If you read through the bills introduced each year by our legislators, you will find some measures that are intended to accomplish one thing and one thing only: They transfer money or power to someone who already has plenty of both.
When Zell Miller stepped down as governor in 1999, he had accomplished two things that would stand as his legacy: the HOPE scholarship program that financed a college education for high-achieving students and criminal sentencing laws, notably the "two-strikes" legislation, that would keep people in prison for many years.
In all the years I've reported on the activities of the General Assembly, a criticism I have heard many times is that Georgia's legislators introduce too many bills and pass too many laws.
Visitors to room 450 of the state Capitol could see history being made last week.
As goes Arizona, so goes Georgia.
When House Speaker David Ralston drafted a bill last session to revise the state's ethics laws, he refused to include what many reformers thought was the most important provision: a limit on the amount of money lobbyists could spend on legislators.
Watching Georgia's politicians operate under the Gold Dome this year will be like watching a rerun of a TV episode you've already seen two or three times before.
Georgia politics was dominated during the past year by the race for governor, an election where the candidates made a lot of mistakes in formulating their strategies — mistakes that came back to haunt them.
I was in the fifth grade when the Civil War centennial began back in 1961. For a kid growing up in Georgia, it was a lot of fun to read about the old battles and the men who fought them.
There is a word that describes a politician who promises you two things that are so contradictory there is no way both of them can happen in the real world. That word is "dishonest."
When legislators sit down next year to redraw the state's political boundary lines so that they align with the new census figures, they will complete a process that has taken half a century: the transfer of political power from rural Georgia to metro Atlanta.
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.
It was a joyous and emotional day when Gov. Nathan Deal signed historic legislation that legalized the possession and use of medical marijuana in Georgia.
Judging from the recent session of the General Assembly, Republicans seem to have become the new Democrats in state politics.
There are many members of the state legislature who work hard and try to represent the best interests of their constituents back home.
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