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.
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.
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.
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.
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