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Mary Norwood and Atlanta’s LGBT vote: It’s not 2009

12:18 pm Sep. 9, 2017

The political world has no reason to doubt the several polls that show Mary Norwood to be the strongest candidate in the large scrum running to become mayor of Atlanta.

But what they don’t show is that the councilwoman is probably in an inherently weaker position than she was eight years ago, when she lost a December runoff to a former state senator named Kasim Reed by a mere 700 votes….

Sam Olens makes his peace with LGBT students of KSU

7:30 am May. 13, 2017

We have seen Sam Olens, the Cobb County commission chairman, Olens the Atlanta Regional Commission chairman, and Olens the very Republican attorney general.

Metro Atlanta is now a witness to what happens when a politician is freed from the litmus tests of a GOP primary. “I enjoy my new apolitical life,” Olens said Wednesday. “I enjoy, when someone wants me to endorse them, or wants me to attend a fundraiser, that

Sally Yates is about to change the subject in Washington

9:50 am May. 8, 2017

Former acting U.S. attorney general Sally Yates, a former federal prosecutor in Atlanta, will testify before U.S. senators this afternoon about warnings she gave to the Trump Administration that contacts with the Russian ambassador by

The nationalization of the ‘religious liberty’ fight, Part II

5:00 pm May. 2, 2017

Politico.com reports that the White House is on the verge of revisiting an executive order – tabled in February – that would exempt from anti-discrimination laws those who cite religious reasons as a motivation:

President Donald Trump has invited conservative leaders to the White House on Thursday for what they expect will be the ceremonial signing of a long-awaited—and highly controversial—executive order on religious liberty, according to multiple people familiar