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Could more funding be squeezed out of the lottery?

Could more funding be squeezed out of the lottery?

As tuition rises and pressures continue on the HOPE Scholarship and Grant and the need for additional Pre-K slots continues to increase, the conversation usually ... » Read More
How Georgia measures up against other states

How Georgia measures up against other states

Georgia is a state where we measure ourselves by how other people think of us. » Read More
How to be a liberal in one angry letter

How to be a liberal in one angry letter

I want you to hear this from me rather than from Donald Trump. I have been outed. I am a "bed-wetting liberal." No longer can ... » Read More
Eliminating sanctuary cities  and Planned Parenthood funding

Eliminating sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood funding

In the wake of the tragic terrorist attack in Chattanooga, I cosponsored H.R. 3115, the Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act, to allow military ... » Read More
State sets record in monthly revenue

State sets record in monthly revenue

A solid June revenue total of $1.81 billion capped fiscal year 2015 with the highest revenue collections in the state's history, totaling $19 ... » Read More
Lawmakers have an explosive issue on their hands

Lawmakers have an explosive issue on their hands

With the legalization of fireworks this year, Georgia residents had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend – literally. » Read More
Blessed are the peacemakers who state the obvious

Blessed are the peacemakers who state the obvious

Blessed are we, the peacemakers. Ours is a lonely lot. I had hoped I could cut back on pacifying petulant poops and spend more time ... » Read More
Little support for questionable Iran deal

Little support for questionable Iran deal

In case you missed it, the Obama Administration announced an agreement on the Iranian nuclear deal this week and I asked you to let me ... » Read More
The dignity  of work

The dignity of work

For most people, chronic homelessness among men would not be the first choice among problems to tackle in inner-city Atlanta. Millions of dollars in government ... » Read More
Budget restores Medicaid rates

Budget restores Medicaid rates

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law in 2010 by President Obama, it included many provisions to expand Medicaid ... » Read More
Business wins over tradition

Business wins over tradition

Some wars are not fought on battlefields these days. They are fought on social networks with the weapons of Twitter feeds and Facebook memes. » Read More
Island’s deer glad they are now official

Island’s deer glad they are now official

In the midst of all the turmoil over recent Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage as well as the furor over the Confederate ... » Read More
The next frontier for private property rights

The next frontier for private property rights

Susette Kelo was minding her own business when the city of New London, Conn., set its sights on her home. The city wanted to take ... » Read More
Not enough has changed

Not enough has changed

Though it sits just 90 miles to our southernmost point, travelling to Cuba is like traveling back in time. On a recent mission there. I ... » Read More
Expanding autism care in Georgia

Expanding autism care in Georgia

Over the past several years, efforts to increase autism awareness and provide and expand treatment coverage have been a top priority of Georgia legislators and ... » Read More
Where should your water come from?

Where should your water come from?

This is what's happening in California as the state tries to cope with a record-breaking drought that is now in its fourth year. » Read More
‘Occasional’ column reaches 17 years

‘Occasional’ column reaches 17 years

It was supposed to be one-and-done but it didn't work out that way. » Read More
Good news out of the Supreme Court

Good news out of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court this week ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's effort to limit power plant emissions. » Read More
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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » 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 ... » Read More


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