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.
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.
It's no surprise that the Georgia media has been consumed with the recent scandals erupting at the state capitol over legislators and their alleged affairs with lobbyists. Any assignment editor with a pulse will tell you that sex is what brings readers and viewers to a story.
In the rush to explore every aspect of Glenn Richardson's resignation as House speaker, however, we may be overlooking a story that is much more important to the state's future: the continuing failures in our banking system.
The Republican leadership in the Georgia House worked out an arrangement among themselves last week for the scandal-plagued Glenn Richardson to step down as House speaker and be replaced by Mark Burkhalter in the powerful legislative position.
The high-ranking Republicans hoped to put their problems behind them with the removal of Richardson, but they still have some long-simmering issues to resolve. The decision from on high to change speakers is not sitting well with some of the rank-and-file House Republicans, especially the younger ones who've only served in the legislature for a few terms.
Horse racing? Casino gambling? Until recently, those were two topics you didn't discuss at the state capitol.
Bills would occasionally be introduced by liberal lawmakers from Atlanta to legalize pari-mutuel wagering or allow casinos to operate at Underground Atlanta, but the measures typically would be assigned to committees that wouldn't bother to give them a hearing.
Politicians are often accused of "putting the fox in charge of the hen house" - of giving someone with a vested interest in an issue control over how that issue is resolved.
A good example is a president (such as Barack Obama) who appoints people from Wall Street to enforce federal regulations intended to crack down on illegal behavior by Wall Street's investment community. Needless to say, you're not likely to get vigorous enforcement in that situation.