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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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Atlanta’s United Way launches ‘Silence the Growl’ child hunger campaign

As much as we tout the successes of our numerous Fortune-ranked businesses, organizations such as the United Way of Greater Atlanta oft remind us the great work is to lead a life of purpose.

Metro Atlantans are no strangers to service and women in particular are driving charitable change in the region.

Just before Mother’s Day, Atlanta’s United Way presented its third annual “Leading a Life of Purpose” women in philanthropy discussion. Moderated by Terri Theisen, the roundtable included U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates and Lovette Russell of Coxe Curry & Associates and wife of business power broker Michael Russell. The DeKalb Chamber’s Katerina Taylor, also chair of the United Way’s young professionals’ committee, participated in place of retired Novelis CEO Martha Brooks.

The women shared personal narratives of how they have interlaced their professional careers with their philanthropic interests.
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The Tragic Merry Go-Round of the Gun Rights Debate

I fired a weapon for the first time in my adult life last year. Three different caliber guns to be exact. It was exhilarating to hold this relatively small item and feel the force that exited from it. I felt both a sense of empowerment and responsibility.

I’m no stranger to guns; members of my family carry and my parents made sure I knew where they kept them and that I had a clear understanding of the power of a weapon.

While I presently lack the desire to purchase and carry a weapon, I acknowledge others do.

Anytime someone chooses to carry a gun in my presence, I also recognize that, to a certain extent, my life is in his or her hands. It’s the same for any of us. We must trust the person carrying that weapon will not discharge without reason.

This leaves to me wonder if we have developed a hyper sensitive sense of fear.

There was a shooting at Columbine. Go buy a gun.
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