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One lawmaker fights the power

One lawmaker fights the power

Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly. » Read More
An opportunity to improve public education

An opportunity to improve public education

I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain. » Read More
Budget sails through the Senate

Budget sails through the Senate

The Senate passed its version of the 2016 general budget with only one dissenting vote. » Read More
DNA tests in child support passes House

DNA tests in child support passes House

Last Friday was the 30th legislative day for the 2015 Georgia General Assembly. With "crossover day" behind us, we returned to Capitol Hill this week to focus on legislation that has already been p... » Read More
House backs local sports commissions

House backs local sports commissions

As I left us off last week, we were still in session waiting to conclude day 30 or "crossover day." For the most part this week, we focused on a few Senate bills and some House resolutions. The rea... » Read More
Thankful for a new wave of ministers

Thankful for a new wave of ministers

I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the ... » Read More
So what happened to local control?

So what happened to local control?

When I first started writing about politics, my conservative friends would preach the gospel of "local control." They believed that local governments did a better job of running things because loca... » Read More
Lawmakers pass ‘crossover day’

Lawmakers pass ‘crossover day’

The Legislature begins the last three weeks of the 2015 session having passed "crossover day." Most of the top issues remain to be settled. Transportation, medical marijuana and the 2016 budget wil... » Read More
‘Hidden predator’ act sent to Senate

‘Hidden predator’ act sent to Senate

On March 13, we reached day 30 of the 2015 legislative session. This date, which is also known as "crossover day," is the final chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they orig... » Read More
Tax credits, fireworks highlight House bills

Tax credits, fireworks highlight House bills

Last week, the General Assembly passed the 30th legislative day, or "crossover day" as it's commonly referred. As I have mentioned before, any legislation that hasn't crossed over to the Senate or ... » Read More
Plenty to see, learn in tour of the district

Plenty to see, learn in tour of the district

Monday, March 9: I was honored this past weekend to speak at the 270th birthday celebration of Gen. Casimir Pulaski, the famous American Revolutionary War hero who is buried in Monterey Square in S... » Read More
The transportation tax bill rolls along — with help

The transportation tax bill rolls along — with help

Democrats don't have a lot of influence in the General Assembly these days. They hold roughly one-third of the seats in both the House and Senate, which means the Republican majority can safely ign... » Read More
Junior Lee opines on the legislature age limit

Junior Lee opines on the legislature age limit

It is with regret I tell you that our intrepid public servants in the Legislature have scuttled a bill that would have lowered the age of eligibility to serve as a member of the House of Representa... » Read More
State gets strong revenues for February

State gets strong revenues for February

The Senate Appropriations committee is working on its version of the fiscal year 2016 general budget. » Read More
Legislature takes a look at Uber-like services

Legislature takes a look at Uber-like services

The General Assembly has completed 27 legislative days and many bills have been sent to the Senate for their review. This is significant because bills that do not go to the Senate after day 30 or "... » Read More
Transportation funding moves through the House

Transportation funding moves through the House

The House of Representatives has completed 27 legislative days and many bills have been sent to the Senate for their review. Friday is the last day to send bills to the Senate so they may be consid... » Read More
Why funding transportation is important

Why funding transportation is important

There are few things more important to any community than transportation, and the same goes for any business. No matter what size or location, our communities need safe, efficient connectivity for ... » Read More
The prognosis is grim for many rural hospitals

The prognosis is grim for many rural hospitals

If you operate or work for a hospital located in one of Georgia's rural communities, you should be very afraid. There's a strong possibility your hospital will be closing down soon because of finan... » Read More
Will this be a better world because we were here?

Will this be a better world because we were here?

Will this be a better world because you and I spent some time here? Can we really make a difference? » Read More
Budget sent to the state Senate

Budget sent to the state Senate

The House passed the fiscal year 2016 budget and the Senate has begun holding subcommittee hearings. » Read More
Haleigh’s Hope bill passes the House

Haleigh’s Hope bill passes the House

Feb. 23 marked the 20th day and halfway point of the 2015 legislative session. Among the bills passed last week was one of the most crucial pieces of legislation of the session, the fiscal year 201... » Read More

County making progress, especially on road work

A word from the county » Read More
Legislature reaches the halfway point

Legislature reaches the halfway point

Georgia's lawmakers have reached the halfway point of the General Assembly session, raising the question we ask every year: what have they done for you? » Read More
Don’t know much about history?

Don’t know much about history?

As you may have heard, some of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are unhappy with the Advanced Placement U.S. history test and the College Board which administers the tests. » Read More
Twenty days left in the session

Twenty days left in the session

The Senate and the House agreed on the fiscal year 2015 budget and Governor Deal signed it Feb. 19. The legislature passed the halfway, 20-day mark Monday, with adjournment scheduled for April 2. » Read More
Important bill for port sails through House

Important bill for port sails through House

We had a very active week with several important pieces of legislation passing the House. The first was the supplemental budget and the second was the Georgia Ports harbor expansion indemnifying bi... » Read More
Legislature starting to pick up the pace

Legislature starting to pick up the pace

The first 19 days of the General Assembly's 2015 session are over, and we are running at full speed after the slower-paced start due to the inauguration of the governor and the welcoming of freshma... » Read More
Legislature making progress this session

Legislature making progress this session

As the legislative session reached the halfway mark for 2015, there are signs of promising action from the General Assembly. » Read More
Does the governor have a magic formula for schools?

Does the governor have a magic formula for schools?

Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his plan last week to fix our low-performing public schools. » Read More
Jekyll holds fire on deer population

Jekyll holds fire on deer population

If you are a supercilious liberal you-know-what or a sanctimonious Bible thumper, I have some good news for you. I am giving you both the week off. Enjoy it while you can. I will be back. » Read More
State revenues up for January

State revenues up for January

The Senate passed the fiscal year 2015 amended budget, 54-1. The House and Senate will work out the few differences possibly without a conference committee. » Read More
Residential solar power bill passes the House

Residential solar power bill passes the House

It was good to visit with the Leadership Bulloch group in Atlanta this past Thursday. On Saturday in Sylvania, the annual Screven County Eggs and Issues event was held. It is always informative to ... » Read More
State begins push to eliminate graduation test

State begins push to eliminate graduation test

It has been a very busy week in the Georgia House of Representatives. Most importantly, we have decided on a timeline for the remaining 24 days of the session, which by law cannot go over 40 days. ... » Read More
School workers shouldn’t be denied health coverage

School workers shouldn’t be denied health coverage

When it comes to handing out taxpayers' money, the governor and the General Assembly sometimes seem more willing to direct those funds to people who don't really need them instead of those who real... » Read More
Random thoughts on random subjects

Random thoughts on random subjects

If you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago - and reports say that 114 million of us did - perhaps you saw a portion of the reprehensible behavior of Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who... » Read More
Alternative courts have been a success

Alternative courts have been a success

Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson delivered the state of the judiciary address to the General Assembly on Feb. 4, focusing on the achievements and challenges currently facing Georgia's judicial system... » Read More
Transportation, medical marijuana dominate conversations

Transportation, medical marijuana dominate conversations

Last week in the Georgia House of Representatives, most of our time was spent in committee meetings vetting legislation. A subcommittee meeting regarding the transportation bill was held as we cons... » Read More
Solar power bill expected to hit House floor

Solar power bill expected to hit House floor

We had a busy week in the Georgia General Assembly as our efforts have been focused on the committee process. This is where we review legislative initiatives, listen to the testimony of those suppo... » Read More
Week’s action includes vote to repeal the ACA

Week’s action includes vote to repeal the ACA

Monday, Feb. 2: I start the week in Glynn County to speak at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference. This annual conference is important to shipping and maritime companies as well as the many busines... » Read More
Legislators go for a ‘tax grab’

Legislators go for a ‘tax grab’

The stage has been set for the issue that will draw most of the attention in this legislative session: revising Georgia's transportation taxes. » Read More
‘Don’t Shoot’ T-shirt aimed at wrong target

‘Don’t Shoot’ T-shirt aimed at wrong target

Let's get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn't do their job or wouldn't do it if we had the chance. » Read More
Bills make their way through Senate

Bills make their way through Senate

Legislation that has passed the Senate and is on its way to the House of Representatives: » Read More
Effingham visit, budget highlight busy week

Effingham visit, budget highlight busy week

The Georgia General Assembly convened for its third week and it was especially nice to welcome folks from Effingham County for their annual day at the Capitol who came to the State House to discuss... » Read More
House weighs transportation funding

House weighs transportation funding

We just completed a very busy week at the state capital. It was such a pleasure to see so many Effingham County residents come for Effingham Day and to visit with many folks from Chatham County at ... » Read More
Where you look for facts is important

Where you look for facts is important

It is no fun to be wrong. » Read More
Road mess probably won’t get cleaned up

Road mess probably won’t get cleaned up

Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system. » Read More
Juvenile Justice going to the dogs

Juvenile Justice going to the dogs

The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing. » Read More
Budget proposals take center stage

Budget proposals take center stage

Governor Deal's fiscal year 2015 amended and FY16 general budget proposals were reviewed during a week of budget hearings. » Read More
Setting our budget priorities for the coming fiscal year

Setting our budget priorities for the coming fiscal year

The second week of the General Assembly is traditionally reserved for the Appropriations committee to receive the governor's budget. We review his recommendations for funding the state's programs f... » Read More
Battle over the state budget begins

Battle over the state budget begins

The activity in the second week of the Georgia General Assembly was limited to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees meeting in joint conference to receive the governor's $21.8 billion bud... » Read More


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