The 2008 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly has been a busy one so far. The first four weeks have set the stage for what is sure to be an exciting second half of the session.
Every once in a while, a crisis comes along that tells you everything you need to know about the character and courage of our elected leaders. When circumstances collide to create a situation where only tough trade-offs and compromises offer the chance for a real solution to a problem, that's when you can see if the people we have entrusted with elected office are up to the task.
Standing beside West Point Lake in the spring of 2004, Gov. Perdue signed House Bill 237, establishing the State Water Council and requiring it to present to the Georgia General Assembly a statewide water management plan for its approval in the 2008 Session.
Hold on children. Help is on the way!
As we approach the midpoint of this session of the Georgia General Assembly, the Senate is still hard at work addressing pressing issues facing Georgia residents.
Proponents of a strong two-party state government ought to be jubilant at the outcome of Georgia's Feb. 5 presidential primary.
As a teenager on a sweltering August day in 1963, I stood among 250,000 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and listened as a fellow son of Georgia described a dream he had.
This Valentine's Day I celebrated "I Love Mountains Day." I delivered valentines to politicians who keep allowing King Coal to cut the heads off the oldest mountains in the world.
The 2008 Georgia General Assembly session is in mid-stream as we have completed its 14th day (Friday).
Recently, Dr. James Dobson came out publicly and stated that if Arizona Sen. John McCain carries the Republican nomination for the presidency he would not cast a vote in the 2008 presidential election.
So far, watching Georgia politics in 2008 has been like having a ringside seat at a professional wrestling match. Legislating sound laws and presenting calm and prudent budget plans have been replaced by threatened body slams and real flying chairs.
The Senate was hard at work again this week, boldly tackling difficult issues facing our state. One of the issues at the top of that list is transportation.
Liberty County students and property taxpayers could see some much-needed help under a tax relief bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week.
I have the distinguished honor of endorsing Gov. Mike Huckabee as the candidate to become the Republican nominee and the next president of the United States. He has extensive leadership experience, and he possesses strong Christian conservative values. He is dedicated to promoting personal responsibility, and believes in less government, less taxes and empowering the family. He is the Republican that I trust with the future of our country.
This week, Georgia House Democrats announced two legislative proposals that would put a stop to school funding cuts and relieve the burden of nearly $1.6 billion in tax shifts from local property owners. The plans provide fiscally sound property tax relief by fully funding the Quality Basic Education (QBE) Act.
"Liberty and justice for all." These five words that conclude the Pledge of Allegiance are recited countless times every day across the United States, including every morning at your State Capitol in Atlanta.
I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.
You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.
Editor, This is an open letter to the taxpayers of Georgia.
Every member of the Georgia Legislature was elected in November. Thus, one would expect those legislators to hold the citizens who elected them in high esteem; after all, they were wise enough to elect them, right?
Two bills in the Georgia Legislature would allow thousands of Georgia parents the opportunity to choose better educational options for their children.
Editor, How low can they go? You probably know that I have no love for the Midway City Council. This is one reason why: At the March 9 city council meeting, they didn't fail to disappoint me and let down the residents of Midway.
I spent last week helping assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it.
There is Facebook group I recently joined entitled "You are probably from or lived in Hinesville if you remember." I have thoroughly enjoyed learning much about the city, county and things that happened years ago.
Editor, I saw the following quote on Facebook recently: "I tried to keep silent but my ancestors won't let me."
At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we are all about trash this month. Trash pickup, that is.
Last weekend, as I introduced President Barack Obama on the steps of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, I was overcome with emotions. Of course, I reflected on how far we have come over the past 50 years. But one thought could not escape my mind: Those who fight to make it harder to vote don't know what it's like to be kicked, clubbed and beaten for the simple right to cast a ballot.
Editor, Sam's, Costco, Barnes and Noble, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Hallmark, Hancock Fabrics, Staple's, Bed Bath and Beyond, JC Penney, Sears, Dillard's, Macy's, Kirkland's, etc.
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 Representatives to 18 years of age and to 21 in the State Senate.
Editor, For decades, students at the traditional public schools in Georgia have been denied the chance to win a state championship because the system overseen by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) ignores the fact that there is no parity among traditional public schools, private schools and city schools.