The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve legislation that would allow counties to join together to solve regional transportation issues through a special purpose local option sales tax.
By Gov. Sonny Perdue March 30, 2008 Do no harm. It may sound like a simple concept, but it is one that I am afraid supporters of Sunday alcohol sales may have forgotten. Above all else, I believe it is the responsibility of the governor and the General Assembly to reject a piece of legislation that hurts more people than it helps. Allowing the sale of alcohol in grocery ...
Representative Ron Stephens Weekly Capitol Update March 28, 2008 By the end of this Friday, we will have completed 36 days of the 2008 General Assembly session. The following week we will conclude the session, most likely adjourning sine die on Friday. This has been a short week as we were in session only two days to allow our colleagues in the Senate time to finish their fiscal year ...
Some 53,000 children in a single county in Georgia are on the verge of having their future threatened by the inappropriate actions of their Board of Education.
Taped next to a light switch in my house is a photo of an Appalachian mountain that has been mined for coal by blowing off its peak. That photo reminds me to keep the light off as much as I can.
We have completed 34 of the no more than 40 days of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly. As allowed by the Georgia Constitution, the only item we must complete is enacting a balanced budget for the operations of the state. We completed that last week and now the Senate will consider it.
When a private company screws up, there is no shortage of people demanding more government intrusion in the marketplace. But when the government screws up, they don't call for less government. They call for more.
Last week, the Senate gave careful consideration to two issues that will significantly affect you and every Georgian - tax reform and the state budget.
Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away - not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a $21.2 billion annual state budget for fiscal year 2009, which begins July 1. The total spending plan reflects a reduction of about $245 million from Gov. Sonny Perdue's original proposal due to lower revenues caused by the state's recent economic downturn.
School boards don't usually grab the good headlines. Board of education elections are generally relegated to the back pages of newspapers and Web sites and are rarely covered by television or radio. School board meetings usually fly below the public radar unless there is a particular issue that has riled up parents or teachers. March 17-21 is School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia and now, more than ever, we should say "thank you" to these ...
One evening when I was a young woman, I was caught on Springer Mountain in Georgia when darkness fell.
Over the past eight years, out-of-control spending, Iraq, economic concerns, and the culture wars have eclipsed gun control in the public debate over politics.
My husband and his brother had gone out to the mosque when they came. I was sitting by my window drinking my morning tea when they came. I heard them outside talking and then, with a crash, they had knocked my back door in and were coming in my house with machine guns at the ready. Even though I was frightened I pointed to the window saying, "selah, selah (weapons, weapons)." The one in charge ...
The General Assembly is approaching the final stretch of the 2008 session. I am very proud of our accomplishments this session on important and pressing issues facing our state. I judge our session not by the number of bills we pass, but by the quality of the legislation. If the only thing we did was pass a balanced budget and went home, I would rate that as a successful session. Early on in the session ...
Undersecretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal stated that small businesses are critical to Army readiness.
It was as ugly as a warthog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50, and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia -the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South -bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the state football championship, 41-34.
Over lunch the other day with friends - all in the newspaper business - I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.
Let's start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what's happening in the world - and understand the plans of allies and enemies - to keep the nation prepared and secure.
My attempts at making more mom friends still are failing miserably. At this point, I'd probably try an online "matchmaking" site for women with children who are looking to befriend other women with children. Sort of like eHarmony, but with sippy cups and strollers. Actually, that sounds like a great idea because then I'd get to be very picky with my criteria, thus reducing the chances I'd get "matched up" with another mom I have ...
This is a wonderful time of the year! It is a great time to share your Christmas cheer with folks that you normally might take for granted.
The holiday season is suddenly upon us. Tree lots are full, Christmas candies are out in full force and the Black Friday sales are taunting us at every turn.
Editor, Mark your calendars, dress the young'uns, pack up the car and head east because Liberty County's east end is coming alive Saturday, Dec. 7.
No one likes to hear "I told you so…"
If New Year's is a time to regroup and look toward the upcoming year, then Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reflect on the year that has passed. In our family, it is a time when we thank the good Lord for both the heartaches and the blessings.
We did it for four years while I was a member of the planning and zoning board of the city of Pooler. We did it for 11 years while I was serving as either Pooler mayor pro tem or mayor. And we've done it for the past nine years while I've served in the state Legislature.
Editor, I'm writing to praise all of those who planned and carried out the Bradwell Institute Old Lions reunion Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Dorchester Village Civic Center.
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We have so much to be thankful for. It is really easy when we become adults to get a little cynical. It becomes a little too easy to see what is wrong and forget about all the things that are right that we take for granted every day.
Somehow I ran across an out-of-print book called "The Last Lap." Now 15 years old, it tells an intriguing, timeless tale of the early days of America's first stock-car racers.