Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Race for Governor: Carter, Deal throw jabs in a testy debate. This round goes to Carter.

If Deal seems vexed, it’s understandable. In a state that favors incumbents and still leans right, the GOP governor should be cruising to re-election. But this race, which is Deal’s to lose, remains tied and possibly headed for a run-off.

Commentary: Atlanta’s neglect of the Sweet Auburn district is a civic shame

A century or so ago, if a black resident of Atlanta wanted to stop for a drink after work, he’d have to go to the basement of a saloon, or sit behind a curtain or screen in the rear of a bar. Jim Crow laws, which controlled everything from what African Americans could wear (no capes) and how they got to upper floors of the Candler Building (the freight elevator), kept the races from sharing a cold beer or shot of rye side by side.

Meet the Other Mayors: Vanessa Fleisch, Peachtree City

Elected in a December 2013 runoff, Fleisch, a former CNN producer, became the first female mayor of this Fayette County planned community of 35,000, best known for its network of golf cart paths.

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.
Kasim Reed climate change Atlanta mayoral candidates

Kasim Reed says Atlanta will honor the Paris climate agreement. What will the city’s next leader do?

Here's where some of the leading candidates running to replace Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed stand on President Donald Trump's decision and what they would do, if elected, about climate change.
Jon Stewart Daily Show Atlanta

The Daily Show pounds Atlanta with fresh snark storm


Just like Georgia governor Nathan Deal’s response to Tuesday’s wintry mix, Atlantans were completely blindsided Thursday night when Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with John Stewart devoted six minutes of airtime to mocking us mercilessly. Describing our traffic snarling weather event as an “ice age doomsday zombie apocalypse,” Stewart pondered: “I can’t even imagine how much snow it would take to bring on the zombie apocalypse. Three feet? Ten feet?” Cut to a clip of a Fox News anchor: “Two inches of snow hit the area.” “Really?” asked Stewart. “Two inches of snow? Is that what happens when the south is confronted by something not specifically mentioned in Revelations?”

Commentary: The core problem with Cobb

It can’t have been easy to be a Cobb resident this week. Since Monday’s surprise announcement of the Braves’ impending relocation to a vacant lot near Cumberland Mall, the prevailing attitude from the rest of the metro area has been: Effing *Cobb*. Those highway-worshipin’, Applebees-eatin’ suburbanites spit in the face of progress [time][1] and [again][2], then steal our baseball team.
Georgia Governor Debate Bingo Atlanta Magazine

We made bingo cards for tonight’s Georgia gubernatorial debate

You're watching tonight's debate between Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp, and Ted Metz already, right? To add some fun to the 7 p.m. televised debate, we made bingo cards.
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.

HOPE Scholarship—and Gov. Deal—could benefit from new video gaming law

The term “adult redemption game” may sound evocative, perhaps even near-poetic—until you realize the words are vending-industry jargon for a videogame that allows high-scorers to win merchandise vouchers or lottery tickets while perched on a stool in the back of a truck stop or convenience store.

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