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Sonny snaps out of it

Perhaps we had Gov. Sonny Perdue all wrong. When we said Perdue was a do-nothing governor, maybe he wasn't really doing nothing. He was just waiting for something to happen - something big and awful so he could really show his stuff.

May 20, 2009 | Bill Shipp | Our Thoughts


The elephant’s tent

 Ninth District Rep. Nathan Deal has spent 16 years as Georgia's mountain district congressman. During that time, we've barely heard a peep from him. Deal's low profile may account for the ease with which he has slipped back into office every two years.

May 17, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Kindred parties

The red, white and blue Republican elephant logo adorns the cover of this week's Time magazine, with this headline: "Endangered Species." Inside, the Time header asks, "Is the Party Over?" The story goes on to say, "Lacking leadership and fresh ideas, the GOP has officially entered the political wilderness. It could take years to find the way back."

May 13, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


The honesty file

 Gary Horlacher has hit upon an idea that every Democratic and Republican political candidate ought to applaud. Let every statewide candidate submit to a lie-detector test to prove he or she is morally ready for public service. OK, so I didn't hear a single clap or cheer; it's still a worthwhile notion.

May 10, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Keep America first

Suppose you woke up one bright morning and you were no longer an American. You were a documented Georgian or Southerner, but no longer a citizen of the United States.

Suppose the Legislature had cut a deal with the federal government to allow, say, Georgia, Alabama and Texas to declare their sovereignty and carve themselves outside the nation's borders. The new maps would show the new United States, with a few rogue jurisdictions hanging to its soft underbelly.

May 06, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


What's an elephant do?

You have to hand it to those folks in Austin, Texas. They know a good campaign issue when they see one. Just the other day, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas mentioned "secession" - resigning from the United States - as a way to escape the odious government in Washington.

May 03, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Murder in Athens

Three people were shot to death Saturday in Athens, and three others were wounded. A UGA professor was being sought as the killer. I was mildly surprised to hear the news before I switched the TV to "Cops" to watch the San Diego police collar hapless derelicts.

April 29, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Bring back Newt

After losing last year's presidential election, the national Republican Party seems to have lost its way.

April 25, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Karen’s conundrum

 If I were a gambling man, I'd bet a wad, even at this early date, on Secretary of State Karen Handel to win the Republican primary for governor next year.

April 22, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Seems like old times

The run-up to the election for governor next year is beginning to feel like a replay of 1998.

April 19, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Fear of physicians

The last time I visited a doctor, about a month ago, I fell off the scale in his office and broke a rib. It was 9 o'clock in the morning, and I had consumed only one cup of coffee.

I can tell a dozen stories like that - brushes with bad luck when I put my destiny in the hands of MDs.

April 15, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


How to make F-22s disappear

Unless the Easter bunny leaves Georgia's government a bushel of golden eggs, the Peach State is in a heck of a mess.

April 11, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


A tale worth remembering

Richard Whitt, 64, a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 17 years and a Pulitzer Prize-winner for the Louisville Courier-Journal, keeled over one day in January and died of a massive heart attack. The AJC didn't even bother to run an obituary. The Courier-Journal said Whitt had been one of the best investigative reporters around.

Ironically, Whitt died just as a book he had authored hit the store shelves. The volume, "Behind the Hedges: Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia," sank from sight almost as soon as it was published. In a brief mention, the ...

April 08, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


The Baker factor

Thurbert Baker is not exactly a clone of Barack Obama, but neither is he another Vernon Jones.

So when Baker, Georgia's veteran attorney general, announced for governor on a dull day last week, Georgia's highest-ranking African-American constitutional officer made a few headlines around the state.

April 05, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


The rat returns

Remember "The Rat" - a giant Godzilla-like creature that stalked the Georgia TV-scape nearly 10 years ago? The monster - a guy in a rat suit - starred in the darnedest political commercial Georgia had ever seen. The rat gobbled up everything in sight. He even ate the Capitol. The year was 2002.

Georgia Democrats were aghast. Depicting Georgia's then governor, Roy E. Barnes, as a marauding rodent seemed, well, somehow disrespectful. Perhaps it was, but it worked. Sonny Perdue won the governor's mansion and led the first Republican takeover of Georgia government since the end of Reconstruction.

April 01, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


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