Charter Passage Won’t ‘Move Needle’ For Most Students

This was originally published in the Marietta Daily Journal yesterday. Choice. It is a beautiful thing. We choose which car to buy, what shirt to wear, or which cereal will be swimming in milk for breakfast. This election cycle, Georgia voters will decide whether we amend our state Constitution to allow the state to authorize and fund “special schools” that are not approved by the elected school boards serving local communities. Unfortunately, most voters will not delve into the language of the authorizing resolution or discuss with legislators the intent of the amendment they voted f...
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Three Questions on the Transportation Investment Act

This was originally published on the Civic League of Regional Atlanta's blog (and newsletter) and re-published on Peach Pundit. After serving on the Steering Committee for last summer’s “Get A Move On” Townhall, I was asked by the Civic League to respond to three questions regarding the upcoming voter referendum on the Transportation Investment Act of 2010. Originally, my responses appeared on their blog and in an e-mail newsletter. I’ve included the questions and my responses below: What’s good about the Transportation Investment Act? When the Transportation Investment Act pas...
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Which America Do You Want?

This was originally published yesterday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With great fanfare, Atlanta officials unveiled a new video surveillance center at a news conference last week. Atlanta police Chief George Turner expects the “cutting-edge technology” of the cameras to allow police to “stay one step ahead of lawbreakers.” But it does not appear that city leaders who approved this “video integration center” in July did their homework on costs or supposed benefits of the cameras or the accompanying surveillance. A grant of $2.6 million of taxpayer funds from the Department o...
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Where is the HELL NO option?

This was originally published on Peach Pundit. As the 2010 midterm elections drew to a close, Cobb County residents were in the midst of another political battle waged over the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) expiring at the end of this year. With what started as a six-year $750 million project list, the Cobb County Commissioners soon found that many fiscally conservative voices in the Georgia Tea Party, the Libertarian Party of Cobb County (of which I am the vice-chair), the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, and now the local chapter of Americans for Prosperity, as part of a coal...
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Legislator Wishes To Suspend Civil Liberties To Show He’s “Tough On Crime”

This was originally published at United Liberty and blogged about at Peach Pundit. This week, I caught a story on the Atlanta news that immediately drew my attention.  A state Representative, MY state Representative, will introduce a bill during the next legislative session that requires every suspect arrested of a felony to submit to a DNA sample.  Without careful examination, along with a very friendly news report about the bill, this does not strike many everyday citizens as a “bad thing,” as seen in the first comment made about the story. As you saw in the video, suspects ARRESTED on...
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