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It’s Time To Talk About Transportation

By   /  February 3, 2014  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

Tweet Tuesday was the big day. After months of planning, PolicyBEST was launched at a 10:30am press conference. The organization’s goal – of which I am the Executive Director – is to facilitate substantive policy discussion in areas where Georgia has specific needs but governance has gotten sidetracked.

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Time for something different

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet My public writing began as somewhat of an accident.  Almost eight years ago I made a wisecrack on a political blog under an assumed name in the middle of the night.  Three and a half years ago I was named editor of that website, PeachPundit.com.  Shortly after I began writing a daily political column [...]

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Reed Reluctant To Engage In Gov’s Race

By   /  January 13, 2014  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet In the frigid cold of early January, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed offered a wet blanket to Democrats hoping to take back the Governor’s mansion this November.  On a day when temperatures dropped to the single digits, the chill from the Mayor towards Senator Jason Carter was still quite noticeable.

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Reforms An Agenda Item And Campaign Issue

By   /  January 6, 2014  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet The Georgia General Assembly convenes next week for what is expected to be one of the shortest sessions in recent memory. Those at the Capitol are whispering at the over/under date of St. Patrick’s Day as to when the business at hand will be concluded. This, after all, is an election year. With an [...]

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New Year – Old Principles, but New Message?

By   /  December 30, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet This week we turn the page on another year.  We will take time to assess our progress and our shortcomings during 2013, and plan on resolutely fixing all that ails us with the fresh start of a blank calendar.

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Christmas Presence

By   /  December 23, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

Tweet It’s Christmas time.  There will be no politics in this week’s “political” column.  Despite the wishes of “some”, I don’t recommend showing up at Christmas dinner with an agenda to be discussed. This is not the time. For Children, it’s a magical time of enchantment, dreams, and of course – presents.  For those with [...]

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Winning the Compromise

By   /  December 16, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet Hopefully this is the last column in which we talk about budget showdowns and shut downs for a while.  Perhaps you’ve enjoyed them.  Frankly, they’ve been easy for me because I can almost cut and paste the last one.  We’ve been in this cycle for a while.  And provided the Senate votes to approve [...]

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Give Them Something To Believe In

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet Republicans last week were celebrating a Harvard survey of “Millennial” voters – those Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 – showing that they have quite sharply turned their backs on both President Obama and his signature Affordable Care Act.  The poll went so far as to showing that a majority of those [...]

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Lawmakers To Consider State Level Healthcare Reforms

By   /  December 2, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet With the holiday season upon us, the thoughts of most will turn away from politics and on to things that actually matter.  And yet, when the presents have been opened and the calendar turns to 2014, there will be less than 2 weeks before the start of Georgia’s General Assembly session.  Thus, while most [...]

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Look Ahead With Restraint

By   /  November 25, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

Tweet We’re finally officially in the holiday season.  Hanukah begins the same day as Thanksgiving this year, a rarity that I’m told won’t occur for another 79,043 years.  We then of course have a sprint to Christmas with one of the shortest shopping seasons possible.  And then, a new year.

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