Author: Charlie

Former Congressman Mac Collins Has Died

Word is going around this afternoon that former Congressman Mac Collins has died. He served in Congress from 1993-2005, arriving in DC two years before Newt Gingrich (who had represented much of what became Collins’ district) became Speaker with the Contract With America. Mac was my Congressman when I began to dabble in “organized” politics,

Doug Everett Resigns PSC Seat; Rep Jason Shaw Appointed To Complete Term

Public Service Commissioner Doug Everett is resigning his District 1 seat effective at the end of the year. Governor Nathan Deal has named Representative Jason Shaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Transportation Committee. Shaw’s House seat will require a special election. The PSC seat will be on the statewide ballot in 2020, when Shaw will

Georgia Ranks 8th In Parent Power Index For Education

The Center for Education Reform has released its “Parent Power Index”, ranking states according to options for family driven education options. Georgia ranks 8th in the nation, but still receives a grade of “C”. Georgia receives it’s highest marks for Transparency (95%) and teacher quality (82%). Lower marks are received for access to Charter Schools

Mike Dugan New GA Senate Majority Leader; Trey Kelley New House Whip; Other changes

As I prepped you this morning, the House and Senate GOP caucuses met today to choose new leadership. The House met this morning and maintained all eligible incumbents in current leadership posts, plus re-nominated Speaker David Ralston to continue (a position that is elected by the entire House). Trey Kelley will serve as the new

Dealing With The Aftermath

This week’s Courier Herald column: Last Tuesday we had statewide elections. Republicans held most statewide seats, with two contests, Secretary of State and the Public Service Commission Seat held by Chuck Eaton, headed to runoffs. There was some evidence of party realignment according to geography, with Republicans losing seats across the northern metro Atlanta but

Karen Handel Concedes GA-6 Race

The following statement has been released by Karen Handel: After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday. Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her. While Tuesday’s loss

Sign Duty

My-repost of this has become a weird election-eve tradition. Hadn’t even had time to think about it with the duties of the day, until pinged. It’s that time again, with a lot on the line for a lot of folks. A lot of time tonight to think about tomorrow. And, the day after tomorrow. The