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How the state addresses nursing profession

Last month, National Nurses Week celebrated the work that nurses perform to provide quality care for patients every day. In Georgia, there are currently over 164,600 active nursing licensees, including approximately 119,200 registered nurses (RNs), 35,700 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 9,700 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

June 30, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Three new chapters in the story of America

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

June 30, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Going back to California and all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor, effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

June 30, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

ACA still unworkable, unaffordable and unpopular

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the administration to allow ObamaCare subsidies to flow through This is a disappointment for the rule of law and for the states that have fought to keep some of ObamaCare's flawed policies out of their states.

June 30, 2015 | By Nina Owcharenko | Opinion

Health care law’s new name should be SCOTUSCare

The only thing worse for health care in America than Obamacare has been its implementation, which clearly ignores the rule of law.

June 30, 2015 | U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter | Opinion

Bond sales fulfill state’s commitments

The state sold $1.28 billion in bonds last week, fulfilling the commitment of the governor and the General Assembly to the major capital needs facing the state including, k-12 education, transportation, Board of Regents institutions, technical colleges, the state's natural resources and funds to continue protecting Georgia's citizens.

June 23, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

The flag should come down — but will it?

It's as if we stepped into a time machine and went 15 years back into the past.

June 23, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Five young men define a successful life

Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 23, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Vote on Trade Promotion Authority could make a comeback

Monday, June 15: I'm very fortunate to be able to return home from Washington on most weekends but traveling can certainly be challenging at times. Today we sat on the runway in Savannah for almost an hour before finally being cleared to take off as we were told that air traffic in the Washington airport was backed up.

June 23, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

A long overdue welcome home

It's been a long time in coming. And long overdue.

June 16, 2015 | By Pat Donahue | Opinion

Georgia sets the pace in the Southeast

With 3.1 percent growth in May, Georgia's state revenues are building toward the end in June of an outstanding year in fiscal year 2015, a year where the state appears poised to lead the Southeast in revenue growth.

June 16, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

What’s next for Sen. Isakson?

Until the morning of June 10, next year's U.S. Senate race appeared to be already settled.

June 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

A time to remember a special man

It has been 31 years since he passed away and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 16, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Separating myth from fact on the TPA

In case you missed it, this week I joined a bipartisan majority in the House to advance Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to assert Congress' role in and bring transparency and accountability to international trade negotiations.

June 16, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Budget bolsters natural resources

As a state with boundless natural resources, Georgia leaders work to protect those resources with legislation, to promote hunting and fishing and to fund various water initiatives, preserve natural resource areas and wildlife area preservation. This week, we look at legislation passed in the 2015 session and the fiscal year 2016 budget for Natural Resource areas.

June 09, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

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An eye-opening trip to Israel

Last week, I traveled on a mission with the American Israel Educational Foundation to Israel with several other Members of Congress as the Obama Administration ...

September 02, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Can more funding be squeezed from the lottery?

The Georgia Lottery has been a nationally recognized success and Georgia's goals, administration and management have, over the years, proven successful and are a ...

September 02, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Another Internet hoax is perpetrated

There are millions of people who primarily receive their news and information through items that are posted on the internet or sent to them via ...

September 02, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

A reminder of why teachers matter

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

September 02, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Who’s looking out for the little guy?

Two-thirds of all new jobs since the 1970s were created by small businesses and more than half of working Americans are employed by them today ...

September 01, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Five things we learned about Georgia’s lottery

1. Georgia's Lottery is one of the largest in the nation, fifth in terms of sales. The other states that are in the top ...

August 26, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Carter shows a special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts ...

August 26, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Ready to step out on his own

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or ...

August 25, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

First month of fiscal year looks good

Sometimes July, the first month of the 2016 fiscal year, can start off with a whimper. In some years, refunds might have been delayed for ...

August 19, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

One of the ‘Lost Dodd Boys’ looks back

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do ...

August 19, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Trump’s telling the truth on one big issue

Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination seems to defy gravity and all the other laws of nature.

August 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

FLETC still best choice for State training center

Last week I shared that I viewed critical documents from the Office of Management and Budget detailing that the Obama Administration agrees that the Federal ...

August 19, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Looking at lottery expenses

Comparing various states' lottery expenses can be tricky. We settled on using total revenues less payouts leaving the balance that would logically be expenses. That ...

August 11, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

With school back in session, let the games begin

Another school year is underway in our state, which means that it's time to start complaining about the Georgia High School Association.

August 11, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Random thoughts on random subjects

Hooray! The State of Georgia, CSX Transportation, Murray County and the Georgia Ports Authority have announced construction of the Appalachian Regional Port to be built ...

August 11, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

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