The dissonance of the sessions last days

They can go home now. Lawmakers have competed the only task they legally have to do: Pass a budget. And on Wednesday, that’s what the General Assembly did — pass a $49 billion budget which includes federal funds. Still and all, state funds account for $25 billion of the total. The only thing left for the men and women under the Gold Dome to do is to sing “Sine Die” and go home. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. There are still hundreds of bills to be considered and this period in any session is the most dangerous for Georgia citizens.

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Competing agendas in adoption legislation hurting children

You would think that in the name of helping children we could have a cease fire in the culture wars. But not in Georgia. Right now, our Legislature is considering changing adoption laws in the state. Several senators have added an amendment that would allow Christian adoption agencies to continue honoring their faith commitments while still helping place the state’s children in loving homes.

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Trump’s chickens finally come home to roost

After 70 years spent largely skating free of consequences for his puerile misbehaviors and diarrheal mouth, he likely found it something of a shock. Seven decades is a long time, after all, and if the so-called president has learned nothing else in those years, he has learned this: Accountability is for other people.


The good news and bad about Tuesday’s vote

There was a lot of backslapping and smiles going around in several counties as the votes started adding up that passed special purpose local option sales tax referendums Tuesday night in Houston, Baldwin, Jones, Pulaski and Wilkinson counties. A special 1 mill hospital tax was passed in Monroe County in hopes to keep itshospital afloat. The Jones and Wilkinson measures were E-SPLOSTs in support of education.

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Transgender challenges

Determining one’s own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter. First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a male or looked like a female. If appearance produced some uncertainties, one could determine sex by examining a person’s birth certificate. If appearance and a birth certificate produced uncertainties, the ultimate, absolute proof of sex was a person’s chromosomes; XX marked a female, and XY marked a male. Case closed.

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Purity and politics

Readers of a certain age may recall ads for Ivory Soap, which claimed to be 99 and 44/100ths percent pure. If the soap could have reached 100 percent purity, the company would likely have made the claim.

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Annual recertification

I regret I won’t have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump’s shoelaces or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Please be patient. I have both subjects at the top of my To-Do list in the coming weeks.


$50 million downtown project

Proposal for Exchange Block across from the Government Center gets over first P&Z hurdle
$50 million downtown project 1:00

$50 million downtown project

Sex education then and now 1:50

Sex education then and now

Conflict at AFGE Local 987 1:51

Conflict at AFGE Local 987

What you need to know about SPLOST before you vote in November 1:38

What you need to know about SPLOST before you vote in November