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Former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, center, moderated a "conversation" between Georgia Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Stacey Abrams (left) and Stacey Evans (right) at a Carter Center forum on Monday night. Credit: Maggie Lee

Democrats elbowing for place on Georgia gubernatorial ballot

By Maggie Lee The 2018 race for the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nomination got a bit more heated Monday night at the Carter Center. That’s when former colleagues Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans sat down for a conversation together as rival candidates for the top political job in Georgia. Abrams and Evans clashed early about education. […]

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Gov. Nathan Deal

Business leaders go all out to help win Amazon’s HQ2 

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Sept. 22, 2017

Metro Atlanta leaders, working in concert with state of Georgia, are pulling out all stops to lure Amazon’s HQ2 to the region.

The prospect of winning Amazon’s second headquarters with the potential of 50,000 new jobs has captured the attention of all the major players in the state and the region.

“Amazon is the Olympic moment for economic development in metro Atlanta,” one business leader said of the possibility. Another called it the equivalent of a “corporate Super Bowl.”

Liberty Plaza

Marchers envelop Atlanta’s streets until they are blocked out of state’s ‘Liberty’ Plaza

Atlanta is a city known for peaceful protests and a commitment to civil and human rights.

As evidence of Atlanta’s legacy, Saturday’s March for Social Justice and Women attracted more than 63,000 people to walk from the Center for Civil and Human Rights to the State Capitol.

The peaceful spirit for a more inclusive society was in full force – until the marchers arrived at the State Capitol.

Head of the class? What Georgia can learn about using marijuana to improve education

The reception I’ve received from well-wishers welcoming me back to TSR (Uh-huh, that’s what I’m calling the SaportaReport from now on) has been flattering, as well as humbling. My sincere thanks to everyone who has posted a message on this website, texted, tweeted, emailed or called me with their congratulations on my admittedly wayward return to journalism. I truly appreciate your support and I’ll do my best not to screw this up.

While all that goodwill is still fresh on my mind, I wanted to highlight the comments of Shirley Franklin who is not only the former Mayor of Atlanta, but also a whip-smart policy wonk and all-around good egg.