Qualifying Closes for Special Elections

This is Part II of a two part series on the special elections to fill vacant state Senate and House seats. You can find Part I here

Friday was the last day of qualifying for vacant state Senate and House seats. With the Atlanta mayor race, a Fulton County Commission race and several other state races in the Metro area, this special election might just feel like a “real” election. Although, as with nearly all non-presidential elections, turnout might be less than desired.

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Amazon to open new office in Atlanta

Atlanta, (and about 8 other major cities) have seen their hearts aflutter over the prospect of landing the tech-giant’s second headquarters and the 50,000 top tier jobs, $5 billion in corporate investment, and the almost incalculable economic impact it would bring.  

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BREAKING NEWS: Georgia Power Update

As Thursday morning progressed, electric power outages across the state had been reduced to 160,000. Total outages at their peak due to Hurricane Irma hit approximately 997,000 users. The Georgia Power Co. says its restoration progress continues with nearly 8,000 personnel engaged in response effort.

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Georgia influence felt on national campus sexual assault policy

Earlier this year state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, (R-Powder Springs) made waves when his HB 51 sought to return college campus sexual assault investigations and prosecutions to state law enforcement instead of what he calls “kangaroo courts” run by the schools.  Coming in response to a rash of high profile cases of false accusations made by female students against their male “attackers” who were painted as criminals before receiving any due process, the bill received national attention and both vocal support and harsh criticism from each side of the aisle.

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Governor Deal gives Irma update

“Pack your patience, and stay where you are as long as possible.”

That was the message sent by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and a handful of other state officials yesterday morning during a press conference to outline the state’s response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma’s landfall on Monday.

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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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DeKalb teacher suspended after vulgar lesson

Bonnecia Williams, a music teacher at Bethune Middle School in DeKalb County, has been removed from the classroom for the time being after giving a homework assignment filled with expletives, slurs, and violent and sexually suggestive lyrics. The assignment was intended for the students to replace the “bad” words, with “more positive” words, such as the vocabulary words the 6th graders were studying. Administrators released a statement calling the assignment “inappropriate, unacceptable, and contrary to our standards”. Williams apologized on Wednesday, saying she should’ve used better judgement, but another teaching scandal has the district’s ship SINKING…   
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