Former state lawmaker is now artistic director for a Doraville strip club

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State Rep. Jill Chambers, R-DeKalb, in a 2009 photo. AJC file

Tom Crawford of the Georgia Report saw it first, and we will give him credit for that. Even so, we can’t resist bringing to your attention a report from Veronica Waters of WSB Radio on the city of Doraville’s effort to shut down the Oasis Goodtime Emporium, an alleged nudie bar:

A club attorney says Oasis, under the direction of former Republican state Rep. Jill Chambers – now the Oasis artistic director – revamped its performances to comply with Doraville’s law before the state Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling.

 

“The code says you can be nude and serve alcohol if you put on entertainment that has serious artistic value, and that’s what we’ve done,” says Alan Begner.  “We have burlesque, we have aerial acts, we have body painting, we have entertainers who walk around with headdresses.  We do lip syncing of famous artists.” 

A 2013 portrait of attorney Alan Begner, who represents most strip clubs in Atlanta, holding a pole on stage at Oasis Goodtime Emporium in Atlanta. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Chambers says the club has at least two burlesque shows per day, and also has on its bill performance artists who appear at mainstream venues like 7 Stages, The Tabernacle, or Red Light Cafe.

Chambers, who is also a former chairman of the DeKalb County GOP, served in the Legislature from 2003 to 2011, when she was finally ousted from her Democratic-leaning District 81 by Elena Parent. Democrat Scott Holcomb now holds the seat.

Chambers has gotten completely out of politics. She was spotted as a volunteer at a Donald Trump rally last year.

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Every now and then, the news breaks backwards. We told you on Thursday that, several days earlier, former Georgia congressman Lynn Westmoreland had paid a quiet visit to House Speaker David Ralston at the state Capitol. Only now have we spotted last week’s article in the Newnan Times-Herald, in which Westmoreland was asked if he’s still thinking about a 2018 run for governor:

“We are considering it,” he said. “It’s something that we are just really thinking about and praying about and I’m talking to my family. … I still think I’ve got some things to offer but, you know, you’ve got to have that fire in your belly. I’ve just got to have that ‘go-get-them’ fire in the belly, and we will see if that comes. And you know I am doing some travel around the state.”

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If you study Georgia politics, then you know that George Chidi is (present company excepted) one of the field’s more astute observers. Here’s a taste of some advice he has for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Ron Slotin in the Sixth District congressional contest, posted at georgiapol.com:

Never mind Trump.

 

Attach your competitors to the health care bill. With cement.

 

About 60,000 people in the Sixth work in health care, social services or higher education. And approximately no one likes the American Health Care Act rolling through Congress like an Indiana Jones boulder of excrement. Not libertarian Republicans looking for a clean out of the ACA. Not mainstreet Republicans who actually wanted something that might work. Not working class white Trump voters who were promised rainbow fairies sprinkling magic pixie dust on their bills. And certainly not Democrats, who will vote en masse against it and anything like it.

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Speaking of a replacement for Obamacare, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has an op-ed in today’s New York Times, advising congressional Republicans to reach out to Democrats:

Health care is one of the most complex and pressing problems facing the country. If we are to establish a lasting and successful replacement for Obamacare, Republicans should reach across the aisle for help, and Democrats should accept the offer. Cutting Democrats out of the process will only make the results less effective. And if Democrats refuse to cooperate with Republicans, they will be forgoing the opportunity to solve a core problem for millions of Americans, including the most vulnerable, who are dependent on reliable health care coverage.

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The left-leaning American Bridge PAC launched an attack Friday on Donald Trump’s economic policy tracking the number of job losses since he became president.

As the president trumpets major economic announcements and pledges to significantly boost the number of jobs, the American Bridge ad campaign is a reflection of how Democrats and their allies are fighting back.

The Georgia-centric digital spot highlights the roughly 2,000 announced layoffs since Jan. 20 under the federal WARN Act. Gov. Nathan Deal and other Republicans are quick to counter with stats showing the state’s economy is growing. Deal’s office said more than 500,000 new jobs were created on his watch.

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John Ruch of Reporter Newspapers says that the city of Sandy Springs has reached a compromise with Mercedez-Benz USA that will allow only a portion of Barfield Road after the company.

Along with other neighbors, the Mormon temple on the same road didn’t want “Mercedes-Benz Drive” on its letterhead.


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