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State of the Metro Atlanta Region

11/11/14

State of the Metro Atlanta Region

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) State of the Region Address brought transportation back to the forefront of local issues with the results of a new survey that showed support for transit in all 10 Metro Atlanta counties. According to the region-wide poll, 92 percent of those surveyed favor improving public transit across the region, up from 88 percent in 2013. Transit displaced the economy as residents’ biggest concern. Respondents are more upbeat about the economy, with 43 percent rating job opportunities excellent or good, up from 36 percent last year. While only 1 percent of the region is considered walkable, a walkable area is the most coveted place to live, according to the survey. Also, arts and culture emerged as factors equally as vital as transportation...

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Politics: A Running Game

11/07/14

Politics: A Running Game

  The election Tuesday sent a clear signal that Georgia is still a red state, echoing broad cross-country sentiment tied to global crises and our nation's seeming inability to handle them. It reminded me of the 1994 midterms when President Bill Clinton saw both the House and Senate go red. You can't blame politicians for playing against a president in the midterms; however, it's a populist ploy that perpetuates partisanship.   I hope the GOP can become more united and less extremist in its governing with control of both chambers, for the sake of the business community at least. I expect more gridlock with the president but less far-right pandering. I seem to remember the Clinton era as prosperous in spite of the whole Monica-gate GOP obsession that...

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Election Results

11/05/14

Election Results

The elephants stampede! And not just here in Georgia. Across the country voter discontent resulted in a larger herd for both the U.S. Senate and House. There was good news for transit advocates in Metro Atlanta. Voters in Clayton County passed the 1 cent sales tax that means MARTA will be expanding there. Now, the results of the statewide and house elections in the Peach State.  – Karen Kirkpatrick   U.S. Senator David Perdue (R) 53% Michelle Nunn (D) 45% Amanda Swafford (L) 2% Governor Nathan Deal (R) 53% Jason Carter (D) 45% Andrew Hunt (L) 2% Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (R) 58% Connie Stokes (D) 42% Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) 57% Doreen Carter (D)...

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Election Day

11/04/14

Election Day

It's Election Day – the day we get to exercise our rights as Americans and vote for our preferred state and national leaders. Take advantage of the freedom to express your opinion through the voting process as our government transitions the way it has for more than two centuries – peacefully and with the participation of our citizens. Check back to tomorrow. We'll have a list of winners as well as those who are headed for a runoff. The date for a general election runoff for state and local races is Dec. 2. For federal races, it’s Jan. 6, 2015. Candidates for some of the high-profile and statewide elections are listed below with links to their websites. Learn more, then get out and vote! – Karen Kirkpatrick U.S. Senator Michelle...

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Transportation on the Ballot

10/31/14

Transportation on the Ballot

Certainly a large share of the national and local focus is on whether Georgia will go blue or stay red come election day, Nov. 4. But for many communities, there is also a lot of transportation money at stake. Georgia has no secure, reliable source of transportation funding, and, in fact, spends less on transportation than almost any other state in the country. To address the need for transportation money, communities have put forth local tax referenda to help leverage federal dollars, which make up the majority of our transportation funding. Even this method may not pay the dividends community leaders hope. With Metro Atlanta the poster child for sprawl and auto dependency, the U.S. Department of Transportation is increasingly reluctant to match local funds for widening roads...

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