2002 -- It was a very good year (we hope) 

Taking a look back at a year that hasn't happened yet

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Republicans who campaigned for a statewide referendum to change the flag back to what it was in 2001 defeat 17 rural Democrat state representatives and senatorial incumbents. Defeated are some of the Gold Dome's most powerful good ol' boys, including House Speaker Thomas Murphy, D-Bremen; Larry Walker, D-Perry; Mike Snow, D-Chickamauga; Jimmy Skipper, D-Americus; and Bob Hanner, D-Parrott.

Democratic Sen. Max Cleland barely defeats former Republican Rep. Saxby Chambliss.

Voters in 35 percent of Georgia's precincts cast their votes on ATM-style machines. The transition seems a success until, in an unforeseen complication, voters find a $3 service charge on their next bank statement.

Out with old ...

After state House Speaker Tom Murphy crashes his Segway into a group of cheerleaders during an exhibition event in the Bremen High School gym, Barnes, Murphy and Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor hold a press conference announcing that their No. 1 priority for the 2003 legislative session will be to outlaw Segways in Georgia.

Staff writers Kevin Griffis, Michael Wall and Scott Henry contributed to this story.


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