This week we reached the halfway point of this year's legislative session.
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 Legislating sound laws and presenting calm and prudent budget plans have been replaced by threatened body slams and real flying chairs.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 past week, it was reported that Josh Duggar, who is the son of Jim and Michelle Duggar from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show, molested several girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.
Taxes are nobody's favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more to the pocketbooks of Georgia families, the bottom line of Georgia businesses and the ability of state and local governments to fund quality public services.
My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.
A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:
Memorial Day weekend, as you've heard time and again, is that long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer: beaches, boats and barbecue. Fun in the sun. With all the frolicking, many may overlook that Monday is, first and foremost, a special day set aside to remember those Americans who have died serving in our armed forces.
Editor, Whose great idea was it to let all the high-school students out at lunchtime with no bus service? This is a major issue for those of us who are working and have children.
Cumberland Island was struck head-on by a major hurricane 117 years ago. The Category 3 storm pounded the Georgia coast with winds of 135 mph and massive waves, causing a 16-foot storm surge in Brunswick that left much of the city underwater.
I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).
Getting math right for the students and teachers of Georgia has been a priority of mine since day one. One of my first actions as your state school superintendent was working with the State Board of Education to provide a needed choice between integrated mathematics and traditional discrete mathematics (with assessments to match each option) for our schools.
Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly: I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.
May is a very hard time for me.
May is Building Safety Month. Although the Hinesville Department of Inspections focuses on building safety all year long, we want to take the time to highlight some building-safety concerns locally. If an individual, organization or a business is trying to find a location within the Hinesville city limits, there are a few things they should know before signing on the dotted line to buy or lease.
Premium increases for Georgia's insurance-exchange health plans beat regional and national rates, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute, cited by Georgia Health News.
I read an opinion piece recently that said Republicans couldn't be Christians because they are too hard and uncompassionate. The piece said that, pretty much, the Democratic Party was the party of Christianity.
The public's outcry in opposition to the Palmetto Pipeline has been clear. Voters don't want it and don't think it is needed. And the public doesn't trust the company that wants to build it.