Friday, April 19, 2019

Update: Open records bill moved forward

Contractors building the Atlanta Braves’ new Cobb County stadium would be protected from public disclosure of payroll and personnel records under a bill endorsed today by a state House subcommittee.
Donald Trump Brian Kemp Rally Macon Georgia Election 2018

Outside President Trump’s Georgia rally: Thousands of Kemp supporters, a jumbotron, and a bloody kiss

Inside the Middle Georgia Regional Airport hangar in Macon on Sunday, Donald Trump endorsed Brian Kemp and encouraged Republican supporters to vote. Outside in the overflow lot, there was a bit of excitement from counterprotesters and poor PA system.

Newt complains of smear campaign

Guess who's also stunned by Newt Gingrich's rise to the top of the GOP Presidential polls? Newt himself. He recently spoke to Newsweek about what it describes in the headline as his "stunning" comeback.
MARTA

Atlanta voters—MARTA wants you to read your ballot all the way to the end

MARTA board chairman Robbie Ashe believes most Atlantans would vote yes for MARTA expansion—if they get that far down the ballot.

Our Place in the Universe: Dead last in per-capita state tax revenue

As my fellow blogger Andisheh Nouraee pointed out yesterday, Tea Party types will never come around to the proposed transportation sales tax (to say nothing of "taxis, taxidermy, and tacks"). But really, they should lighten up a bit.

Does SCOTUS have any business reviewing the Voting Rights Act?

To veteran Atlanta litigator Emmet Bondurant, however, the question isn’t whether the rightward-tilting Court is likely to lift the requirement that Georgia, Mississippi, and other states with histories of black voter suppression obtain Justice Department “pre-clearance” for any measures that affect voters. (Hint: Is the pope-emeritus Catholic?) To Bondurant, the real mystery is why the Court has any business reviewing the law at all.

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."

Obamacare shutdown in DeKalb County classrooms?

The political fight in Washington over the Affordable Care Act has dominated headlines. But more quietly, and closer to home, the health care law is having reverberations in DeKalb County classrooms.
Isakson

Johnny Isakson appears to scare off all potential challengers

They’d settle for an old dog, a new dog, even a Blue Dog, but so far Georgia Democrats don’t have any dog in the fight for U.S. Senate.

Commentary: Tuition hikes and HOPE on the rocks. No wonder parents are stressing.

First, the somewhat good news. On Tuesday, the Georgia university system's board of regents announced 2012-2013 tuition rates for Georgia colleges and universities, trumpeting that the increase would be the lowest in a decade.

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