There were obviously some very irritated legislators at the Gold Dome last week. Every time I looked up, it seemed like lawmakers were passing another bill intended to crack down on this group or punish that group for some transgression. While it may have been the Lord who declared that "Vengeance is mine," vengeance also seemed to be on the minds of our elected representatives at the state Capitol. There was scarcely a group anywhere ...
The Georgia House of Representatives recently debated a bill that would make it illegal for registered sex offenders to obtain a commercial driver's license.
The majority of Georgia's legislators are a conservative group of politicians, as you would expect in a conservative state such as ours.
Once in a while, you'll see an inspiring and visionary idea emerge from under the Golden Dome of our state Capitol.
Tommy Smith has been part of the Georgia legislature for a long time. The silver-haired blueberry farmer from Bacon County was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1978, when a guy named Jimmy Carter was president. Smith was a lifelong Democrat until a few years ago, when he switched to the Republican Party and was able to hang on to a committee chairmanship. Josh McKoon is a young attorney from Columbus who ...
In other states, voters are trying to decide whether Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul will be the Republican nominee who runs against President Barack Obama in this fall's election.
Back in March 2005, I sat in the press gallery of the Georgia Senate reporting on the debate over a bill to give tax breaks to major corporations that amounted to nearly $1 billion over a 10-year period.
In a normal year, the first week of the General Assembly session is a time when very little is happening.
Georgia's legislators will do plenty of talking about the major issues that confront them during the General Assembly session that kicked off this week.
It's a tradition for political columnists to close out the year by picking their list of winners and losers for the 12-month period that just ended.
He had to fight his way through a massive winter storm just to be sworn into office and he was immediately confronted with an economy that just refused to get better. Somehow, Nathan Deal survived and made it through his first year as Georgia's governor.
For all the emphasis that our political leaders put on bringing business giants like Kia and Porsche to Georgia, it's easy to lose sight of this fact: The state's largest industry is still agriculture.
This time a year ago, Georgia's political leadership was on fire to push through a sweeping revision of the state's creaky tax code.
When Bobby Franklin passed away last summer from a heart attack, I thought we had seen the end of a legislative tradition.
While we're in a post-holiday lull, let's take a few minutes and look back on some of the news developments we've been tracking this year.
The Republican Party delegates who gathered in Athens for their annual state convention heard a cautionary message from Gov. Nathan Deal about the future of the GOP.
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.
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