Those who report on the activities of Georgia's legislators tend to concentrate on criticizing the things we think our elected officials are doing wrong.
I'm rereading Aldus Huxley's "Brave New World." It was published the year I was born and is considered to be one of the best novels of the 20th century.
My previous column on the history of the gun took us from gunpowder to the first national armory in the U.S. in Springfield Massachusetts. As I noted, the Springfield Armory led the world in technological advancements that would change manufacturing forever.
Knock! Knock! Knock! "Hello. Can I help you?" "Hi. Are you Teya Ryan, president of Georgia Public Broadcasting?" "Yes, I am. Who are you?" "I am Chip Rogers, your new employee. I used to be the majority leader in the state Senate, where I was responsible for such cutting-edge issues as preventing our body parts from being microchipped without our permission and for making people aware that the United Nations intends to take over ...
Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admire how Sen. Saxby Chambliss threw the state's political community into an uproar with last week's announcement that he won't run again in 2014.
Don't look now but I think you are beginning to have some impact on the issue of unlimited lobbying expenditures in the legislature.
Humans are inspired to act by emotion. Often we'll even emotionally decide an issue and then rationalize "logical" reasons for our decision. Emotions are powerful motivators; they help us feel alive, but they can blind us.
It can be a scary time in the big world out there. I found that out when I was 10. The students at Flowery Branch School got the opportunity in the fall to go to the huge Southeastern Fair at Lakewood Park in Atlanta. My mother was dead set against letting me go. From her description, Atlanta was a place where something dreadful could happen to me. I'm not sure she had ever been to ...
You could safely say that the past two years were probably not the best years of Casey Cagle's life.
If our nation is really in trouble, if it's really "going to hell in a hand-basket" as some say, it isn't the fault of any other nation, or of a global organization like al-Qaida. It isn't the fault of President Barack Obama, or the media, immigrants, terrorists or Islam. It's the fault of the American people, you and me!
I have the privilege of being with a group of newspaper publishers at the Georgia Press Association's winter gathering in Atlanta this week. It is one of those times I wish my momma and daddy were still around to see the crowd their little boy is hanging out with these days. Momma would be pleased; Daddy would be surprised.
I love guns. I grew up with them. My father, an avid and excellent hunter, owned and still owns many. Before I was old enough to own a real gun, my friends and I were quite skilled in using all sorts of scrap wood, duct tape, nails and so on to manufacture the most magnificent replicas.
There is not an infinite amount of money in Georgia's annual budget. At the most, legislators will have a little more than $19 billion in state revenues to spend on the programs that are funded.
Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Over the years it has been a tradition at the first of the year to impart some words of wisdom in this space to your father, uncle and cousins, who double as my grandsons. Perhaps some of my observations were useful to them. Maybe some fell on deaf ears. I have never asked. Anyway, they are adults now, old enough and wise enough (I hope) to figure things out for themselves. ...
The circus returns to Atlanta next week when Georgia's legislators convene the 2013 session of the General Assembly.
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.
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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