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LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 09:  The top of the Circus Circus hotel-casino marquee is seen November 9, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Circus has Arrived in District 122

Just last week, the Insider pounced (and deservedly so) on Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor for announcing that he intends to resign from his District 3 commission seat in order to run for former state Rep. Ben Harbin’s District 122 seat. Taylor just didn’t seem prepared, experienced enough or have anything to bring to the […]

Ben Harbin’s new gig

Ben Harbin’s new gig

Back in 2006, then state Rep. Ben Harbin was featured in a news story that ran inThe Florida Times-Union called, “For lawmakers and lobbyists, sometimes a meal is just a meal.” The article talked about Harbin, R-Evans, getting “wined and dined by a lobbyist.” But Harbin insisted that those dinners weren’t about proposed bills or legislation, […]

Mack Taylor let his district down

Mack Taylor let his district down

Just last year, the Insider praised newly elected Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor for working so hard and pounding the pavement to defeat his opponent, Martinez businessman Trip Derryberry, in the District 3 runoff. Frankly, Taylor worked his ass off to win that commission seat. During the Nov. 4 election, Derryberry carried the night handily […]

Zack Freeof’s Very Public Facebook Posts

Zack Freeof’s Very Public Facebook Posts

Let’s face it, young people do some extremely stupid stuff on social media. Most people will remember a few years back when a Taco Bell employee was pictured licking a stack of taco shells standing in the middle of the kitchen dressed in his full uniform. The photo immediately went viral and even though the […]

Who is running for the Georgia statehouse?

Who is running for the Georgia statehouse?

Now that State Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, has announced that he will resign from his seat next week to take a job with a national lobbying firm, all eyes are on who will jump into the race. One name that has already popped up is newly elected Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor. Why after less […]

Who’s the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

It’s been about six months since Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis took office and it appears he is still having a hard time understanding his duties and roles as mayor of the Garden City. His actions are leaving a lot of Augustans “dumbfounded.” Just last week, Davis seemed to want to engage City Administrator Janice Allen […]

Removing the Confederate flag

Removing the Confederate flag

When S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley called for legislators to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House this week, it was a monumental change. For many in this area, it’s hard to believe that it has been more than 15 years since the Confederate flag was first moved from the State House’s […]

More questions about the Savannah trip

More questions about the Savannah trip

If you’ve read the cover story this week — “Picking up the Tab” by Metro Spirit reporter Stacey Eidson on page 14 and that ran Sunday, June 14, on the metrospirit.com website — you’re probably baffled by the fact that the Columbia County Board of Commissioners and department directors recently spent more than $3,500 of taxpayers’ […]

Awwww, shucks. Not me.

Awwww, shucks. Not me.

This past Monday on the Austin Rhodes show, Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said he doesn’t care for going to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, nor does he particularly enjoy attending the Masters Golf Tournament. According to Cross, he doesn’t eat that much steak and would rather watch the tournament on TV. Cross and other […]

The gateway to Augusta

The gateway to Augusta

Riverwatch and Alexander: This is the gateway to Augusta that all the out of town “patrons” see in April. Of course, when they see it the weeds aren’t there. That’s Augusta’s dirty little secret. We repaint the roads, cut down the weeds and grass, pick up the trash… basic things cities generally do all year […]