Friday, January 20, 2012
Public hearings may be announced within the next couple of weeks.
Public hearings may be announced as soon as next week in the effort to redraw DeKalb County commission and school board districts. The redistricting is mandated by the federal government every 10 years when a new Census is completed and released. State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, who represents a portion of Druid Hills, is also attempting to reduce DeKalb’s school board size from nine to seven members. Oliver’s HB671 “addresses the issue of just how we go about reducing the board’s size,” she said. “We can’t just decide to suddenly shorten the term of office of someone who has been duly elected by DeKalb citizens without taking the proper steps. So this bill is designed to work out all of those questions.” Oliver’s proposed …
Saturday, September 3, 2011
The top headlines of the week for August 29-September 2, 2011.
Qualifying Begins, Ends for Local Elections. Qualifying Closes in Smyrna. Candidates Begin Filing for Dunwoody City Election. Legislature Complete Reapportionment. Citizens Committee Upset By Cuts. Electric Car Charging Station Opens at Atlantic Station. 'Atlanta Nine' Members Honored. Ludacris Talks to Tech Students. Sumatran Tiger Cubs Make Their Media Debut.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The week's top headlines for August 22-26, 2011
Vinings Would Join Cherokee, Bartow in Redrawn District. Seismic Images of Virginia Earthquake. Locals Report Feeling Earthquake in Metro Atlanta. Earthquake Tremor Felt in Atlanta. Apartment Fire in Sandy Springs. Police Detonate Suspicious Package, Find Nothing Inside Box. Dunwoody Prep Shooting: Neuman's Estranged Wife Takes Witness Stand. Isakson Outlines Deficit Reduction Steps. Cascade Firefighter Among Cyclists Leaving for Ground Zero. Freedom Ride Kickoff Dinner.
Monday, August 15, 2011
The Georgia General Assembly convenes Monday to begin debate on new legislative maps.
Virginia Highland's and Druid Hills' representation in the state legislature - as well as the political fortunes of two veteran local lawmakers - could be decided this week, as the Georgia General Assembly convenes on Monday to consider newly redrawn legislative maps. States are required to redraw and adjust their political boundaries every 10 years, after each U.S. Census is completed, to reflect population changes. The state legislature's majority party is in charge of redrawing the maps, and the Georgia Republican Party has a solid majority in both the state House and Senate. The new legislative maps - released on Friday - show 10 state House districts combined, or paired, with each other, meaning that if the maps are approved, …
Friday, August 12, 2011
The day's top headlines for Friday, August 12, 2011
Virginia Highland Divided Under New Map, Lawmaker Says. Stuckey-Benfield: My District Targeted. Druid Hills Lawmaker A Central Figure in Redistricting Fight. Fire Damages Buckhead Bar. A Look Inside Ponce City Market. Sandy Springs Church Committed to Annual Back to School Block Party. DeKalb Firefighters Raise Funds for Sept. 11 Memorial.
State rep. Pat Gardner will have to face another Democrat if she hopes to stay in office.
State Rep. Pat Gardner, D-Atlanta, whose district 57 includes most of Virginia Highland, will have to square off against another Democrat if she hopes to continue her 10-year House legislative career. Gardner has been paired in the same district with another Democratic incumbent, state Rep. Rashad Taylor, whose current district 55 includes the historically black neighborhood of Washington Park in northwest Atlanta. “They’ve just cut Virginia Highlands into halves and thirds,” Gardner said. “It’s such a disappointment to see the neighborhoods that I represent split into pieces. These are neighborhoods that are diverse, but work so well together. It’s terribly disappointing.” Newly redrawn legislative maps were released on Friday, and state…
Friday, July 1, 2011
The day's top headlines for Friday, July 1, 2011
Chattahoochee Can Turn Dangerous Quickly. Moving a City Down Peachtree is No Small Feat. Political Map Redraw Not Open to Dems, Blacks, Says Fort. Fidelity Bank Robbed, Police Seek Information on Suspect. WWII Veteran, Pilot Talks About the 4th of July.