This session has started off extremely busy as the senate is already considering and tackling major issues, including a statewide water management plan, gun rights and the budget.
More victims of immigration control
This week, the Georgia General Assembly was in official recess, but House and Senate Appropriations Committee members heard from state department heads on their budget requests for the remainder of the current fiscal year as well as fiscal year 2009, which begins July 1.
The election cycle of 2008 has been characterized by longshot candidates and miraculous comebacks.
First, it was the all-out rush to enact legislation to stop gay marriages. But gay marriages were already illegal.
On the first day of the 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly, the House of Representatives made history by voting overwhelmingly to override Gov. Sonny Perdue's vetoes of 12 bills adopted during the 2007 session.
Continuing to advance his vision for a growing, safer, healthier, and more educated Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue unveiled his budget agenda during his State of the State address to the joint session of the General Assembly. Some of the priorities the governor's agenda focused on were water, trauma, transportation, public safety and marketing Georgia to the rest of the world to keep our state on the cutting edge of the global economy.
The roll call of U.S. allies in the Middle East and its neighborhood has always read like a target list: Maliki, Karzai, Sistani, Musharraf. One bullet or one suicide blast could wipe out all our work and rip apart a strategically important country.
Word out of Atlanta that State House members voted to override a dozen vetoes in about two hours Monday, the first day of the 2008 General Assembly, and then that the Senate sent the overrides into committee for study does not bode well for Georgians who had hoped the current session would be productive.
Conventional wisdom holds that the polls were all wrong about Barack Obama having a whopping lead over Hillary Clinton going into New Hampshire.
Every politician is either a person of the times, or a person that makes the times. More than not, most politicians fall in the former category.
It's time for my twice-yearly Reader Mail column. So I reach into the mailbag (nah, I just click the folder), and I come up with ...
Political reporters love a horse race. Bruising campaigns - with their polls, promises and pandering - offer endless excitement for scribes. By contrast, day-to-day governing - with its conversations, cooperation and compromises - seems boring.
It is the curse of Clintonism that it is associated with the Clintons.
We've said this before, but it bears repeating: Small businesses have said consistently for 20 years that access to affordable health care is their biggest concern and the problem is even greater today.
It happened in Memphis. A lot of history and interesting things occur in that magical city that sits grandly on the Mississippi River. Elvis held court there, the blues grew up there, and barbecue is queen. Elvis, of course, is still king.
I'm an apologetic person. Maybe it's Catholic guilt. Maybe it's just in my nature. But I do love to apologize - mostly for things that aren't my fault. My mother has always said I'd apologize for World War II if given the opportunity. She's right; I am sorry for that horrible global conflict, but not because I think I had anything to do with it. In general, I'm just sorry it happened. It's an empathetic type of apology.
Editor, Each year around this time, the members of my post, East Liberty County American Legion Post 321, and I frequently are asked, "How are you going to honor the veterans of our community this year?"
America Recycles Day is Nov. 15, and recycling is something we should be thinking about and doing every day.
During the recent government shutdown, many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out, and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.
The waitress set down my cup of coffee, and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while silently reflecting on and pondering something.
Funny thing happened the other day to our local newspaper on the way to obscurity: My teenage daughter asked for a printed copy.
Every phase of "babyhood" has its merits, and I've loved them all so far. In fact, every time my daughter Reese enters a new stage of development, I swear that it's the best one yet. I honestly can't pick my favorite.
Editor, A former coach at Bradwell Institute said after Jim Walsh was let go that it didn't matter who got the job, because not even Nick Saban could turn the Tigers' football program around. Since coach Saban already has a pretty good job, we were lucky enough to get Adam Carter.
Some say the adage about pigs flying originated with Washington politicians who have an uncanny ability to get nothing accomplished. If they did accomplish something - the politicians we mean - then said swine would take to the air. The horror.
I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.
Editor, Allow me to express my concerns over the proposed annexation by the city of Hinesville of parts of the western end of Liberty County.
Finally, just when we thought it would never happen again, it does - we get some good news out of Washington, D.C.
The government is open once again, and all furloughed employees have been sent back to work.
"Hello, Gov. Deal's office. May I help you? One moment, please. Governor, you have a call on line one."