The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve legislation that would allow counties to join together to solve regional transportation issues through a special purpose local option sales tax.
By Gov. Sonny Perdue March 30, 2008 Do no harm. It may sound like a simple concept, but it is one that I am afraid supporters of Sunday alcohol sales may have forgotten. Above all else, I believe it is the responsibility of the governor and the General Assembly to reject a piece of legislation that hurts more people than it helps. Allowing the sale of alcohol in grocery ...
Representative Ron Stephens Weekly Capitol Update March 28, 2008 By the end of this Friday, we will have completed 36 days of the 2008 General Assembly session. The following week we will conclude the session, most likely adjourning sine die on Friday. This has been a short week as we were in session only two days to allow our colleagues in the Senate time to finish their fiscal year ...
Some 53,000 children in a single county in Georgia are on the verge of having their future threatened by the inappropriate actions of their Board of Education.
Taped next to a light switch in my house is a photo of an Appalachian mountain that has been mined for coal by blowing off its peak. That photo reminds me to keep the light off as much as I can.
We have completed 34 of the no more than 40 days of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly. As allowed by the Georgia Constitution, the only item we must complete is enacting a balanced budget for the operations of the state. We completed that last week and now the Senate will consider it.
When a private company screws up, there is no shortage of people demanding more government intrusion in the marketplace. But when the government screws up, they don't call for less government. They call for more.
Last week, the Senate gave careful consideration to two issues that will significantly affect you and every Georgian - tax reform and the state budget.
Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away - not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a $21.2 billion annual state budget for fiscal year 2009, which begins July 1. The total spending plan reflects a reduction of about $245 million from Gov. Sonny Perdue's original proposal due to lower revenues caused by the state's recent economic downturn.
School boards don't usually grab the good headlines. Board of education elections are generally relegated to the back pages of newspapers and Web sites and are rarely covered by television or radio. School board meetings usually fly below the public radar unless there is a particular issue that has riled up parents or teachers. March 17-21 is School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia and now, more than ever, we should say "thank you" to these ...
One evening when I was a young woman, I was caught on Springer Mountain in Georgia when darkness fell.
Over the past eight years, out-of-control spending, Iraq, economic concerns, and the culture wars have eclipsed gun control in the public debate over politics.
My husband and his brother had gone out to the mosque when they came. I was sitting by my window drinking my morning tea when they came. I heard them outside talking and then, with a crash, they had knocked my back door in and were coming in my house with machine guns at the ready. Even though I was frightened I pointed to the window saying, "selah, selah (weapons, weapons)." The one in charge ...
The General Assembly is approaching the final stretch of the 2008 session. I am very proud of our accomplishments this session on important and pressing issues facing our state. I judge our session not by the number of bills we pass, but by the quality of the legislation. If the only thing we did was pass a balanced budget and went home, I would rate that as a successful session. Early on in the session ...
Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend. We stopped at a table near the front of the store and it was loaded with different books that had such obscene titles that many of the words were expressed as @?*#.
Life is so hectic, and it seems to go by so fast the older I get.
Despite the rants of publicity-seeking bigots, the blather of Twitter twits and a national news media more interested in scooping the competition than in accurate reporting, the fact is that our American system of justice presumes one is innocent until proven guilty.
The American people are rejecting Obamacare by wide margins. Recent polls in Georgia suggest that more than 57 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Obamacare and only 31 percent have a favorable view.
Voters and federal workers are by now getting tired of all these cat-and-mouse games the two political parties in Congress are playing with their livelihoods and with the nation's economy. That includes the government shutdown because of the failure of Republicans and Democrats in the two chambers to find a compromise. Each has an objective and neither minds inflicting suffering on others to try to get its way.
Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. It's hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it's a desperately needed start.
I don't understand the mindset of someone who litters. What are they thinking?
I recently made the mistake of trying to handle a "two-man job" by myself. I won't do that again.
Editor, The U.S. government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army and the BRAC committee need to be thinking about closing down Fort Stewart.
One day during lunch, my new-to-the-South-but-thoroughly-loving-it husband commented on the singing of our church's choir, which is led by my brother-in-law, Rodney.
In our lives, there are places and things we remember. I remember one event as if it were yesterday.
Sept. 30 is the end date for those in Congress to reach an agreement on the budget and spending. The threat of a possible government shutdown looms. What does that mean for those of us outside of the political power circle?
The Sept. 30 end of the federal fiscal year always entails a messy political battle of some kind in Congress.
Editor, I've been reading the recent back-and-forth debate between Liberty County Commissioner Gary Gilliard and Mr. Bruce A. McCartney. I have some comments.
It looks like our legislators are about to lose one of their most cherished perks: free football tickets. Bless their hearts.