A state lawmaker whose House district includes Atlanta has raised a sharp protest against plans to annex Emory University and other properties into the city – but not into the Atlanta public school system.
State Rep. Beth Beskin, a Republican, charged that to do so would create “hybrid” Atlantans and subject the city to “dissension and division.”
The lawmaker made her points in an Aug. 4 letter to Mayor Kasim Reed and members of the Atlanta City Council. An excerpt:
“[I]t would be unprecedented for there to be “hybrid” Atlantans,” i.e., an Atlanta citizen who pays Atlanta city taxes yet not Atlanta Public School taxes. One essential aspect of Atlanta is that every Atlantan is zoned for, and pays taxes to support, Atlanta Public Schools. It would create dissention and division among Atlanta citizens for certain areas of Atlanta to be exempted from the rights, benefits and obligations of inclusion in the Atlanta Public School system…”
You can click here to download the entire letter. Or simply read it here:
Georgia WIN List founder Melita Easters has announced that state Reps. Stacey Abrams of Atlanta and Stacey Evans of Smyrna, both Democratic candidates for governor, would hold a first joint forum at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Oct. 2. Watch this space for details.
Georgia-bred operative Nick Ayers may already be revving up Vice President Mike Pence’s 2020 election machinery.
A must-read New York Times story reported that Pence was methodically working to establish his own identity in case President Donald Trump doesn’t run for a second term – and that “sharp-elbowed” Ayers was at its center.
It also noted that Pence’s hire of Ayers, a former aide to Sonny Perdue who later led the Republican Governors Association, was in contrast to a tradition of vice presidents tapping Washington veterans as their top aides. From the story:
In a June meeting with Al Hubbard, an Indiana Republican who was a top economic official in Mr. Bush’s White House, an aide to the vice president, Marty Obst, said that they wanted to be prepared to run in case there was an opening in 2020 and that Mr. Pence would need Mr. Hubbard’s help, according to a Republican briefed on the meeting. Reached on the phone, Mr. Hubbard declined to comment.
Mr. Ayers has signaled to multiple major Republican donors that Mr. Pence wants to be ready. Mr. Obst denied that he and Mr. Ayers had made any private insinuations and called suggestions that the vice president was positioning himself for 2020 “beyond ridiculous.”
In a Twitter burst, Ayers has dubbed the report a “total lie.” The NYT report was also the topic of a Monday morning Tweet from President Donald Trump: “The failing
@nytimes, which has made every wrong prediction about me including my big election win (apologized), is totally inept!”
Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to be in Atlanta this morning, less than a week after his boss Jeff Sessions swung through town. Rosenstein, who is in charge of overseeing the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, will give the keynote address at a conference for forensic scientists at the Georgia World Congress Center at 9:30 a.m.
The AJC lost one of its own this weekend:
Richard D. “Rick” Thomas, a Macon-raised newsman who oversaw the Macon Telegraph’s Pulitzer Prize-winning examination of collegiate sports and academics in the 1980s, died Friday, the newspaper reports. He was 67.
U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, has found a way to hold a town hall meeting without all the muss and fuss. “Invitation-only” is the key phrase. The Marietta Daily Journal on Saturday printed an account of her Monday meeting with the the Marietta-based Georgia Tea Party — held at the Cobb County GOP headquarters.
“Because I frankly think you are a much better messenger out in the community than some of the news outlets,” she told her audience.
Handel recently formed a leadership PAC in order to raise cash for political allies.
The group is called Helping America’s Next Dedicated Elected Leaders, or HANDEL PAC. The move, flagged by Issue One’s Michael Beckel, comes as Handel kicks off her reelection effort after about a month in Washington.
Leadership PACs are commonplace on Capitol Hill. While the lawmakers themselves can’t use the money for their reelection campaigns, they can dole it out to like-minded politicians in order to help forge alliances.
News that MARTA is a candidate to operate Douglas County’s flex-route bus service that will begin service next year has created a local stir, the Sentinel newspaper reports.