Well, it's better than nothing. Barely. Those looking forward to stronger ethics legislation from the recently completed General Assembly session were left with less than a half loaf and wanting more. To be fair, the bill limiting gifts from lobbyists is better than the void it filled. Before, lawmakers needed only to report their treasure trove of gifts, listed on a website for all to see. Except, of course, most voters don't bother to check ...
Easter Sunday has dawned, with many planning to attend church services today, or have just returned from them, with a day of egg hunts, baskets of candy and family dinners ahead.
Each year, the Georgia legislature gathers in Atlanta to attend to the state's business in its 40-day session. And each year, observers, pundits and editorialists ponder on whether lawmakers accomplish much in the Gold Dome.
Dr. John Pemberton could never have imagined it coming to this. Working in his Atlanta pharmacy in 1886, the inventor of Coca-Cola surely could never have foreseen that, nearly 150 years later, the question of how big a cup of soda could be sold to the general public would be fodder for the courts. Yet that's exactly the case, as the courtroom war over whether the city of New York can ban the size of ...
Lawmakers in the General Assembly worked a busy day Thursday to keep their proposals alive on Crossover Day, the deadline when a bill must pass one chamber to make it into law.
No doubt, we live in a disposable era when appliances, electronics and vehicles all seem to become obsolete soon after they come out of the box. But of the items considered temporary, it's hard to imagine a football stadium making that list.
Whatever may be our individual backgrounds, educational levels or career aspirations, we all have one experience in common: At some point in our lives, we were guided by an influential teacher.
So much for "the era of big government is over." The nation's last Democratic president declared such in his 1996 State of the Union address, though many at the time questioned his sincerity in the midst of a re-election campaign. Yet he joined Republican leaders in Congress to balance the federal budget and create years of economic growth, until that was derailed by the 2001 terrorist attacks. So who would have thought conservatives today would ...
Since 1985, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes have provided Georgia communities with a viable option for financing infrastructure and major capital projects. Throughout the state, cities and counties have used SPLOST collections to build courthouses, jails, libraries, roads, parks and other specific projects that could be clearly defined for voter approval.
As more Americans decry the lack of cooperation among leaders in Washington, D.C., that job gets more impossible by the day.
Inaugural speeches are known for sweeping rhetoric and big ideas, the president's goal upon taking office to offer a vision for his term rather than two dozen bullet points on the legislation he wants passed (that's what the State of the Union is for ... can't wait).
Sometimes, political leaders succeed not by performing great feats, but by knowing their limitations and working within them.
Economic and job growth. That issue was the centerpiece of last year's presidential campaign and remains the focus of all governments as we stagger from the uppercut of a five-year recession.
With the new session of Congress begun and Georgia legislators preparing to bang their gavel a week from Monday, it's a good time to examine what we expect from our elected employees.
With the new year comes the promise of change, and personal resolutions to do so are a traditional part of the turning of the calendar page.
Lake Lanier is up, unemployment is down. The world has circled the sun another time and we're still in one piece.
Americans marked a pivotal day in history last week with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On this day in 1963, two days after he was slain in Dallas, the fallen president was transferred from the White House to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state as the nation mourned.
Fifty years ago today, a dizzying whirl of events began flying past Americans over a four-day period the likes of which no one had never witnessed.
Atlanta is long known for favoring the new to the old, a fast-moving, profit-focused city that has traditionally bulldozed historic buildings for those more shiny and modern.
A nice tradition has emerged in recent years for Veterans Day. Monday, U.S. service members will be treated to free meals from restaurants, shopping discounts at retailers and similar perks from other businesses aimed to show them the appreciation they have earned so well.
A year ago, the nation was focused on a bitterly contested presidential campaign between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Closer to home, voters in Northeast Georgia filled a new U.S. House seat while voting for state legislators, county commissioners and various other offices. With interest high, 70 percent of registered voters turned out in Hall County to cast ballots.
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