To get an understanding of the major problem facing state legislators this year, you have to have been watching a town hall meeting televised on CNN last week.
The first official week of the legislative session is one that sets the tone for the work that will get done during the Georgia General Assembly.
Opportunity is knocking as the door opens on Georgia's 2017-18 legislative session. In a state with a Republican governor since 2002 and GOP majorities in both chambers since 2004, it's time for legislators to welcome policy reforms that can improve income, opportunity and well-being.
About 50 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency was born because of concern about pollution, particularly air and water pollution fears.
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There is an old Chinese proverb that says "When an old man dies, a library burns down." With no man was this truer than it was with Grant Tinker, my father-in-law, who died recently.
Forget about the honeymoon being over. There won't be any honeymoon.
We've come a long way from Daniel Patrick Moynihan excoriating the UN's 1975 "Zionism is racism" resolution in one of the finer exhibits of righteous indignation in the history of American speechifying.
When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling that had infected the nation's capital.
To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!
The mayoral election seemed a million miles away on Friday night at the Spring County Fair. With "Silver Tongue" firmly entrenched in his role as leader of the Valley for two more years, it was as if the good folks breathed a collective sigh as they caravanned en masse to participate in the most anticipated county fair performance in memory.
On Monday, the Georgia General Assembly began the 2017 session and I am honored that you place trust in me to represent you in the Senate again this year.
Mike Riddle was a pretty good Long County correspondent for the Coastal Courier for a lot of years.
Editor: As the city turns. In our last episode, the suspense was high as the city council reprimanded two outstanding employees unjustly. The council also decided to spend $1 million to build a monument to their ineptitude - a new City Hall.
Editor: Why ask a question like that?
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Yes, A.J. Fryerson complained about everything, and the number of folks on his "bad list" increased by the week.
The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law ...