BREAKING NEWS: Payne Leaving; Ridley to Chair Augusta National

Atlanta attorney and businessman Billy Payne, who revolutionized things around the once-staid Augusta National Golf Club that annually hosts the storied Masters Tournament,  is stepping down as Club chairman in October. He will be replaced by Fred Ridley, a National member who played in three Masters and is the president of the United States Golf Association.

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Qualifications underway for Atlanta Mayoral Race

While the race has been going on for quite some time, official qualifications for the 2017 Atlanta mayoral election began Tuesday and will remain open through the end of the week.  This serves as one last opportunity for candidates to weigh their options and either drop out or lay down the $5,529 qualifying fee that will secure their name on the ballot on November 7th.

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Flag attack defendant claiming impairment

A judge and a prosecutor said a hearing for a Somali woman accused of attacking a family with a flag pole was scheduled in error, but court documents show Aisha Ibrahim’s attorney is going to claim his client is not competent to stand trial.

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Attorney General Joins Effort to Combat Elder Abuse

Some months ago, not long after Attorney General Chris Carr had assumed office, he spoke at the Atlanta Young Republicans (AYR) meeting and talked about his priorities. He mentioned three items he would be focusing on – human trafficking, opioid addiction and elder abuse.

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Construction chugs along at Plant Vogtle

In spite of the drama with the bankruptcy of Westinghouse and the uncertainty surrounding the Public Service Commission’s ongoing support of the project, the installation of two new nuclear reactors at Augusta’s Plant Vogtle is carrying on as planned.

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Money rolls in for upcoming congressional races

The Democrats need a net gain of 25 seats to take control of the US House of Representatives. The 2nd Quarter Federal Election Commission (FEC) finance reports show the amount the candidate raised in the second three months of this year and the amount of cash-on-hand as of June 30. 

Red, Purple, & Blue: Unity and Opportunity

​In the aftermath of the Charlottesville, VA riot on August 12th, conversations around race and history have become more aggravated and amplified. In this current peak of racial tension, much attention has been given to the significance of Confederate statues and memorials, particularly in the American South.

Red, Purple, & Blue: A Vision for Georgia’s Future

Once upon a time, elected Democrats and Republicans were able to operate under the presumption of good faith. In the increasingly heated rhetoric on display today, both parties often find themselves vilifying one another and accusing the opposition of working to undermine the well-being of the state, the country, or even the local town. Americans should strive to remember that most elected officials in both parties work to improve the places in which they live, despite having different ideas on how to make that happen. Of course, some ideas are better than others.

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GDOT commish gets big raise

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry has received another major raise – $100,000 to be exact – which brings his total salary up to $350,000.  McMurry was hailed for his work in getting the I-85 bridge repaired way ahead of schedule, as well as for his leadership that has earned notice from as high up as President Donald Trump.  A big raise for some fine work has McMurry’s ship RISING…

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