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Dick Yarbrough

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YARBROUGH: Dalton mayor mulls primary run against Gov. Deal

David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary. Say what?. I visited the mayor a couple of weeks ago at his office to see if he was truly serious. He tells me he is and that he will

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YARBROUGH: LaGrange College senior triumphs over life-altering experience

This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.. Daniel, a 21-year-old senior at LaGrange College, will be graduating next week with a degree in psychology after a distinguished college career in which he served as president of

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YARBROUGH: GPB deals with an unhappy big bird and talking frogs

RING! RING!. "Hello, this is Teya Ryan, president of Georgia Public Broadcasting. I am calling to ask you to consider a donation to GPB. If you donate $250, we will send you a talking frog.". KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK!. "Please excuse me a moment. Yes, Wanda? What is it?"

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YARBROUGH: Boston attack brings back memories of Atlanta bombing

When the terrorist attacks occurred in Boston during the running of the Boston Marathon, memories came flooding back of our own dark days in Atlanta.

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YARBROUGH: Random thoughts on random subjects

It turns out that you can go home again.

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YARBROUGH: Outstanding equestrian team is UGA's best-kept secret

They are the best University of Georgia athletic team you have likely never heard of. They have won five national titles and go into next week's national championships one of the favorites to win it all again. Their home record is 44-1.

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YARBROUGH: Skeeter Skates not impressed with ethics reform legislation

When the phone rang, I knew who was on the other end: Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. I can't tell you exactly why but the phone always sounds more urgent when Skeeter calls.. One thing about Skeeter Skates. He gets

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YARBROUGH: Going into the lion's den for a worthy cause

I have a good idea what Daniel felt like when he was tossed into the lion's den way back yonder. I found myself last week on the floor of the State House and the State Senate, looking eyeball-to-eyeball with

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YARBROUGH: If not for our natural resources, we could be Iran or Detroit

It is a theological fact that God really likes Georgia. That is why He put mountains in north Georgia and the Golden Isles smack up against the Atlantic Ocean and added a bunch of lakes and parks and historical sites in

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YARBROUGH: This judge has earned his place at the head of the table

Let's face it. Judges can be pretty scary folks to We the Unwashed. But m intent today is to let a good man know that he has made a positive difference in more lives than he can imagine.

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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: 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: We are all to blame for church membership decline

A recent study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Life reveals that for the first time in our history, fewer than half of American adults say they are Protestant (48 percent). This marks the first time in Pew Research Center surveys that the Protestant share of the population has

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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.

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YARBROUGH: A salute to the hero that made it home and to those that did not

Because of the timing of my column deadline, I will have to defer comment on the elections until next week. I can say this much, however. We cast our votes freely and with no tanks in the street.

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YARBROUGH: Ten reasons to vote 'no' on the charter school amendment

The charter school amendment will be decided Tuesday. If it doesn't pass, it will be the greatest upset since David conked Goliath with a rock.

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YARBROUGH: Pro-charter amendment forces try to bully opponents

If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.

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YARBROUGH: Junior E. Lee says UGA tops on his bugs list

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield, Georgia, just called me with what he said was an exciting development.

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YARBROUGH: Charter amendment advocates present their case

Rep. Edward Lindsey, (R-Atlanta) majority whip of the Georgia House of Representatives asked me if I would talk to the proponents of the upcoming constitutional amendment on charter schools and get their side of the story.

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YARBROUGH: Thanks to you, speaker might be ready to unload gravy train

Are you sitting down, dear reader? House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) has announced that he will propose a full ban on gifts from lizard-loafered lobbyists in the next session. Before you fall over in a dead faint, let me remind you that politicians are crafty sorts.

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YARBROUGH: School superintendent's endorsement of Chip Rogers raises questions

What in the world was State School Superintendent John Barge thinking when he endorsed the re-election campaign of State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock? Chip Rogers, in case you are not aware, is not exactly public education's best friend.

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YARBROUGH: Recent trip a reminder to take nothing for granted

I have just returned from a memorable trip to Valdosta. I went there to speak to the Rotary Club. The members laughed in all the right places, which not only was memorable, but downright remarkable. What made the trip even more special were two visits I made while there.

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YARBROUGH: Plum Nelly Pitts says Higgs boson won't fix stupid

News bulletin: Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher near Geneva have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle that looks remarkably like the long-sought Higgs boson. The bigger question is what does this mean to our daily lives? That required a call to Plum Nelly Pitts, of Varnell, Ga., the prestigious and prodigious prognosticator.

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YARBROUGH: We the unwashed don't find lobby reform 'silly'

Everyone seems comfortable with the relationship between lawmakers and lizard-loafered lobbyists except We the Unwashed.

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YARBROUGH: It's not the menu that's threatening women's longevity, it's the men

I read several news reports recently about a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and the Imperial College in London that says while women are still expected to live longer than men, the gap is closing.

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YARBROUGH: Methodists more than a match for secularists

I received a press release last week from the Secular Coalition for America, a group of "atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans" announcing plans to establish a chapter in Georgia to lobby state lawmakers.. Among the things they don't like in our state are the annual Clergy Day

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YARBROUGH: Odds are Will 'The Winner' Rogers wishes he was Mork from Ork

For a guy more uptight than a bullfrog in boiling water, State Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) can be a hoot. Exhibit: the revelation of his past as Will "The Winner" Rogers.

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YARBROUGH: Georgia’s golden isles don’t need Dr. Beach’s approval

You and I both know that Georgia doesn’t need a guy who rates beaches for a living at a university in Florida that none of us have ever heard of telling us that somebody else’s beaches are nicer than ours. We know better.

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YARBROUGH: Explaining voter anger to Speaker Ralston no easy task

"Well, if it isn't Spiro Amburn, my favorite chief of staff."

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YARBROUGH: Skeeter Skates finds out he has a lot to learn about politics

Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Metropolitan Pooler, called me this week. That was a historic occasion. Maybe not man-landing on-the-moon historic, but pretty close to it. Skeeter rarely ever calls. I think it is because he thinks he knows everything.

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YARBROUGH: Random thoughts on Daffy Duck, UGA fishing team and why David Ralston doesn't want lobbying limits

Just when my life seemed to have lost all meaning, up jumps our Ambassador to Outer Space, Cynthia McKinney, who has announced her intentions to run for Congress as a member of the Green Party this fall in Georgia's 4th District. This is quite a comedown for Miss Moonbeam.

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YARBROUGH: Federal judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes

While May 1 is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country.

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YARBROUGH: Giving Gov. Deal good marks for his job performance

Dear Governor, I know you have been waiting to hear how I think you are handling things these days, but I wanted to give you time to get the legislators out of town and to be sure all the silverware is accounted for.

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YARBROUGH: Shepherd center rebuilds lives and uplifts spirits

Those of you who regularly check this space know this, but to the newcomers out there: I am a whiner. Like Goldilocks, I whine when the porridge is too hot. I whine when the porridge is too cold. But unlike Goldilocks, I whine even when the glop is just right.

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YARBROUGH: Daydreaming about clouds and wished-for headlines

Sometimes I just close my eyes and think of headlines I would like to see.

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YARBROUGH: 'Mfmwgmfwff.' Legislators brief public on upcoming issues

"Members of the Legislature, my name is Figby and I have been asked by House Speaker Dennis Ralston -- he is the gentleman over in the corner eating the Twinkie -- along with Senators Tommie Williams and Chip Rogers to discuss some potential campaign issues this fall.

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YARBROUGH: Why isn’t anyone talking about for-profit charter schools?

I don't have a problem with charter schools. But you have to wonder about all the enthusiasm from legislators to promote them lately. A look at Florida's charter schools may shed light.

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YARBROUGH: State representative defends current lobby laws

Wilkinson called after my column advocating limits on lobbying expenditures to say that he believes the current laws are working just fine. A member of the General Assembly since 2001, Wilkinson has served as chairman of the House Ethics Committee for the past eight.

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YARBROUGH: Georgia's lobbying laws should make you very mad

I seem to have an innate ability to make folks mad. Usually, it is the humor-impaired and special interest twits. Today, I hope to make everybody mad, no matter your race, creed, color or university affiliation — mad at our friends in the General Assembly and their astonishing arrogance and disconnection from the voters.