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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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Georgia’s Centennial Farms

10/28/14

Georgia’s Centennial Farms

Farming and agriculture have been essential parts of Georgia's economy since before the state's founding in 1788. Today the Peach State is the top producer in the country of peanuts, pecans and watermelons, and agriculture has an annual economic impact of $71.1 billion, according to the University of Georgia Extension Service.  To honor the ongoing role of agriculture in state, the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources began the Georgia Centennial Farm Program in 1993. Since that time, more than 460 farms continuously operating for 100 years or more have been recognized. The 21st annual Georgia Centennial Farm awards ceremony was held earlier this month at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, when 18...

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40 Under 40: Recognizing Georgia's Best & Brightest

10/24/14

40 Under 40: Recognizing Georgia's Best & Brightest

 Honoree Milton “Mjay” Hall, right, with some of his family   On Oct. 21, bestselling author Becky Blalock challenged some of Georgia's best and brightest to get out of their comfort zones, take more risks and dare to do more at Georgia Trend's annual 40 Under 40 banquet. Held in the beautiful Egyptian Ballroom at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, the event recognized this year's honorees, who were named to the list because of their impact on Georgia through their work and community service efforts. The ballroom was full of friends, family and co-workers, who came out to support and congratulate these 40 men and women for their efforts. WellStar Health System and Kennesaw State University sponsored the event. Becky Blalock, managing...

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