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2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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Georgians on campaign trail for candidates

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Some Georgians aren’t waiting until the Peach State gets a chance to vote on March 1 to make their mark in this so-far volatile and downright unpredictable election cycle. Georgia volunteers and elected officials alike have fanned out across Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in recent weeks to stump for their candidates and do whatever it takes to make a difference in the fight for the White House.

That painstaking behind-the-scenes work is such a vital part of American democracy that Mercer University political scientist Chris Grant decided his students needed to see it for themselves.

“So much of the momentum that comes out of these events determines who gets the nomination,” Grant said.

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UNDER THE GOLD DOME

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Bob Andres

Legislators exempt from laws they push

The push to let Georgians carry guns on college campuses is seen by some as only the latest example of state lawmakers backing legislation that they may not want applied to themselves. The statehouse is one of the places Georgians with carry licenses can’t bring their guns.

“It’s troubling to see, again and again, legislative leadership writing the Legislature out of the law, creating loopholes,” said state Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta.

» Insider: Blunder will shape MARTA debate

PERSONAL JOURNEYS

LA Reid
Paras Griffin

When Atlanta became home to LaFace Records

Music industry powerhouse Antonio "LA" Reid is credited with cultivating and producing some of the biggest acts in the industrcy, including Usher, Pink, Justin Bieber, Outkast, TLC and Mariah Carey.

In an excerpt from his new memoir, he shares the story of his move to Atlanta to establish LaFace Records with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and his first meeting with Whitney Houston. Atlanta hasn't been the same since.

GEORGIA

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Hyosub Shin

Some food stamp recipients required to work

Thousands of food stamp recipients in three metro Atlanta counties are facing an ultimatum: get a job or lose your benefits.

Under rules that began Jan. 1, they can collect food stamps for only three months in a three-year period, unless they get into a job or training program. The rules apply to able-bodied adults without children in Cobb, Gwinnett and Hall countiesGeorgia officials say they expect to expand the initiative.

» Shaming at the grocery store


LIFE WITH GRACIE

Michael Holmes
Gracie Bonds Staples / AJC

Atlanta desegregation began on golf course

At a once forbidden place for African Americans, Michael Holmes talked about the moment members of his family challenged segregation in Atlanta for the first time.

In 1951, Holmes’ father Alfred “Tup” Holmes, uncle Oliver Holmes, grandfather Dr. Hamilton M. Holmes and friend Charles Bell were turned away from the historic Bobby Jones Golf Course in northwest Atlanta and would go on to launch one of the first desegregation lawsuits in Atlanta.

DEKALB COUNTY

Lee May
Kent D. Johnson

CEO Lee May explains why he won’t run for election

When Lee May ascended to the position of DeKalb CEO, he took over a county dealing with corruption allegations and criminal prosecutions of officials. He’s also found himself targeted by special investigators. The GBI last month declined to pursue further investigations. Still, May announced Friday he won’t run for county CEO. He told The AJC why he plans to leave office when his term expires at the end of 2016.

AVIATION

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Air traffic control spinoff plan debated

A proposal to peel air traffic control functions away from the government and put them in the hands of a nonprofit corporation has prompted impassioned debate — and pitted Delta Air Lines against other carriers and the national controllers’ union.

Last week, supporters of the idea in Congress pushed it onto the front burner by including it in a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill.

» Delta’s rising CEO inherits big profits, issues


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