Just when you thought you had the next governor's race all figured out, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle decides to mess everything up.
This was one of those legislative sessions where our elected representatives didn't accomplish much, with one exception. They did pass Senate Bill 200, that could have an enormous impact on state politics and the balance of power at the capitol for many years to come.
The General Assembly is taking some heat in the media this year for having one of its least productive sessions ever, in terms of addressing issues that really affect the lives of Georgians. Legislators still have one last shot at redeeming themselves in the closing days, however.
Georgia's lawmakers have always been willing to approve tax breaks for the state's business leaders and special interests, but they have really stepped on the gas since Republicans took control of the House and Senate four years ago.
Over the past year or so, there has been one question about politics that I hear more often than any other: "Is Roy going to run?"
There is less than a month to go before the legislative session adjourns and our lawmakers don't appear to be any closer than they were last year at this time to resolving the state's highway congestion issues.
There are times when it just doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning. Last week was such a time for Georgia's citizens and the people they elect to make their political decisions.
Sen. Johnny Isakson has many things going for him as he gets his campaign under way for another six-year term in the U.S. Senate.
Shirley Almer, an elderly Minnesota woman, had managed to live through lung cancer and a brain tumor before she died on Dec. 21. Cause of death: salmonella poisoning linked to food products from a Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely.
It won't be a huge surprise to our readers when I note that state legislators are more concerned about the interests of corporate CEOs than the problems of ordinary Georgia citizens. That's the way the world works, whether we like it or not.
It is always a good idea to pay close attention to what Georgia's legislators do during a General Assembly session, because at some point you're going to end up paying for it.
Political science professors for years have been teaching their students that Georgia's affairs are managed by the traditional three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.
One of Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond's official duties is to compile the number of claims filed each month by laid off workers who are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits.
One of the advantages of being more than $2 billion in the hole is that it forces you to prioritize and focus on the things that really matter.
When he retired as the commander of the Georgia National Guard in 2007, David Poythress could look back on a long and honorable career in military and government service. He had been Georgia's secretary of state and labor commissioner, as well as an unsuccessful candidate for governor.
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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