Should a business be rewarded for failure? That's the essence of a bill - HB 267 - that state Rep. Jeff Chapman, R-Brunswick, has introduced to try to hold down the costs of two nuclear reactors that Georgia Power is building at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. This is a construction project that will have a big impact on your wallet, whether you buy your electricity from Georgia Power Co. or from one of the electric ...
If you want to reduce government spending, you have to know where the money goes and why. I'm not an economist, but I am a nuke watcher. I'm on the board of Nuclear Watch South and linked with other nuclear watch groups around the country.
My recent observations on the lack of respect given public school teachers in Georgia engendered a lot of responses but none better than this story sent to me by my friend, David Egan, co-director of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island and a former educator himself.
Those who are working on Gov. Nathan Deal's re-election campaign for 2014 might be feeling a little nervous right now.
Earlier this month, I had the honor of attending a State of the Union address for the very first time. Amid all the pomp and circumstance of the occasion, President Barack Obama had a golden opportunity to propose an alternative to the coming sequestration cuts.
My fellow Americans: (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I come to you today to report on the state of your column - and it is your column because without you, I would be writing to myself which doesn't make any sense. (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
You all know our Rachel. You've watched her grow up on these pages. First she was the little astronaut-to-be, mourning the loss of the Columbia's crew in 2003, then the young writer and speaker who competed for seven long years before ultimately winning the oratorical scholarship she was determined to capture. You came along on her glorious summer in Israel and my concurrent nervous-Nelly meltdown here at home. Now she's well into the second semester ...
We do things differently here. The shooting incident at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that resulted in the deaths of 20 young children has prompted several states and Congress to consider laws that would reduce the number of firearms in public places. In Georgia, elected officials have never worried about that. They just want to keep expanding the number of guns that people can carry outside the home. Five days after the Newtown massacre, ...
"I'm not afraid of dying. I just don't want to be around when it happens." - Woody Allen
Research into a variety of issues has saved lived countless lives. Obviously medical research saves lives but research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration saves lives too. This agency receives about $62 million per year researching ways to reduce traffic fatalities and has succeeded. Vehicle-related deaths are lower now than they were in 1979, when there were fewer drivers on the road.
Ralston now on right side of ethics reform Are you sitting down? I had a meeting with House Speaker David Ralston last week at the Capitol. Got your breath yet? There's more. It was a good meeting. Several of our mutual friends had been trying for some time to get the speaker and me together, saying we might have more in common than not. Had I been running the speaker's business, the meeting would have ...
One of the frequent cries of many on the left is that the world is overpopulated. The latest hysterical outburst on this matter came from Sir David Attenborough, a recent patron of "The Optimum Population Trust." The 86-year-old Attenborough is a high priest among earth-worshipping liberals.
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.
As many of you recall, I opposed the recent charter school amendment, not because I oppose charter schools - I don't - but because I thought the wording of the amendment was duplicitous.
Newspaper publishers across Georgia are dedicating a significant bit of time and ink explaining why community newspapers matter. I would like to add my thoughts on the subject. As executive director of the Georgia Municipal Association, the state's largest representative of city governments, I have seen firsthand how newspapers impact cities. To put it simply: Newspapers are economic development.
The surest way for sin to prosper is for a culture to stop calling it sin. Given the rapidly decaying culture in the U.S., I could proceed in a myriad of directions following such a conclusion. However, in America the foremost example of the rotten fruit born of neglected sin is Kermit Gosnell.
David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary.
This week, I have my first opportunity to cast a vote to repeal Obamacare. While I have been working to stop Obamacare since I came to Congress, including my efforts to pass the Defund Obamacare Act with fellow Georgia Rep. Tom Graves, I'm looking forward to fulfilling my promise to support full repeal on the House floor.
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.
During the 2013 session, the Georgia legislature tackled a variety of issues ranging from the budget to ethics reform. One of the most notable debates revolved around whether Georgia should take action in correcting our northern boundary line along the Tennessee River.
Last week, NPR announced that a bullet had been successfully fired from a plastic gun. The big news is this: The gun came from a 3-D printer. So much for gun control, for background checks and any other measure to reduce the number of easily available handguns in the nation.
This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.
Over time, I've fallen into a morning routine that has become invariable. I wake up, feed the animals, make coffee, read the headlines on gainesvilletimes.com and then log on to Facebook.
It's no secret that politicians often make mistakes - a lot of them.
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