As imperfect as we may think ourselves to be, this is still the greatest country on earth. The only thing that can change that is our own apathy and lack of appreciation for the freedoms we have.
Regardless of how the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney played out overnight, Georgia Republicans hope to have something significant to celebrate on this morning after the election.
The charter school amendment will be decided Tuesday. If it doesn't pass, it will be the greatest upset since David conked Goliath with a rock.
When our daughter, Molly, decided to attend graduate school in Baltimore, I viewed her choice as a mixed blessing. The two top contenders were Baltimore Hebrew Institute and Hebrew Union College. The HUC program involved spending a year in Jerusalem and two years in Los Angeles. In contrast, Baltimore seemed right around the corner.
In the 20 years since it began operations, the Georgia Lottery has had only two fulltime directors.
One week before the election! Next Tuesday, you go to the polls and cast your vote, but ... alas, your guy loses. What are you going to do, leave the country?
I love Electoral College math. I mean, I teach mathematics and I write about politics, so poring over various Electoral College combinations is right up my alley. Experts all across the country are telling us that this presidential election is coming down to a handful of "battleground" states: Florida, Virginia, Ohio and the like.
Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip in the Georgia House of Representatives, says he finds himself bordering between "amused and disturbed" by opponents of the charter school amendment, which is set for a vote on Nov. 6.
With all of the attention that has been focused on the constitutional amendment dealing with the creation of state charter schools, many voters may not be aware that there is an Amendment 2 on the ballot as well.
If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.
It's called a Rosa Parks moment. It's that instant, an epiphany almost, when a person realizes that they've taken all they intend to take, that they're at the point where they will not, cannot back down. It's that juncture where average, everyday people become extraordinary. And sometimes they make history.
It's become the tax break for developers that no one in state government can figure out how to give away.
My father was an electrical engineer. He considered himself a scientist. Born Nov. 4, 1899, he was a lifelong employee of Bell Laboratories. On more than one occasion he told me, "If I live to be a hundred, my life will span three centuries."
After his drubbing in the first debate, President Barack Obama finds himself on the receiving end of plenty of advice when it comes to the next one. Jennifer Granholm (remember her?), the former governor of Michigan turned political commentator (though few know it, as she resides on Al Gore's Current TV), recently chimed in.
If you aren't careful, it is very easy to get pessimistic these days. We have gotten too loud, too adversarial, too politically-correct, too ethically-challenged, too secular and too narrow-minded - not to mention slightly humor-impaired.
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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