If Gov. Sonny Perdue had been speaker of the House last week, he could have easily passed SR 796, a proposed constitutional amendment to remove property taxes from cars, trucks and motorcycles.
"We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant's books, so that every member of Congress and every man of any mind in the Union should be able to comprehend them, to investigate abuses and consequently to control them." -- President Thomas Jefferson to Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin in 1802.
An indigo snake is the most beautiful thing you'd ever want to see. It is deep purple and midnight blue, iridescent. It is long and graceful.
A legislative effort to amend the state Constitution and make English the official language of Georgia failed Tuesday in the House.
No sooner had President Bush proposed his final federal budget than commentators began suggesting it had no chance of passing Congress.
Georgia needs a new constitution. We haven't adopted a new one since 1983. Before that, the Peach State regularly rolled out new constitutions at the rate of one about every 20 years since the Civil War.
I remember one Sunday when my son Silas was about six years old. He and I spent the entire day in the woods.
Our state's lingering drought has Georgia lawmakers coming up with some creative solutions this session.
The 2008 session wore on this week and Crossover Day is now upon us. Crossover Day comes on the 30th legislative day, and it is when bills must cross over to the other legislative body for passage during this session. As I write, we have completed Day 26 and Senate committees are working hard deliberating bills that will have a great impact on the citizens of Georgia.
You might not have noticed, given the media's fascination with the presidential campaign, but there are 435 U.S. House contests and 35 U.S. Senate races taking place this year.
The House Ways and Means Committee has favorably reported Speaker Glenn Richardson's tax plan, and the legislation is due for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.
We have officially completed the 20th legislative day of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session, which signals we have passed the half-way point of the constitutionally mandated "no-more-than" forty-day legislative session.
This week a friend said to me, "I thought when the children went off to college that our lives would slow down. Instead, they seem to be speeding up."
Every four years, our nation's presidency is up for grabs. That means far right wingers, far left wingers, backwoods folks, city-slickers and everyone in between get mobilized behind their preferred candidate.
This week we reached the halfway point of this year's legislative session.
There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.
Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.
Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)
As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.
Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.
I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.
I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."
Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World's Greatest Leaders for 2015, and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?
The Georgia General Assembly adjourned last week, and much was accomplished during a very busy session. The following are some of the bills that were agreed upon by both the House and Senate and have been sent to the governor for his approval.
With the 2015 General Assembly session ending last week, here's a list of the health-care winners and losers during the 40 days of the Legislature.
"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations, whose words of thanks will not be heard." - Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day
Editor, I want to address the front-page, above-the-fold news story by Randy C. Murray, "Is there racial profiling in Liberty County?" (Wednesday, April 1).
Before Thanksgiving, as I "juned" - a mountain word Mama used to mean "moved faster" - around the kitchen preparing for company, it occurred to me that I should invite Jerry.
Many are aware that Faith Baptist Christian Academy of Ludowici recently experienced an investigation by the U.S. Homeland Security Department. We wish to express, first of all, our deep regret that such a situation has occurred. It has never been our desire to bring any undue attention or embarrassment to our ministry, our church or our city. We would, however, like to set the record straight on a few items.
Congress has developed a fondness for open letters when it comes to Iran. First came the warning shot signed by 47 Republican senators that touched off a storm of criticism. Not to be outdone, the House checked in with its own bipartisan and more diplomatically stated letter to the president, warning that its members must be satisfied with any agreement before they'll vote to reduce sanctions.