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Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 #12

What’s Behind the Green Door? Back when I served in the House (1999 – 2005), I’d hear a lot of talk about the “Green Door Committee.” Somehow I pictured that these old-time, cigar smoking legislators made their final deals in a secret upstairs room located in the recesses of the Gold Dome behind an old […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 #11

Driving Toward the Finish Line Who’s In the Driver Seat? Sine Die is one week away and major proposals still hang in the balance. So, you might ask, “Who’s in the driver’s seat?” So far it’s been Governor Kemp who put the pedal to the metal, accelerating his campaign platform. But now it’s clear that […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 #10

To boldly go where no one has gone before! Captain’s Log Stardate 22-03-18.16: Day 31 of our journey into Georgia’s 40-day legislative session. Throughout our mission, the terrain has been treacherous with daily incoming fire from the Republicans. Their goal is to maintain power by keeping their base angry and afraid. Their ultimate victims are […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 #9

The Georgia Midterms Take Shape  There was a celebratory atmosphere at the Capitol this week as candidates came to qualify to be on the ballot for this year’s midterm election. Tuesday was an especially exciting day as I qualified the same day that Stacey Abrams qualified for her bid to become the first black female […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 #8

“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” — Admiral David Farragut There are moments in war when you are so outnumbered, the only thing you can do is fight like hell. This must be how the Ukrainian people feel, and this week their dogged perseverance has inspired me to keep the fight going at the Gold […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 #7

“All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.” — John Steinbeck, “Once There Was War” It’s been hard to watch the images coming from Ukraine — families fleeing their homes and bravely risking their lives for their country — and it’s only the beginning. This invasion is an unjust aggression at […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 #6

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff We’re almost to the halfway point of this year’s legislative session, and there’s a bunch of stuff happening. Some of it’s upsetting, while some of it is just plain silly. One of my tasks as a legislator is to sort the big stuff from the small stuff, so I can […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 #5

Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping, Slipping Into the Future Monday will be Day 16 of Georgia’s 40-day legislative session. This past week, the Capitol hallways started to get a pre-pandemic feel as hundreds of 4H students and Girl Scouts poured in. Honestly, I would like the air to be a bit fresher before the crowds […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 #4

Get Mad and Get Moving! I love serving in the Georgia Senate, but it’s been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster the last few weeks. I’ve been thinking about how the words “emotion” and “motivation” share the same Greek root, “moti,” which means “move.” I’m feeling moved into action, but the reality is that we […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 #3

What is Courage? Each morning the Senate is in session, we stand together to say the Pledge of Allegiance. We then make a ritualistic turn to the right, face the Georgia flag, and say the Georgia Pledge of Allegiance. In doing so, we reference the Georgia state motto: wisdom, justice and moderation. The three pillars […]