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Mercer University law professor Dave Oedel studies and teaches constitutional law, intellectual property, contracts, client counseling and the regulation of core economic activities such as transportation and banking.

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    OEDEL: Lessons from history

    In his June 6 op-ed, former two-term Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis defended his crime-fighting record. Though Ellis skirted the charge that he backed off of assertive embedded policing around Village Green, a largely African-American Macon neighborhood, Ellis attacked the stop/question/frisk policing...

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    OEDEL: Keeping our republic

    At the close of America’s Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was reportedly asked by George Washington’s friend, Mrs. Elizabeth Powell of Philadelphia, “Well, doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin responded, “A republic...

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    OEDEL: Mount de Sales at a crossroads of conscience

    Mount de Sales, Macon’s high school under some guidance by the Sisters of Mercy, a national Catholic women’s organization, is at a crossroads of conscience.

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    OEDEL: Friday night detail

    After writing about our high local crime rate and attempts to address it, I had the chance May 16 to tag along on a coordinated Friday night detail of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, our consolidated police force in Macon-Bibb. Also participating were officers from the state’s probation...

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    OEDEL: Parsing the primary

    Georgia’s May 20 primary provided few surprises. Statewide, Gov. Nathan Deal, Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn won their primaries outright. David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston will meet again in a runoff, allowing more deliberate, focused voter review of the Republican nominee for U.S...

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    OEDEL: First Amendment Frankensteins

    Liberals lambaste corporations and PACs for their outsized influence in politics, but liberals seem blind to an even bigger institutional political speaker: government itself.

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    OEDEL: Reducing our crime

    Last week, I sketched some outlines of Macon’s crime problem (it’s big), and suggested that hard sentencing for questionable crimes may counterproductively bolster gang cohesiveness.

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    OEDEL: Our crime problem

    On April 25, The Telegraph’s 2012 Middle Georgian of the Year, Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon, debriefed local leaders about Robins Air Force Base in light of anticipated military downsizing nationally. McMahon mentioned traditional local vulnerabilities, such as chronic labor trouble at Robins...

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    OEDEL: Welcome, goodbye

    What a difference a year of good leadership can make. Interim Bibb County school Superintendent Steve Smith’s contract expires June 30. A search is underway for his successor. Smith began June 2, 2013. He’s been superintendent less than 11 months.

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    OEDEL: Primary preview

    May 20, 2014, should be the most interesting, unpredictable Bibb County election overall since voters approved consolidation July 31, 2012.

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