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Lawmakers boost economic development, job creation

Lawmakers boost economic development, job creation

As your state representative, and as Majority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, it has been my goal to pass common-sense legislation that improves ... » Read More
Public safety and security a priority

Public safety and security a priority

Both in legislation and in budgetary initiatives, public safety and security of Georgia's citizens occupied a central role in the legislative and budgetary action ... » Read More
Random thoughts on random subjects

Random thoughts on random subjects

Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) was arrested in the city of Clayton in early April and charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open ... » Read More
Will the ‘Trump effect’ cost Georgia incumbents?

Will the ‘Trump effect’ cost Georgia incumbents?

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat. » Read More
Finding a cure for prescription drug abuse

Finding a cure for prescription drug abuse

Before my election to Congress, I served more than 30 years as a community pharmacist. In that time, I witnessed and participated in some of ... » Read More
A look at pre-k and k-12 education

A look at pre-k and k-12 education

In my family, we firmly believe that a good education and hard work are keys to future success. As a result, supporting our schools and ... » Read More
A look at the governor’s vetoes

A look at the governor’s vetoes

Not since 2007, when then Gov. Sonny Perdue vetoed 41 bills, has there been such a wide range of vetoes covering both controversial issues and ... » Read More
Could vetoes impact education reform?

Could vetoes impact education reform?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of the Campus Carry bill and ... » Read More
Dear Editor,  The citizens of Effingham County deserve a Superior Court Judge who has the character,

Dear Editor, The citizens of Effingham County deserve a Superior Court Judge who has the character,

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a ... » Read More
Legislation to support veterans

Legislation to support veterans

I believe it is essential that we, as Americans, honor the men and women in our armed forces that selflessly serve our country and risk ... » Read More
Heavy legislative year for Human Services

Heavy legislative year for Human Services

Quite a few legislative changes were made to improve services to children and to enhance protections of children and seniors. For the first time in ... » Read More
Ludicrous demands from Ludacris

Ludicrous demands from Ludacris

OK, Georgia Tech fans, give me your best shot. I asked for it. You have shown me over the past two decades that you never ... » Read More
It’s been a strange election year

It’s been a strange election year

When friends ask me if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "how can I leave when I'm having ... » Read More
Improving public safety in the recent session

Improving public safety in the recent session

Governor Deal signed two important bills into law last week which I supported during the 2016 legislative session. My analysis of these bills is set ... » Read More
More funding, less testing for education

More funding, less testing for education

In a year that did not see massive reforms in education, the Legislature reacted to what members had been hearing in sessions all around the ... » Read More
PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank. » Read More
Former banker teaching peace through art

Former banker teaching peace through art

I believe that each of us has an obligation to leave this a better world than we found it. Linden Longino is trying to do ... » Read More
‘Feed my sheep’ ... and she did

‘Feed my sheep’ ... and she did

We all are much poorer, as a community, with the loss of a truly blessed lady who went to her reward last week. The good ... » Read More
Bolstering health care in rural Georgia

Bolstering health care in rural Georgia

In the Georgia House of Representatives, one of my priorities has been to improve access to healthcare for all Georgians, particularly those who live in ... » Read More
State revenues chugging right along

State revenues chugging right along

March revenues came in at a steady 2.2 percent net gain for the month, exclusive of the new fuel tax revenues which boosted the ... » Read More
Never a good time to get a DUI

Never a good time to get a DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad to get pulled ... » Read More
Religious freedom bill author responds

Religious freedom bill author responds

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of State Sen ... » Read More
Fighting terrorism and keeping Georgia safe

Fighting terrorism and keeping Georgia safe

Given the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Paris, San Bernardino and Chattanooga, I wanted to focus this week's article on what we in the ... » Read More
A big session for Effingham issues

A big session for Effingham issues

As I reflect on the 2016 legislative session, I first want to extend my appreciation for your support and your valuable input as I carefully ... » Read More
Economic development, job creation aided in session

Economic development, job creation aided in session

Job creation continued to be a top issue in the 2016 General Assembly with a number of pieces of legislation passed which focus on spurring ... » Read More
The 181st school district is making a difference

The 181st school district is making a difference

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that ... » Read More
Elected officials look to keep you in the dark

Elected officials look to keep you in the dark

Whenever you hear an elected official say they support the concept of "transparency" in government, you really shouldn't take them seriously. They usually don ... » Read More
How agriculture fared in the session

How agriculture fared in the session

This session was a good one for the future of agriculture. With the problems facing the agricultural community, declining farm income, commodity prices and other ... » Read More
Lawmakers declare their independence

Lawmakers declare their independence

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal. » Read More
Why the religious freedom bill failed

Why the religious freedom bill failed

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent Religious Freedom ... » Read More
Protecting our vulnerable citizens

Protecting our vulnerable citizens

It is great to be back home after a productive legislative session. On Saturday I was privileged to attend the 65th annual Screven County Livestock ... » Read More
Few bright spots under the Gold Dome

Few bright spots under the Gold Dome

Missed opportunities. That's the best description of the just completed legislative session. » Read More
Session reaches Sine Die

Session reaches Sine Die

Shortly after midnight last Thursday, I was honored as Majority Leader to make the motion to adjourn the Georgia House of Representatives. I am proud ... » Read More
Health care gets attention in final bills

Health care gets attention in final bills

Last week the 2016 legislative session adjourned "sine die" which is a Latin term meaning "without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing." » Read More
Shoring up rural hospitals

Shoring up rural hospitals

Of all of the bills that were voted on during a frenetic 40th day of the 2016 General Assembly, the one that could conceivably affect ... » Read More
Sharing life’s bumps and bruises

Sharing life’s bumps and bruises

She is not going to be pleased that I have told you this, but we are all family here, even if some of you consider ... » Read More
Lawmakers don’t follow the clock

Lawmakers don’t follow the clock

Georgia legislators have some problems when it comes to telling time. » Read More


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