Dave Williams from the Atlanta Business Chronicle says state lawmakers are "working quietly to resurrect a transit governance overhaul that flopped during this year’s General Assembly session amid criticism that it amounted to a state takeover of MARTA.":
“At the core of any transit governance bill or structure, there has to be fairness,” said Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, one of the bill’s leading critics, who went on more recently to oppose the transportation tax referendum. “The people who ought to govern are the people who put money in the pot.”
Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, who co-sponsored this year’s bill, conceded that it must be rewritten to answer opponents’ objections if it is to stand any chance of passage.
“You’ve got to have buy-in from all the parties at the table,” he said.
Miller said legislative leaders have been meeting informally to reshape the bill into something that
would gain more support.
Sonny Deriso, the board chairman of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, told Williams he thinks that this summer's T-SPLOST defeat showed that metro Atlantans "don’t like the direction elected officials and transit administrators were heading with transit and want something different." Kremlinologists will note that this line sounds eerily similar to the line trotted out by Gov. Nathan Deal, who appoints the GRTA board, after the transportation tax failed. Meaning, Deriso might be channeling the governor's feelings on the topic.
Should nothing move forward under the Gold Dome on the issue — a very real possibility at the Capitol — there's always the work that's been done at the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Like one of the Empire’s Star Destroyers looming onto the movie screen at the beginning of Star Wars, Angleberger’s series made a conspicuous debut with The Strange Case of Origami Yoda in 2010. The novel depicts a group of tweens’ befuddlement at the discovery that Dwight, their most nerdy and dysfunctional classmate, creates an origami version of the Jedi master and gives advice — in a terrible impression of Yoda’s voice — that nevertheless always pays off. Can Dwight really access The Force, or is something else going on?
CL's staff photographer, Joeff Davis, has trudged through the trenches of Florida for the past five days, elbowing through mobs of photographers, anarchists, and invisible chair people to bring you his freaky take on the 2012 Republican National Convention. After the jump are some of my favorite images from the week, follow the links below to check out a larger take from each day.
LAWLESS: (R) Based on the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers, brothers in the bootlegging business, who have dreams of unimaginable riches during the Prohibition era. This bloody story gives a good spin on the classic gangster film. Filmed in our very own Coweta County, Georgia.
THE POSSESSION: (PG-13) Parents Clyde and Stephanie buy their daughter Em a antique wooden box at a yard sale, but after recieving the box, Em starts to act strange. When they realize their daughter might be possessed, they discover the box had contained a dislocated spirit that invades the bodies of others around it. They find themselves stuck in a race against time to save their daughter's soul from being completely devoured.
THUNDERSTRUCK: (PG) When dorky Brian wishes for the basketball court skills of NBA superstar Kevin Durant, he magically becomes the star player of his school's team. At the same time, Durant struggles on the court at the professional level after losing his skills to some kid. In the end, Brian learns to be a great player all you really have to do is work hard, typical uplifting sports movie.
2016: OBAMA'S AMERICA: (PG) The supposed horrors of President Obama are exposed in this documentary film that explores the part of Obama's life rarely seen by the public. Author Dinesh D'Souza hopes to expose the President's other visions for the future of America. North DeKalb Mall AMC 16 2050 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur.
DARK HORSE: (NR) Abe is desperately clinging to his adolescence, still living with his parents in his thirties. His brother Richard is having success in California as a doctor, and in a desperate move to gain attention and respect, Abe asks Miranda to marry him. As Abe begins to realize what he has done, his subconscious begins eating away at him. Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive
THE KILLING: (NR) This classic film Noir is the story of a heist aimed at robbing a race track, but when disaster hits the gang of robber's plan is crushed. Directed by Stanley Kuberick. Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce De Leon Place
WHY STOP NOW: (R) Eli the piano prodigy is about to have the audition of his lifetime; one that could determine his entire future. His life is torn between two worlds, one where he controls the output of a beautiful song. The other, he takes care of his mother and sister, and deal with his mother's drug addiction. Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce De Leon Place
As Decatur gears up for the (ahem) AJC Decatur Book Festival, we thought it would be appropriate to take a look at some of the cinema's most notable authors
Cathy Bates Loves Company in Stephen King's Misery:
How to adapt a Susan Orlean novel by Spike Jonze and Charlie & Donald Kaufman:
Book signings, author lectures, and book sales galore this weekend at the Decatur Book Festival. Friday through Sunday at various venues throughout the city of Decatur, with the main part of the festival situated on the Square. This festival and more after the jump this labor day weekend in the weekend arts agenda.
— The first signs (literally) of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire have been spotted around town. Basically, most films will put up small yellow signs with arrows to help cast and crew figure out where exactly the shooting location is, and typically the signs use an acronym or code word instead of the full title. "GGX" is thought to be the code for Catching Fire, which seems to be filming under the faux title The Idiom.
— Olympic swimming champion Missy Franklin, who won 4 gold medals in London, is making a cameo in Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn's Atlanta-filmed movie The Internship. Cash in on that fame, girl!
— An update on Denzel Washington's Georgia-filmed Flight: it is set to close the New York Film Festival, and then open in theaters on November 2nd.
— Check out A&E's site for its series "Coma." Anything look familiar?
— In other Hunger Games news, Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta) was spotted at the Target on North Druid Hills last Friday getting some household stuff to help him feel settled while filming here. Weirdly (?) quite a few celebrities have been seen in that area (next to my neighborhood, no less) when they are in town.
— David Cross was at Bone Lick BBQ Thursday night. I think I blue myself ...
— Over the weekend Vince Vaughn was spotted all over town, from Watershed to the Piedmont Farmer's market to the Chastain Horse Park (?). (Lots of question marks this week)
— Tuesdays night Owen Wilson dined at Holeman & Finch. By the way, if you didn't see this great graph Atlanta Magazine made on where the celebrities in ATL have chosen to eat, get on it!
— "The Walking Dead" filmed on Line Creek Road in Spalding County as well as off of Chastain Meadows Court in Kennesaw this past week. Next up it seems that filming will return to Griffin (the location of the Season Two episode "18 Miles Out"). In Griffin production is said to take place on a bridge on Line Creek Road (though don't bother heading that way yourself — onlookers will be actively discouraged because of potential spoilers).
1. Most of the country has seen unemployment numbers drop at least some since the beginning of the recession (Georgia included), but not every city or metro area as been so fortunate. In fact, the Georgia towns of Dalton and Brunswick lead the list of American cities losing the most jobs.
2. A new NASA survey found more than a million unidentified supermassive black holes along with a whole bunch of galaxies we can kind of see but not really.
3. And Georgia Tech just partnered with NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory to “promote and encourage collaboration in space science and technology,” since so many of their students have been hired by the outfit anyways.
4. At least three people are injured after a late night home invasion in East Point ended in a shootout. The homeowner was struck after opening fire on the two or three would be robbers (details are still a little fuzzy) as they attempted to break into his Desert Drive apartment.
5. After spending three weeks trapped in a manhole in Clayton County, a missing pooch was discovered and rescued by police and a few good Samaritans yesterday. Awww.
6. If you haven’t heard, it’s going to be a busy weekend for the ATL. Get prepared, stay safe, and have some fun.
1. Prepare yourself, it's time for Dragon*Con
2. Decatur Book Festival hosts U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey for its keynote address
3. Tennessee vs. NC State at the Georgia Dome
4. Black Gay Pride's opening ceremony takes place at Melia Hotel
5. Cyhi the Prynce at the Loft
James Richardson is an Atlanta-based Republican operative and editor of GeorgiaTipsheet.com. Each day this week he'll be reporting on the highs and lows of the Republican National Convention from Tampa. All photos are by CL photo editor Joeff Davis. The Day 3 gallery is at the bottom of this post. Joeff's weeklong photo gallery wrap-up will run Friday.
Mitt Romney has delivered thousands of speeches in a lifetime of campaigning, delicately manicuring a resume and presence expected of a president, but his address Thursday to an audience of millions will be the most consequential of his life.
Despite having constricted the scope of his campaign to jobs and the economy, he is under tremendous pressure to bridge the gulf between his C-suite identity and a softer self-portrait to which independent women can relate.
That foundation was laid earlier this week by his two chief surrogates, his wife, Ann Romney, and Paul Ryan, his running mate. But ultimately voters must connect with the candidate, not his proxies. It's make or break.
In unusually-intimate terms for a candidate notoriously private, Romney is expected to deliver tonight a deeply personal counter narrative — a forced rejoinder to the months of volleys he sustained from rivals as an aloof corporate raider uncommitted to the pocketbook pains of middle America.
WHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT: Last night Ryan formally accepted his party's nomination for vice president, but the best reviews were earned by another: former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who effectively laid a marker for a future presidential campaign. Her nuanced speech Wednesday was both wonky and raw, fiercely partisan and yet politically transcendent, outstripping the zinger-heavy offerings of Ryan.
HIGHLIGHT: Disgruntled Ron Paul's supporters bailed on the confab en masse following a perfunctory video tribute to the Texas lawmaker, loudly chanting on the long walk off the green zone-like convention campus. Frustrated with Republican convention bigs for an earlier removal of their compatriots from Maine, some 300 delegates and supporters chanted, "As Maine goes, so goes the nation." The protest went unnoticed inside the hall, but tardy reporters were seen running pad-in-hand to telegraph the commotion outside.
GEORGIA REPORT: Sam Olens stepped into the limelight Wednesday with a joint address with Florida counterpart Pam Bondi. The existential threat of "Obamacare" was a frequent, if not required, refrain for speakers here, but Olens and Bondi had a unique relationship with the contentious law: they had spent more than a year in the legal trenches upending it. "We know the Constitution limits federal power, but President Obama clearly believes those limits just get in his way," Olens, who spoke first then intermittently with his counterpart, said. "So he ignores them. Time and again."
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TONIGHT: Will Romney address his Mormon faith or revert to a no-details posture in which only generic religious platitudes of freedom of conscience are pitched? It's the biggest question, and one no one can answer definitively, not even the candidate: Romney himself will obsessively tinker with his speech until it's delivered.
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