My name is Raphael Semmes, and I'm glad to be a part of our community. By way of introduction, I grew up in Savannah, graduated from "the original" Savannah High School, went off to college at the Universities of Virginia (Charlottesville) and Georgia (Athens), came home after graduate school and the death of my father, and unexpectedly wound up taking his place as treasurer and credit manager for the family's wholesale hardware business.
Last week, the NAACP held a rally in support of having former Liberty County tax commissioner Carolyn Brown paroled.
With $7 trillion in wealth disappearing in the U.S. last year, it hasn't been a banner time for anyone involved in the financial markets. But it may be the Securities and Exchange Commission that has taken the biggest bath.
The Senate returned to session last week with all eyes and ears on the first bills and resolutions of the session. Most notable were bills on transportation, zero-based budgeting and tougher restrictions for metal theft crimes. However, the two major issues on everyone's mind were the Homeowner Tax Relief Grant (HTRG) funding and capping property taxes.
Anyone who thought Democrats and Republicans in Washington would join hands and skip into the sunset together on the Yellow Brick Road must have been dreaming.
This first person account of Barack Obama's presidential inauguration was delayed when I got caught up in the crowd of an estimated 2 million people trying to leave Washington, D.C., at the same time. Thanks to the overtaxed metro system, it took me nearly six hours to make the 18-minute trip back to Arlington, Va., where I was staying.
From what I read in this and other newspapers around the world is that everybody's broke or are going to be soon.
The news out of Atlanta in recent weeks has been how the state is going to deal with a shortfall in the current budget year. Lawmakers are there trying to figure that out now. State law prohibits deficit spending, so our represenatives are trying to figure out what to do. The question is why does the state have a $2 billion deficit?"
On Jan. 12, the 150th legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly was gaveled open as members of the House of Representatives and members of the Senate were sworn in for our legislative duties. This process repeats itself every two years following the elections, and the winners of the 180 districts in the House and 56 districts in the Senate are seated to serve their district and state.
If you believe President Obama inherited a truckload of problems from George W. Bush, consider what the next Georgia governor faces.
As the 2009 Legislative Session convenes, we are addressing issues that are being discussed around kitchen tables throughout the state. As Georgians in every corner of our state closely watch their bottom lines during this economic downturn, it will also be a tough session for lawmakers.
It's getting to the point where every time I watch The View, I have to take a tranquilizer and lie down to keep my head from imploding or exploding or just unscrewing and rolling across the floor.
If we are to continue Georgia's growth and prosperity, we must solve our transportation issues for the entire state. Adding a lane along a busy interstate, extending a rail line by a couple of miles or simply allowing Metro Atlanta to tax itself won't solve our problems.
At least the word "trillion" still has cachet as denoting a lot of money. "Billion" has been surpassed during the past few months, and "million" has long been positively quaint.
In the spring of 1972, the plaintiffs in Acree v. Richmond County Board of Education petitioned the federal court to find the board of education in contempt for not complying with the desegregation orders of Federal District Judge Alexander Lawrence. The contempt motion was assigned to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Griffin B. Bell.
Editor, In the recent editions of the Courier, I have read, with some remorse, articles about the proposed Hinesville bypass, tax dollars going to the MidCoast Regional Airport, a new SPLOST and renewed world-wide travel.
A majority of House members voted Feb. 18 in favor of legislation to expand the number of places where licensed persons can legally carry firearms. HB 875 includes the following provisions:
The return of spring-like weather allowed Georgia's legislators to reconvene at our state's capitol last week and attend to much pertinent business.
Day 22 (Feb. 17): Today we celebrate President's Day. While we would normally be off in order to observe the holiday, we are in session today to make up for some of the time that last week's inclement weather caused us to miss.
The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District House seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes … watch out. You have been warned!"
Editor, The Liberty County Sheriff's Office's Tag Reader System would be better used in Hinesville on Highway 196, or on Highway 17 or even Highway 84 - anywhere these highways cross Liberty County.
In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities.
Editor, I fear that military members and civilians may end up being their own primary-care doctors.
Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked often for her to repeat. It has become something of an anthem in my life.
My daughter takes after her father in nearly every respect, especially when it comes to the traits and characteristics my husband exhibited as a child. From her sandy blonde hair to her blue eyes and left-handedness, Reese and Noell are two peas in a pod. I'd even go so far as to say she gets her fiery temperament from her dad, although I'm sure he'd say it's from me.
There is one thing about Southerners that you can bet on: We know how to make just about anything fun!
Let me run some numbers by you:
State business was halted again last week due to winter storm Pax that barreled its way through the South and eventually the Northeast.
Monday, Feb. 10 marked the halfway point of our 40-day legislative session, and we are flying through it faster than any other session I have been involved with in the past 10 years.
Georgia's second winter storm of the year caused an interruption in the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 17, for the 22ndlegislative day.