Author: Charlie

Supreme Court Decisions Have Georgia Impact

This week’s Courier Herald column: The surprise retirement announcement from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has served to remind us once again that there is a third and equal branch of government to the ones that get most of the coverage in political columns such as this. His announcement came as the court ended its

Senator Isakson Addresses Veteran Tragedy At GA Capitol Yesterday

Senator Johnny Isakson is Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. As I noted in a recent column, his committee has been passing a series of reform measures aimed at fixing the myriad of problems within the V.A. system. Despite progress, many veterans still need help. Senator Isakson’s remarks were optimistic about the improvements while

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy Retires; Two Georgians On Replacement List

This afternoon, Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement after the court concluded it’s term. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already stated that he looks forward to having a replacement nominee confirmed this fall. The Supreme Court begins its next term in October, so presumably, there will be no effective vacancy. President

SCOTUS Returns Water Wars Case To Special Master

It’s Not over. The Tri-State Water Wars have remanded the Tri State Water Wars case back to the Special Master. In a 5-4 decision, SCOTUS has said that different criteria need to be considered. You can read the full decision here. The case follows after a recommendation from a Special Master in February of 2017

Transit Moves Beyond Atlanta

This week’s Courier Herald column: Last week Governor Nathan Deal assembled state leaders at Georgia’s Capitol for an announcement. The State would be contributing $100 Million toward building Bus Rapid Transit on Georgia 400 through North Fulton County. The money will leverage $184 Million in Federal Funds granted to build express lanes from I-285 to

A Lesson On Distracted Driving

This week’s Courier Herald column: Sunday was Father’s Day, and I spent the morning giving my niece a driving lesson. She’s been doing quite well, and is almost ready for her driver’s test next month – even if her mother and grandmother are not. She’s not terribly interested in politics at her age, but she

Isakson Champions VA Reforms

This week’s Courier Herald column: Johnny Isakson is on a mission. Several years ago I asked Georgia’s Senior Senator why he was still doing what he was doing. Washington seemed like it was becoming unpleasant. The President and Congress were controlled by opposite parties, and getting to 60 votes in the Senate seemed impossible most

Rosetta Stone Poll: Cagle, Shafer, Raffensperger Lead In GOP Runoffs

Rosetta Stone Communications has released a poll for your viewing and discussion pleasure leading into the weekend. The poll was conducted yesterday, while some significant news was breaking on the Governor’s race side. The results show: CAGLE – 47.8% KEMP – 40.7% SHAFER – 46% DUNCAN – 18.9% RAFFENSPERGER – 41.5% BELLE ISLE – 24.4%