Author: Charlie

Poll Shows Public Support For Education Savings Accounts

This week’s Courier Herald column: On March 5th, the day before “Crossover Day” when a bill must pass either the Georgia House or Senate to be considered for final passage this year, the Senate failed to pass a bill creating Education Scholarship Accounts, or ESAs, for students currently attending Georgia public schools.  The Senate Bill

Duncan Endorses Term Limits For Lt Gov Position

Newly elected Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan has just sent word via press release that he is endorsing a constitutional amendment to limit the tenure of the Lt Gov two two terms. The Amendment is sponsored by freshman State Senator Greg Dolezal, a Republican from Forsyth County. “The Office of Lt. Governor is no place for

Health Care Reform Remains Work In Progress

This week’s Courier Herald column: Reform of Georgia’s healthcare system stalled last week when the Georgia House voted down the most sweeping reforms to Georgia’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws in decades.  Certificates of Need are essentially state issued monopoly grants that allow hospitals and some other health care providers to operate in a given

Crossover Day: Bills On The Floor

The legislature convenes today for Day 28, or “Crossover Day”. If you need to understand Crossover day, start here. In shorthand, the most straight line for a bill to become a law involves getting it passed by either the House or Senate by today. For a bill to get on the floor, it has to

Crossover Day Basics

Ok, if you’re reading this site, you probably are beyond the basics for crossover day, now “Day 28” of the 40 day legislative session. Still, some of you are new, and some of you have succumbed to the surface level reporting of what today is/does. Hint: No bill is really, truly dead until Sine Die…of

South Georgia Again Meets Nature’s Crosshairs

As Theresa mentioned in Morning Reads, yesterday was another devastating day for parts of Central and South Georgia. While Georgia was spared the loss of life that occurred just across the state line in Alabama, property damage was spread across the southern half of the state, with the towns of Talbotton and Cairo taking a

Legislators Are Human Too

This week’s Courier Herald column Last week there was a bit of a kerfuffle involving House Bill 530, a bill aimed at parents who withdraw their children from school for the purpose of “avoiding compliance with laws relating to mandatory attendance, school discipline, parental involvement, or parental responsibilities.”  That sounds simple enough.  The bill’s primary

Student Opportunity Vs Education Bureaucracy

This week’s Courier Herald column: Several years ago, I had the opportunity to tag along on a trip with a handful of Georgia legislators, education officials, and Governor Deal.  We visited New Orleans, and talked to a variety of educators and community leaders who were all stakeholders in re-creating the local school system in the

GA Film Industry Ready For The Next Level

This week’s Courier Herald column: The easiest way to kill success is to take it for granted.  The growth in Georgia’s entertainment industry has been an unqualified success.  Georgia’s leaders are taking steps to quantify where the industry currently stands in the state, as well as to prepare to anchor the industry for years to