Michael Thurmond

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond: “You call me when the house is on fire.”

Some politicians follow their gut when taking action. Others follow the votes. Michael Thurmond follows the flowchart.
Georgia jungle primary senate

What in the world is a jungle primary, and what’s in store for Georgia’s?

Two powerful Republicans and two influential Democrats are vying for the seat once held by former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.
Rep. David Clark Georgia

Meet the young Republican challenging one of the most powerful politicians in Georgia

Georgia state Rep. David Clark asked God for guidance before deciding to call foul on alleged abuses of power by House Speaker David Ralston. After all, Clark tells Atlanta magazine, it’s “definitely intimidating” to challenge a man some consider the state’s most powerful—and certainly popular—politician.
Voting registration deadlines Georgia

PSA: The deadline for registering to vote in the Georgia primaries is February 24

Planning to vote in the March 24 presidential primary election in Georgia? It's time to check your voter registration and get registered now.
Jen Jordan Georgia State Senator

The Passion of Jen Jordan: How an unlikely politician became the new voice of Georgia’s Democratic party

Jen Jordan is now approached constantly by women—“it’s almost always women,” she says—telling her how much her speech meant to them and sharing their own stories of reproductive trauma: infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion. Still, although she is strongly pro-choice, Jordan says she never wanted to be known as “the abortion speech lady.”
Stacey Abrams

A conversation with Stacey Abrams on voter suppression, “electability,” and those VP rumors

Most politicians, after losing a monumental election, see their personal brand fade into obscurity. Not Stacey Abrams. 
2020 Atlanta 500 Government Infrastructure MARTA

2020 Atlanta 500: Government & Infrastructure

These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on civic leaders, government and politics, transportation, and utilities.
General Assembly Georgia Gold Dome

The 40-day headache: Your guide to the 2020 Georgia General Assembly

On January 13, lawmakers from across Georgia will converge under the Gold Dome downtown for the annual session of the General Assembly. Here are the major issues they'll be discussing in 2020.
John Lewis Stage IV Cancer Diagnosis

Politicians, celebrities, constituents, and fans send support to John Lewis after cancer diagnosis

On Sunday, Congressman John Lewis announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. On Twitter, colleagues and fans expressed their support.
Charles Weltner standing at a John F. Kennedy Library podium

Flashback: The Georgia Representative who gave up Congress to oppose segregation

Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young called Charles Weltner a moderate “who woke up the conscience of the South” and put him in the same league as Ralph McGill and Martin Luther King Jr.

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