2014 Georgia General Assembly: No surprises

By: Randy Evans

With de facto super majorities in both the Georgia Senate (38 Republicans to 18 Democrats) and House of Representatives (119 Republicans to 60 Democrats with one independent), Republican legislative leaders had two narrow and specific goals for the 2014 Georgia General Assembly.

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2014 predictions becoming reality

By: Randy Evans

During the last several months, the Evans Report made some bold predictions long before the events that transpired for the upcoming 2014 primary and general election. At the time, most pundits were still pontificating about elections in the rest of the country, assuming that Georgia would be a relatively uneventful affair with Republicans cruising toward another year of Election Day dominance and Democrats still struggling to find the candidates and resources to mount a serious challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s ahead in Georgia’s 2014 judicial elections

By: Randy Evans

On March 3, qualifying for public office in Georgia will begin for candidates seeking election in 2014. While virtually all of the attention will be on the litany of candidates to replace Georgia’s senior U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and on the candidates for governor, there will be other elections that are equally important.

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America’s National Freedom Day

By: Donald S. Conkey

Recently I learned that, while not a national holiday, February 1 each year is “National Freedom Day” here in America. I wonder how many Americans have ever heard of our “National Freedom Day?” National Freedom Day remembers the day Abraham Lincoln signed a resolution for the United States Constitution’s 13th amendment in order to abolish slavery, February 1, 1865. This amendment was quickly ratified on December 18, 1865. The first commemoration of National Freedom Day took place on February 1, 1942, although it was not made into law yet. A tradition of laying a wreath at the Liberty Bell also began. Then on June 30, 1948, President Harry Truman signed a bill to proclaim February 1 as the first official National Freedom Day in the United States.

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Teaching students the purpose of life?

By: Donald S. Conkey

Tribune columnist Roger Hines’ recent column regarding the teaching of evolution as fact, not theory piqued my interest. Why, I ask, do two highly professional groups, the scientific and the religious communities, continue at logger-heads over this issue. While the “law of evolution” is real, we all see it in operation daily, there is no connection between the ‘proven law of evolution’ and ‘the prominent theory’ that mankind evolved from the apes.

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