When the most memorable moment of the Capitol's State of the Union evening involves rising Republican star Marco Rubio lunging for a water bottle, it's a sure sign this tradition is badly in need of rethinking.
Monday, Feb. 11: Although we went into session at 10 a.m., we suspended roll call until 11 a.m. in order to allow our newest member, Sen. Dean Burke, R-Bainbridge, to be sworn in and participate in the session. Burke has been a physician for 25 years and brings a wealth of health-care experience to our chamber.
My fellow Americans: (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I come to you today to report on the state of your column - and it is your column because without you, I would be writing to myself which doesn't make any sense. (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
The Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 18th day of the 2013 legislative session last week as we were in session Monday through Thursday.
Editor, This is to the citizens of Liberty County. I wish all the best for the student athletes at Bradwell Institute, as does my husband, Jim Walsh Jr. But he is a much better person than I am; I can no longer keep my tongue. So just the facts:
Baseball season is just around the corner. I love baseball because it gives me something to watch until football season starts again.
Observing mankind can be very entertaining. Listening to what people say, how they act and how they react is often worthy of note ... maybe even a reality show.
If there's one thing most of us will probably agree on, it's that many tend to disagree whenever politics enters a discussion.
Friday in the Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 14th day of the 2013 legislative session.
• Monday, Feb. 4 - After a short weekend break, we were welcomed back to the Capitol by a sea of green for 4-H Day. The mission of 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming productive attitudes. The fine young people who gathered Feb. 4 were great examples of this successful program. Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and I were delighted to welcome the Leadership Liberty group to the Capitol. At lunch, I was honored to join my friends from Glynn County and the Brunswick area who were there to meet with state officials. Later in the ...
Are you sitting down? I had a meeting with House Speaker David Ralston last week at the Capitol.
A ton of Americans didn't see the payroll-tax increase coming. Others simply didn't want to believe it when they heard or read about it, upon the rare occasion that the media would report on it. It had to just be right-wing talking points.
We're in the midst of "birthday season." Last year, several friends and I all welcomed our babies into the world within a few months of each other. We didn't plan it that way, but around this time in 2012, it seemed like someone was always on her way to the hospital for the big event.
Newspaper publishers across Georgia are dedicating a significant bit of time and ink explaining why community newspapers matter. I would like to add my thoughts on the subject.
So the lights went out during the Super Bowl for a few minutes. Big deal.
Every phase of "babyhood" has its merits, and I've loved them all so far. In fact, every time my daughter Reese enters a new stage of development, I swear that it's the best one yet. I honestly can't pick my favorite.
Some say the adage about pigs flying originated with Washington politicians who have an uncanny ability to get nothing accomplished. If they did accomplish something - the politicians we mean - then said swine would take to the air. The horror.
I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.
Finally, just when we thought it would never happen again, it does - we get some good news out of Washington, D.C.
"Hello, Gov. Deal's office. May I help you? One moment, please. Governor, you have a call on line one."
Halloween is a fun holiday, short and sweet. It doesn't require a lot of prep and is over in a few hours.
There's a topic I've always shied away from in this column - the working mom vs. stay-at-home mom debate. I never felt the need to broach this subject before because, honestly, I didn't really feel it was an issue anymore. I thought we, as parents, had moved past all that trivial nonsense and decided all mothers play important roles. Period.
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year's elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.
I was talking to Siri the other day - you know, that voice on your Apple smartphone that helps you with directions, tells you who's winning the football game and will also take memos for you and then store them on your iPhone.
Editor, This is to the committee of the Richmond Hill seafood festival. The Saturday morning of the festival, my 5-year-old grandson and son-in-law, both natives of Black Creek, arrived for the annual car show that had been advertised on the website only to find out it had been canceled.
The Richmond Hill Garden Club's 14th annual Pumpkin Patch held in early October was a great success thanks to the generous support of local citizens. The garden club is truly grateful to those who attended and those who helped us publicize and arrange the occasion.
I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in greater Garfield to see what kind of reactions he was getting from the public to the recent shutdown of the federal government.
If you were at J.F. Gregory Park on Saturday, it will be no great surprise to hear that attendance numbers for this year's Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival were up this year compared to last. Droves of people poured through entrance gate all day Saturday, letting up only for what amounted to less than an hour of rain showers.
I went to my mailbox the other day and was surprised to find absolutely nothing inside.
On Saturday, plenty of area residents will enter the graveyard across the street from the Historic Midway Church. Yes, it is again time for the Midway Museum-sponsored cemetery tour.