Category: The Forum

2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

5th Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum Theme: “Tearing Down Walls” (25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall) Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 Location: Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel 2450 Galleria Parkway; Atlanta, GA  30339 Time: 7:30-8 a.m. Coffee/Breakfast | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Program Lunch included AGENDA 7:30-8:00 – Continental Breakfast 8:00  Welcome – Senator Hunter Hill 8:20 – 8:55 Breakfast Keynote: Clint Bolick, Director, Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation 9:00 – 10:15 Session One: Tearing Down the Wall to Education Opportunity and Choice Sajan George – Founder and CEO, Matchbook Learning Gerard Robinson – former Secretary of Education in Virginia and Commissioner of Education in Florida Moderator: Kyle Wingfield – Atlanta Journal-Constitution… View Article

Friday Facts: September 26, 2014

It’s Friday! Some of the legislators in attendance at the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum joined the Class of 2014 of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute for a group photograph. Were you at the hugely successful fifth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum last week? It was attended by more than 150 legislators, staff, government affairs and business representatives and interested citizens. One attendee wrote us: “For someone who is new to the arena of politics, I couldn’t imagine that I would receive that much insight in that short of a period of time.” View photos of the event on our brand-new Facebook page, facebook.com/GAlegforum. Read the issues handout we gave attendees here; read the tax PowerPoint presentation… View Article

Friday Facts: September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014 It’s Friday! The Georgia Legislative Policy Forum begins at 8 a.m. today! Herman Cain is broadcasting his radio program live from the Forum at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly before his luncheon keynote speech. Listen to Cain’s program at AM 750/FM 95.5 or online at www.wsbradio.com beginning at 9 a.m. Quotes of Note “You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down – up to a man’s age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order – or down to the ant heap totalitarianism,… View Article

Lift the Offshore Drilling Moratorium

By Benita Dodd BENITA DODD President Obama’s recent move to allow seismic exploration of oil and gas reserves offshore Georgia and the Atlantic Coast has left many hopeful that the offshore drilling moratorium currently in place may soon be lifted. A new study by University of Wyoming energy economist Dr. Tim Considine indicates the degree to which such a move would benefit Georgians and our Mid-Atlantic counterparts. The study – “Economic and Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Development Offshore the Delmarva, Carolinas and Georgia” – was jointly released by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and five other Mid-Atlantic think tanks. It paints a promising picture of economic development, job creation and increased tax revenues from oil and gas development.… View Article

Getting Smart on Crime Puts Georgia Ahead

By Mike Klein MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes. This philosophy worked great if you did not care about creating better citizens in people who had made a mistake but could be rehabilitated; if you did not want to think about the effect of mingling juveniles with hardened adult criminals; if you did not care about the spiraling cost to support the… View Article

Friday Facts: September 12, 2014

It’s Friday!  Last chance to reserve your seat! It’s just one week to the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, which takes place Friday, September 19. Keynote speakers are Herman Cain and Clint Bolick, and sessions on tax, education and health care reform in Georgia feature state and national experts. The theme is “Tearing Down Walls,” in recognition of the Fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, with a special segment marking the anniversary. Find out about this “opening act to the legislative session” and register at www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=3264. It was our pleasure: Our condolences to the family, friends and employees of Chick-fil-A owner S. Truett Cathy, who died this week at age 93. In… View Article

Reason Foundation dispels express toll lane myths

From Bob Poole of the Reason Foundation in his Surface Transportation Innovations Newsletter: Distortions of Fact on North Carolina Toll Concession Project The I-77 express toll lanes project in Charlotte is proceeding despite an active grass-roots campaign against it. This effort is making many of the same kinds of misleading or outright false allegations about the project that have surfaced in Georgia, Texas, and elsewhere, so it’s important that transportation professionals understand what they are up against from this type of opposition. The most respectable summary of these allegations was put out in June by a think tank called Civitas NC, drawing on the work of grass-roots activists. Written by Rachael Dobi, its headline was “I-77 HOT Lanes: a Bargain… View Article

Astonishing Early Results from GA Juvenile Justice Reform

MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein Buoyed by freshly funded incarceration alternatives, Georgia reduced new juvenile justice detention commitments by an astonishing 62 percent during the nine month period that ended in June. As a result, the average daily secure population rate is also trending down as is the length of time juveniles are waiting for a detention center placement. “While it’s still early, we feel great about where we are,” Department of Juvenile Justice assistant deputy commissioner Joe Vignati told the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform on Tuesday morning. This was the Council’s first meeting since May although several committees met during the summer. DJJ Deputy Commissioner Carl Brown led off with an historical overview… View Article

Friday Facts: September 5, 2014

Friday Facts September 5, 2014 It’s Friday! The Foundation’s Benita Dodd visited the memorial at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Thursday, September 11, is the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that forever changed this nation. Aaron Maclean wrote recently for the Washington Free Beacon about his visit to the 9/11 Museum and the artifact that encapsulated it for him: “Jules, this is Brian. Listen, I’m on an airplane that’s been hijacked. If things don’t go well, and it’s not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you, I want you to do good, go have good times, same to my parents and everybody, and I… View Article
For more information on the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum and to register, click here or copy this link http://bit.ly/1oJq9vN and paste in your browser window. By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD For the fifth year in a row, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute will bring game-changing, market-oriented, limited-government reforms ideas to the state at the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum in Atlanta on September 19. The daylong Forum, which had an attendance in 2013 of about 250 Georgians – legislators, legislative staff, grassroots activists, policy-makers and interested citizens – has been described as “the opening act of the General Assembly.” For the past four years, the theme was, “Wisdom, Justice and Innovation,” a… View Article

The best way to make a lasting impact on public policy is to change public opinion. When you change the beliefs of the people; the politicians and political parties change with them.

Senator Herman E. Talmadge more quotes