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The government shutdown in Atlanta

POLITICAL REACTION

GOP town hall
Jason Getz

A different sort of soul-searching envelops Georgia Republicans after shutdown fiasco

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In other corners of the country, Republicans talk of launching a counteroffensive against the tea party forces that engineered this month’s government shutdown. But here in Georgia, opinions are quite different.

At GOP gatherings across the state, rank-and-file members express frustration that the shutdown ended in a whimper and concern that not enough die-hard conservatives are in office.

While many are upset that the effort to gut the health-care law by holding up essential funding didn’t work, they do support the spirit of the fight. And they are letting Republican leaders know it every chance they get.

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NATIONAL PARKS

Park service losing battle to close Kennesaw Mountain park
Victoria Loe Hicks

Park service losing battle to close Kennesaw Mountain park

“Oh, it’s closed?”

“Who knew?”

Eyes wide in a parody of astonishment, Shelley Dorman and Carissa Warren giggled like schoolgirls caught skipping class.

In every direction, other hikers, bicyclists, couples with pooches and families with strollers blithely did what Warren and Dorman had done: ignore the signs proclaiming that Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, like all sites run by the National Park Service, is officially closed to visitors.

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RIPPLE EFFECTS

Georgians find unpleasant surprises in shutdown
BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJ

Georgians find unpleasant surprises in shutdown

Todd Hill didn’t think his environmental planning business would feel the hammer of the federal shutdown. After all, most of his work is on state road projects.

But 15 minutes after starting work Tuesday, Hill got an unpleasant surprise. The federal websites his Atlanta staff relies on almost daily for information about protected wetlands and endangered animals had gone dark.

TALE OF TWO SQUARES

Squaring off over shutdown

Squaring off over shutdown

These are the best of times. Wait, that’s not true. These are the worst of times for anyone worried about the federal government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act.

Whose fault is it?

Those lefties in Decatur say the Republicans are responsible for the closed federal parks and furloughed workers. Their conservative counterparts in Marietta blame that dictator in the White House, aka President Obama.


POLITIFACT

PolitiFact: Roundup of shutdown claims

The U.S. government is partially shut down, but that hasn’t stopped the political rhetoric coming out of Washington about the shuttering of our federal government, or its causes.

PolitiFact and PolitiFact Georgia have closely monitored the comments coming from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

We thought it would be a good time to review some of our fact checks on the issue and what got us here in the first place.

SMALL BUSINESSES

Government shutdown shuts off loans to restaurants and other businesses

Shutdown shuts off loans to restaurants, other businesses

There will be no baking at a Hungry Howie’s pizza parlor in Smyrna until the government goes back to work.

To complete renovation work, Preston Starr, owner of the franchise restaurant, is counting on a $300,000 loan from the Small Business Administration – a loan he cannot get until so long as the SBA is shut down.

METRO TRAFFIC

Gridlock Guy: Federal shutdown offers no silver lining to commuters

When I woke up last Monday morning and learned of the possible government shutdown, my immediate thought was, “What will be the impact on the traffic?”

A tad insensitive I know, but that’s how my mind works. Weather, holidays, school breaks, government shutdowns, my first reaction is how is this going to impact traffic.

That first Monday morning rush hour of the shut down I thought we’d see a decrease in traffic.


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