Entries by Sally Harrell

Voting During a Pandemic

Voting During a Pandemic In 2019, the legislature appropriated well over 100 million dollars in bond funding to purchase new, state-of-the-art touch screen voting machines. I opposed the purchase of these machines for a long list of reasons, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine what a bad idea touch screen voting would […]

Too Soon to Tell

Elections & COVID-19: A Virtual Town Hall On Tuesday April 28, at 6pm, please join me, State Representative Beth Moore, and Gwinnett County Commissioner Ben Ku, for a public online program entitled “Elections & COVID-19: A Gwinnett Virtual Town Hall.” Coronavirus has changed a lot of things, including the ways we safely and securely conduct our […]

Conflicting Messages

Conflicting Messages Last week we were doing just fine focusing on preparations for Georgia’s COVID-19 peak. As Governor Kemp said, “On the back side of this we can focus on opening back up, but not yet.” Then, with the President’s release of his “Opening Up America Again” guidelines, the news cycle did a cartwheel, leading […]

Reaching the Peak – Covid-19

Reaching the Peak There’s so much stress in the world right now. My kids are stressed; my family and my friends are stressed. We’re all hurting and worried. Georgia Hospitals are Climbing Mountains Last week I had the chance to hear from leaders of WellStar, one of the largest healthcare systems in Georgia. Here’s what […]

Georgia Hospital Association Call Notes On Covid-19

Sunny Days Cast Shadows Another week has passed as we anticipate “the surge.” The words of Nathaniel Hawthorne seem written for our time: “Time flows over us, but leaves its shadow behind.” As cities and counties across Georgia took the lead to enact their own Stay-at-Home ordinances, pressure mounted on Governor Kemp to do what […]

Governor’s Office Conference Call on Covid-19

Living in Suspense We’ve all watched apocalypse movies — even ones about pandemics. And even though experts warned us we were due for a pandemic, we never expected it to hit in 2020. We feel fear, and when we are fearful we want information. My role as a State Senator gives me access to information […]

We Have the “Right Stuff”

Right now I’m on official quarantine because a Georgia Senator came to work sick. The quarantine was the right thing to do, because now at least four other Senators are sick, and one was hospitalized in critical condition (he’s doing better now). Fortunately, my family’s fine, but I’ll admit I am worried, frustrated, and restless. […]

All Politics is Local

The last couple of days I’ve been pleading with local mayors and city council members to take action at the local level to slow the rate of coronavirus pandemic. Since I live in unincorporated DeKalb County, I also reached out to DeKalb County elected officials. The Chief Elected Officer, who has unilateral authority to act, […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #10

Crossing the Rubicon on Crossover Day Last week began with anticipation as we ramped up to Crossover Day, the day when all bills must pass one chamber in order to be considered by the other chamber before the close of the two-year session, or biennium. But that anticipation was coupled with a feeling of nervousness […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #8

Reminder: Upcoming Town Hall Meetings: Thanks to everyone who came out to our Dunwoody/Sandy Springs town hall meeting. We had a great turnout! We have two more coming up:. Peachtree Corners with Representative Beth Moore: March 18th, 6-8 pm at the Peachtree Corners Community Chest Annex, 310 Technology Parkway. Chamblee/Brookhaven with Representatives Scott Holcomb and Matthew Wilson: March 26th, 6-8pm […]