Dick Yarbrough

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YARBROUGH: For ethics reform, the party isn't over yet

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed an ethics reform bill and has sent it on its way to the state Senate for its consideration and action. But don't get out the confetti just yet.

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YARBROUGH: Thanks to humor-impaired, the state of this column has never been stronger

My fellow Americans: (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I come to you today to report on the state of your column.

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YARBROUGH: Speaker Ralston discusses proposed ethics legislation

Are you sitting down? I had a meeting with House Speaker David Ralston last week at the Capitol. Got your breath yet? There's more. It was a good meeting.

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YARBROUGH: Walking away from public schools is not a solution

As many of you recall, I opposed the recent charter school amendment, not because I oppose charter schools -- I don't -- but because I thought the wording of the amendment was duplicitous. But the voters have spoken and I am ready to move on.

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YARBROUGH: Chip Rogers gets started at his new job

Yarbrough takes a look at Chip Rogers' new job with GPB.

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YARBROUGH: Legislators may finally be getting the message on lobbying limits

Voters' voice on lobbyist gift limits sticking. Don't look now, but I think you are beginning to have some impact on the issue of unlimited lobbying expenditures in the Legislature.. Our politicians seem none too happy about having to derail their gravy train. They have tried to ignore you (and

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YARBROUGH: Local newspapers provide information that empowers us

I have the privilege of being with a group of newspaper publishers at the Georgia Press Association's winter gathering in Atlanta this week. It is one of those times I wish my momma and daddy were still around to see the crowd their little boy is hanging out with these

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YARBROUGH: To Cameron: Thank you for reminding us what really matters

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:. Over the years it has been a tradition at the first of the year to impart some words of wisdom in this space to your father, uncle and cousins, who double as my grandsons. Perhaps some of my observations were useful to them. Maybe some fell

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YARBROUGH: Goats could be the answer to Georgia's economic issues

My work never ends. Not only do I have to deal with compound verb forms each and every week, the editors insist I throw in some commas along the way for reasons I don't fully understand. I think commas are a nuisance and only serve to get in the way

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YARBROUGH: Sorry Mayans, but there is a new year coming

I was hoping that for once the Mayans would be right about something and that the world would have ended on Dec. 21 as they had said it would. That would have taken care of the fiscal cliff and all the politicians that caused it. A little fire and brimstone

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YARBROUGH: I wish I could have been there in Bethlehem

How I wish I could have been there in Bethlehem. This column was a favorite of my friend, Otis Brumby Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal and Neighbor Newspapers, who passed away earlier this year. It is dedicated to his memory.. I wish I could have been there. In

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YARBROUGH: Vince Dooley talks about football, family and UGA history

I called Hall of Fame football coach Vince Dooley this week to get his perspective on UGA's heart-breaking loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game.. There are few people more qualified to comment than Vince Dooley. Let's start with the fact that he won 201 football games, six

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YARBROUGH: Some random thoughts on some random subjects

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss is catching heat from right-wingnuts for doing exactly what he should be doing -- trying to help the federal government find a way out of the financial morass the country is in. The wingnuts want him to honor a 20-year-old no-tax pledge

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YARBROUGH: If at first you don't secede, why try, try again?

In case you have been busy doing mundane stuff like eking out a living, you may have missed the news that there is a petition going around that would allow Georgia to secede from the union. As of this writing, there have been 24,579 signatures to the petition.. The impetus

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YARBROUGH: Junior E. Lee discusses recent election results

I have just received Junior E. Lee's analysis of the recent elections.