Just 11 days before early voting starts, runoff candidates for Atlanta’s top offices met to take questions from reporters — and each other — about ethics, party and more.
At a Thursday morning Atlanta Press Club debate in the WPBA-TV studio, mayoral candidate Mary Norwood tried to truss Keisha Lance Bottoms to scandals at a City Hall presided over by Bottoms’ ally Mayor Kasim Reed. And Bottoms pushed to link Norwood to the Republican Party. And that was less than 10 minutes into the debate. (Videos at the bottom of the page.)
With the closure of its Peachtree-Pine shelter, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless is moving, probably to the west side, and it’s going to be about services for people who find themselves homeless, said its executive director.
What does the next Legislative session hold? Probably not approval of laws on casinos, religious freedom or an overhaul of DeKalb County’s government, according to a panel of the county’s delegates to the Gold Dome.
In a short forum Downtown on Thursday night, a small live audience and viewers on Facebook heard from the next mayor of Atlanta, as the two runoff candidates spoke about their priorities and pushed back against what are bound to be recurrent concerns.
A judge says Fulton County can start sending property tax bills, even though the state hasn’t given its go-ahead. The ruling brought relief to school leaders for now, but plenty of frustration remains.
After more than a year of work, the city of Atlanta published a plan called Resilient Atlanta: Actions to Build a More Equitable Future. The 150-page document is meant as a blueprint for where Atlanta wants to go, and how it wants to handle problems from inequity to natural disasters.
A tax break that’s meant to boost the agriculture business in Georgia is still liable to abuse by folks who aren’t earning all that much money at farming, or stores that want to move merchandise that has nothing to do with producing food, fiber or timber.
Many an improv troupe has pulled an audience member down to the stage at Dad’s Garage theater. But a week and a day before Atlanta city elections, it was nine mayoral candidates placed on the stage there to answer unconventional questions.
If you’re skeptical of polls, and maybe of Atlanta candidate emails that talk confidently about polling results, two Atlanta pollsters and one big review of 2016 say there is reason to trust what’s difficult work. When it’s done well, that is, and presented correctly.
Three candidates are running for the top elected job in Fulton County, which will make one of them the chair of a body that oversees almost $1 billion in annual spending in a county that’s home to more than 1 million people