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Shared space, shared history: What Nathan Deal might say about an MLK statue

8:43 am Aug. 24, 2017

The honor is long overdue, and yet in this case, procrastination borders on the providential.

On Monday, in the midst of a national debate over the place of Confederate symbolism in our midst, the wraps will come off a life-sized statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the northeastern corner of the state Capitol in Atlanta.

There is opportunity here. The question is how Gov. Nathan Deal intends to seize

Kennesaw questions ban on local control of Confederate monuments

9:36 am Aug. 22, 2017

The city council of Kennesaw, a community that once built its identity around its role in the Civil War, voted 4-to-1 on Monday night to ask the state Legislature to revisit a 2001 state law that stripped local governments of the power to determine the fate of Confederate monuments in their midst.

At the heart of the matter is a local memorial featuring the Confederate battle emblem. From

Lawmaker aims to revive Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia

12:00 pm Mar. 23, 2017

The Georgia NAACP urged Georgia lawmakers to reject a measure that would formally declare April 26 as Confederate Memorial Day, calling it a “pathetically divisive resolution.” Georgia leaders quietly erased the holiday from state calendars

SonnyWatch: Perdue to get backup from old Dem pal at Senate hearing

12:00 pm Mar. 21, 2017

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is hoping an old Democratic friend from his days in the General Assembly can help boost his bipartisan credentials during his confirmation hearing later this week.

Perdue and his team have tapped current U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, to introduce him ahead of his testimony to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday morning. It’s akin to an in-person reference at a job interview — one with C-SPAN