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.
Thanks to family, friends for kind acts following loved one's passing
Editor, I'm writing to thank Hinesville residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to contribute to the 21,400 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes collected in the Savannah area. They were filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items.
Editor, I received an email today that inspired me to get more involved in political issues here in Georgia.
Day 15 (Feb. 3) - After a short weekend, we were back in session with three bills on the calendar, including Senate Bill 296, a bill that sets the acreage limit of developable land on Jekyll Island. This bill is the result of many hours of work by the Jekyll Island Authority members and other interested parties and is a great compromise that ensures this coastal gem will continue to be a treasure for many years to come.
It was good to get back to work at the state Capitol after the temporary closure due to recent inclement weather. With St. Patrick's Day about a month away, the House overwhelmingly passed House Bill 784, which I authored, allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday during St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Many of you have written to say you oppose House Bill 875, which would allow weapons in houses of worship and currently is making its way through the Legislature faster than a speeding bullet. I suggest you let the bill's author, Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, know, too. Call him at 404-656-0188 or email him at email@example.com.
A goal is an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more-or-less fixed timeframe. There is no sense in developing goals if there is not a concerted effort to accomplish those goals within a set time. Midway rarely completes goal objectives, and those that are finally reached consistently miss the target date.
Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government's expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.
She said it, of course, with a smirk. Those women who really don't understand the ways of Southern women seem to always speak about us in words that are vividly cloaked in disdain.
My 21-month-old daughter, Reese, is sweet, gentle and trusting. My husband and I have gone to great lengths to teach her not to express her emotions through toddler-like acts of violence - hitting, kicking and biting. As a result, she's mild-mannered and happy-go-lucky. So, it's easy to understand why I'd be particularly aggravated at the fact another child at Reese's day care seems to be working hard to undo all of our teachings.
Georgia's Arbor Day is the third Friday of February, because this time of the year actually is the better time of the year to plant trees successfully in our area. Georgia Arbor Day is sometimes a little confusing because there is a National Arbor Day in April on Earth Day, but most states have their own official Arbor Day because of varied planting periods around the country. Since trees are such valuable aspects of our landscape and lives, it is natural that we should celebrate them on a special day.
Editor, On behalf of all 170 hospitals across Georgia, I want to express appreciation to Gov. Deal for his steadfast resolve and determination to ensure the safety and welfare of hospital patients and caregivers during last week's icy-road traffic jam.
As we all know, last week was an extremely unusual one in our state.
Editor, In light of the disaster of Obamacare and the needs of our troops in Georgia, I have decided to write this letter about a candidate, Dr. Bob Johnson, who I saw speak at a recent event. At this event, Dr. Johnson spoke articulately about how he plans to fix Obama-care and serve the best interests of this district using his experience as a cancer surgeon and Army Ranger.
The fast pace of the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly slowed down considerably last week when Tuesday's winter storm paralyzed metro Atlanta traffic systems.