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How the state addresses nursing profession

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, inclu... » Read More
Three new chapters in the story of America

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 bonan... » Read More
Going back to California and all is well

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... » Read More
ACA still unworkable, unaffordable and unpopular

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 HealthCare.gov. This is a disappointment for the rule of law and for the states t... » Read More
Health care law’s new name should be SCOTUSCare

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. » Read More
Bond sales fulfill state’s commitments

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, transporta... » Read More
The flag should come down — but will it?

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. » Read More
Five young men define a successful life

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 bef... » Read More
Vote on Trade Promotion Authority could make a comeback

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... » Read More
 A long overdue welcome home

A long overdue welcome home

It's been a long time in coming. And long overdue. » Read More
Georgia sets the pace in the Southeast

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 ... » Read More
What’s next for Sen. Isakson?

What’s next for Sen. Isakson?

Until the morning of June 10, next year's U.S. Senate race appeared to be already settled. » Read More
A time to remember a special man

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. » Read More
Separating myth from fact on the TPA

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 inte... » Read More
Budget bolsters natural resources

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... » Read More
When Georgia had three governors

When Georgia had three governors

We live in a state where strange things can happen in politics, but you won't see anything stranger than the time Georgia had three people who all claimed to be the state's chief executive. » Read More
Dangling participles, feds keep close watch on columnist

Dangling participles, feds keep close watch on columnist

Last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation that will alter somewhat how federal law enforcement can monitor our phone calls in the future. » Read More
Digging into the Freedom of Information Act

Digging into the Freedom of Information Act

Last week, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held several hearings to examisne the unacceptable backlog of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and the lack of transparency fro... » Read More
Laws bolster public safety, reduce recidivism

Laws bolster public safety, reduce recidivism

Several pieces of legislation passed through the Public Safety Committee and the Judiciary Committee which are pro-victim, pro-law enforcement and pro citizen's rights. » Read More
Supreme Court ruling could be a death blow for Georgians

Supreme Court ruling could be a death blow for Georgians

At some point between now and June 30, the Supreme Court will hand down a decision that could be disastrous for nearly half a million Georgia residents. » Read More
Random thoughts on random subjects

Random thoughts on random subjects

I have the greatest respect for the Georgia State Patrol. Theirs is a tough job with roughly 900 troopers available to cover a state of 59,500 square miles and deal with the kind of carnage they se... » Read More
A trip to Cuba caps the week

A trip to Cuba caps the week

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied the Obama administration's request to lift a hold on the president's executive actions on immigration to grant amnesty. The ruling ... » Read More
Divided budgets still not a good idea

Divided budgets still not a good idea

Frequent readers of the column may remember back last September two columns that covered Alabama's separate education budget. The columns explored the difficulties that earmarking funds can cause t... » Read More
Teachers open up on the future of public education

Teachers open up on the future of public education

My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in and the commen... » Read More
What’s the purpose of the university system?

What’s the purpose of the university system?

The Board of Regents, which makes the decisions on how the University System is operated, voted April 14 to raise tuition rates at Georgia's public colleges by as much as 9 percent. » Read More
From our nation's Capitol

From our nation's Capitol

Monday, May 18: This past Saturday I had the honor of delivering the commencement address for the graduating class of Frederica Academy on St. Simons Island. This was my first commencement address ... » Read More
Making military lives matter

Making military lives matter

Memorial Day weekend, as you've heard time and again, is that long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer: beaches, boats and barbecue fun in the sun. With all the frolicking, many over... » Read More
A look at governor’s vetoes

A look at governor’s vetoes

Maybe it's a sign of better times, or a sign of clearer communication between the House, Senate Appropriations Committees and the governor's office, but there was only one veto of an appropriations... » Read More
GOP chooses the practical route

GOP chooses the practical route

Georgia Republicans chose electoral pragmatism over ideological purity when they elected their state chairman last weekend, but it was a close call. » Read More
What Nobel Laureates should have incurred

What Nobel Laureates should have incurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it.) Some of you wrote and asked me to reconsi... » Read More
The vulnerable gain protection

The vulnerable gain protection

Both in funding and in legislation, issues facing human services, the disabled and the elderly were addressed by the Legislature this session. Legislation included the following: » Read More
Governor shows he can create jobs — by himself

Governor shows he can create jobs — by himself

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year and all of the bills have either been signed or vetoed, what lessons can we take away from this latest legislative session? I can think of a... » Read More
 A thank you note to teachers

A thank you note to teachers

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia: » Read More
Helping small businesses

Helping small businesses

Each year since 1963, Small Business Week is held to recognize the contributions of America's small businesses. In America, 99.7 percent of all employers are small businesses and they employ more t... » Read More
Georgia gets students moving on

Georgia gets students moving on

While you were distracted by this year's transportation funding or Opportunity School District debates - or possibly ignoring the Legislature entirely - Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and ... » Read More


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