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Week 4 at the Capitol was short, but productive. We met for three legislative days with plenty of committee work in between. I am proud of the work my colleagues and I are doing in the Senate to ensure that the citizens of Georgia have the best opportunities for success.

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Most summers I aspire to read a work of classic literature. A novel. This is easier said than done since my tastes pull toward memoirs, biographies and historical recounting.

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Several days ago, I was chatting it up with someone I met while standing in line somewhere, and as folks are prone to do, we got around to talking about where we live.

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By the time I was 5, I could read on a third-grade level. That’s how I was able to first learn the fascinating story of the Depression Era’s Bonnie and Clyde.

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The 40-day annual session of the Georgia General Assembly typically is the culmination of months of work by committees that study important issues and present their findings and recommendations for legislative action each January.

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One night, I fixed up and went to the funeral home because a close friend’s father was “layin’ a-corpse” as my mama used to say. He was 91. It had been a good life.

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As of this writing, it remains to be seen what effect the latest John Bolton revelation — that the former national security adviser claims in the manuscript of an upcoming book that he was told directly by President Trump the Ukrainians would not get $391 million in congressionally-approved …

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DRIFTWOOD BEACH, JEKYLL ISLAND – The focal point of my most recent trip to Georgia’s arresting and seductive Golden Isles, is a stretch of beach, maybe the length of two football fields, more or less, where gnarled and weathered tree trunks and skeletal-like limbs attract visitors from dista…

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When I became House Appropriations Chairman in 2011, I thought digging our way out of the Great Recession would be our only big budget challenge. 

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You likely are familiar with the term, “playing the cards you are dealt.” That is what one must do in life. If you are dealt a bad hand, you move forward, nonetheless. Make the best of it.

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NEW ORLEANS – After Atlanta, my home turf, the first major city I got to know well was New Orleans, which has a variety of pronunciations and nicknames. “New Or-leans” is commonplace as is New “Or-lee-uns.” Doesn’t matter how you say it, a party image comes sauntering to the forefront of you…

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“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

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When I moved back into my house in 2012, my living room was empty. I had no furniture except for a TV stand on casters and the blanket chest inherited from a long line of women in my family.

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Several years ago, I became engrossed in a television show called “Revenge.” It was loosely based on the plot of “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

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The Democrats and the rest of the left side of Congress are taking aim at the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and they are not doing it quietly.

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For the past four years, my New Year’s resolution has been the same. It has nothing to do with weight, being a better person or cleaning the house more often.

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Now that the big day is over, we’ll be asking each other, “Take your tree down yet?” when just a few weeks ago we were busy adorning our homes with all the trappings of the season.

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If you thought 2019 was a year of disdainfulness and discernment in politics and media reporting, then you had better hold on to something because of what the year 2020 is about to dump upon us.

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Clint Eastwood’s latest movie initially drew rave reviews but in the end fizzled out of the gate at the box office after a sparring match took place between the film’s creators and various media outlets over its content.

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The following is my annual Christmas column, first written several years ago. It remains a favorite of mine and has probably received as much positive feedback from readers as anything I have written. I like to share it with readers each year. I trust this Christmas will be filled with bless…

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I’ve said it before. Christmas is a time for making memories and my Christmas memories fill more bags than Santa could ever load into one sleigh.

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As we arrive at this solemn moment in our history — where President Trump’s actions and valuing of his own interests over the country’s national security interests have led to his justified and necessary impeachment — it is regrettable, but not surprising, that Republicans in Congress have s…

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Mama was really good at money. She could get as much out of a dollar bill as a lot of people could get out of five dollars.

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In 1978, with the help of a friend at the Augusta National Golf Club, I was approved for a credential to cover the Open championship, the first tournament in history of the game of golf, which was also the first golfing major and for years the sole tournament in the sport.