Welcome Home

Welcome to GeorgiaPol.com. We hope you stay a while.

Let’s start with a bit about ourselves and why we are here. GeorgiaPol.com strives to be “the” media hub for news, analysis, opinion, and discussion of politics and policy in the state of Georgia. Hopefully that’s a vision that is sufficiently broad, strategically focused, and necessarily flexible enough for us to be what we want to be today, and will need to be in the future.

Those that begin as authors with us today have all been contributors to a similar effort for up to a decade. Comparisons are therefore unavoidable. We start today fresh however. As such, I continue on with a few words about who and what we are, and some about what we are not.

“We” are a group individuals that represent the political spectrum in Georgia. Our background ideologies range from an Occupy Atlanta organizer to a Freedom Caucus apologist. These talented people speak individually and only for themselves. “We” do not have an organizational opinion. Citations such as “GeorgiaPol said….” Or “GeorgiaPol endorses…” are and will be categorically false. We are a collection of voices, and do not speak as one.

Our authors are here not in the pursuit of a singular agenda nor to participate in groupthink for a uniform opinion. This includes the opinions and the professional or private agendas of the publisher.

What is asked of contributors is to bring their best thoughts, ideas, knowledge, and perspective to shape the political and policy discussions of our state. This will include original reporting, news, analysis, and opinion.

As is customary with new media, articles may not be as clearly defined within those rigid categories. As such, we will not pretend that our authors do not have biases or agendas. Rather, we believe the true honest debate is one where these biases are worn on our sleeves.

The politics of our country and our state is crying out for a legitimate battle of ideas. Those who participate here should believe in competition. Should you chose to participate, bring your A-game. We’ll each try to bring ours. Please come prepared for and to participate in a fair discussion.

And yes, while trying to maintain this idealist pursuit of high minded debate, our writers will still try to begin these conversations with wit, humor, and other elements of personal style. We shall endeavor to balance the desire to be entertaining with the need to remember the bigger picture goals.  We know you’ll remind us when we may have pushed too far. We hope to laugh a lot – and that you will too – on this journey.

Unlike other blogs that are either banning comments or allowing free-range unmonitored comment sections that allow ideas to be strangled by the weeds of vitriol and randomness, our comments section will be heavily moderated.

We will soon post a list of written rules for these comments. They will be somewhat flexible, subject to change, and always up to the discretion of the moderators as they see fit. But the first rule of commenting here is our golden rule: Bring to the discussion a tone of debate that you wish to receive in return.

I wish to make this clear because we endeavor to be an interactive community, not an outward facing factory of propaganda. The basis for any community worth becoming part of and growing alongside is the quality of life. For internet based communities, quality of life begins with tone. You are responsible for monitoring yours until others have to make that decision for you. Let’s avoid that.

You should note that everyone here is participating as a volunteer. At this time there is no revenue model for this site and one is not immediately anticipated. Each contributor is expected to disclose outside conflicts if and when they exist for articles they author.

Each contributor has his or her own reason for doing this as an unpaid avocation. How much of that is articulated publicly will be up to them. As publisher, I will address my own reasons in a separate personal post.

Above all, those that have been asked to participate here as authors and contributors are here not because of a common agenda, but because we can agree on a common principle: We believe that an informed, honest, and vigorous debate provides us better candidates, better elected officials, better politics, and better policies.

And we believe the internet and political media as a whole needs at least one small corner where fear, anger, vitriol, and obstinance yield to those in search of hope, optimism, and fellow travelers who seek a better state and nation despite the different path we may prefer to get there.

We realize this is not the conventional (i.e. marketable) approach for most organizations that look similar to us. We know that’s what makes us unique. And we hope that’s what helps you feel at home, appreciate the quality of life, and makes you want to stay awhile.

Welcome Home.

Charlie Harper,

Author: Charlie

Publisher of GeorgiaPol.com UGA & GSU degrees in Economics Executive Director for PolicyBEST Interests are public policy solutions in Education, Science & Medicine, and Transportation that keep GA competitive and a great place to live.

86 thoughts on “Welcome Home”

  1. In my farewell post at the old home place I mentioned that blogging in 2016 wasn’t the same as blogging in 2007.

    So with that in mind I will say two things:

    1) Thank you. We look forward to having you.

    2) Somewhat disappointed that your comment wasn’t “FIRST!!!!”.

    1. i remember being somewhat shocked when i got a voicemail from my state senator wanting to “explain his bill to me” after i had posted a comment critical of said bill on pp one day…it kind of changed how i approached such things, probably for the worse as my comments were generally much less serious after that because, i didn’t know who might be listening in…and clearly was not some anonymous poster at that point

  2. I have great respect for anyone that risks their time, energy, and money to do something new and interesting. Especially in the political space.

    Best of luck to you and your team on your new venture.

  3. Congratulations and best wishes going forward.

    FWIW, I too had issues registering with Chrome. I switched to IE to register and went back to Chrome to log in. After a few weird errors I rebooted and so far, so good.

  4. Thunk…thunk…thunk… Is this thing on?

    So proud of you Charlie (and company). I love that you are using this forum to work towards solutions and policy. It has been an absolute privilege getting to know you and the majority of writers affiliated with this site over the last few years and I expect big things from you guys…. or at least some laughs… which is something too.

  5. Way to go, Charlie! After all these years at you-know-where, it’s great to see so many familiar people here. Special shout out to Calypso — welcome back, and don’t be a stranger.

    Charlie, I too had some trouble logging in, with all that screen shaking. And you KNOW that some of us have to take off our shoes to count. But we made it here on opening day. Best wishes.

    YAY! I just saw that you gave us back the edit function! thanks.

    1. Gracias, Sally Forth, good to see you here, too. I always enjoyed our repartee. I went on the PP wagon after the last presidential election. By then politics had left a bad taste in my mouth. We’ll see what the future brings.

      1. Back at you, Calypso. And maybe we can have some fun with this year’s elections, leave you a better taste. I’ll be happy if you just figure out how to get your boat again in these new digs. 🙂

  6. I still can’t figure out how to remove an old WordPress site from my profile but at least it allowed me to use my own name still. And I got a Gravatar image!

    Big congrats on the new site and I look forward to seeing where it takes you.

    Now, as loyal political watchers, let us recommence banging our heads against the wall.

        1. On their Facebook page it looks like they have a variety of swag – maybe you can message them? My mind is blown because I had no idea they were based in Indiana. I always associated them with Louisiana, since that’s the only place I’ve ever seen their bread. (And man, when I was a kid I wanted some of those Bunny Bread stickers.) Hipsters eating avocado toast have nothing on a Bunny Bread grilled cheese sandwich.

  7. Hey! I just learned about Peach Pundit in August of 2015 and was having a good time getting casually acquainted with the site and then BAM! Cryptic messages and a creation of a similar website with some of the same operators/contributors as PP. What the what? Either way, glad to find a community of fellow politicos that post and comment about policy in our state. An aside, I am my school’s building rep for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators and am looking to learn all I can about education policy in our state in addition to informing my fellow faculty about Georgia education policy. As a teacher since ’09, I have seen a lot, and I mean A LOT change in my profession. Hopefully this year, the G.A. and Deal can help take us to better places!

    1. Welcome.

      The Governor has made it clear via his State of the State address that he wants educators to be part of a thorough discussion on the various education reform proposals pending before the legislature, to the point that a vote on most if not all of the recommendations will not likely occur until next year.

      We’ll have a lot of those discussions here. We hope you’ll join in, as well as let your fellow teachers know that any proposed change has a goal to benefit, not attack, the profession.

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