As we end the 34th legislative day of the General Assembly on Friday, the end of the 2010 session is in sight. The highlight of the week was House passage of the 2010 budget.
As a leader in the state Senate, I often reflect on the vision of our nation's founders and, on occasion, will even go back and read The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States.
On the way home after attending a friend's wedding in Americus recently, my wife and I made a small detour through Andersonville, home of the infamous prison during the Civil War.
The Georgia General Assembly worked diligently last week on passing important pieces of legislation before midnight on the 30th legislative day (Thursday). This event represents a milestone in the legislative process as bills must "cross over" into the opposite chamber in order to have the chance to become law this year.
When President Barack Obama wanted to push an $800 billion "stimulus" or "recovery" bill through Congress, he thought an atmosphere of economic crisis helped his cause. So he repeatedly warned of "catastrophe," of "a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse."
Did I hear somebody say "change?" The word is too mild. Try "train wreck," if you are a Republican. "A new beginning" may fit your feelings better, if you voted Democratic in the last presidential election.
A narrow majority of members of the House of Representatives unfortunately took another step backward when it comes to education in Georgia on Thursday by eliminating the year-long, rigorous program of National Board Certification for public school teachers and the 10 percent salary increase incentive that goes along with it.
My wife and I recently had the opportunity to travel to the southwestern corner of the state to attend a wedding.
It is difficult to reconcile the fact that one of the premier families of 19th century American science and exploration were slaveholders. One can only hope that, 150 years from now, we won't be judged too harshly for our own policies and practices.
George H.W. Bush made a "read my lips," no-new-taxes pledge in his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention in August 1988, and broke it two years later. That seemed a fast turnaround, but President Barack Obama has outpaced him by making, and then signaling his intention to break, a no-new-taxes pledge all in the same address.
Thursday, the Senate exercised leadership in making much needed reforms to Georgia's transportation governance. With the passage of SB 200, the Senate voted for a clear funding process to enable transportation dollars to be spent more efficiently, effectively and strategically.
In 1932, the federal courts affirmed gangster Al Capone's 11-year prison sentence and heavy fine for income tax evasion. He was sent to Alcatraz and then the Atlanta pen before he was given his freedom to die of advanced syphilis.
It's hard to be vision impaired. People who aren't just don't have a clue how difficult it makes life in so many ways.
These are extraordinary political and economic times, and even from a distance you can sense the animation on Capitol Hill as Congress watches President Obama distribute the stimulus package, weighs his executive-branch appointments and responds to his various initiatives.
The Governator: What a sad artifact of a bygone era that moniker is. Arnold Schwarzenegger circa the 2003 "total recall" election was going to sweep all before him as California governor, bringing the same elan and toughness he had on the big screen to fighting special interests and restoring his beloved state to competitiveness.
Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes.
I know, most resolutions are already ditched by Jan. 8, but if recycling more or being more environmentally minded was one of your resolutions (and it should have been), then I have an opportunity for you.
My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank, nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, and the only monthly payments they ever allowed themselves were a mortgage for a house, a short-term loan for another farm, and a couple of cars bought, over time, and paid for quickly.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909. It is the nation's oldest and largest civil-rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the pre-eminent advocates for civil and human rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal-opportunity enforcement in the public and private sectors.
"What I am saying is, we spend too much time, we waste time, the city's time that the people have us up here to do. We waste that time. We looked at it the first of October and November and December, we're still going over the same stuff. Why don't we go on and do what we're supposed to do? Get it approved and move on to the next issue that this council is supposed to be doing".
When thinking about the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last month, one might ask, "What does Congress have against conservation?"
Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: For the past 15 years, I have taken the opportunity at the beginning of the New Year to share some advice - first with your dad and his cousins and now with you, my great-grandson. I hope you don't mind and will bear with me. You probably would rather be playing with your Legos and I understand that but maybe something in this letter might make a difference in your life in years to come. I pray that will be so.
Editor, I've been seeing a lot more commercials for the Wounded Warrior Project on television recently, requesting that I send in my $19 per month.