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Campus rape bill opposed by victims advances

Georgia moved a step closer to restricting the ability of its public colleges to independently investigate and punish rapes on campus on Monday as a House committee passed legislation aimed at providing better protections to those accused of sexual assault. The House Appropriations Committee approved the so-called campus rape bill 35-10 as students opposing it looked on in a packed meeting...
Vincent Fort wants an independent inspector general hired in Atlanta

Vincent Fort wants an independent inspector general hired in Atlanta

An inspector general charged with independently investigating Atlanta’s government activities is one of several ethic proposals being announced Monday by state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta. Fort is among a number of candidates vying to replace Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed next year. A longtime critic of Reed, Fort made the announcement as the city is in the middle of a bribery investigation...
Georgia Casino bill dead for 2017

Georgia Casino bill dead for 2017

Legislation that would have allowed casino gambling in Georgia is dead for the year, the bill’s sponsor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, said he does not have the votes to get Senate Bill 79 out of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. “I am not discouraged,” Beach said. “I will double down and plan to crisscross...
State campus data on stun guns, Tasers show zero use for self defense

State campus data on stun guns, Tasers show zero use for self defense

Are Georgia campuses so unsafe that students need to be armed? That is the contention of Georgia lawmakers, who are making another attempt at changing state law to allow students to carry firearms. Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a similar bill last year, saying it would not make college campuses safer. Writing today in the AJC Get Schooled blog, Matthew Boedy, an assistant professor at the University of...
Newcomer with war chest gives Democrats hope in Georgia’s 6th District

Newcomer with war chest gives Democrats hope in Georgia’s 6th District

Jon Ossoff stood ramrod-straight and spoke in sparing phrases, as if a great burden rests on his 30-year-old shoulders. To hear from many of the 150 people who crowded a Dunwoody synagogue the other night to meet him, it’s easy to understand why. “The Republican side has been showing up to vote here for years, and we haven’t been energized,” said Melanie Manning, among the...
Legislators push what voters didn’t want; new bureaucracy unneeded

Legislators push what voters didn’t want; new bureaucracy unneeded

After the stinging defeat of the Opportunity School District in November, lawmakers are now attempting to achieve with legislation what voters would not allow through the ballot. House Bill 338 could be described as a kinder, gentler OSD, where the state does not big-foot its way into seizing control of struggling schools but rather dances a delicate waltz with willing districts. Yes, the state could...
Democrats pick former labor secretary to rebuild national party

Democrats pick former labor secretary to rebuild national party

Democratic leaders picked a political veteran with ties to the party’s establishment as a new face of the resistance to Donald Trump at a meeting Saturday in Atlanta, charging former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez with the task of trying to turn fervid protests against the president into election gains. Perez will lead a Democratic National Committee reeling from the 2016 vote that left the...
Before they battle Trump, Democrats have an internal fight to settle

Before they battle Trump, Democrats have an internal fight to settle

The uneasy clash between grass-roots activists and establishment figures at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta isn’t hard to spot. It’s on display at caucus meetings, panel discussions and the maneuvering behind Saturday’s vote to elect a new party leader. And for a party struggling to find a balance between the liberal wave of outrage at Donald Trump and its leaders...
Bill would let DeKalb vote on MARTA expansion this year

Bill would let DeKalb vote on MARTA expansion this year

A House bill introduced Thursday would give DeKalb County voters a chance to vote on a MARTA expansion as soon as this year. Senate Bill 251 would allow the county’s voters to decide whether to levy a sales tax of up to .5 percent for MARTA. DeKalb could hold a referendum this year if the Board of Commissioners authorized it by June 30. MARTA would need to submit a list of proposed projects...
Legislature considers kinder, gentler Opportunity School District plan

Legislature considers kinder, gentler Opportunity School District plan

After the stinging defeat of the Opportunity School District in November, Georgia lawmakers are now attempting to achieve with legislation what voters would not allow through the ballot. House Bill 338 could be described as a kinder, gentler OSD, where the state does not big-foot its way into seizing control of struggling schools but rather dances a delicate waltz with willing districts. Yes, the...
Eight candidates qualify to replace former state Sen. Judson Hill

Eight candidates qualify to replace former state Sen. Judson Hill

Eight candidates — five Republicans and three Democrats — have signed up to replace former state Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, who left his seat earlier this month to run for Congress. The Republican candidates are Hamilton Beck, Matt Campbell, Roy Daniels, Kay Kirkpatrick and Gus Makris. The Democratic candidates are Christine Triebsch, Exton Howard and Bob Wiskind. Qualifying for...
House panel kills bill that pit optometrists vs. ophthalmologists

House panel kills bill that pit optometrists vs. ophthalmologists

A Georgia House committee on Friday narrowly defeated a bill that would have allowed optometrists to inject patients’ eyes in limited cases.  The House Health and Human Services Committee voted 13-14 on House Bill 416, the second time this year the bill failed to gain the panel’s blessing.  All is not lost for the optometrists, however. A similar measure, Senate Bill 221, is...
Bill would require carnivals to pass inspection before operating

Bill would require carnivals to pass inspection before operating

In August, a carnival ride in Bartow County collapsed after one of its legs broke. None of the riders, which included six children, were injured, but it was an alarming moment for attendees. Upon examination, state Sen. Bruce Thompson, R-White, found cause to amend existing state codes to prevent similar incidents in the future. “Structurally, the ride had problems,” he said. “In...
Georgia House supports tax credits for video game companies

Georgia House supports tax credits for video game companies

Entertainment companies that develop films and video games and complete postproduction work in Georgia could be eligible for tax credits under legislation the House passed Friday. House Bill 199, the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, would offer a 20 percent tax credit to companies pursuing film, video or digital work in the state that promotes the Georgia logo and edits those projects...
Senate backs new police safety effort that some worry hurts protesters

Senate backs new police safety effort that some worry hurts protesters

The Georgia Senate approved a package of bills Friday extending protections for law enforcement officers assaulted in the line of duty, despite questions over whether some of the measures may curb Georgians’ right to protest. The biggest, Senate Bill 160, would impose mandatory minimum prison sentences for criminals convicted of aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a public safety...
Capitol Recap: ‘Religious liberty’ bill runs into early trouble

Capitol Recap: ‘Religious liberty’ bill runs into early trouble

For a few days, “religious liberty” looked like it might have a chance to dominate discussion for a fourth straight legislative session. But then Gov. Nathan Deal delivered a first-round knockout. Deal said Thursday that he had “no desire or appetite to entertain” Senate Bill 233, a piece of legislation proposed by state Sen. Marty Harbin, R-Tyrone, that would require that...
Bill to allow driverless vehicles in Georgia gets a rewrite

Bill to allow driverless vehicles in Georgia gets a rewrite

Legislation that could pave the way for driverless cars on Georgia roads may have cleared a key hurdle Thursday, as lawmakers rewrote the bill to make it easier for some of the industry’s biggest players to participate. House Bill 248 would allow pilot projects for “autonomous vehicles” on public roads in certain areas. As originally drafted, critics said it would give one company...
Proposal advances to cut top rate on Georgia income taxes

Proposal advances to cut top rate on Georgia income taxes

Georgia House leaders are moving to lower the state’s top income tax rate in what could be an important first step toward significant reductions in how much Georgians pay. A new report said the first step, House Bill 329, would save Georgians about $154 million a year, with three-quarters of that savings going to those earning more than $97,000 a year. The state’s calculations put the...
Kempner: Atlantan not a movie guy, but now has Oscar connection

Kempner: Atlantan not a movie guy, but now has Oscar connection

Nelson Burke is more surprised than anybody that an Atlanta guy like him is in the movie business and has ties to a production up for an Oscar on Sunday. It’s become kind of routine. But he tells me he often gets a worrisome twinge. It’s not his back; it’s Georgia legislators. What if the folks at the Capitol get some kind of goofy idea to kill the tax credits that have made...
Bill requires free speech on campus for all

Bill requires free speech on campus for all

Georgia’s colleges and universities would be required to expand areas designated for free speech under legislation filed in the state House on Thursday.  House Bill 471, by Rep. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, says public colleges and universities may not “limit or restrict a student’s expression” or discipline a student because others oppose the student&rsquo...
Georgia governor opposes new ‘religious liberty’ bill

Georgia governor opposes new ‘religious liberty’ bill

Gov. Nathan Deal was unequivocal in his opposition to a revived “religious liberty” measure on Thursday, signaling he would veto the bill if it made it to his desk. “I didn’t want there to be any confusion about where I stand on the RFRA bill: I have no desire or appetite to entertain that legislation,” Deal said. He was referring to a one-page proposal introduced this...
Bill boosting transit funding passes Georgia House

Bill boosting transit funding passes Georgia House

Legislation that allows counties and cities to levy incremental sales taxes to pass for special projects passed the Georgia House on  Thursday.  House Bill 134, sponsored by Rep. Bubber Epps, R-Dry Branch, continues current law that allows local governments to enact up to 1 percent in transportation special purpose local option sales taxes (known as TSPLOST) in increments .05 percent...
Georgia Senate backs creation of women’s veterans program

Georgia Senate backs creation of women’s veterans program

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service has long sought to create a program for the state’s growing population of women’s veterans. On Thursday, state Senate unanimously backed the idea, too. Senate Bill 108, sponsored by state Sen. Larry Walker III, R-Perry, seeks to address the unique needs of a population that numbers to about 100,000, or about 15 percent of veterans in Georgia....
Fracking regulation bill passes Georgia House

Fracking regulation bill passes Georgia House

The last time Georgia regulated the practice of fracking in 1975 the state collected a fee of $25 for the right to search for underground natural gas.  Legislation approved in the state House on Thursday would create the first new fracking regulations in a generation.  The House voted 162-1 to approve House Bill 205, sponsored by House Rules Committee Chairman John Meadows, R-Calhoun...
Good Lord: Georgia lawmakers are recognizing “Kumbaya”

Good Lord: Georgia lawmakers are recognizing “Kumbaya”

State lawmakers are not kidding, Lord: They’re recognizing “Kumbaya” on Thursday as Georgia’s first state historical song. Senate Resolution 293, sponsored by state Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, seeks to highlight what historians say are the song’s roots in the Gullah and Geechee culture on the Sea Islands of Georgia. Robert Winslow Gordon, who would eventually...
Senate casino hearing cancelled; bill’s future in doubt

Senate casino hearing cancelled; bill’s future in doubt

Today’s planned Senate committee vote on a bill to allow casino gambling has been cancelled leaving the bill’s future in doubt.  Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-McDonough, notified members of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee late Wednesday that today’s planned 1 p.m. hearing will not happen.  Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, the sponsor of Senate Bill 79, confirmed...
Bill to slash state income tax rate moving through the Georgia House

Bill to slash state income tax rate moving through the Georgia House

Georgia House leaders are moving to lower the state’s top income tax rate in what could be an important first step toward significant reductions in how much Georgians pay. A new report said the first step, House Bill 329, would save Georgians about $154 million a year, with three-quarters of that savings going to those earning more than $97,000 a year. The state’s calculations put the...
Bill offering insurance to firefighters passes Senate committee

Bill offering insurance to firefighters passes Senate committee

Legislation that would offer firefighters special insurance polices to treat work-related cancers passed its first Senate committee hearing Wednesday with a unanimous vote. “This is a great story, and it’s one that should be told to our children and our children’s children,” said State and Local Government Operations Chairman John Albers, R-Alpharetta, who sponsored a previous...
Cancer hospital wants new deal from state lawmakers

Cancer hospital wants new deal from state lawmakers

With a new wave of advertising and a new bill at the Georgia General Assembly, Cancer Treatment Centers of America has re-ignited its ongoing turf war with the rest of Georgia’s hospitals. The “destination cancer hospital” is again seeking to change the terms of a 2008 legislative deal that permitted the cancer-only hospital to come to Georgia, arguing that more in-state patients...
House passes bill that strips funding from ‘sanctuary campuses’

House passes bill that strips funding from ‘sanctuary campuses’

The Georgia House on Wednesday approved a measure that would cut off state funding to Georgia colleges that declare themselves “sanctuary campuses” that would defy President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. The House voted 112-57, largely along party lines, to approve state Rep. Earl Ehrhart’s proposal to ban colleges from receiving state funds if they aren’t complying...
Georgia’s latest ‘religious liberty’ bill sparks a fight in the Senate

Georgia’s latest ‘religious liberty’ bill sparks a fight in the Senate

Georgia’s latest “religious liberty” bill may have only been introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, but members of the chamber quickly signaled it would be met with a fight. Members had a rare early floor debate on Senate Bill 233 after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who presides over the chamber, assigned the legislation to the powerful Rules Committee, a move that gives an...
Bill to crack down on toll lane abuse passes state House

Bill to crack down on toll lane abuse passes state House

Drivers who use toll lanes or benefit from a Peach Pass without providing payment could face increased consequences under a bill that the state House passed Wednesday. House Bill 150, recommended for passage by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, would place holds on motor vehicle registration for drivers who fail to pay tolls and would allow the Department of Revenue to withhold tax...
Bill ending funding for ‘sanctuary campuses’ passes Georgia House

Bill ending funding for ‘sanctuary campuses’ passes Georgia House

Private colleges and universities in Georgia could lose state funding if they declare themselves “sanctuary campuses” under legislation the state House approved Wednesday.  House Bill 37 would punish those schools that do not comply with state and federal immigration law. The bill passed 112-57 and now goes to the Senate.  Emory University previously had flirted with becoming...
Mass transit bills moving in Georgia General Assembly

Mass transit bills moving in Georgia General Assembly

The Georgia Senate Wednesday passed a measure that could eventually pave the way for state funding of mass transit. Senate Bill 6 would create the Georgia Regional Transit Council to develop a statewide strategic transit plan to develop a “seamless transportation network with dependable trip times for commuters.” The plan would explore topics like limited access highways, road congestion...
Bill would require Georgia drivers to go hands-free with phones

Bill would require Georgia drivers to go hands-free with phones

Motor vehicle fatalities rose by a third over the last two years. . JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, motor vehicles fatalities in Georgia jumped by a third over the last two years.
Georgia House pushing truth-in-fees constitutional amendment

Georgia House pushing truth-in-fees constitutional amendment

House leaders are renewing what has become a Capitol rite of winter: the annual push to pass a truth-in-fees constitutional amendment forcing the state to spend the money it raises from fees exactly where lawmakers promise Georgians it will be spent. In other words, if lawmakers tell Georgians they are going to charge $1 for each old tire you trade in to pay to clean up abandoned tire dumps, that&rsquo...
Unusual fight is erupting over Georgia’s latest ‘religious liberty’ bill

Unusual fight is erupting over Georgia’s latest ‘religious liberty’ bill

UPDATE: The attempt to shield the bill from changes failed on a 18-34 vote on the floor. ORIGINAL POST:Georgia’s latest ‘religious liberty’ bill may have only been introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, but the chamber has quickly signaled it will be met with a fight. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who presides over the chamber, assigned Senate Bill 233 to the powerful Rules...
Bill would create public list of ‘criminal’ unauthorized immigrants in Georgia

Bill would create public list of ‘criminal’ unauthorized immigrants in Georgia

Legislation filed in the state House on Wednesday would require the GBI to create and maintain a website listing any unauthorized immigrant convicted of a crime who is released from jail or prison in Georgia.  House Bill 452, by Rep. Jesse Petrea, R-Savannah, requires the GBI to update the website within 12 hours of receiving the names and must send a copy to the Georgia Sheriff’s...
Georgia justice reformers: Cut the number of offenders on probation

Georgia justice reformers: Cut the number of offenders on probation

Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice reform council on Tuesday said Georgia needs to reduce the number of people it has on probation — now the highest rate of any other state in the country. This would allow the state to put more resources into monitoring the most dangerous offenders on probation. It also would allow for increased scrutiny of offenders at the initial stages of their probationary...
House to vote on bill that groups say hurts minority voters

House to vote on bill that groups say hurts minority voters

An elections bill up for consideration in the state House Wednesday has raised the ire of voter advocacy groups, who say it could disproportionately hurt minority Georgians trying to join the state’s voter rolls. House Bill 268, which is scheduled to be considered by the state House, would create a 26-month deadline for voting applicants to correct discrepancies in what they submit to the...
‘Religious liberty’ fight returns to Georgia Capitol

‘Religious liberty’ fight returns to Georgia Capitol

Legislation reigniting the fight over religious freedom has been filed in the Georgia Senate, but Gov. Nathan Deal’s office made it clear Tuesday it will meet the same fate as its precesessor a year ago if it passes. Sen. Marty Harbin, R-Tyrone, on Tuesday filed Senate Bill 233, which stops far short of the wide-ranging “religious liberty” bill that Deal vetoed in 2016. Harbin&rsquo...
Legislative tug-of-war ensues over noncitizen Georgia driver’s licenses

Legislative tug-of-war ensues over noncitizen Georgia driver’s licenses

State lawmakers Tuesday stripped a bill of language that would require the driver’s licenses of people who are not U.S. citizens to be stamped with the term “noncitizen.” But other measures that would alter the driver’s licenses of noncitizens — even legal permanent residents — remain alive in the General Assembly. The House Motor Vehicles Committee on Tuesday stripped...
Robb Pitts plans to run for Fulton County chairman to replace Eaves

Robb Pitts plans to run for Fulton County chairman to replace Eaves

With Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves’ announcement last week that he’s running for mayor of Atlanta, the race to replace him at the county’s helm is on. Robb Pitts, a former Fulton commissioner, announced over the weekend that he plans to run for chairman. In an emailed announcement, Pitts said “a lot more must be done to ensure the continued growth and development...
Clayton State of County address set for Thursday

Clayton State of County address set for Thursday

Clayton County will host its annual State of the County address on Thursday at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. Commission Chairman Jeff Turner will give an overview of how the county performed last year and what’s ahead for this year. The 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event is the fourth in a series of county addresses hosted by the Council on Quality Growth. “We&rsquo...
Third Wolf Creek worker fired in Fulton, Live Nation plans upgrades

Third Wolf Creek worker fired in Fulton, Live Nation plans upgrades

When Wolf Creek Amphitheater opens its doors for Funk Fest May 19, patrons won’t notice much difference at the venue they’ve been visiting since it opened in 2011. It’s behind the scenes that everything changed. In December, Fulton County agreed to hand over control of the venue south of Atlanta to the concert promoter Live Nation. That’s after a “damning” audit...
Decatur’s long-serving city manager takes a long-term view

Decatur’s long-serving city manager takes a long-term view

When Peggy Merriss was named interim Decatur city manager in February 1993, her predecessor Curtis Branscombe said, “If you want somebody to run the city, you got the right one. ‘Cause she will run it.” In a quiet defiance of odds, Merriss has spent 24 years doing just that. The average U.S. city manager tenure is 5 to 7 years, and only 15 percent of city managers are women. Merriss...
Atlanta mayor plays an outsized role as metro “spokesman”

Atlanta mayor plays an outsized role as metro “spokesman”

The candidates are plentiful, their backgrounds diverse: They come from inside and outside the political world. They are new and repeat contenders. Among them are an artist, former federal prosecutor, an international businessman. Only the voters who live in the city of Atlanta’s 130-some square miles will cast ballots in this fall’s mayoral election, but the impact of their decision will...
Bribery scandal dominates Atlanta mayoral candidate forum

Bribery scandal dominates Atlanta mayoral candidate forum

In a discussion that sometimes grew tense, candidates hoping to succeed Kasim Reed as Atlanta’s next mayor agreed on one thing: nobody wanted to defend City Hall. With an ever-growing bribery scandal swirling around the city’s central government, not one of the eight candidates who took part in a Friday forum for the Judicial Qualifications Commission raised a hand when asked if they were...
Cobb rep’s bill would let minors who shoot cops be tried as adults

Cobb rep’s bill would let minors who shoot cops be tried as adults

A Cobb legislator’s bill making it easier for minors accused of shooting police officers to be tried as adults will be up for a vote on the House floor Monday. State Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta sponsored the bill after Marietta police officer Scott Davis was shot on duty early Aug. 11 by an unidentified 15-year-old member of the Bloods gang. That teen’s case started in...
Seven Atlanta Watershed employees indicted for theft

Seven Atlanta Watershed employees indicted for theft

Seven Atlanta Watershed employees were indicted Friday, accused of stealing copper wire and other items from the department. It is the latest in a string of issues that have plagued the Watershed department in recent years. The thefts of copper, copper tubing, red and yellow brass and water meters occurred between 2009 and 2015, a statement from the Fulton County District Attorney’s office said...
Subpoena appears to broaden City Hall bribery investigation

Subpoena appears to broaden City Hall bribery investigation

A subpoena delivered to Atlanta’s law department this week appears to broaden the scope of the federal investigation into pay-to-play bribery for city contracts. The 11-point demand for information is centered on Chief Procurement Officer Adam Smith, who was fired Tuesday and escorted out of City Hall the same day federal agents seized his city-issued computer and phone. The Feb. 17 subpoena...
Gwinnett chairman wants a vote on transit. Are the people ready?

Gwinnett chairman wants a vote on transit. Are the people ready?

Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett County’s commission chairman, believes her residents are ready for more transit. “We can’t stop improving our road network,” she said during her recent state of the county address, “but expanded transit options must also be part of any long-term solution.” Nash went on to say she wants the county to have a referendum on transit expansion...
AJC Exclusive: Feds sought records of Atlanta’s top purchasing officer

AJC Exclusive: Feds sought records of Atlanta’s top purchasing officer

Federal prosecutors sought records related to the city of Atlanta’s top purchasing officer Adam Smith, including the contents of his city-issued computer and phone, in a subpoena dated four days before Smith was fired and the FBI seized items from his City Hall office. The federal subpoena, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, showed prosecutors sought...
Atlanta City Council to post expenses on new website, says prez

Atlanta City Council to post expenses on new website, says prez

With Atlanta City Hall under seige by a bribery scandal, it may soon be easier to see the expenses of city councilmembers as well as the city contracts that come their way for approval. The Atlanta City Council is revamping its website and one of the updates will allow councilmembers to post their expenses “as close to real time as possible” for review by the public, Atlanta City Council...
Georgia highway dedicated in honor of Trooper on Deal’s security detail

Georgia highway dedicated in honor of Trooper on Deal’s security detail

A stretch of highway in west Georgia was dedicated in honor of a State Trooper who served on the security details of three governors. An intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and George Smith Rd. in Prattsburg was renamed the Trooper Bobby Mathis Memorial Intersection this month. Mathis, who died in December at the age of 52, had served in law enforcement for more than 30 years. Mathis started his career...
Fulton County will study expanding public transit, hopes others follow

Fulton County will study expanding public transit, hopes others follow

Fulton County leaders decided Thursday that they don’t want to wait for Cobb or Gwinnett counties to create a transit plan before they start on their own. They agreed to fund a study that could lead to a plan to expand public transportation. “Somebody’s got to take the first step,” Roswell Mayor Jere Wood said. Fulton County Commissioner Lee Morris said he thought Fulton needed...
Fulton County will pay for public transportation study

Fulton County will pay for public transportation study

Fulton County leaders have long been happy with the November passage of a sales tax to help fix roads. Now, they’re putting money behind efforts to expand public transportation. With the support of leaders from Fulton’s 14 cities, county commissioners on Thursday voted to spend $200,000 as a local match to fund a $1 million transit study. The remaining $800,000 is expected to come from...
Mississippi bid case raises questions about top Atlanta official

Mississippi bid case raises questions about top Atlanta official

Jackson, Miss. — A former Jackson contracting official says she was interviewed by the FBI in November 2015 about alleged bid-steering in municipal contracts, including accusations of wrongdoing against former public works director Kishia Powell, who now serves as watershed commissioner in Atlanta. Former Jackson Equal Business Opportunity Manager Stephanie Coleman and her lawyer told The...
College Park could strike rental car tax deal for Philips in March

College Park could strike rental car tax deal for Philips in March

A deal between Atlanta and College Park to extend car rental taxes for a multi-million dollar update of Philips Arena could be struck sometime in March, the mayor of College Park said Thursday. “There are a lot of things being done behind the scenes,” College Park Mayor Jack Longino said at the annual South Metro Development Outlook at the Georgia International Convention Center. &ldquo...
Major transportation projects transforming Atlanta’s southside

Major transportation projects transforming Atlanta’s southside

Get ready to see those orange construction barrels everywhere. Lots of construction is coming your way, one of Georgia’s top transportation officials told hundreds of metro Atlanta’s key decision makers in business and government Thursday. Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry laid out a litany of projects estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars that...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond: Water overbilling crisis won’t be fixed overnight

DeKalb CEO Thurmond: Water overbilling crisis won’t be fixed overnight

Describing wildly inaccurate water bills as DeKalb County’s “most critical crisis,” CEO Mike Thurmond on Thursday identified more than a dozen causes for the erratic charges and announced several short-term solutions. Thurmond warned there are no easy answers to correct systematic billing problems. Over the years, billing errors have increased as the county government has implemented...
What do TV show ‘Breaking Bad’ and Clayton County have in common?

What do TV show ‘Breaking Bad’ and Clayton County have in common?

The film studio that brought you the edgy television series “Breaking Bad” will be breaking ground on a state-of-the-art, five-stage film-production studio in Clayton County later this year. To learn more, read here.
Clayton to get new state-of-the-art film production studio

Clayton to get new state-of-the-art film production studio

A Los Angeles developer of film studios plans to build a five-stage, state-of-the-art studio complex in Clayton County, giving a hefty boost to film production in Clayton. Clayton County Studios will be built between Lake City and Morrow and will be managed by Pacifica Ventures. The studio gives Pacifica Ventures an entry into the southeast and Georgia’s multi-billion-dollar film-making market...
EXCLUSIVE: Fulton Chairman John Eaves enters Atlanta mayor’s race

EXCLUSIVE: Fulton Chairman John Eaves enters Atlanta mayor’s race

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves is joining the race to lead the city of Atlanta. Eaves, who was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2006, is entering a crowded field that includes nearly a dozen contenders. He plans to file paperwork to begin fundraising on Friday. Despite his relatively late entry into the race, Eaves said he had been thinking about...
EXCLUSIVE: Fulton Chairman John Eaves enters race to be Atlanta mayor

EXCLUSIVE: Fulton Chairman John Eaves enters race to be Atlanta mayor

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves is joining the race to lead the city of Atlanta. Eaves, who was first elected to the board in 2006, is entering a crowded field that includes nearly a dozen contenders. He plans to file paperwork to begin fundraising on Friday. Despite his relatively late entry into the race, Eaves said he had been thinking about running for some...
Stadium and many sports fields planned near Stonecrest Mall

Stadium and many sports fields planned near Stonecrest Mall

Developers announced plans Wednesday to transform a grassy field near Stonecrest Mall into a $200 million sports complex that they say will be swarming with amateur and pro athletes playing soccer, football, baseball and other sports. Construction on Atlanta Sports City is set to begin this fall and will eventually include a 15,000 seat stadium, 22 soccer and football fields, seven baseball diamonds...
Clayton decision to stop airing public comments angers citizens

Clayton decision to stop airing public comments angers citizens

Some Clayton County citizens are angry about what they say is county officials’ efforts to suppress public comments made during the county commission meeting. County commissioners recently decided to stop airing the public comment segment of their board meeting on the county’s taxpayer-funded television station CCTV 23. The board meetings will continue to be broadcast on the television...
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