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Yarbrough: The truth is that there is no fake news here

According to our Tweeter-in-Chief, there is a lot of fake news running around these days. I think he is talking about the national television networks ...

May 21, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Conason: Congress: Demand White House Transcript

If Donald Trump disclosed highly classified state secrets to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister, he may be vulnerable to impeachment -- not because he broke ...

May 21, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Harrop: Can Americans Get Their Democracy Back?

Boy, wouldn't it be great to get that mentally unstable thug out of the Oval Office? That's putting it undiplomatically, I know, but ...

May 21, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Be Wary of Anonymous Sources

The public's insatiable desire for content has led a number of so-called reporters to lower their standards and practice shoddy journalism -- biased, full of ...

May 21, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Weekly Music Fix

Welcome to another exciting edition of the Weekly Fix. Hope you're hungry for some more rock, country and jazz beats that will get your ...

May 21, 2017 | Xavier I. Lewis | Living


Pace: Traveling Through Europe with Oxford College Students

The idea for this trip began with a suggestion from Oxford College's Communications Director, Cathy Wooten. Five years ago she looked at me and ...

May 21, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Irwin: Road Improvement has Closed Henderson’s

When I am opening a new internet account or phone app or whatever, and it asks me to come up with answers to those security ...

May 21, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists


Conosan: Donald Trump's Death Panels

The real death panels are coming.

May 14, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists


Yarbrough: Hogs not happy at being compared with politicians

A few years ago, I decided that what this country needed was an organization that specialized in both in-depth analysis of major political developments as ...

May 14, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: 'Bro Culture' companies may do poorly by being bad

What exactly does Uber have to offer that other companies do not? The ride-hailing service doesn't own its cars or employ drivers. It's ...

May 14, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Angels around us

While we tend to celebrate our own mothers on Mothers' Day, this year I am celebrating all mothers who overcome odds to take care of ...

May 14, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Redman: Heart of the home

Every day of the summer, the young boy would trample through the living room onto the crystal-clean carpet tracking in dirt, mud, or clay that ...

May 14, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Mahathre: Despite declines in teen pregnancy and birth rates, there is still more work to be done

Despite historic declines in the rates of teen pregnancies and births in the United States, and a 63 percent reduction in the teen pregnancy rate ...

May 14, 2017 | Veronica Mahathre | Health


Telling It Like It Is... Yearning for the good old days

I remember hearing my Granny Stapp say "We're living in a different world now" many times and that simple phrase is truer now more ...

May 14, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists


Collapsed interstate bridge in Georgia to open next week

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta drivers can resume their commutes on a heavily used interstate by early next week at the latest, Georgia's governor and state ...

May 10, 2017 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | State


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Belton: A good week for education at the Capitol

The pace certainly picked up this week as the House passed many bills. I'll highlight the most meaningful below.

February 26, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Yarbrough: A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years of age); a Bronze Star recipient with two tours of duty in Vietnam, retiring as a captain after having joined the Army at 17; a college graduate; a member of 11 halls of fame; a coach; an author and motivational speaker; a cancer survivor and a devout Christian. A list of remarkable achievements to which many of us would aspire but which few, if any of us, could ever equal. He has.

February 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Bouchillon: What SPLOST is and isn't good for

There are some expenditures just too large to include in a General Fund budget. The cost of maintaining and improving the roads is one example. The state offers a 2:1 match for dollars the county brings to the table, but the county has to have money to match state dollars. So the county can leverage those SPLOST dollars, essentially turning each dollar into about three. Getting a two to one return on our SPLOST dollar investment is highly desirable if it were a stock, I think we would all buy it!

February 26, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Opinion


Jeffares: Week 7 from under the Gold Dome

We are now at the point in the session where legislation originating in the Senate must be passed favorably out of Senate committees, or it will be dead for the session. The deadline has come very fast, and now we are shifting into overdrive to ensure sound legislation has the opportunity to go to the Senate floor for a full body vote. We passed a number of bills this week that deal with healthcare in Georgia, transportation initiatives and women veterans.

February 26, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Debate over religious freedom returns to Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Republicans have again proposed legislation they argue will protect people acting on religious belief, undaunted by the forceful veto of a similar proposal last year by the state's Republican governor.

February 22, 2017 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Legislative Updates


Anderson: Week six under the Gold Dome

We are officially halfway through the 2017 legislative session and now have 8 days left to introduce legislation in the Senate and 20 days left to vote on legislation from either chamber. Things around the capitol will continue to get busier as we near crossover day and eventually sine die.

February 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Pace: What should I give up this year?

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and the stores have already put out their Peeps and Cadbury Eggs in anticipation of Easter. Before we get to Easter, though, I invite you to join me in a tradition of the Christian community that asks us to be intentional with our lives in a way that we often aren't the rest of the year.

February 19, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Jeffares: Week 6 from under the Gold Dome

Having the opportunity to represent each of you under the gold dome every day is an honor I will never take for granted. This week was very busy at the Capitol. We passed 11 bills on the Senate floor, countless bills were passed out of committee and we welcomed a lot of very special people to the chamber.

February 19, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Belton: House passes balanced budget

The House overcame our largest hurdle this week as we passed – once again – a balanced budget…something our federal government in Washington hasn't done for decades.

February 19, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Harrop: What is Trump most afraid of?

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can play the prince, favoring a wedding party with a cameo or entertaining the Japanese prime minister in lavish Palm Beach style.

February 19, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: Secretary of agriculture-designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a severe shortage of broccoli.

February 19, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Where strength comes from

This Presidents' Day, instead of buying a new appliance, read George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Bouchillon: SPLOST: ‘It is not a tax increase’

SPLOST is an acronym for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It is a program whereby counties can add one penny per dollar spent by consumers within its borders to help fund projects specifically allowed by state law. It is optional, meaning not mandatory. Each county has to propose a list of projects, and the county residents get to vote whether to agree to this one penny sales tax. It is temporary - collected for five-year periods for the projects specified, then the county proposes a new list and asks its residents to vote yes or no to continue the penny ...

February 19, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Columnists


Pace: What Should I Give Up This Year?

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and the stores have already put out their Peeps and Cadbury Eggs in anticipation of Easter. Before we get to Easter, though, I invite you to join me in a tradition of the Christian community that asks us to be intentional with our lives in a way that we often aren't the rest of the year.

February 19, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Study: Big data helps struggling college students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A new tool involving big data can help those at risk.

February 18, 2017 | Maria Danilova Associated Press | Education


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