State lawmaker warns: DeKalb ESPLOST vote could be sunk by legal challenge

State Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody. AJC file

State Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody. AJC file

A state lawmaker is warning the DeKalb County school system that a proposed ESPLOST vote could be subjected to a legal challenge because of the lack of specific projects attached to the penny sales tax.

Further, state Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, warned Stephen Green, the DeKalb school system, that such a challenge could deprive county schools of that source of funding for a number of years – because such votes must be held in tandem with the Atlanta as well as the Fulton County school systems.

Read Millar’s letter here:

This may sound complicated. But if you live in DeKalb, pay attention. It’s important.

“It looks pretty clear to me,” he said in an interview. “The state constitution is pretty clear about it.”


Gov. Nathan Deal has yet to sign HB 514, a bill that would give voters in south Fulton the decision of whether incorporate the last bit of uncitified property in Fulton County.logo-all

A “yes” vote would put a hard boundary on the city of Atlanta’s southern side – and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is acting accordingly.

11Alive reported late last week that Reed has written letters to commercial property owners in the area, offering to open up annexation talks.


Already, Democrat Bernie Sanders may be telegraphing lowered expectations when it comes to Tuesday’s all-important New York primary. From the Washington Post:

As one of the largest rallies of his presidential campaign drew to a close, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) offered his voters some unusual and unwanted advice.

They might lose.

“This is a tough race for us,” Sanders told thousands of supporters in Manhattan last week. “We have a system here in New York where independents can’t get involved in the Democratic primary, where young people who have not previously registered and want to register just can’t do it.”

The same New York requirements, applying to party-switchers and independents attempting to insert themselves into partisan primaries, caught Donald Trump’s kids flat-footed. They won’t be able to vote for Dad tomorrow.


Reactions continue to pour in from participants in Saturday’s GOP congressional district gatherings, where the first delegates to the nominating convention in Cleveland were chosen.

Ron Silver, one of the Republican activists supporting Donald Trump spurned at the Seventh District’s contentious delegation meeting in Gwinnett this weekend, is now talking about “a third party that truly represents the citizens.” Says he:

“Doesn’t take a brain scientist to see how the Cruz Super PAC is trying to rig the Republican nomination. I am a conservative first and I will vote for the most conservative nominee, it may be an Independent or Democrat.  I think that political affiliation should be secondary.”

Just a small correction. This was the highly organized Cruz campaign in Georgia that pulled off Saturday’s shenanigans – not any Super PAC.


Donald Trump may have had an awful weekend in Georgia. Many of his assigned delegates have Ted Cruz leanings. But we would remiss if we didn’t note that one Cruz operated switched side earlier this month.

Dahlys Hamiliton had been the Hispanic liaison for Cruz’s Georgia camp. She alleges that the Texas senator and his wife are part of a global, no-borders conspiracy. From her Facebook page:

When Cruz talks about securing our borders, he is not referring to protecting the U.S. from our Mexican and Canadian borders, he is referring to the North American Union borders–around the perimeter of the newly formed union!




In case you missed it, we’ve got news to share about WSB Radio provocateur Erick Erickson. From our AJC colleague Jennifer Brett:

Radio host and pundit Erick Erickson, a prominent figure in GOP politics who has become “a voice — perhaps the voice — of Republicans working to derail a Donald Trump presidential nomination” as a recent AJC profile observed, has just revealed a serious diagnosis. “Over the course of the past few weeks my lungs have been filling with blood clots,” he said in an open letter posted online. “It is rather sobering to have doctors tell you that you should be dead.”

He’s taking a few weeks off to heal. Read his post here.

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