The size of Nathan Deal's personal debt stunned many people; otherwise, there was little new.
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia was the noted architect of the highly successful "Contract with America" that put our country back on the road to recovery and pragmatic conservatism.
Newcomers may not be aware of what we talk about when we ask if they're coming to the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Civic Center on Green Street. Along with the Wauka Mountain chicken pie dinner, it's Hall County's premier whole-family social event of the year. Here's what makes it special.
Some random observations on the primary runoff:
The primary elections were disgusting, not so much in results but in the failure of nearly three-fourths of Hall County's registered voters to vote. A few excuses are understandable, but nothing this bad. Worse, even fewer (barely 10 percent) are predicted to vote in the Aug. 10 runoff.
Plenty of time remains for most registered voters reading this to get to the polls if you haven't already voted.
Ashley Fielding and Sara Guevara did one more fantastic job on the Chattahoochee basin series. It's amazing they did it in one week of long hours. They provided Times readers insights they probably never had considered before, and the new understandings could help pave the way for a workable agreement, though not fully ideal from our local viewpoint.
It was no great surprise that Tom Graves won the runoff to fill the unexpired U.S. House term of Nathan Deal.
There's still time to vote in the GOP House runoff today since the polls don't close until 7 p.m. All in line at that time can vote.
Lee Hawkins and Tom Graves finishing 1-2 in our 9th District U.S. House special election was no surprise. Steve Tarvin's third place surprised me.
The last-minute flood of candidates for various local, state and federal offices in the July primary caught me off guard. It virtually guarantees more runoffs than I had expected, and several candidates will get embarrassingly low total votes.
Early voting turnout totals likely will determine which two candidates to fill Nathan Deal's congressional seat make the runoff. Turnout as of this writing is lower than expected. It could mean people still don't know much about the candidates as liked yet or haven't made up their minds.
This is going to turn out to be a most interesting special election to fill the unexpired term of the 9th District congressional seat Nathan Deal vacated to focus on his run for governor.
Glad as I am Tiger Woods is ready to play, it was surprising that he's not returning to competitive golf until the Masters. Most thought he needed at least one, better two, tournaments as tuneup.
Methinks President Obama and his Democratic Congress are gambling big time while perhaps not passing their signature issue of health care reform. A majority of Americans want meaningful reform, not break-the-bank, untested, unproven, vote-buying schemes.