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Georgia is indeed a strange state, and when Tip O'Neill used to say, "All politics are local" he must have had us in mind.

Thursday, it was speculated that one of our local Democrats on the Hall County Commission would announce today that he is switching parties. Now he's not very old, so maybe he's still trying to determine his true political philosophy. But he does represent the most liberal district in the county and represents it "very well."

But now he's seen the light, had an epiphany, if you will. Ashley Bell apparently woke up and realized that he's no longer a "liberal Democrat." No, he rolled out of bed and suddenly realized he's actually a "limited government, low tax kind of guy." Go figure.

The Georgia Republican Party, now run by ex-Democrats from the governor's office all the way down to the county commissions.

Charlie Waddell

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