A Belated Thank You Note To Speaker David Ralston

This week’s Courier Herald column: David Ralston became Speaker of Georgia’s House in 2010.  While most outsiders were secure in knowing that Georgia had spent the past 8 years flipping to a solidly Republican state, there were serious problems below the surface.  The GOP front runner to succeed Governor Sonny Perdue was mired in scandal,

Speaker David Ralston Passes Away

From the Georgia House of Representatives: Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), 73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, passed away today following an extended illness. He was 68 years old.  His loving wife, Sheree, his children and other members of the family were with him when he passed.  At the time of his passing, Speaker

The Thoughts & Prayers Duo Head To Atlanta

There were more than 13,000 bills introduced in the United States Congress last year. Only 347 of them were approved by both chambers. Hence, it’s not surprising that just 20% of Americans view Congress favorably. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Georgia’s legislature worked more like Congress? If the idea sounds awful to you, it’s time to

At Georgia’s Capitol, The More Things Stay The Same, The More They Are Changing

This week’s Courier Herald column: The headlines this week were all about the elections.  The real news this week in Georgia politics is that Georgia House Speaker David Ralston is dealing with a significant health issue, and has set in motion the process for House members to select his successor. One would assume then that

Thoughts About Yesterday’s Results

I have thoughts about last night, but first: 1.) Congratulations to Stacey Abrams on her reelection as President of United Earth.2.) Congratulations to Beto O’Rourke on winning the Triple Crown of losing a bid for President, losing to Ted Cruz, and losing to Greg Abbott. Alright, now, with that out of my system. A Red

Republicans On Verge Of Taking Control Of US House 

Last week’s Courier Herald column; It appears it didn’t post as scheduled. Still…enjoy some post election analysis before we’re actually post election – cbh There’s a bit of a conundrum when writing for both print and online publications with a filing deadline days before an election.  Some readers will get this before the final votes

The Hotel California Midterm Elections

This week’s Courier Herald column: “It’s the Economy Stupid.”  That was the simple and succinct internal slogan used by Democratic Strategist James Carville to keep Bill Clinton’s first campaign for President on track and on message, despite all the internal and external noise that constantly threatened to derail it.  As a former governor from a