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City Hall bribery fallout lands in Atlanta mayoral race

In the wake of three guilty pleas related to allegations of crooked contracting at City Hall and an FBI raid on a city contractor, mayoral candidate Peter Aman stepped up to a microphone in his own office and became the latest in a crowded pack of mayoral hopefuls to take a jab at City Hall — and each other — on ethics.

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, pictured in his City Hall office on Thursday, is defending his proposal for a moratorium on contracts that begin service in 2018, against heated criticism from Mayor Kasim Reed. Reed has called the idea a "donor protection bill" in Mitchell's bid for mayor.

Ceasar Mitchell: City Hall corruption scandal is 'distressing; and 'serious'

By Maria Saporta Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell Wednesday afternoon issued a sharply-worded statement on the corruption case at City Hall in light of Tuesday’s indictment of Adam Smith, the city’s former chief procurement officer. Mitchell, who is running for mayor, has been spotlighting this issue of city contracts for the past several weeks, […]

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Atlanta's mayoral race is up for grabs

The 2017 Atlanta mayoral election is unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

And it is anybody’s guess on how it will shake out.

The back-and-forth between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell this past week shined a spotlight on several of the complex issues that will influence the outcome.

Atlanta's mayoral race takes shape amid mounting debt and school board challenges

Atlanta voters can be fairly certain they’ll be hearing from 13 candidates for mayor and three candidates for city council president, based on preliminary reports. There’s no news since early July on the raising and spending of campaign funds, when two frontrunners for mayor were more than $900,000 in combined debt for a job that pays less than $150,000 a year, according to reports.

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Mayoral candidates pledge vigilance against any anti-gay legislative moves

Eight folks who want to be the next mayor of Atlanta laid out their platforms Friday at a forum held by the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and what they’d do as leader of a city that’s politically quite different from the state of which it is the capital.

All said they would be quick to help stop any efforts to pass something like North Carolina’s 2016 “bathroom bill” – a requirement from a conservative state Legislature that transgender people use public restrooms that that match the gender on their birth certificates.  It came just after progressive Charlotte had passed an ordinance that let transgender people use public facilities that match their gender identity.

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Committee for Better Atlanta hears from candidates running for mayor and council president

The Committee for a Better Atlanta held its version of political “speed dating” Thursday with four different forums with candidates running for Atlanta mayor and president of the Atlanta City Council.

But most of the buzz in the room circled around the one mayoral candidate who did not attend – Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who is ahead in the polls.

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Top Atlanta mayoral candidates busy raising dollars, filings show

This story has been updated twice.

Two Atlanta city councilmembers are leading the race for fundraising to become the next mayor of Atlanta, according to the most recent filing of campaign fundraising.

Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, the front-runner in the polls in this year’s race for mayor; and City Councilman Kwanza Hall were leading the pack with the most money raised during the last two months among the candidates.