Apparently it wasn't just tweets that Kasim Reed offered. It seems that there was also $25,000 of 'walking around money' from a certain PAC that got distributed to voters yesterday....and the impressive thing is, it's not illegal:
"...As noted in the definition, there is nothing illegal about the practice, but it is important that the voters know that it is underway and that it could have a significant impact on today’s runoff election. This practice has been used in prior Atlanta elections and could easily have been the determining factor in a mayoral election that was decided by less than 800 votes Citywide.
Based on the confidential source, the “street” money will likely be used to get out the vote in support of candidates backed by Mayor Reed’s Super PAC which has raised over $200 thousand over the last 45 days. Mayor Reed has shown a strong interest in gaining a greater level of influence and control over the Atlanta Public School Board."
""You got to go up there, and you just impeach him.'"
LOL I thought conservatives were into reading the Constitution.
Sigh...it's going to be really difficult to convince the police to start going after violent criminals again after all these years of just busting potheads.
Thank you for this thoughtful piece. I'd also like to second the commenters who are asking folks to please distinguish between Cobb County and "the suburbs". I myself live ITP and love it, but it's useful to remember that Gwinnett County has twice the population of COA and is quite a diverse place:
Gwinnett County, population 842,046:
25.5% Black or African American
City of Atlanta, population 443,775
54.0% Black or African American
I think it's great that Gwinnett is so diverse, because in 5-15 years when all the school-age kids grow up and realize that they actually hate the suburbs and want to live in the city, it will be a really diverse crowd moving into town.
Yes, the casino in Boston is only...um...three hours' drive away in Foxwoods. So yeah - real close.
I would build a Community Riding Center for disadvantaged children and young people:
"At Ebony Horse Club we use horses to improve the education, life skills, and aspirations of disadvantaged young people growing up in Brixton, South London. We teach riding and horse care, take groups to outdoor events in and outside of London, and mentor children experiencing significant challenges in their everyday lives. Learning to ride takes a lot of courage, patience, and determination and it allows children to discover inner strengths they never knew they had and even more importantly, improves their self-confidence."
The space where Turner Field sits would be a perfect location. They are already talking about putting a race track there, so how about a horse riding community center instead?
People would see it on the drive in from the airport and it would be great P.R. for Atlanta as a global city (in addition to helping disadvantaged youth). Seriously, win-win all around.
P.S. I can't stand Paula Deen. Her eyes creep me out and that food she makes is stroke/heart attack/diabetes central. Also, I strongly suspect she is a Republican.
None of that matters.
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