Category: Politics

Atlanta Mayor Bottoms to host town hall in Buckhead Feb. 28

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will kick off a series of “town hall” meetings Feb. 28 at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead. The town hall also will include “senior leadership” from the city, according to a press release. The Feb. 28 town hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the museum at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The other scheduled town halls are March 19, 6:30 p.m., Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive; and March 28, 6:30 p.m., FanPlex, 768 Hank Aaron Drive. The city previously had a follow-up...

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Atlanta councilmembers call for Election Day holiday

Election Day would be a holiday for Atlanta city employees under legislation filed Feb. 20 by three councilmembers. The intent is to make voting easier and to have other jurisdictions and private employers offer the day as a holiday as well. “Atlanta has some of the worst wait times in the state as well as polls that close early relative to the national average,” said one of the sponsors, District 6 Councilmember Jennifer Ide, who represents part of Buckhead, in a press release. “This bill would ease some pressure on employees struggling to cast their vote amidst these and...

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Mayor Ernst holding Brookhaven town hall on Feb. 21

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst is holding his first town hall of 2019 on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. The town hall will include an informal question-and-answer session with Ernst and other city officials. 2019 Town Hall schedule: Thursday, Feb. 21 Wednesday, March 20 Thursday, April 18 Thursday, May 16 Thursday, June 20 Thursday, July 18 Thursday, Aug. 15 Thursday, Sept. 19 Thursday, Oct. 17 Thursday, Nov. 21 Thursday, Dec....

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Massell to give ‘State of Buckhead’ speech Feb. 28

Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell, a former Atlanta mayor, will give his annual “State of the Community” speech at the Buckhead Business Association’s Feb. 28 breakfast meeting. In last year’s speech, Massell called for unity after a bitter political campaign won by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over Buckhead’s Mary Norwood. This year’s event will run 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant, 3368 Peachtree Road. Non-member tickets are $25 and pre-registration is required to guarantee a seat. For more information, see the BBA’s...

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School safety legislation is filed

School safety legislation has already been filed based on recommendations from a study committee several local lawmakers served on last year. “The School Safety Study Committee was one of – if not the most – impactful and important study committees that I have been a part of,” state Sen. John Albers, a Republican who represents part of Sandy Springs and who chaired the study committee, said in a press release. “The issues discussed and testimonies heard were not just a way of procedure, rather, words that were turned into action through the pieces of legislation filed.” One piece of...

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U.S. Rep. McBath gets free temporary office in Brookhaven city community center

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Marietta) is getting free temporary office space in a city of Brookhaven community center as she organizes a permanent district office. An anonymous email from someone saying they are a “concerned city resident” criticized the congresswoman’s no-rent deal at the Lynwood Community Center in Lynwood Park, questioning whether it is “illegal” or “not ethical.” City spokesperson Burke Brennan said there’s no charge because there’s no cost to the city for offering the previously vacant office space. “To the best of my knowledge, we’re not charging her or her office anything. There’s no additional cost to...

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Councilmember Nall running for Dunwoody mayor; incumbent Shortal undecided

Dunwoody City Councilmember Terry Nall said he is running for mayor in the Nov. 5 city election no matter what, while current Mayor Denis Shortal said he hasn’t made a decision about reelection. “Dunwoody is my passion,” Nall said. “I think I’ve made a positive contribution over the past eight years … I also believe there are headwinds facing us and it will take strong leadership to face them.” “I haven’t made that decision … I will probably make it in the next three months,” Shortal said. He was not aware Nall was running for mayor but said that...

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Parents of Dunwoody woman killed in shooting to attend State of the Union with McBath

Jeff and Margaret Binkley of Dunwoody, whose daughter was recently killed in a mass shooting at a yoga studio in Florida, will be the guests of U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Marietta) at President Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 5. Maura Binkley, 21, was killed Nov. 2 when a man came into the yoga studio and started shooting, according to media reports. Also killed was Nancy Van Vessem, 61. Four others were injured. The gunman killed himself. Binkley graduated from Dunwoody High School in 2015 and was attending Florida State University. McBath emerged on...

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Atlanta’s Old Council Chamber to be named for Massell

The Old Council Chamber in Atlanta City Hall will be renamed for former mayor Sam Massell, who now heads the Buckhead Coalition. The honor was authorized by a unanimous City Council resolution Feb. 4 that also renames the current council chamber for Marvin Arrington Sr., a former Fulton County judge and council president. “Both men are Atlanta legends who have left an indelible imprint and set a standard for all elected officials who followed them to meet,” said Michael Julian Bond, the councilmember who sponsored the resolution, in a press release. “There has never been a time when I...

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Reporter/1Q Survey: LGBTQ laws and religious freedom bills

A new LGBTQ anti-discrimination law coming out of Doraville should be copied by other cities, while new religious freedom laws should not emerge from the Gold Dome. Those were takeaways from a majority of the 200 local residents in a Reporter/1Q.com survey about the ongoing debate of LGBTQ rights and religious liberty. The survey was conducted by 1Q.com via cellphones used by residents of Reporter Newspapers communities. The results are not scientific. Of the 200 survey respondents, 69 percent said other cities should have an anti-discrimination law like Doraville’s, with 18 percent saying no; another 13 percent were unsure....

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Long state probes into elections like Sandy Springs’ are ‘insane,’ legislator says

Why has a state investigation into a 2016 Sandy Springs city election approached three years without a ruling? A state legislator and elections lawyer said lengthy investigations are not uncommon, but are part of an “insane” process lawmakers may need to change. State Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), a lawyer who works with election cases, said having an election investigation take this long with little update isn’t acceptable, calling it “insane.” “It is common, but it’s nuts,” Holcomb said. “It’s pathetic.” Holcomb said the state legislators may need to look at ways to revamp the process. “It’s probably something the...

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