When Paul Sampleton Sr. discovered his 14-year-old namesake face down on the floor, not breathing, his arms bound by duct tape, he noticed something was missing: his son’s prized pair of Air Jordan sneakers, stolen from the Grayson High School freshman’s feet after he had been shot three times in the head.
In 2014, the Fox Theatre launches a year of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the "Save the Fox" campaign, which turned the neglected old theater into a beautiful showplace that thrives today.
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But the presence of key House Democrats at his Wednesday and Thursday events, including House Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley and House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, shows that Carter has emerged as the go-to spokesman for his party in the Legislature.
Expect a slow roll-out of other legislative priorities he’ll propose to draw a contrast with Deal. Carter said the proposals involve lottery-funded programs, rural economic development and problems plaguing the child welfare system. He also hinted that a tax overhaul plan is in the works.
“I would like to see much broader tax reform than there was before,” said Carter. “I don’t think taxes should be raised, but we need an honest discussion about tax reform.”