Georgia's political scorecard for 2014 was filled out last week as hundreds of hopeful candidates dropped by the Capitol to fill out the paperwork that places their names on the May 20 primary election ballot.
It is getting more and more difficult to exclude people who may look or believe a little differently than you.
It was a spectacle you seldom see during a legislative session.
When you're writing about people in politics, you should pay closer attention to what they do than to what they say.
When legislators launched this year's episode of the General Assembly, they were determined to get the session completed quickly so they could start campaigning for those early primary elections on May 20.
Georgia has become the country's laughingstock after the national media watched the metro Atlanta region grind completely to a halt over a 2-inch snowfall.
Nobody at the Capitol was talking about the legalization of marijuana this time last year, but suddenly it's become a leading topic of discussion in the General Assembly.
State school Superintendent John Barge is on a political suicide mission.
When House Speaker David Ralston sat down with reporters last week to discuss the new legislative session, he addressed the question that's been on the mind of every Capitol denizen.
It is far too early to predict who will replace Saxby Chambliss as Georgia's next senator, but it's going to be the most entertaining Senate race voters have seen in a long time.
In the world of politics, it's often better to be lucky than good.
I try to remain cheerful and optimistic during the holiday season, but it isn't easy when you're reminded how tough things are for so many Georgians.
As Michael Thurmond tells the story, he got a phone call one day from an attorney for the DeKalb County school board asking if he would be interested in the job of school superintendent.
Gov. Nathan Deal was the picture of confidence last week as he presided over the traditional lighting of the state Christmas tree.
There's an old joke that goes, "a bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."
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.
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