Category: Legislature

Will Georgians Get to Vote on Legislative Term Limits?

State Representative Michael Caldwell (R – Woodstock) pre-filed legislation for the 2019 session that would allow citizens to vote for or against legislative term limits.  HB6 would limit members of the General Assembly to eight consecutive years of service by allowing four separate two-year terms.  Under the legislation, General Assembly members must take off one

Should Anyone Profit from Prisons?

James Salzer of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on a debate about Georgia’s private and state prisons.  The article details an audit conducted by a study committee in the Georgia General Assembly.   House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England’s study committee will explore the impact of Governor Deal’s criminal justice reform policies on Georgia.  This

Governor-Elect Brian Kemp Announces Floor Leaders, Director and Deputy Director of External Affairs

In a press release this morning, Governor-elect Brian Kemp announced his floor leaders in the Georgia General Assembly. In the State House: Rep. Jodi Lott (R-Evans) Rep. Terry Rogers (R-Clarksville) Rep. Bert Reeves (R-Marietta) Rep. Dominic LaRicca (R-Douglas) In the State Senate: Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia) Sen. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough) Governor-elect Kemp also announced that

Rep Sam Watson & SW Georgia Delegation Rebuke Gurtler Over Disaster Relief

The main bill during Georgia’s Special Session meeting of the General Assembly was one to approve $270 million in relief following Hurricane Michael. This was the state’s portion of disaster relief to qualify for federal disaster funds.  It passed the House almost unanimously.  Almost.  There was one no vote, that of Rep Matt Gurtler from

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

Legislative Coup or Hurricane Relief?

Today legislators return to the Gold Dome to make decisions in a rare special legislative session.  I have reason to be concerned that the pre-announced special session was a strategic Republican back up plan in case Stacey Abrams won the election last Tuesday.  Here is why… In 2016, North Carolina Republicans used the same strategy after

David Ralston on Local Education Control: Disingenuous, A Hypocrite, Or….

Figuring out Speaker David Ralston’s political philosophy is like putting together a puzzle but the pieces don’t match the picture on the box. Case in point on education.In May “the way it should be” done is by having  local school boards sort out their allotment of money. After all, the decent Speaker from Blue Ridge

Who is Georgia?

I find it very interesting that Georgia’s elected leaders are so up in arms about Jason Spencer displaying his bare behind on Showtime.  This sudden shock at his rhetoric on television is in complete contravention with the Georgia legislature’s tacit refusal to get rid of an antiquated Georgia law protecting the monuments to the traitorous