When it comes to small towns, Ailey is about as small as they come. The Montgomery County community is situated a little north of Uvalda and a few miles west of Vidalia in the heart of southeast Georgia's onion country. Its population was counted at 432 in the last census. Even with its small size, Ailey was still big enough to have its own hometown bank for more than 85 years: Montgomery Bank & Trust. ...
Georgia legislators have been wandering off in some strange and contradictory directions over the past few years.
The language of a recent Supreme Court decision provides a useful reminder of how America has changed over the past 250 years and what has been the driving force behind those changes.
George Washington Plunkitt was born too soon. For those not familiar with the name, Plunkitt was a New York state senator of the 19th century who famously coined the phrase "honest graft" to describe how he became rich from politics. Honest graft, as Plunkitt explained it, occurred when a politician's personal interests happened to coincide with his constituents' interests. For example, Plunkitt would purchase a tract of land in an area where a public project, ...
We are little more than a month from the July 31 election when voters decide whether to impose a 1 percent transportation sales tax for highway improvements and related transportation needs.
In the hushed chamber of the Supreme Court of Georgia last week, a group of six people who once faced the possibility of going to jail, along with a life damaged by drug addiction, found themselves being honored by some of the state's highest ranking officials.
This is one of those times in Georgia politics when people realize that the legislative process has gotten a little off track and needs to be straightened out.
The General Assembly will have a familiar look when lawmakers convene for the 2013 session, judging from the results of candidate qualifying last week.
When Georgians look over their ballots on election day, they usually make decisions based upon personality: Do I like this person better for this particular office, or am I more comfortable voting for this other person?
There are times when I look at how our elected officials spend our tax dollars and I shake my head in amazement, asking: "What are these people thinking?"
The question of imposing a one-penny sales tax for transportation projects has become an issue that does not break down along familiar lines of Republican versus Democrat, or liberal versus conservative.
There was big news coming out of the governor's office recently about an agreement reached with Baxter International, an Illinois health care company.
It has been said that insanity consists of "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Shortly before he left office at the end of 2010, Gov. Sonny Perdue flew around the state holding several news conferences to take credit for an alleged increase in Georgia's high school graduation rate during his two terms as governor.
Whenever I am asked to sum up the achievements of a General Assembly session, I usually offer the same assessment: It could have been worse.
School is out, vacations have started, and visitors from across the country are driving to one of the state's great coastal attractions, Jekyll Island.
If you're still a Democrat in Georgia, there are reasons to feel optimistic about the future.
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