MARTA prepared for decrease in ridership

MARTA helped keep city commuters moving during the weeks following the March fire and bridge collapse on I-85, but in the 10 or so days since the bridge has been fixed, the transit provider has watched those extra users melt away.

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Newt Endorses Watson for GA GOP Chair

The Georgia Republican Party convention is coming up June 2-3 in Augusta and is dominated by a lively four-way election by delegates for state chairman to succeed the term-limited John Padgett. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich– a longtime Georgian who won the state’s GOP presidential primary in 2012– has joined the fray. He is endorsing John Watson, a one-time top aide to former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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Lieutenant Governor Announces Law Enforcement Pay Task Force

Two weeks since a report from WalletHub listed Georgia as the 7th worst state to be a police officer, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Senator Greg Kirk (R- 13 Americus) announced the creation of COPS, the Compensation of Police and Sheriffs Task Force. The task force will work with counties, cities and chief law enforcement officers to examine ways of attracting and retaining experienced officers throughout the state.

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Latest Ga. 6th Congressional District Rumblings

In the 6th U.S. Congressional District Special Runoff Election between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, a super PAC favored by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday it will hire another 45 door-knockers to reach an additional 100,000 households.

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Republicans seek to tap Westmoreland for Gov.

Will former U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland join several Georgia Republicans who have announced their intentions to run for Governor in 2018? There is a lot of speculation right now, although nobody knows for sure, and Westmoreland isn’t saying.

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The role of the State Charter School Commission in GA education

Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with waivers from some of the regulations normally imposed upon district schools. Georgia voters by approving the constitutional amendment have turned public education into a two-sector system. One is a traditional school district, centrally managed.

6th Congressional District runoff going down to the wire

The cruelest part of politics is the numbers. No matter how good the consultants, the message and the advertising, elections are inevitably decided in Georgia by a simple mathematical calculation— did one candidate receive more than 50 percent of the total votes counted? On election night, nothing else matters.

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Civil War museum closes after Confederate flag ban

Following a request from Henry County District 2 Commissioner Dee Clemmons that all Confederate flags be removed in order to not offend anyone, the Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum announced on Tuesday that it would be closing its doors on June 1st.  “To exclude any Confederate flag would mean the historical value has been taken from our exhibits, and a fair interpretation could not be presented to each guest” said the museum in a public Facebook post.  Attempts to remove Confederate memorabilia from state monuments is one thing, but removing the flags from a museum which serves to educate guests on the state’s and country’s history has Henry County’s ship SINKING…

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