No sooner had President Bush proposed his final federal budget than commentators began suggesting it had no chance of passing Congress.
Georgia needs a new constitution. We haven't adopted a new one since 1983. Before that, the Peach State regularly rolled out new constitutions at the rate of one about every 20 years since the Civil War.
I remember one Sunday when my son Silas was about six years old. He and I spent the entire day in the woods.
Our state's lingering drought has Georgia lawmakers coming up with some creative solutions this session.
The 2008 session wore on this week and Crossover Day is now upon us. Crossover Day comes on the 30th legislative day, and it is when bills must cross over to the other legislative body for passage during this session. As I write, we have completed Day 26 and Senate committees are working hard deliberating bills that will have a great impact on the citizens of Georgia.
You might not have noticed, given the media's fascination with the presidential campaign, but there are 435 U.S. House contests and 35 U.S. Senate races taking place this year.
The House Ways and Means Committee has favorably reported Speaker Glenn Richardson's tax plan, and the legislation is due for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.
We have officially completed the 20th legislative day of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session, which signals we have passed the half-way point of the constitutionally mandated "no-more-than" forty-day legislative session.
This week a friend said to me, "I thought when the children went off to college that our lives would slow down. Instead, they seem to be speeding up."
Every four years, our nation's presidency is up for grabs. That means far right wingers, far left wingers, backwoods folks, city-slickers and everyone in between get mobilized behind their preferred candidate.
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!
Editor, This is an open letter to the commander of the 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart:
Last week, I was at the sausage-making plant better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause.
For our great nation, the symbol of our hard-fought freedom is our flag. I believe our flag should be flown with respect for our forefathers, the veterans and current servicemen and women who protect our freedom, and as a reminder of what we stand for as a nation.
March 10 - We headed into the home stretch and, as always, things started to get hectic at the Capitol.
How our community looks, from our gateways to our business districts and our neighborhoods, defines what our community is all about.
Editor, I believe our country is at a crossroads that will determine the course of our future. As we stand at this fork in the road, I find myself frightened because I do not trust that those who are choosing our path as a nation will fight for myself and other vet-
At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I'd sum up my views on Congress.
Most husbands, if they carry a photo of their wives, like for it to be one of glamour and beauty. That would not be my husband.
My husband and I are about to make our first big purchase since Reese joined our family. Don't get me wrong - with the amount of clothes, food and miscellaneous supplies a baby needs, a trip to the local big-box discount store does, on occasion, makes me feel like I've been taken to the cleaners. Technically, though, I think our seemingly imminent acquisition of a new vehicle would count as our family's first major expenditure, post-child.
Editor, This letter is in response to state Rep. Al Williams' column in Wednesday's paper. I believe he missed the point with the two House bills that he opposes concerning the Affordable Care Act, i.e. Obamacare. The issue is not that the state should or should not support such a law for partisan reasons, but that Georgia is an independent sovereign state and should not be forced to do the will of any federal president or Congress without the state's approval.
Editor, Having been a Liberty County resident off and on since 1975, I find it totally amusing that we still are discussing how to keep track of and collect taxes. Having never seen so many trailers until I got here, you would think we would have figured out how to tax them by now.
Ross Perot once said, "The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled." On the surface, the Midway revenue appears to balance with the expenditures. But in my opinion, the expenditures have been inflated to equal the revenue.
The scene: I-16 near Dublin.
March 3: While serving on the Appropriations Committee is a great honor, it is also a big responsibility. While most legislators went home last Thursday and Friday, me and other members of the Appropriations Committee remained in Atlanta working on the 2015 budget.
March 3 was the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, the final day for legislation to pass either the House of Representatives or the Senate in time to be considered by the other chamber this year.