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First lady Sandra Deal enters fight for Amendment 1

1:53 pm Oct. 28, 2016

With his constitutional proposal to allow the state to take over failing schools mired in the polls, Gov. Nathan Deal has brought out the heavy artillery: Georgia first lady Sandra Deal. Here’s the latest TV ad from proponents:

We told you earlier this week that Amendment 1 was something of a family affair for Deal. That’s even more true now.

Gov. Nathan Deal, with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, at a Wednesday press conference to announce plans by health care giant Anthem for a 1,800-job expansion in downtown Atlanta. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Nathan Deal’s personal investment in Amendment 1

7:07 pm Oct. 26, 2016

As you sort out the pros and cons of Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot, one of the more important things to remember is this:

Before Nathan Deal was born in 1942, but while the future governor was still in the womb, his father got crossways with the powerful Gillis family, which ran Treutlen County and its school board. Noah Deal was booted from his south Georgia teaching job –

A voter comes in to cast his ballot at an early vote location in DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections Office on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. There have been 44 statewide Democratic primaries in Georgia since 1996 and 60 for Republicans. Among the former, DeKalb County Democrats have voted for the winner 42 times. Among the latter, Dawson County Republicans went for the winner 55 times. It's clear then: Any presidential candidate who wants to win in Georgia better win in the right place. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

ACLU sues Georgia to re-open voter registration in storm-hit counties

2:26 pm Oct. 18, 2016

Yet another group has filed suit against the state of Georgia demanding that voter registration be re-opened in counties where Hurricane Matthew forced evacuations and government closures.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in federal court Monday.

“The state’s failure to extend the voter registration deadline, despite the massive disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew, means that thousands of Georgians will be prevented from participating in the November election. This is unethical

Former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young. AJC/John Amis

Andrew Young to join opposition to Nathan Deal’s school takeover proposal

11:36 am Oct. 17, 2016

We just got word that the group in opposition to Amendment One, Keep Our Schools Local, has snagged the support of former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young. From the press release:

Former Atlanta mayor, U.N. Ambassador and civil rights icon Andrew Young will announce his
opposition to Amendment 1 and the importance of voting in a press conference on Tuesday,
alongside special guests.

Amendment One is a proposed constutional amendment that would permit the state