Morning Reads – Thursday, March 23, 2017

On this date in 1880, John Stevens patented the grain crushing mill. The mill increased flour production by 70 percent.


Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea


Morning Reads – March 16, 2017

On this date in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson submitted a $1 billion war on poverty program to Congress.


Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Today in the House.
Today in the Senate: Camden Space Flight Act (HB 1), Livestock auctions (HB 49), Privacy and social services (HB 75), Bank Board of Directors bill (HB 143), Elections (HB 268) and Pharmacy Fairness (HB 276)


Georgia lawmakers channel inner Joel Osteen to target Internet porn

In 2015, I said I would never forgive the Georgia legislature for putting forth a bill that place me in a position to defend strippers, but the government overreach and unnecessary taxation was just too much to keep quiet. It was a trying time and even still, if you google my name, you’ll be blessed to see information about strippers – all in the name of liberty.

And here we are, two years later, facing another overreach and another tax. The victim this time? Porn.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, March 9, 2017

On this date in 1859 the National Association of Baseball Players adopted the rule that limited the size of bats to no more than 2-1/2 inches in diameter. It is this regulatory model that the Georgia legislature used over the next few decades to help morph it into the body it is today.


Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Today in the Senate: Term limits (SR 195), firefighter insurance mandates (HB 146), and IRS tax code (HB 283)
Today in the House: Resolutions and Senate companion bills


NWGA courts utilize MySpace platform for public information portal

My day job today brought me to an issue in the far reaching corners of northwest Georgia. In my search, I was directed to the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit webpage, but in order to access any information, I had to travel back in time to the 1980s – and for a brief moment, the 1960s.

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Board of Regents heavy handing GSU gun range out of use

The Georgia Southern Shooting Sports Education Center was a much anticipated draw for the community by way of a collaborative effort of state and local agencies with the help of private donors, but after seventeen months in operation, the facility does not have much to show for the effort. And neither do the taxpayers.

Based on information provided by the University, the center was built with Georgia Southern University considers private funds. $6 million broken down by these “private” donors:

  • The Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division: $3.3 million (through a grant which was secured by DNR)
  • Georgia Southern University/ University System – $1.5 million
  • Easton Sports Development Foundation – $500,000
  • The City of Statesboro – $500,000
  • The Archery Trade Association – $200,000 for operating costs

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Morning Reads – Thursday, March 2, 2017

A familiar story: On this date in 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election by Congress. Samuel J. Tilden, however, had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.


Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Valdosta State demands $7,000 for records request on university employee

Valdosta State University is currently competing for the prize for one of the most expensive open records requests in regional history, stipulating that the university needs a full team of administrative assistants, records custodians, and legal affairs representatives to fill a simple request about a university employee.

The university, which is part of the University System of Georgia (USG), recently told a professor who filed an open records request that his documents would cost a mighty $7,032.30.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, February 23, 2017

On this date in 1874 Walter Winfield patented a game called “sphairistike.” More widely known as lawn tennis.


Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum

An Open Letter to Georgia Democrats

We need to talk. It’s time to wake up. You need to get out there on the field and look alive.

You’ve been struggling for some time. The tables starting turning in favor of Republicans back in 2002 and they now have a choke hold on the state house, the state senate, and the Governor’s office. And every Constitutional office in the state, both U.S. Senate seats, and 10 of the 14 Congressional seats.

That stinks for Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, and anyone who does not fit the cookie cutter Republican mold. We see so much criticism on the federal level when a single party has control over two chambers and a Presidency. There is fear of steamrolling and disenfranchisement, but that does not happen on the state level -at least not here in Georgia. It is time we talk about the Democrats in the state legislature.

First, what on EARTH are you doing?

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