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Atlanta mayoral contenders sharpen closing ad arguments

10:24 am Oct. 21, 2017

Atlanta mayoral candidates readied their closing arguments with the escalation of an ad blitz over the weekend that offer a window into their last-push strategies.

Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, one of the leading candidates in the

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

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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

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.

Kasim Reed on Stacey Evans: ‘She has a powerful message’

8:58 pm Jul. 6, 2017

This wasn’t entirely unexpected. State Rep. Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, was campaign manager for Lisa Borders in her 2009 race for mayor of Atlanta, and such things aren’t forgotten.

Even so, Mayor Kasim Reed’s news that he had a sit-down Thursday with state Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna, the sole rival to Abrams’ bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018, is worth anyone’s attention.

“She has a powerful message,” the mayor