I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress.
If you research the date Aug. 7, 1954, you won't come up with much. It certainly wasn't a red-letter day in history. A little exploration reveals nothing but a couple of UFO sightings on that date, one in Canada and one in Germany. I'm pretty sure there's no correlation, but that's also the day I was born.
Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.
So many people keep asking me to handicap next year's governor's race, I feel a need to write something. They've kept insisting the past few weeks, even when I tell them handicapping is nigh impossible until the likely field is far more settled. This is going to be more of a survey and speculation of what's now going on, most behind the scenes.
The intense media blitz and debates about Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. Joseph Crowley over the recent weeks shows how much we are all being challenged to recreate our lives to meet 21st century demands.
If comments made in this space have in any way angered, dismayed or caused dry heaves to anyone who has read them, it may be that I should have calibrated my words differently. I'll guarantee Barack Obama knows what I'm talking about.
"Why be afraid of government?" a Princeton professor writing for CNN recently asked. Touting the need for Obama's health care plan, the disappointed professor added that, "Democrats are still scared about defending the value of government."
For over 40 years, Georgia has been the economic engine of the South. Our state's and region's growth and prosperity have been made possible through proper use of our abundant natural resources. Since the development of Buford Dam and Lake Lanier, our state and the metro Atlanta region have flourished.
People are fascinated by conspiracy theories. Conspiracies are the basis of blockbuster movies like "Angels and Demons," the fuel that feeds the anti-global warming folks, and the force that prompts people to deny the Holocaust. Some conspiracy buffs even believe 9/11 was an inside job engineered by our own government.
Recently on our way back to Gainesville from the gymnastics camp in Athens, my granddaughter asked me, "why did the U.S. get involved in the Korean War?" In her history class, she had studied other recent wars fought by our military, but that study did not include Korea.
After 22 years of legal and political posturing by successive governors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and various state agencies, Georgia up and lost the last round of the "water war."
This is my first column since my rotator cuff surgery and it hasn't been easy getting the words to come out the way I intended them to. My left hand is slower than a Georgia Income Tax return and my right hand is totally unsympathetic and flies across the keyboard like a bunny rabbit.
When I was in the sixth grade, I wrote an essay titled "When I Grow Up." In it, I said, "I want to live in a house full of dogs, cats, babies and books." Happily, that wish came true in spades.
That gurgling sound you hear is the sound of metro Atlanta's economic prospects going slowly down the drain.
He touched so many lives in so many ways it seems everyone had some type of positive relationship with the late James Mathis. I'm no exception.
Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.
When I came to Georgia in 1955, it was a one-party state. The Democrats were the only game in town. After 1964, when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Right Act, he told Bill Moyers he'd just delivered the South to the Republicans for the next 50 years. He was right.
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
It's hard to believe that was only President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he's given so many more. Maybe that's because the man seems to be constantly talking. And talking. The talking is the background noise of much of the last decade, auditory wallpaper that seems to line the corridors of everyday life.
Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.
Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.
When Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk went to Washington last week, they left Georgia with the adulation of tea party activists who had voted to elect them as the new representatives for the 10th and 11th House districts. Hice and Loudermilk discovered quickly that those good feelings aren't guaranteed to last long.
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