a qu... » Read More
Where the transportation needs are

Where the transportation needs are

Georgia is the fourth-largest state, with nearly 10 million people and growing. As concentrated as part of the state is around Atlanta and as spread out as the rest of the state is, it is little wo... » Read More
Getting with the program on transportation

Getting with the program on transportation

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 ... » Read More
Pushing the fight for medical cannabis

Pushing the fight for medical cannabis

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 des... » Read More

Not just another tool in the toolbox

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 ... » Read More
The candidates have some lessons to learn

The candidates have some lessons to learn

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics. » Read More
One little letter does not a liberal make

One little letter does not a liberal make

Rap! Rap! Rap! » Read More
The avenues of transportation funding

The avenues of transportation funding

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. » Read More

Capping scholarships, capping opportunity

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 grandmot... » Read More
Health crisis making Georgia famous

Health crisis making Georgia famous

Last week, the second of two Americans infected with the Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. » Read More
Bringing accountability and success back to the VA and veterans

Bringing accountability and success back to the VA and veterans

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 un... » Read More
There is a price to pay for transportation

There is a price to pay for transportation

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 i... » Read More
What’s wrong with a Southern accent?

What’s wrong with a Southern accent?

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent? » Read More
July a good start to the fiscal year

July a good start to the fiscal year

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. » Read More
EPA’s power grab is unscientific

EPA’s power grab is unscientific

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... » Read More
What color on the political map is your state?

What color on the political map is your state?

The conventional wisdom about Georgia politics has been that the state's changing demographics will eventually bring about a change in its political orientation. » Read More
A reminder why teaching is noble

A reminder why teaching is noble

Dear Georgia public school teachers: » Read More
Comparing costs of online courses

Comparing costs of online courses

Although every school and program differs in terms of tuition and fees, some online programs have been able to offer online degrees at a lower cost to students than their on-campus degree. Typicall... » Read More

Politics, procrastination hinder solution

The United States is the land of opportunity. Our country's heritage is a rich tapestry interwoven from Native Americans and immigrants of all colors and cultural backgrounds. » Read More
Obamacare dealt another blow

Obamacare dealt another blow

Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it is commonly referred, has been dying a slow death. » Read More
The lessons from the primary runoff

The lessons from the primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election. » Read More
So who is the real outsider in the Senate race?

So who is the real outsider in the Senate race?

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 ... » Read More
Higher education going online

Higher education going online

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... » Read More

A good run that hopefully isn’t done

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. » Read More

A way to fix public schools

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. » Read More
A choice that is really a power grab

A choice that is really a power grab

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. » Read More
Why Johnny can’t go to college

Why Johnny can’t go to college

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. » Read More
Taxpayers on the hook for botched probe

Taxpayers on the hook for botched probe

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 experien... » Read More
June gain caps a ‘good’ year

June gain caps a ‘good’ year

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... » Read More
BRAC and its potential impact

BRAC and its potential impact

IRS, DEA, CIA, DOD, FDA, DOE, TSA - unfortunately, in our federal government, acronyms are the norm. » Read More
Follow state’s lead on criminal justice reform

Follow state’s lead on criminal justice reform

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 sy... » Read More
At last, the finish line is in sight for primary runoffs

At last, the finish line is in sight for primary runoffs

For those who have endured Georgia's longest runoff election ever, the July 22 finish line is finally coming into view. » Read More
Waxing poetic can be quite frenetic

Waxing poetic can be quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it. » Read More
More on state services for veterans

More on state services for veterans

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 wit... » Read More
Who will step up to replace Broun?

Who will step up to replace Broun?

Georgia soon will be losing one of its most entertaining political personalities in U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, the Republican from Athens. » Read More
Junior E. Lee knows polls and pests

Junior E. Lee knows polls and pests

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in greater Garfield, Georgia, to get h... » Read More
State stands by its veterans

State stands by its veterans

While there is controversy surrounding the state of care from the federal government's Veterans Administration, there is no mistaking the importance of the services and support that the state of Ge... » Read More

Freedom is still America’s best trait

We're about to start the weekend when Americans celebrate a freedom declared 238 years ago, when a small band of men risked their lives and fortunes to change history's course. » Read More

Families benefit from innovative policy

Erika Hartley has two sons with autism, which means she can explain in one sentence what being able to customize their education means to her family. » Read More
Fighting terrorism in our country

Fighting terrorism in our country

On Sept. 11, 2001, our way of life in the United States was changed forever. » Read More
Speaker Ralston faces a choice

Speaker Ralston faces a choice

As the speaker of the Georgia House, David Ralston is one of the most powerful men at the state capitol. Gov. Nathan Deal is the only person at the Gold Dome who has more political clout. » Read More
Some hope for the humor-impaired

Some hope for the humor-impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor... » Read More
Bond sale highlights investment

Bond sale highlights investment

Georgia's bond sale last week totaling $977.8 million ($823.5 new debt) was a success, seeing the state maintain its AAA bond rating, but more importantly funding important infrastructure for the s... » Read More


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