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.
After a friend told me she recently waited three and a half hours to get her Georgia driver's license renewed and then had to deal with a clerk who could have passed for a robot - and an unhelpful one, at that - I thought this to be a typical example of a bunch of government bureaucrats who don't care because they don't have to.
I apparently did not learn my lesson two weeks ago with the debacle in involving an explosion of Gerber puffed-wheat snacks in church.
Editor, The staff and residents of Magnolia Manor on the Coast would like to express our sincere gratitude for the very generous support recently received from several groups in the community.
Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend. We stopped at a table near the front of the store and it was loaded with different books that had such obscene titles that many of the words were expressed as @?*#.
There is a lot going on in the world right now. Usually when I get stuck on what to write about, it is due to a lack of interesting stuff on which to comment. Fortunately there is a buffet of topics making headlines right now. Crazy politics and our government shutdown of course lead the way.
Despite the rants of publicity-seeking bigots, the blather of Twitter twits and a national news media more interested in scooping the competition than in accurate reporting, the fact is that our American system of justice presumes one is innocent until proven guilty.
Tuesday marked the beginning of open enrollment for health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act. Soon, Georgians will have access to health plans that not only benefit their family's well-being, but also fit within their budgets.
The American people are rejecting Obamacare by wide margins. Recent polls in Georgia suggest that more than 57 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Obamacare and only 31 percent have a favorable view.
Voters and federal workers are by now getting tired of all these cat-and-mouse games the two political parties in Congress are playing with their livelihoods and with the nation's economy. That includes the government shutdown because of the failure of Republicans and Democrats in the two chambers to find a compromise. Each has an objective and neither minds inflicting suffering on others to try to get its way.
Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. It's hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it's a desperately needed start.
While it's unrealistic to expect a community's future to be decided in one day, Bryan County's countywide planning retreat held this week at the Richmond Hill City Center was positive in a number of ways. Coastal EMC sponsored the event in an effort to bring Bryan County leaders together to discuss major issues facing our area in the years ahead.
September is World Alzheimer's Month. By the time you read this article, several local "Walk to End Alzheimer's" fundraising events will have taken place.
In our lives, there are places and things we remember. I remember one event as if it were yesterday.
Sept. 30 is the end date for those in Congress to reach an agreement on the budget and spending. The threat of a possible government shutdown looms. What does that mean for those of us outside of the political power circle?
The Sept. 30 end of the federal fiscal year always entails a messy political battle of some kind in Congress.