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Bond rating another reason to celebrate

Bond rating another reason to celebrate

On June 8, the state sold $1.37 billion (net $1.026 billion) in bonds for projects around the state. The Georgia State Financing and ... » Read More
This Sebastian is the real deal

This Sebastian is the real deal

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in ... » Read More
Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana. » Read More
Strong year for the state continues

Strong year for the state continues

Revenues totaling $1.56 billion for May complete 11 months of a very successful year for the state. Revenues grew at a strong 9.9 ... » Read More
What bugs Junior E. Lee this election year

What bugs Junior E. Lee this election year

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed ... » Read More
Is Sen. Perdue aiming for higher office?

Is Sen. Perdue aiming for higher office?

During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was ... » Read More
Health care gets attention in 2016

Health care gets attention in 2016

Since over 20 percent of the state budget is spent on health care and human services, it is not surprising that 2016 saw a number ... » Read More
UGA AD does the right thing the right way

UGA AD does the right thing the right way

I haven't met UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity, but I give him high marks for the way in which he has handled the blowback ... » Read More
Some good guys are leaving the playing field

Some good guys are leaving the playing field

We've spent a lot of time talking about people running for office this year, but I want to note the departure of a few ... » Read More
Morgan has served community, hospital well for many years

Morgan has served community, hospital well for many years

The big news last week was the retirement of Norma Jean Morgan, the CEO of Effingham Health Services, which includes our growing hospital. » Read More
What United Way is and what it does

What United Way is and what it does

Have you ever wondered what United Way does? Most people have seen the United Way logo on TV ads through our partnership with the NFL ... » Read More
Legislation affecting natural resources

Legislation affecting natural resources

• HB 1028-Sponsored by Tattnall's Rep. Bill Werkheiser, requires owners and operators of a solid waste landfill to notify local governments of any release ... » Read More
What’s in a name? Ask Cameron

What’s in a name? Ask Cameron

It is the policy of this modest and much-beloved columnist to give you in-depth analysis of the really important issues taking place in our nation ... » Read More
Voters like  their incumbents after all

Voters like their incumbents after all

In the end, the political insurgency that supposedly would sweep incumbents out of office in last week's primaries turned out not to be much ... » Read More
Promoting justice and improving driver safety

Promoting justice and improving driver safety

This session, I had the privilege of helping pass legislation that I believe will help secure justice for crime victims and help enhance public safety ... » Read More
Support for military, vets strong in ’16

Support for military, vets strong in ’16

As a pro-military state, Georgia has a close relationship with active duty soldiers, reservists and guardsmen as well as with veterans. This relationship has been ... » Read More
A terrorist who deserves our thanks

A terrorist who deserves our thanks

There is a terrorist living in my neighborhood and I couldn't be prouder. You may remember that I shared with you the story of ... » Read More
Fighting a battle they’re sure to lose

Fighting a battle they’re sure to lose

This is one of those times when I feel like I'm watching the movie "Groundhog Day." The same things keep happening over and over ... » Read More
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


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