One would think Barack Obama would have learned something about the limits of his personal charm at the G-20 summit in London. Even with the hated George W. Bush back in Texas, the anarchists still rage in the streets, the French and Germans still hate "Anglo-Saxon-style" capitalism, and the nations of the world still won't take dictation - on the need for a coordinated, global stimulus - from Washington.
Unless the Easter bunny leaves Georgia's government a bushel of golden eggs, the Peach State is in a heck of a mess.
The 2009 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly officially adjourned sine die on April 3.
PITTSBURGH - Does the name Byran Uyesugi ring a bell? Odds are not. What about Robert A. Hawkins? Or Mark Barton? Terry Ratzmann? Robert Stewart?
The 2009 Legislative Session has come to an end and was one of the toughest yet. State revenues declined, unemployment rose and the danger of increased foreclosures loomed as the Legislature worked toward stimulating the economy and balancing the state budget.
When first elected, George W. Bush aspired to be the "CEO president." The label referred only to his (overhyped) business sensibility. President Barack Obama has become the CEO president in fact, responsible for a swath of American industry and finance.
Thurbert Baker is not exactly a clone of Barack Obama, but neither is he another Vernon Jones.
Wrapping up the final legislative day 40 on Friday, we had a full week. Due to the Georgia Constitution, the session must end on day 40.
At this time of year, when the skies are blue, the weather warm and the bugs not too bad, I love to hike trails. There are a lot of places to hike in the area - state parks, national parks private nature preserves, etc.
Now, that's cost efficiency. It took a mere $165 million to discredit the entire $11.6 trillion edifice of bailouts, capital infusions and guarantees that have accompanied the financial meltdown.
I arrived in Congress in 1965, as President Lyndon Johnson's transformation of government was getting under way. It was an extraordinary time, as LBJ sent to Capitol Hill proposals for Medicare, Medicaid, aid to education, the Voting Rights Act and a host of other bills that reshaped the nation's life. The United States was a different country by the time Congress finished.
Sam Olens might be hard to beat for governor next year, if he had a $10 million-plus campaign war chest and established statewide fame.
Here in Georgia, we're making tremendous strides to improve education, provide better access to scholarship opportunities, and the hiring and retention of quality teachers. The Senate has also been focused on ensuring that no other school board loses accreditation.
As the 37th legislative day comes to an end on Thursday, we are now officially one week away from the end of the 40 day session.
April is National Volunteer Month. The LeConte-Woodmanston Foundation, like most nonprofit organizations, is able to exist because of good people who give of their time and talents for something they believe in and want to be a part of.
The Georgia Senate had a busy week. We held numerous committee meetings to review legislation and listen to testimony either opposing or supporting bills being considered. The committee process is where the bills are vetted before being considered by the Senate, and it is a crucial part of the legislative process.
What mystical powder or elixir anoints our elected officials with the knowledge contained in the Encyclopedia Britannica and all the experience amassed by mankind since Adam and Eve? Apparently, the substance - whatever it is - imparts this knowledge and experience within the first 30 seconds of being sworn into office.
A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn't know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical and quite a bully.
A conversation I had with a co-worker a week ago left me feeling glad I don't have to make the tough decisions and unpopular calls that will be necessary when my daughter becomes a teenager.
This month, we celebrate trees in Georgia.