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WSB-TV poll: Peter Aman makes himself a contender in Atlanta mayor’s race

7:29 pm Aug. 29, 2017

A new poll in the race for mayor of Atlanta suggests that businessman Peter Aman, a businessman who has served in the City Hall administrations of both Shirley Franklin and Kasim Reed, has parlayed himself into contention.

The Landmarks Communications survey, commissioned by Channel 2 Action News, places the top candidates as follows:

— Councilwoman Mary Norwood, 25.4 percent;

— Councilwoman Keisha Lance-Bottoms, 12.4 percent;

— Aman, 12.1

Ceasar Mitchell launches his digital campaign for mayor of Atlanta

5:22 pm Aug. 10, 2017

A dozen days before qualifying opens up in this year’s race for mayor of Atlanta, Ceasar Mitchell – currently president of the Atlanta City Council – has launched a digital campaign that leans heavily on this video:

The video relies heavily on biography more than policy, but if you parse the script, you can catch some implied criticism of the incumbent, Mayor Kasim Reed.

For instance, Mitchell calls for “more openness and

Emory annexation would expand Atlanta, but not the city’s school district

6:10 pm Aug. 9, 2017

Note to readers: Jim Galloway’s columns have become an AJC feature offered in full form only to subscribers. You can bookmark the Political Insider by clicking here.

Despite the current drought of hard facts on the matter, it is likely that the most important addition to the city of Atlanta’s boundaries in three generations will be approved around Labor Day, as planned.

City attorneys will then shift to the

Unfinished business: State GOP leaders take up resolutions on ‘religious liberty,’ gaming

9:15 am Aug. 3, 2017

Over at our subscription site, we have an item on some leftover business from the state GOP convention in Augusta two months ago:

Among the raft of resolutions up for debate at Saturday’s meeting of the Georgia GOP state committee is a particularly juicy one: It would urge gubernatorial candidates to pledge they would support a state version of the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act if elected.

There are

Skirting a racial divide over annexation in Atlanta

7:05 pm Aug. 2, 2017

Throughout the modern history of Atlanta, the topic of annexation has been a delicate one, treated something like a sweaty bottle of nitroglycerin.

Suggest the expansion of the city’s puny boundaries, and race becomes the immediate, volatile subtext. We’re about to find out whether we’ve outgrown the reflex.

The trap has a biracial legacy.

Back in the 1940s, Mayor William B. Hartsfield publicly characterized annexation as an exercise in efficiency and good citizenship.

Heads up: Professional cricket is coming to Atlanta

8:06 am Jul. 17, 2017

Over at Global Atlanta, an outfit that keeps tabs on international doings, Phil Bolton has some breaking news:

Atlanta is one of eight locations throughout the United States chosen for a stadium to host a professional cricket team…

The main driver behind the initiative is Jignesh “Jay” Pandya, president and CEO of Global Sports Ventures LLC, a Pennsylvania-based group that last year reached a $70 million licensing agreement with the United