One by one, the members of the state Board of Education voted last week to decide one of the most important issues they will ever face as they make policy for Georgia's public education system.
If I had a nickel for every time I've heard someone propose term limits as the solution for every political problem that faces us, I could have retired long ago to that cabin in the North Georgia mountains.
Georgia has never been an oil-producing state, but its congressmen have always been the most enthusiastic supporters anywhere of exploring every conceivable location where black gold might be located.
Before we get caught up in the drama of the primary election campaigns, we should stop and take note that some good people will be leaving their current elected offices after this year.
It is a phrase that UGA football Coach Mark Richt uses often with his players: Finish the drill. In other words, get the job done, do it right, and do it all. That message seems to have been lost on some of the people serving in political office. The trend now is to get elected to something and then resign. A good example is Sarah Palin, who quit before finishing her term as Alaska's governor. Palin seems to have been an inspiration to a lot of Georgia politicians.
Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes tax increases, for years has asked legislators from across the country to make this promise: "I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."
With all the bad news coming out of the state capitol in recent weeks, it's tempting to think that Georgia's legislators have accomplished nothing for this session.
We have a government in Georgia that quite literally is on the verge of collapse because of gaping deficits in the budgets for this year and next.
When Chancellor Erroll Davis was told by legislators to make further budget cuts at the University System, he put up several ideas for consideration. You could raise tuition 35 percent or so, Davis said, as well as charge students an "emergency fee," shorten semesters, lay off some employees, or discontinue popular programs such as 4-H and county extension offices.
It's time for Bill and Hillary Clinton to step aside. The hottest new couple in politics is one of Georgia's own, DuBose and Carol Porter. DuBose Porter, the state legislator from Dublin, has already been campaigning for several months in the Democratic primary for governor. His wife, Carol, announced last week that she will run in the same primary for lieutenant governor.
Georgia's legislators have gotten themselves into another fine mess with the state budget. The question is how do they get themselves out of it?
Gov. Sonny Perdue is nearing the end of his time as governor, but he had one more big idea to throw out for discussion.
This is not a fun time to be a state legislator in Georgia. You can see it in all the long faces in the House and Senate chambers.
The General Assembly is back in session as of Jan. 11, but it's going to be very different this year when our lawmakers gather under the Gold Dome.
You could call 2009 "the year of the quitter" in Georgia politics. It was a 12-month period marked not by the accomplishments of politicians serving in elected office, but dominated instead by the news of people who decided to leave office or drop out of an upcoming election campaign.