Until last week, Georgia had been one of only three remaining states that put absolutely no limits on how much money lobbyists could spend to influence the passage or defeat of legislation in a General Assembly session.
It's no secret that politicians often make mistakes - a lot of them.
The dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library last week reminded me of one of the former president's most memorable public comments.
If U.S. Reps. Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and Tom Price all end up running for Saxby Chambliss' Senate seat next year, you can be sure of one thing: They won't have to worry about a lack of money.
Georgia's senators were caught in a political crossfire last week over their vote on a gun control bill currently being considered in the U.S. Senate.
Many school systems are furloughing teachers and can't provide a 180-day school year for their students. Our elected leaders at the Capitol say they just don't have the money to spend on public education.
This year's General Assembly session was noteworthy as much for the bills that did not pass as for the ones that did.
One of the major questions still to be answered in this year's legislative session is whether the House and Senate will actually agree on some kind of bill to limit what lobbyists can spend on lawmakers.
The last week of the General Assembly session is fast approaching and you might think the state's lawmakers would be concentrating on major issues that are truly important to constituents back in their districts.
One thing I have always noticed about politicians is this: For almost anyone in elective office, hypocrisy is like heroin. It's so addictive that it's nearly impossible to resist it.
Should a business be rewarded for failure?
Those who are working on Gov. Nathan Deal's re-election campaign for 2014 might be feeling a little nervous right now.
We do things differently here.
Paul Broun made it official last week by announcing he will run for Saxby Chambliss' Senate seat in 2014. The outspoken congressman and biblical scholar is already placing ads on political websites as he gets his campaign under way.
Those who report on the activities of Georgia's legislators tend to concentrate on criticizing the things we think our elected officials are doing wrong.
Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.
For the past few months, the Senate Republican primary has looked like a cage match between five politicians biting and gouging to see who can move most sharply to the far right edge of the ring.
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