The Georgia House Speaker

By Randy Evans – Twice former Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Speaker Tom Murphy faced challenges to their Speakerships from disgruntled Members of their respective caucuses in the United States House of Representatives and the Georgia House of Representatives. Tom Murphy survived both. Newt Gingrich was not so fortunate.

Current Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson has now gotten his first official challenge as Speaker. Blue Ridge Republican State Representative David Ralston has announced that he will challenge the Georgia House Speaker Glen Richardson.

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Defining Political Moments

By Randy Evans – Senator Barack Obama handled it in the best way possible – diminish it and move on – as quickly as possible – with the hope that the story (about the picture) would die out and, as a result, most Americans would never see it. After all, the last thing the Obama team would want is an ongoing controversy that extended the political shelf life of a potentially devastating political satirical caricature beyond a media cycle or two.

So, what was it that created near panic among optimistic Democrats? It was the July 21, 2008 cover of … Read more...

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President George W. Bush

By Randy Evans – On January 20, 2009, the United States of America will inaugurate its forty-fourth President. Absent some historic event between now and then, the Presidency of the forty-third President of the United States has for all practical purposes come to an end. At this point, the chances of any meaningful policy changes, appointments, or initiatives by a Republican President with a Democratic Congress in the last days of a lame duck term are nil.

Already, Bush-bashers portray President George W. Bush as one of the worst Presidents in history. (They seem to forget Presidents James Buchanan, Calvin … Read more...

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Change By The Voters

By Randy Evans – In 2006, American voters sent a very clear message to Washington, D.C. Americans wanted change – change from a pattern of corruption in the House of Representatives; change from failed strategies in Iraq; change from political bickering that prevented solutions from becoming reality; and change from the cultural drift from the core values that made America great.

Change is what Americans wanted in 2006; and change is what they got.

In the Congress, control changed from the Republicans to the Democrats in 2006 in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. … Read more...

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God Help This Court!

By Randy Evans – It is difficult to determine which is more shocking – the United States Supreme Court’s decision to shield child rapists from the death penalty or its rationale for unilaterally amending the United States Constitution to do so.

In Kennedy v. Louisiana, as described by Justice Alito in his dissent, the Supreme Court held that “the Eighth Amendment categorically prohibits the imposition of the death penalty for the crime of raping a child. This is so, according to the Court, no matter how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter … Read more...

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Candidates for Lieutenant Governor

By Randy Evans – All indications are the Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle, will be a candidate for Governor of Georgia in 2010. Governor Sonny Perdue is term limited, opening the door for Lieutenant Governor Cagle, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, and others to seek Georgia’s highest office. With the rumors persisting that former Governor Roy Barnes is interested in getting his old job back, it could actually be a competitive race. If former Secretary of State Cathy Cox jumps in, it could be downright interesting in both primaries and the General Election. Yet, it could be the open Lieutenant Governor race … Read more...

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The Enemy Granted U.S. Constitutional Protection

By Randy Evans – CNN accurately reported the impact of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Boumediene v. Bush on June 12, 2008 when it said: “The decision marks another legal blow to the Bush administration’s war on terrorism policies.” It is a blow to the war on terror.

The Boumediene decision involved whether terrorist aliens held at Guantanamo who have been designated as enemy combatants after being captured in Afghanistan or elsewhere abroad by the United States have the same Constitutional rights to habeas corpus protection as United States citizens. Seemingly oblivious to the implications, the Supreme Court … Read more...

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