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.
I'm not sure how it is with soldiers in non-combat roles.
Look up there in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a really a bird - hopefully, lots of them.
Carter, R- Pooler, will report each week during the Legislative Session, which began Jan. 13 and is expected to last until March 1.
Last week under the Gold Dome, the Georgia General Assembly concluded on Friday to complete its first official week of the 2014 legislative session. As this new session begins, please know that, as always, it is an honor and privilege to represent you and your families at our state Capitol.
I read a news report this week that said while we are living a lot longer in the U.S., people in other countries are living even longer. Bummer.
The renowned bow-maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news, because we Southern women do admire a well-wrapped package.
Last week, I had my first parental brush with peer pressure. No, my daughter didn't come home from daycare complaining that her 1-year-old classmates are trying to influence her clothing choices or persuade her to join their social cliques. I was the one who felt an urge to conform, or rather, an urge to help my daughter conform. Then I realized that thoughts like the ones swimming through my head very well could be the reason why peer pressure exists in the first place. Kids have to learn it from someone.
Of all the numbers thrown at us over the course of last year, one stands out for me. I hope we can avoid repeating it this year.
Complaints about lost constitutional rights are common these days, especially the six individual rights enumerated in the First Amendment.
As we see news stories and Facebook posts sharing comments and critiques about recent budget items that directly impact military families' futures, it is easy to sit back, type a snarky comment and continue the sharing train.
Imagine filling up your gas tank and realizing that the price you were charged was more than the price advertised. What would you do?
If this sounds like name-dropping, I apologize - but I am trying to make a point here.
Is Midway a city or a hodgepodge of buildings along country roads? A good city plan was developed during Don Emmons' term as mayor, but not one part of the plan has been implemented since Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington took office. The plan likely is collecting dust in some drawer.
Start this new year right by recycling your old phone books and the gazillion sales catalogs you received during the holiday season.
The way she was was a long way from what she became. I can't help thinking about how life veers so far away from the beginning of the journey and how the destination can vary drastically from where it all started.