Early in January, Richard Woods will be sworn in as the duly elected superintendent of state schools. He could very well be the last person ever elected to this statewide constitutional office.
This was an election for people who enjoy watching reruns on TV.
There were many predictions being made by pundits, analysts and journalists in the weeks before Election Day as Georgia's voters endured a very long campaign season.
For the past few months, I have heard the same question nearly everywhere I go.
With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.
It's looking more and more possible that voters will have to return to the ballot box after the general election.
With all of the focus on campaigns for governor and senator, it's easy to overlook the fact there are other statewide races on the ballot for November.
If you had told me a year ago that Gov. Nathan Deal would essentially be tied at this point in his re-election campaign with an inexperienced Democratic legislator, I would have asked if you were smoking some of that stuff that is now legally on sale in Colorado.
Over the past 10 years, Georgia has served as the location for a wide-ranging experiment in economic theory.
In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.
When George Orwell first coined the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," he knew what he was talking about.
There was a time when general election campaigns didn't "officially" get underway until after the Labor Day weekend.
For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.
There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.
Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Barack Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing its highways and bridges.
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.
The death of former Gov. Carl Sanders is a reminder of how much the times and the state he ran during the 1960s have changed.
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