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Let’s move beyond partisan isolationism for our nation’s sake

As the saying goes, politics stops at the water’s edge. But these days the tides of partisanship are eroding our shores. The edge isn’t where it used to be.

If the past 12 years of war are any indication, as a country we’ve embraced our role as interventionists, long moved from the 19th Century notions of approaching foreign policy with an isolationism mindset.

We have military and foreign affairs personnel across the globe; we’ve brokered international elections and ceasefires; and we’ve made attempts at aiding nation building.
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General election campaign for U.S. Senate has begun with hyped memo

Oh how I love – or is it loathe – politics in the digital age. Stories regularly receive more coverage than they are worth, and others serve as an anchor, drowning a promising political career.

In these times, events such as leaked memos are bothersome little things. And so it seems, on the surface, Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn is having a bad day – or couple of days depending on the news cycle.

The Republican communications machine has swiftly pounced on a leaked Nunn campaign memo outlining a nearly year-old campaign strategy conducted by a national Democratic pollster.
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Wanted: Leaders who make tough decisions on transportation funding

Legislators in Washington, D.C. approach funding transportation infrastructure the same way the Falcons approach a fourth quarter deficit – by ignoring it until the clock is about to run out.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and eleven of his predecessors penned a letter to Congress on Monday urging tmembers to reconsider their approach to dealing with the shortfall of the Highway Trust Fund.
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After four years of residents coping without transit, Clayton now has hope

On Saturday, July 5, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners made history.

With a 3-to-1 vote to place a binding referendum on the November ballot to join MARTA, the citizens of Clayton County now have the opportunity to add an important tool in their economic toolbox – full-fledged transit access, funded without burdening the county’s budget.

My mind instantly rewound four years.
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Goodie Hack brings technology and Atlanta nonprofits together

Joey Womack, better known as Joey Digital – an Atlanta-based technologist, has been around the startup scene for quite some time. He and his business partner, Justin Dawkins, are making an indelible impression in the technology scene.

Womack and Dawkins jointly own sf35, a business mentoring venture focused on African-American, Latino and women entrepreneurs. Under sf35, they’ve launched a new community-driven hackathon – Goodie Hack.
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Eric Cantor’s primary loss no cause for celebration for ‘do nothing’ Congress

“Our mission is to bring awareness to any issue which challenges the security, sovereignty or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation, The United States of America.”

The above declaration serves as the guiding principle for the Tea Party, provocateurs of the political status quo and our two-party structure. The system is not working – our national debt is out of control, crony capitalism reigns supreme, and we simply shrug and ignore ethics charges against elected officials.
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Rideshare firms – Uber and Lyft – offer options, while disrupting status quo

I commonly use a ridesharing service around town and, when possible, while traveling.

It wasn’t until a recent trip to Savannah that I realized how accustomed I’ve become to using them. When getting out of a cab on River Street, I nearly forgot to pay the driver, instead thinking my card had already been charged as it would if I were using Uber or Lyft.

Uber, leading the ridesharing pack, just received a remarkable $18 billion valuation. Venture capital firm Andreesen Horowitz, whose early startup portfolio included Facebook and Airbnb, has put its money behind Lyft.
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Let’s get through 2014 elections before we take on Hillary and 2016 elections

If you watched the Sunday political talk shows over the past few weeks, you would think we are in the midst of a presidential election; but 2016 is in fact more than 850 days away.

The GOP boxing strategy thus far has been a series of one-two punches aimed at President Barack Obama with enough heat to bruise Hillary Clinton’s legacy as his former Secretary of State.

Karl Rove and friends continue to discuss ad nauseam Benghazi. The same goes for votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
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Gen. Shinseki’s leadership at the VA is not inspiring trust among the ranks

We make assumptions every day. At work, in relationships, in government.

A U.S. Senator from Chicago assumed his message of hope and change would resonate with millions of Americans. It did; not with everyone, but enough to secure becoming president of the United States.

In his inaugural speech, President Thomas Jefferson wisely warned the American people, “I have learnt to expect that it will rarely fall to the lot of imperfect man to retire from this station with the reputation and the favor which bring him into it…I shall often go wrong through defect of judgement.”
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Several critical elections will narrow the candidates during primaries

Crying babies, pizza delivery, stethoscopes, billboard sized mailers.

The onslaught of election ads and direct mail will do little to boost voter turnout for tomorrow’s primary vote.

Much to the chagrin of their opponents, Gov. Nathan Deal and Michelle Nunn, both front runners in their respective races, have smartly kept non-scripted public interactions to a minimum so far.

The longer general election campaign will require tenacity and an aggressive mix of defensive and offensive political plays.
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