Democrats don't have a lot of influence in the General Assembly these days. They hold roughly one-third of the seats in both the House and Senate, which means the Republican majority can safely ignore them 99 percent of the time.
If you operate or work for a hospital located in one of Georgia's rural communities, you should be very afraid. There's a strong possibility your hospital will be closing down soon because of financial problems.
Georgia's lawmakers have reached the halfway point of the General Assembly session, raising the question we ask every year: What have they done for you?
Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his plan last week to fix our low-performing public schools.
When it comes to handing out taxpayers' money, the governor and the General Assembly sometimes seem more willing to direct those funds to people who don't really need them instead of those who really do.
The stage has been set for the issue that will draw most of the attention in this legislative session: revising Georgia's transportation taxes.
Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.
Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.
When Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk went to Washington last week, they left Georgia with the adulation of tea party activists who had voted to elect them as the new representatives for the 10th and 11th House districts. Hice and Loudermilk discovered quickly that those good feelings aren't guaranteed to last long.
In a few days, Georgia legislators will convene a new session for 2015 and Gov. Nathan Deal will follow shortly after by taking the oath of office for his second term as the state's chief executive.
It's clear that politicians and political institutions are not very popular with the general public.
Visitors who come to Atlanta next month to see Gov. Nathan Deal take the oath of office for his second term will encounter a Capitol complex that looks different from four years ago when Deal was first sworn in as the state's chief executive.
The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree "something must be done."
Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.
Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.
Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly.
When I first started writing about politics, my conservative friends would preach the gospel of "local control." They believed local governments did a better job of running things because local officeholders were closer to the people who elected them.
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