When the U.S. Senate race kicked off last year, the conventional wisdom was that Jack Kingston would be hindered by the fact he was not well-known to Georgia's voters outside the coastal counties he represented in the 1st Congressional District.
A toast from my wedding: "We know Len has found the perfect woman for him. She thinks she knows almost as much as Len thinks he knows."
Random thoughts on random subjects:
I was taught at a young age that you shouldn't cut off your nose to spite your face.
Have you voted yet? If not, you have a few hours left. Do it!
It is the Merry Month of May and you know what that means, boys and girls. It is time for Answer Man! You ask it, we answer it.
Last Sunday was Mother's Day. For me it was a solitary one, the first I've spent alone since becoming a mother in 1986.
In just one more week, Georgia will hold its earliest primary election ever and finally give a definitive answer on the race everybody is watching, the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.
I have sleepwalked twice in my life.
I like to surround myself with those smarter than me. In my case, that's not hard to do. I could make a sack of rocks look like a Mensa meeting. So I was flattered to be asked to lunch recently with a group of reporters, editors and long-time political observers in Atlanta and listen to them talk politics.
It is easy to become disgusted with the activities of the politicians who inhabit the Gold Dome.
What do you know about opinion polls? We're confronted with them every day. The polls say this, the polls say that, but unless you have taken a course in statistics, you probably don't understand the finer points of opinion polling.
Before her breakthrough, star-making performance in 1978's "Smokey and the Bandit," Sally Field was featured in a television program in the late 1960s called "The Flying Nun."
The scene: The office of Teya Ryan, president of Georgia Public Broadcasting.
It all started when the Harley Avenue Primary School staff decided to cancel the yearly kindergarten musical. It's long been a tradition at this Elmwood, N.Y., school and many parents were understandably unhappy. So much so that one parent even started an online petition to restore the performance.
In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.
Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could?" That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia not far from the Tennessee line.
When George Orwell first coined the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," he knew what he was talking about.
It has been just over two months since I wrote a column about Georgia Power, the Public Service Commission and the construction of two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. I can hear President Ronald Reagan's voice now: "There you go again."
Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia - "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."
First-world problems. You know what they are. We all have them. They're the issues confronting and irritating those of us living in wealthy, industrialized countries that would leave people in the third world either scratching their heads in bewilderment or shaking them in disgust.
There was a time when general election campaigns didn't "officially" get underway until after the Labor Day weekend.
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