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The Color of Georgia

My father, Newt Gingrich, ran for congress in rural, west, middle Georgia in 1974. At the time, Georgia was dominated by the Democratic Party, there were few Republicans in the state and Watergate was in full swing. Somehow, against this headwind, he managed to garner 49 percent of the vote. He never stopped running, waking up the day after the election to shake hands at the Ford Factory as their shift changed.

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Updated: apr. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Rand Paul’s amateur hour

Not to put too fine a point on it, but what has Rand Paul ever done? Oh, sure, he’s a member of the U.S. Senate, but only a freshman, and it’s the only political office he has ever held. He’s an ophthalmologist, a father, a husband and the son of Ron Paul, who used to run for president. So now it is son Rand who is doing so. Aside from family tradition, the question is why?

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Posted: apr. 17, 2014 8:14 p.m.

Needing to remember what Easter is all about

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 7:51 p.m. | Updated: apr. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Remove the splinter, change the climate

A front page article in Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution discussed the fate of former Atlanta School Superintendent Beverly Hall and her impending trial.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 7:49 p.m. | Updated: apr. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The troubling legacies of racism and crony capitalism

Conservatives and liberals had entirely different reactions to the recent confrontation between Attorney General Eric Holder and Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert. After the event, Holder expressed his view that no previous attorney general or president had ever had to deal with such treatment and that the reason had to do with race. Gohmert, on the other hand, said he was just performing congressional oversight because he didn’t think Holder was doing his job.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 7:49 p.m. | Updated: apr. 15, 2014 9:00 p.m.

Time in a bottle

If you are considered to be the first of the baby boomers you are in your 60’s.

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Posted: apr. 12, 2014 3:48 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Rumsfeld's battle with truth

There is a moment, a mere moment, when Donald Rumsfeld’s eyes well up and he chokes a bit. This comes in Errol Morris’ documentary “The Unknown Known,” in which Rumsfeld mentions visiting the wounded of the Iraq War. It is then that we get a glance at the man behind the word-playing frat boy who should not be able to sleep at night but from all the evidence does -- soundly. Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. Maybe. But in Rumsfeld’s case, it is certainly worth watching.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2014 6:22 p.m. | Updated: apr. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

65 million reasons for optimism

I am an optimist. I believe that America’s best days are still to come and today’s children will live a life far better than their parents and grandparents.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2014 8:17 p.m. | Updated: apr. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Child abuse and neglect need to be priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don’t like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2014 8:18 p.m. | Updated: apr. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Unladylike Black Girls Is Not Cultural Norm

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming new book, which as yet is untitled.

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Posted: apr. 06, 2014 12:22 a.m.

Recent thoughts stir up flashback with immigration

There was a story on the news recently that the Obama administration is freeing almost as many illegal immigrants as they are rounding up on our western boarders.

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Posted: apr. 06, 2014 12:18 a.m.

The shame of General Motors

He was known as “Engine Charlie.” And while Charles Erwin Wilson was both the longtime president of General Motors and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s secretary of defense, he has come to a deserved rest in Bartlett’s for saying, “What is good for the country is good for General Motors, and what’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” I couldn’t agree more. What would be good for both is if the proper parties are condemned to drive the cars they made.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2014 5:41 p.m. | Updated: apr. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The Final Quarter

Our two children are into the second week of their final quarter of the school year. Warm weather, longer days and budding plants are pushing their thoughts toward summer. For them, summer equates to vacation, travel, sleeping late and the absence of homework, quizzes and tests.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2014 5:40 p.m. | Updated: apr. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Irritating liberals and conservatives in same week is not easy

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

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Posted: apr. 01, 2014 6:15 p.m. | Updated: apr. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Time for an Affordable Insurance Act

It was passed by Congress, signed by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court. But the individual mandate — a requirement that every American buy the kind of insurance deemed appropriate by the federal government — is being repealed by the American people.

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Posted: apr. 01, 2014 6:09 p.m. | Updated: apr. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Bizarre Arguments and Behavior

Some statements and arguments are so asinine that you’d have to be an academic or a leftist to take them seriously. Take the accusation that Republicans and conservatives are conducting a war on women. Does that mean they’re waging war on their daughters, wives, mothers and other female members of their families? If so, do they abide by the Geneva Conventions’ bans on torture, or do they engage in enhanced interrogation and intimidation methods, such as waterboarding, with female family members? You might say that leftists don’t mean actual war. Then why do they say it?

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Posted: mar. 29, 2014 6:58 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Mothers of yesterday

The other day I was listening to a group of millennials (birth years ranging from 1980s to the early 2000’s) being interviewed by a person who does such things and, with the exception of one person, almost every ideal they discussed was different than the ideals we were brought up on.

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Posted: mar. 29, 2014 6:57 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.

One can be the deadliest number

“Sophie, Sophie, don’t die! Stay alive for the children,’ the dying Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand urged his wife as she slumped over him in the open-topped sports car. But Gavrilo Princip’s shot had already killed her. A bodyguard asked Franz Ferdinand if he was in pain. ‘It’s nothing!’ he replied repeatedly. Those were his last words.”

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Posted: mar. 27, 2014 6:35 p.m. | Updated: mar. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Nature, Nurture, Talents

As a mother, I often dwell on my role and that of my husband in influencing our children. I also think about the roles their peers and their environment play in affecting their growth.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2014 6:37 p.m. | Updated: mar. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Columnist commandos get scoop on latest developments in crimea

Since the policy of the federal government seems to be to snoop on the conversations of private citizens, I thought it would be appropriate if we turned the tables on them. So, I authorized my columnist commandos to infiltrate the White House disguised as Teleprompters and get the real scoop on the latest developments in Ukraine.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2014 8:27 p.m. | Updated: mar. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The Wizards of Washington can’t deliver

The political community is abuzz about the growing possibility that Republicans might win control of the Senate this November. But little attention has been paid to a larger and more significant trend.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2014 8:28 p.m. | Updated: mar. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

WRAP UP: Quick look at SB 350, SR 415 and HR 1265

Georgia’s 2014 legislative session closed last week, with the House working through two day-long floor sessions. During that time, we considered 44 Senate bills and resolutions, along with dozens of votes to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of bills. The House had already worked on most of the more notable pieces of legislation in play during preceding weeks, but we did see several that were significant, or of interest, during those final two days.

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Posted: mar. 22, 2014 7:22 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

SCA 5 is purest form Of racial bias

California is the poster child for failed socialist policies.  It’s the place where hippies and communalists went to create their idea of utopia, but, instead, ended up with a hyper-dystopian society.  Quoting George Kelly from his book on Personal Construct Theory, the problem, for them, these many years later is “Any personal construction which is used repeatedly in spite of consistent invalidation is a psychological disorder.”

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Posted: mar. 22, 2014 6:35 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Thanking the age of modern medicine

The truth of the matter is that most of us have a great deal to be thankful for of all the discoveries that have made modern medicine a pure miracle.

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Posted: mar. 22, 2014 6:34 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Callaway, a Georgian Visionary

Georgia may appear at first glance to be a red state, solidly Republican, but its history is more complex. Those unfamiliar with its political history might be surprised to learn that, for 90 years, the Democratic Party so dominated Georgia that no Republican would run for the governor’s office.

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Posted: mar. 20, 2014 7:41 p.m. | Updated: mar. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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