Competition in 2nd Congressional District

Politics in Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District just got a little more interesting as my good friend, Don Cole, has announced his intention to challenge incumbent Congressman Sanford Bishop. Born in born in Barnesville and growing up in Bonaire, Don has a long history of conservative leadership in southwest Georgia. In announcing his candidacy, Cole observed

Former GA Rep. Bill Hembree Announces for GA-14 Race

Former State Representative Bill Hembree has jumped into what has become a crowded Republican Primary in GA-14. According to FEC data that was double-checked with Ballotpedia, Hembree joins the following candidates in the race to replace Rep. Tom Graves: Kevin Van Ausdal (D)John Barge (R)Ben Bullock (R)Kevin Cooke (R)John Cowan (R)Clayton Fuller (R)Marjorie Taylor Greene

Morning Reads – Thursday, February 6, 2020

Peaches The Georgia Ports Authority announced another sizable expansion. What’s the realistic retirement age in the Peach State?  The same-sex couple fight returns to the Georgia Senate Our fearless leaders also think they can solve the state’s vaping problem. Or solution. Is tough immigration enforcement what we need?   A number of municipalities are suing Airbnb.

Recess Bill Back Again After Kemp Veto Last Year

State representative Demetrius Douglas is one persistent legislator. The lawmaker from Stockbridge has once again filed his recess legislation. The measure, HB 83, passed through both chambers in 2019 after three years of trying but was vetoed by Governor Kemp. House Bill 843 is co-sponsored by Minority Leader Bob Trammell, Reps. Spencer Frye, Mike Wilensky,

Morning Reads For Wednesday, February 5th

Good morning. First, some new business with respect to the Capitol Calendar. Expect a new adjournment resolution today. Some background on the old one is here, and the general position of the legislature is explained as best I can here. Result: Today is legislative day 12. Legislative day 13 will not be until FEBRUARY 18th.

Morning Reads for Tuesday, February 4

As of this writing, it is nearly midnight 7:00 AM in Atlanta, and on this night day in the Year of Our Lord 2020, we still do not know who prevailed in the Iowa caucuses. Of special note: today is Day 11 of the 2020 Legislative session, and over in the House, we have voted

Georgia Income Tax Cut Still On The Table

This week’s Courier Herald column: While it may seem paradoxical, the further we move into a session of the Georgia General Assembly, the less certain the outcome of major initiatives.  The beginning of a meeting of the legislature is marked by definitive statements of priorities in media avails with key leaders, speeches at the annual

Making Georgia The Epicenter of Digital Health Innovation

Information Technology is a large field, and Georgia is quickly becoming the home to a range of tech companies from small startups to large Fortune 50 companies (or their IT divisions). It’s a field that has major impact to Georgia’s economy. Financial Technology (or Fintech, for short) has visibility when discussing policy that affects technology