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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,
Publisher

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Hank Rearden
Hank Rearden

I look forward to reading here.

coleman
coleman

I’m thoroughly looking forward to everything that is to come. Bring on the good stuff.

Mark Rountree
Mark Rountree

Congratulations Charlie. Looking forward to the next GeorgiaPol roadshow, or whatever brand name rises. Best of luck in creating the new site and community.

Amiculum Libertas
Amiculum Libertas

I look forward to a healthy and spirited debate on this website. Who knows, maybe some good will come of our discussions.

Vox
Vox

All the best with this new effort.

John Vestal
John Vestal

Congrats, Charlie, et al!

Hank Rearden
Hank Rearden

I thought about posting “First”, but that is what everyone says. I want to be different, just like everybody else.

griftdrift
griftdrift

Interesting.

New comment moderation algorithm already flagged my first comment as too short.

More interesting.

Nathan
Nathan

Hello world!

Rob Adkerson
Rob Adkerson

A seed of hope springs forth on the barren political media landscape! God bless us, everyone.

MidGaRetiree
MidGaRetiree

Congratulations to you, and I look forward to your insight on the events and trends that affect us each and every day.

chris
chris

I object to being forced to do math to login!

Besides, I think using math as a proof of humanity is backwards.

chris
chris

And FWIW, I’m seeing issues with Google Chrome posting comments. Safari is fine.

Will Durant
Will Durant

They could always offer a logic problem but that would keep members of Congress from logging in. (With apologies to Twain)

Jay Williams
Jay Williams

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.

blakeage80
blakeage80

I made it! What’d I miss?

Teri
Teri

#yayhamlet

blakeage80
blakeage80

After a visit to playbill.com, now I’m caught up.

Teri
Teri

Next, you have to google the YouTube of “What’d I Miss.”

Chet Martin
Chet Martin

By the way, happy birthday Alexander Hamilton! This year, we got you more national debt than you’ll know what to do with (no seriously please help)

chefdavid
chefdavid

Like the new look.

Bart
Bart

Welcome back from your long weekend, look forward to the dialogue.

RichtStillLovesMe
RichtStillLovesMe

Good luck with the new venture

analogkid
analogkid

Present.

Question: What is the preferred pronunciation for GeorgiaPol? Specifically, does Pol rhyme with Paul (as in Ron) or with Pole (as in stripper)? Thanks and congrats on the new site.

Nathan
Nathan

“Specifically, does Pol rhyme with Paul (as in Ron) or with Pole (as in stripper)?”

I don’t think strippers are included, so that might influence your pronunciation.

chris
chris

No Strippers? I’m outta here.

Teri
Teri

It’s pronounced BYOO-nah VIS-tah.

Nathan
Nathan

Like, The Buena Vista in San Francisco? They have the best Irish coffees, but that’s for another day. Or something.

John Vestal
John Vestal

So, it has been decided: it’s “pol” as in “polish” and not as in “Polish”.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I can’t believe y’all let me in.

bethebalance
bethebalance

my wishes for success for this new space.

xdog
xdog

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.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Howdy, y’all. Liking the new digs.

Kathy Noble
Kathy Noble

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.

Holly Croft
Holly Croft

Congratulations, Charlie & Co.! I’m looking forward to the “half a loaf is better than no loaf” approach being encouraged and nourished here.

Calypso
Calypso

Hello Charlie. I’ll be reading and commenting as necessary. Up until now though, the eggs have been fine.

joe
joe

I am surprised that the first post was not “Huckabee has won his last primary?”

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

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.

Calypso
Calypso

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.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

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. 🙂

Calypso
Calypso

Anchors aweigh, Sally Forth.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Woo Hoo!

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Looking forward to the thought provoking contributors and not so much to the emotional retorts.

Baker
Baker

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.

Davo65
Davo65

Understand that your accepting refugees from ….that other place…?

Nice look and feel. Here’s to a successful new beginning.

Teri
Teri

omg I LOVE your avatar.

Davo65
Davo65

Thx…do you know that I can’t find any paraphernalia with this logo? Even wrote the company. Would love to have a baseball cap with this.

Teri
Teri

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.

auh2o
auh2o

Looking forward to seeing the new operation…

Teri
Teri

Goldwater, right?

auh2o
auh2o

Yep!

Calypso
Calypso

Offspring of Goldwater Conservative, if I remember correctly, yes?

auh2o
auh2o

Actually, no. Whole nother person!

Davo65
Davo65

Well that explains it…I love Bunny Bread; I hate Facebook.

Demonbeck
Demonbeck

FIRST!

Trey A.
Trey A.

Woo Woo! Go Charlie and crew!

Quick question: Is it safe to assume that we do have the freedom to eat Asian cuisine on December 7th at georgiapol.com?

John Konop
John Konop

Congrats, great to see the old gang back fighting the good fight.

Pete Gibbons
Pete Gibbons

To quote former statesman, Al Bundy, “Let’s rock.”

Demonbeck
Demonbeck

8 marbles!

Calypso
Calypso

Nine (9) marbles.

edatlanta
edatlanta

10.

Demonbeck
Demonbeck

11

Dgadteach
Dgadteach

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… Read more »

Calypso
Calypso

Welcome.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Congrats…look forward to reading (formerly Scott65…finally got all these log ins synced now)

Noway2016
Noway2016

How goes it with the new site? Hope it’s all the creators have hoped for!