- 9:49 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway
Early this week, Gov. Nathan Deal got on the phone with more than a few nervous Republican state lawmakers and promised to pull out all the stops in the upcoming election.
Proof arrived Wednesday morning in the inboxes of laptops and smartphones across Georgia: A re-introduction to Sandra Deal, the First Lady of Georgia.
It wasn’t a campaign piece, but an official communication from the Office of the Governor in its weekly newsletter. (If you didn’t get one, see it here.)
And contentwise, the most controversial part of the message was a recipe for gluten-free almond cookies.
But the post-Election Day timing was [More]
- 2:18 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway
One of our most clicked-on posts of the last month featured Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s view of his city in the year 2050, which first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. A taste:
…Cities, in short, are ascendant. National governments—in the U.S. and overseas—are all but broken and hold little promise for mending themselves in the future. As such, people and businesses will turn to cities for leadership, bold thinking, effective services and, yes, hope.
What will these cities look like and how will they work? Public safety is the most fundamental responsibility of city government; thus, cities in the future [More]
- 9:00 am Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
To understand Thomas Jefferson and his lifelong suspicion of all things British, biographer Jon Meacham writes, you have to stop thinking of the American Revolution as the brief episode that began July 4, 1776, and ended with the Battle of Yorktown five years later.
Shaking off the English was a five-decade effort, Meacham argues, that began in 1764 and didn’t end until Andy Jackson settled their hash once and for all in New Orleans, ending the War of 1812.
Political movements, in other words, are like paper towels. They don’t always tear along the dotted lines. In fact, they seldom do.
Georgia’s most [More]
- 11:54 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein
Updated at 6:30 p.m. below:
A report from the AJC’s Katie Leslie:
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed isn’t shy about his opinions, especially when it comes to journalists.
The mayor is known to take reporters and columnists to task on Twitter when he disagrees with their work or how he’s portrayed.
If he’s particularly upset, he’ll deploy his press team to take on a story with a press release and social media campaign. (Case in point? This city-issued statement from last fall about AJC opinion writer Kyle Wingfield’s columns on street vendors.)
And if he’s downright angry, he’ll go a step further and put [More]
- 8:20 pm Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
On Friday afternoon, longtime Atlanta newsman Bill Nigut debuted his weekly 3 p.m. current events show, “Political Rewind,” on WRAS (88.5FM).
Front and center was Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, riffing off his recent Wall Street Journal piece on the future of cities and what Atlanta might look like in 2050.
Many national outlets focused on Reed’s analysis of the electoral chances of Democrats Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter, and the importance of voter registration — which we covered a few weeks ago in this column.
Far more provocative were Reed’s comments on surveillance and the future city of Atlanta – [More]
- 4:54 pm Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
The Wall Street Journal celebrated its 125th birthday today with a massive, web-based look back, and large series of articles focused on the future.
Taylor Swift waxed eloquent on the prospects of the music industry. In part:
“It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is.”
- 2:02 pm Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway
This message from the Atlanta Police Department was issued this afternoon by spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy, just to clarify things:
As part of the Atlanta Police Department’s overall security plan for the Peachtree Road Race, APD plans to secure the finish line. People entering Piedmont Park will be screened for bombs or explosive devices, but no persons in possession of weapons and/or long guns will be denied entry.
Perhaps this could have been done before Georgia’s new gun law went into effect on Tuesday, but the case is more so now.
As one fellow told us, if you want to run the entire race [More]
- 5:28 pm Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway
We are 72 hours into Georgia’s new concealed-carry law, and questions that were once theoretical are sprouting like weeds.
All of us have a steep learning curve in front of us, including the firearms enthusiast in Valdosta who wasn’t sure that the fellow in front of him at the local convenience store was, in fact, a good guy with a holstered gun.
The enthusiast drew his own weapon and demanded the other’s carry permit. And was then arrested for disorderly conduct. Under Georgia’s new gun statute, you see, no one can require the display of another’s carry license without cause. Not [More]
- 4:54 pm Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Jim Galloway
Seventeen hours into Georgia’s new gun law, Mayor Kasim Reed has declared city of Atlanta facilities to be gun-free zones. From the press release:
“As Mayor, I have made public safety the top priority of my administration. Accordingly, in response to a new statewide gun law that took effect today, the City has taken extra security measures to keep employees and citizens safe at our facilities.
“Effective today, City recreation centers with extensive summer programming will be staffed with security officers to screen entrants and prevent firearms from entering the buildings.
With the exception of certain public safety officials and employees, there is [More]
- 12:39 pm Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Jim Galloway
For the years its baseball team has stood up to the pinstripes in New York City, we doff our caps to Boston. For the way the New England city refused to allow the bombers of the famous marathon to steal its soul, we salute its residents.
But there are limits.
The city that harbored the original American tea party is on the short list for the 2024 Summer Olympics, and has been worrying about the billions it would cost.
In conclusion: We already have Brian McCann as a reason to root for the Yankees. Don’t tempt us.