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Future influence of Georgia’s Democrats rests with next party chair

The Democratic Party of Georgia has a relevancy problem.

Since Georgia elected its first Republican governor since Reconstruction, the Georgia GOP has made steady gains in both houses of the General Assembly. Redistricting eliminated competitive seats and pitted popular Democrats against each other in the newly-drawn seats. A majority Republican legislative delegation represents Fulton County, a majority Democratic voting county.
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Despite anti-tax push-back, Georgia needs more money for transportation

As the General Assembly gears up for 2015 legislative session, transportation appears to once again be the star of the show.

On Monday, Dec. 8, a Republican Georgia State Representative posed the following question on his Facebook page: “Would you be willing to pay additional amounts per gallon of fuel for road and infrastructure build? If so, how much? 5 cents? 2 cents?”
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Haitian dance ensemble – AYIKODANS – helps nation rebuild after earthquake

It’s been four years since a fateful earthquake uprooted and changed the lives of the Haitian people.

As the reconstruction continues, investment is growing with manufacturing and tourism on the rise. The Francophile country has declared it is open for business.
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We can’t keep ignoring the need to invest in transportation infrastructure

Lately, I’ve been watching Aaron Sorkin’s latest TV series The Newsroom. In a recent episode, an official from the Environmental Protection Agency declares the impending death of humanity due to global warming.

When the fictional news anchor Will McAvoy asks how to rectify the situation, the agency head remarks, “We should have turned the cars off 20 years ago.”

In the real world, outside of climate change, there’s a different grave issue we keep ignoring – transportation infrastructure.
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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in a position to attract Democratic Party votes

In the spring, I sat down with a good friend – a white, male Millennial — to discuss, among many things, electoral politics.

In the course of the conversation, he expressed his indifference towards Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter. That’s when I knew it was a goner, and Gov. Nathan Deal would end his political career undefeated.

Compelling messaging married with authentic action matters to voters, regardless of party. With Deal’s opponent lacking both, the governor’s camp smartly navigated their way to a resounding win.
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Mudslinging clouds the issues during campaigns for governor, U.S. Senate

During a recent campaign stop in Dahlonega, Gov. Nathan Deal opined, “If you see somebody turning purple, there’s something wrong with them. They are being starved from the truth.”

From the barrage of negative TV ads alone, Georgia voters should look like their diet consists solely of beets.
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Public art – past and present – can ‘elevate’ and enliven Atlanta’s heart

I spent some time in a few downtown dumpsters this weekend.

Don’t be alarmed.

I was viewing D­_MPSTERS, a multi-artist, weeklong project by the Goat Farm and curated by Elevate Atlanta.

The public impact of art can be incredibly profound – provided we give these artists the platform – and the funding – to express these societal concerns.
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Investing in Atlanta’s sidewalks will contribute to our quality of life

As a daily transit rider, walking is part of my commute. Being a high-heel wearing urban dweller, I dare not pay close attention to the sidewalk lest I have a Samantha Jones moment and fall down a manhole.

Walking is often a forgotten segment of everyone’s commute – whether it’s from the parking garage to the office or from the chained bicycle to the front door of a restaurant.
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Transforming parking spaces into lively mini parks show city’s potential

Three downtown Atlanta parking spaces gave way to a beach-themed urban oasis on a hot Friday as part of the globally celebrated PARK(ing) Day.

Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), along with its partners, were able to capture an effusive spirit of community with people of all walks of life drawn to the hip tunes from DJ Respire, refreshing smoothies made from bicycle-powered blenders and art installations from the Mammal Gallery and Eyedrum.

“We’re pleased with the successful implementation of Paved Paradise and the attention it brought to the importance of place-making in urban environments,” said AJ Robinson, CAP President.
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Public invited to give feedback on potential new streetcar routes

While you’re waiting for transit to come along the Atlanta BeltLine, be sure to give your feedback on potential transit routing at one of the upcoming community meetings.

Currently in year one, phase one of its 2030 Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), the overarching project priority is light rail transit on the east and west corridors.

Ultimately, the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta BeltLine intend o integrate the Atlanta Streetcar and Atlanta BeltLine transit lines into a unified system.
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