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Atlanta Beltline booming, says CEO

The Atlanta Beltline is transforming Atlanta, and this year — the 10th in the 25-year project — it is enjoying its largest year of construction so far, says Paul Morris, President and CEO of Atlanta Beltline Inc.

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Cobb County Chairman Race Heads to Runoff

Cobb County may be the new, or soon, home of Braves country, but it may not be Tim Lee country for much longer. The Chairman of the Cobb County Commission, widely credited, and accepted by Lee, as the architect within Cobb County government of the Braves move out of Atlanta and up I-75, faced a tough re-election fight on Tuesday and heads to a runoff on July 26.

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Four metro Atlanta GOP primary surprises

Turnout was terrible in during Tuesday’s party primaries. Around 18 percent of the state’s registered voters cast ballots, compared to 44 percent in the March 1 presidential primary. This occurred even though there were many more offices on the ballot than on March 1. Turnout was also a factor that resulted in several surprises around metro Atlanta.

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Georgia joins lawsuit over Obama directive

A group of eleven states, including Georgia, are suing the Obama administration over its directive mandating that transgender students be allowed to use whichever restroom matches up with their gender identity, (as opposed to their physical sex).

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Congressional incumbents survive primary challenges

None of Georgia’s congressmen faltered in Tuesday’s primary although five of them faced challengers, plus Sen. Johnny Isakson’s two longshot rivals.

In the end, it wasn’t close for any of them. The smallest margin of any was Barry Loudermilk’s 60.34 percent in the 11th District followed by Doug Collins’ 61.27, both in five-man races.

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Election night roundup

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson didn’t have to wait long to celebrate, as his primary race against token opposition was called in his favor nearly as soon as the first results came in.

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Two Hot GOP Primaries to Watch

Voters in tomorrow’s Georgia primaries must choose either a Republican or a Democrat ballot, with both including non-partisan judicial races. One of the fiercest legislative GOP primaries is in state House District 80 (Brookhaven and part of Sandy Springs) where candidate Meagan Hanson rebutted last-minute lies by opponent Alan Cole.

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Getting down to the final match

It started as a virtual political zoo with every kind of politician that any voter could imagine. Republicans, fielding 17 candidates, expected a political free-for-all akin to a professional wrestling battle royal. Democrats with only four candidates expected little more than a coronation of their nominee in July on the way to the White House in November.

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Thompson named commissioner of new ethics board

Rick Thompson of Roswell has been appointed by the governor as a new commissioner to serve on the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (the former State Ethics Commission). In 2009 Thompson  resigned as executive director of the old commission saying it was an ethics panel “in name only.” However, it has been strengthened over the past year by the addition of new members and new regulations. For these members, and now with the respected Thompson coming aboard, their boats are RISING…

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