Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Margaret Cho on Todd Akin, her Emmy nod and preparing one Mother of a tour

As if embattled Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin didn't have enough to worry about as he continues his national "legitimate rape" apology tour, he's now in Margaret Cho's comedic crosshairs. Akin's recent comments about women being able to magically "shut that whole thing down" following a rape make him almost irresistible bait for Cho's new fall tour "Mother."
Keisha Lance Bottoms Mary Norwood Atlanta runoff

Atlanta’s crowded mayoral race is going to a runoff. Now what?

For Mary Norwood, it must have felt like déjà vu. Back in 2009 at her election night party at the Varsity—with a runoff against Kasim Reed looming and Fulton County results glacially slow to come in—she urged her supporters to save their energy and settle in for the long haul. Tuesday night wasn’t much different. This time, though, her opponent wasn’t Reed, but Reed’s heir apparent, Keisha Lance Bottoms.
Oprah Winfrey Stacey Abrams Atlanta Election 2018

Commentary: Why Oprah’s appearances with Stacey Abrams resonated so loudly—especially with Georgia women

Publications as geographically and ideologically diverse as the Guardian, Fox News, Variety, the Hill, and others ran stories or segments about Oprah Winfrey’s campaign appearances with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Yet regardless of the depth of coverage, the two events held in auditoriums in the Atlanta suburbs likely impacted the local crowds in a much deeper way than what could be conveyed to national viewers.
Kasim Reed

Q&A: Mayor Kasim Reed on second-term goals, fatherhood, and the future of Turner Field

After he was photographed for our October cover, Mayor Kasim Reed chatted with Atlanta magazine editor-in-chief Steve Fennessy for a discussion about his second-term goals, the future of Turner Field, how fatherhood changed him from a “selfish” man, and what’s next.
Michael Wiliams Georgia

Can a staunchly Trump Republican become the next Georgia governor?

“I was the first one that came out publicly and endorsed Donald Trump” among state elected officials, Williams says—a fact that’s also proclaimed in bold font on his campaign homepage. Is it a strategy for success or failure?
Stacey Abrams State of the Union response

How Atlanta politicos responded to Stacey Abrams’s State of the Union response

After delivering the State of the Union response, Stacey Abrams's name is once again splashed across national headlines. Here's what Atlanta's reporters, pundits, and politicos had to say about the address.
Atlanta mayor's race

Atlanta mayoral race kicks off with barbecue, “The Art of the Deal,” and early jabs

Atlanta's crowded mayoral race has been quietly humming along since last year, but yesterday, in a Buckhead restaurant filled with CEOs and elected officials, the race to decide who will lead the city over the next four years officially kicked off over a spread of Brunswick stew and tabletop buckets of Bud Light.
Monday Night and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

Monday Night Brewing agreed to host a Brian Kemp event. Outraged fans said, “Hold my beer.”

The Georgia chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business asked Monday Night Brewing to host its endorsement event of gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp. The brewery agreed. When media coverage found its way to Twitter, the reaction was swift.

Shirley Franklin: “I regret that I didn’t do more”

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.
Atlanta election write-in funny

Our favorite write-in votes from Atlanta’s 2017 elections

"Donald Duck," "Darth Vader," "Eat my shorts," "Migos," "LOL," "Someone who isn't a sell-out, please," and "Harambe." Atlantans like to get creative when they don't like their voting options.

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