Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

Martin Luther King III has called on the federal Justice Department to intervene in the nation’s foreclosure situation, a call that could have the effect of energizing voters in Georgia’s gubernatorial election.

King issued his letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on the heels of a controversial report on the nation’s housing market by the chief economist of Freddie Mac. The report paints a fairly rosy picture of the trend line of the jobs and housing sectors, at least on the national level.

At the state level, King’s call reminds Georgia voters of home foreclosures during a campaign in which Sen. Jason Carter, a Democrat, is pressing his point that Republican Gov. Nathan Deal hasn’t done enough to help the middle class. Deal points to jobs created since the end of the great recession.

New report on education funding provides context for claims by Deal, Carter in campaign for governor

A new report on Georgia’s education funding, from an Atlanta think tank, offers more fodder for the gubernatorial battle between Gov. Nathan Deal and challenger Sen. Jason Carter.

The report by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute finds little improvement since GBPI’s similar report last year – which determined that cutbacks in funding for K-12 education were causing local districts to trim days from the school year and assign more students to each teacher.

The GBPI report, “The Schoolhouse Squeeze 2014,” provides context for Carter’s claims that Deal has, “slashed billions of dollars from public education,” and for Deal’s claims that he has “prioritized education and child safety funding as state revenues rebound from the Great Recession.”

Races for governor, Senate could affect Tyler Perry’s purchase plans

The implications on the races for Georgia’s governor and U.S. senator of the Tyler Perry proposal to buy most of Fort McPherson may be starting to take shape.

The election is less than three weeks after Perry’s tentatively scheduled closing, on Oct. 15, for 330 acres of the fort. If Gov. Nathan Deal loses to Sen. Jason Carter, or if Michelle Nunn wins a Senate seat, there’s a chance that either victor may intervene to slow Perry’s deal.

At least, that’s the thought among some involved with the growing community protest that’s taking shape with an eye to slowing Perry’s project. And that’s why the size of the crowd that attended a forum last week is relevant.

Transit website proposal addresses one component of King legacy

A bipartisan group has formed to promote state legislation that urges metro Atlanta’s transit agencies to establish a single website that would make it easier for passengers to plan and pay for trips.

State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) sponsored Senate Resolution 735. Co-signers include Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur), Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), and Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega). The Senate Transportation Committee could take it up as early as Wednesday.

The legislation is relevant as the nation pauses to honor the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday. By making it easier to plan and pay for a transit trip, the site may enable people to take a job a distance from their home. Jobs were the subject of a poverty initiative King launched shortly before his death.