You will often hear this said when a newcomer is elected to public office - a new governor, a new legislator, a new commissioner, whatever. The newly elected official will tell his constituents: "I want to run government like we run a business."
The people we elect to Congress and the General Assembly will make important decisions each year that affect the taxing and spending of billions or even trillions of dollars.
The Baltimore Ravens were not the only football visitors to Georgia last week.
I was doing a radio broadcast with some other journalists on election night as the returns came in, each set of numbers reinforcing the trend of a Republican sweep of elected offices in Georgia.
This has been one of the dreariest election years ever.
Will the election year end when the votes are tallied on Nov. 2?
In a weird election year, you might think the weirdest place of all is Delaware, where the Republican nominee for the Senate has aired TV commercials to reassure voters, "I am not a witch."
When I look at the race for governor in the closing weeks of the campaign, the things that I don't see include energy, enthusiasm or bold new ideas for revitalizing our great state of Georgia.
We've been concentrating so closely on the governor's race that it's easy to forget several amendments to the state constitution will also be decided by the voters on Nov. 2.
During a telephone call with reporters last week, Nathan Deal explained why he and his wife had made bad investment decisions that were threatening them with financial insolvency.
Imagine what would happen if one of the candidates for governor, either Nathan Deal or Roy Barnes, proposed raising state taxes by $1 billion.
Do Georgia voters really pay any attention to ethics issues?
One of the criticisms you'll often hear of Georgia is the low percentage of students who stay the course in high school and graduate with a diploma.
As they moved through the first week of their general election campaign for governor, Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes focused their attention on this burning issue: the proposed construction of a mosque two blocks from the site of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.
When voters in the Republican runoff election were given the opportunity to choose the Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate Karen Handel for governor, they responded: "Thanks, but no thanks."
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.
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