• Tyler Harper State Senator
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Just a few minutes after midnight on March 29, the 2018 Legislative Session came to an end. It was a long session, but after looking back on all that we did, I am sure that we made Georgians across the state proud.  Even working all throughout the 14 hours on the last legislative day, there …

  • William Ligon State Senator
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Over the course of a legislative session, there are always numerous subject areas that are heavily focused on, from healthcare to education and everything in-between. This session was no exception, and one of those areas what that of vehicles – from the way we drive them, to the way we buy t…

  • Jamie Denty
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Several years ago, after I had handed a cashier $20.00 for a $10.64 purchase, I fumbled in my coin purse for exact change. I came up with 63 cents; and with no more pennies, I was looking for a nickel when the lady behind me reached forward and handed the cashier enough money for my entire p…

  • Jamie Denty
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Longtime friends gave us a bowl of orange-sized lemons from the tree growing in their front yard. Talk about fresh, juicy fruit. Whenever I make a lemon pie, my husband’s favorite, it takes squeezing three store-bought lemons to glean the half cup of juice required by the recipe. In contrast…

  • William Ligon State Senator
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With the 2018 Legislative Session behind us, I have had additional time to reflect on some of the legislation that faced us this year. While there were many achievements under the Gold Dome this year, there is still progress to be made in 2019. Today, I would like to share my thoughts on a f…

  • John Meyer
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Cold weather seems to be hanging on and I don’t know if we will ever see the sun again. I know that really sounds pessimistic, but this past winter has drained me of any good feelings concerning cloud cover, cold winds, and the lack of sun. I am a solar driven individual who gains energy fro…

  • Dick Yarbrough
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An unalterable deadline does not allow me to comment on certain events as quickly as I would like. Also, it is my policy to avoid writing about what everyone else happens to be writing about at the moment. Otherwise, I become just another voice crying in the wilderness, indistinguishable fro…

  • Jamie Denty
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Growing up, even in Texas where steak reigns supreme, I called ham my favorite meat. Mother usually served it for company; for me, it was always a treat. I still like ham. Today, I like all the ways I can use leftover ham. And since leftover ham and its hock freeze well, I like having pieces…

I hope everyone enjoyed Easter.  Cheryl and I watched the movie “The Passion of the Christ” on Saturday afternoon, which I think reminded us of the true meaning of Easter, not the one concerning eggs and bunnies.  

  • John Corbett State Representative
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At Midnight on Thursday, the General Assembly adjourned Sine Die. 

  • John Meyer
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We are finally getting some much-needed rain. I truly believe that this past winter has been the worst that I can remember. This winter has been colder and much more miserable than most of us anticipated, unless of course, you spend most of your time in the northeast part of the country. I r…

  • Dick Yarbrough
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Let me say upfront that Sen. David Shafer, R-Gwinnett County, who is running for lieutenant governor, and I haven’t been the closest of buddies. I didn’t like the way he and his cohort, Sen. William Ligon, R-Glynn County, gutted an otherwise much-needed adoption bill last year with some end-…

  • John Corbett State Representative
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Week 10 (Days 33-35) is over and the Georgia General Assembly has 5 legislative days left of the 2018 Legislative Session. In the weeks ahead, we will work diligently to advance legislation that fosters economic growth and prosperity.

  • Jamie Denty
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It appears as if creativity can backfire. When the hit TV show, “This is Us,” aired after the Super Bowl with death by “Crock Pot,” the cast began the next day trying to clean up any damage it might have caused a popular brand. 

  • William Ligon State Senator
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The completion of the 10th week under the Gold Dome leaves us just five legislative days away from the last day of session, which will be Thursday, March 29. This week, we completed day 35 of our 40-day session and saw 22 House bills and resolutions on the floor. I expect our final two weeks…

  • Tyler Harper State Senator
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We are only five legislative days away from Sine Die and time is running out for the General Assembly to pass and debate legislation. This week, the Senate met for three days and passed 22 bills and resolutions addressing issues ranging from health care to public safety.

Last week I watched a video of a father in a vehicle following his 10-year-old son who was jogging to school. Why? The son got in trouble a few days before for bullying kids on a school bus and the boy was actually kicked off the bus for three days. The video has garnered national attention …

  • Jim Zachary, CNHI Deputy National Editor, Editor, The Valdosta Daily Times
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(Editor’s note: This week the Charlton County Herald celebrates Sunshine Week, March 11-17. This newspaper believes it is your right to know how your government operates and we will continue to uphold this belief and the rights of citizens. The following is a guest editorial regarding Sunshi…

  • John Meyer
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Finally – Daylight Savings Time! Now we can see it become dark around 9:00 p.m. for part of the summer and then we will change back to where it is dark at 5:30 p.m. in a few months. That is kind of crazy, at least to me. I don’t understand the logic behind time changes, especially those whic…

  • Tyler Harper State Senator
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After the business of Crossover Day last week, the Senate took a few days this week to devote solely to committee meetings to begin hearing and debating some of the legislation sent over to us by the House. We passed a total of 11 bills this week, including the amended 2018 Fiscal Year Budget.  

  • Dick Yarbrough
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I try to live my life by two simple rules: One, never eat soup with a fork and, two, try not to disagree with the county sheriff. The first one will stain your tie something awful. The latter will likely get you in a heap of trouble if you roll through their county acting like you own the place.

  • John Meyer
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I came home from work yesterday and tuned into Fox News and I watched the meeting with President Trump and various Senators concerning the gun issue facing us today. I admired the way he chaired the meeting. I watched law makers from both parties entering the conversation, stating their posi…

  • John Meyer
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I don’t suppose I should ever be surprised at the fierce rhetoric spewed out of the mouths of liberals, whenever anything of significance happens in this country. It really doesn’t matter if it concerns taxes, immigration, men taking advantage of women, or the killing of innocent people by a…

  • William Ligon State Senator
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This week in the Senate, First Amendment freedoms advanced, in committee and on the Senate floor. Georgians will also benefit from a number of other bills that passed, including one supporting agriculture education in our schools and another which revises the burden of proof needed in cases …

  • John Meyer
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The recent school shooting episode, in Parkland, Florida, is another example of how our society has continued to degrade itself and our response to this tragedy will set new trends in our interaction with others.  

  • Dick Yarbrough
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There are few people I admire more than William Porter Payne. In a fit of pique during my days at the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, I told an associate that I was ready to whip somebody’s butt the next time anybody criticized Payne, the organization’s founder and CEO.

  • William Ligon State Senator
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As we passed the halfway mark of the 2018 Legislative Session, the pace picked up considerably as 20 pieces of legislation moved through the Senate this week. Four bills were part of a package addressing issues faced by our local law enforcement agencies, particularly the problems of retaini…

  • John Corbett State Representative
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In 2017, the House Rural Development Council was created to identify problems plaguing rural Georgia communities and propose legislative remedies.

  • Tyler Harper State Senator
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We have officially passed the halfway point as we wrapped up legislative day 22 on Thursday. This was a great week for Georgians as we took action on a number of priorities for the session, including a comprehensive package of reforms for our state’s law enforcement officers, as well as the …

  • John Meyer
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Recovering from the flu is a slow process. I’ve talked to friends who have been down and out for a period of up to nineteen days.  Each time someone would tell me of their awful experience I would grimace and hope that I avoided the flu. I didn’t though, but I’m getting better after a bit le…

  • John Corbett State Representative
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During Week Five of the 2018 Legislative Session, the Georgia House reached an important budgetary milestone.

  • Tyler Harper State Senator
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Recently the Senate completed the 10th legislative day. Meaning we are now a quarter of the way through the 2018 legislative session. While it may sound like we have a lot of time left, we still have a lot of work to do. 

  • John Meyer
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I have been thinking a lot about the way our country seems to be in constant turmoil over the political infighting and outfighting which has become a daily occurrence for the past year. Well, ever since the election of Donald Trump.

  • John Corbett State Representative
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During Week Four, state lawmakers welcomed thousands of guests to the Capitol, vetted legislation in committee, and passed important bills on the House Floor.

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