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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

Kennesaw to debate Confederate symbolism as a damper on economic development

9:33 am Aug. 21, 2017

The city of Kennesaw will take up a resolution this evening asking the state Legislature to reconsider a state law that prohibits local governments in Georgia from removing or relocating the Confederate memorials in their midst.

The Confederate battle emblem currently flies in the city’s Commemorative Park, though it was removed last week. City officials blame vandals. From Shaddi Abusaid of the Marietta Daily Journal:

Yvette Daniel, an Army veteran

In search of Donald Trump’s personal denunciation of white supremacy

9:54 am Aug. 14, 2017

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Seventy-two hours after Charlottesville, your cable news focus of the day is likely to be on whether President Donald Trump will personally attach his name to a condemnation of white supremacy.

His Tweet topics so far this morning: An endorsement

In Sonny Perdue’s USDA, say ‘weather extremes’ — not ‘climate change’

10:00 am Aug. 10, 2017

The Guardian newspaper has obtained a series of emails passed among the staff of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a branch of the USDA that oversees  land conservation  — in which the workers were given instructions on how the new Trump administration wanted to talk about global warming:

— Instead of “climate change,” use “weather extremes.”

— Instead of “climate change adaption,” use resilience to weather extremes, resilience to

State lawmaker: Keeping annexed territory out of APS would create ‘hybrid’ Atlantans

9:11 am Aug. 7, 2017

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A state lawmaker whose House district includes Atlanta has raised a sharp protest against plans to annex Emory University and other properties into the city – but not into the Atlanta public school system.

State Rep. Beth Beskin, a Republican, charged