Category: politics - Daily Agenda - Atlanta Magazine

Do financial projections for the new Braves stadium add up?

Cobb commissioners tout a consultant’s rosy economic forecast—and downplay costs to the county.

If the new Atlanta Braves stadium becomes the economic engine that boosters predict, it would be as likely as seeing Julio Teheran throw a perfect game. Economists say they know of no major league ballparks that justify their public subsidies. "Study after study after study agrees with this finding," said sports economist J.C. Bradbury of Kennesaw State University. "People don’t even study it any more, it’s so non-controversial." Read more...

Will Atlanta ever enact a complete smoking ban?

Decatur, Albany, Savannah, Columbus, and Athens all have one. Why don't we?

In 2005 Georgia enacted a smoking ban for restaurants and pubs that serve or employ people under age eighteen. At the time, a bartender at Manuel’s Tavern announced, “Don’t worry, we’re not banning cigarettes; we’re banning kids!” Read more...

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed is engaged

Hizzoner proposed to steady Sarah-Elizabeth Langford during a Bahamas getaway

The mayor’s office is scheduled to make it official later today — Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed is engaged to Sarah-Elizabeth Langford after popping the question last week during a romantic getaway in the Bahamas. Langford is the daughter of late Atlanta city councilman and Georgia state senator Arthur Langford, Jr. who has a park named for him on Thornton Street in southwest Atlanta. Read more...

Shirley Franklin: "I regret that I didn't do more"

The former mayor on Atlanta's income inequality

In an interview with National Journal published yesterday, two-term Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin was asked about the metro region's abysmal ranking for social mobility and how economic inequality could—or should—be addressed by local politicians. Read more...

Video of the Day: Rep. John Lewis dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy'

Evidently this living legend doesn't take himself too seriously.

John Lewis may be a living legend of the civil rights movement and a longtime congressman from Georgia, but that doesn't mean he takes himself too seriously. Read more...