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John Kasich ducks a Trump-Lewis fight in Atlanta

Our AJC colleague Michelle Baruchman contributed this report: The setting was perfect for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to take a dig at his once (and future?) rival Donald Trump. The Republican was in Atlanta for the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and he had just finished a panel discussion at The King Center when he was given a chance to ...

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Trump meets with Martin Luther King Jr.’s oldest son on MLK Day

Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King Jr.’s oldest son on Monday to mark the national holiday commemorating the slain civil rights leader’s work – and discuss the president-elect’s war of words with Georgia Rep. John Lewis over the weekend. “First of all, I think that in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides,” ...

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Bernie Sanders: MLK would be outraged at Trump White House

Our AJC colleague Michelle Baruchman contributed this report:  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a forceful tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at the annual Atlanta ceremony celebrating the life of the legendary civil rights leader. “Real change comes not from the top down, but when millions of people stand up and fight for justice,” Sanders said. “It’s necessary ...

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Secession and David Poythress’ finest moment

Charlie Harper over at Georgiapol.com was the first to tell us that David Poythress, the former labor commissioner and two-time Democratic candidate for governor, died on Sunday. He was 73. The news was posted on the Facebook page of YMCA of Georgia. Poythress served on its board. From the announcement: Poythress was a wonderful example of a servant leader. He ...

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Leslie Dunbar, behind-the-scenes figure in Atlanta’s Civil Rights movement, has died

While the ice fell Friday night, former U.S. ambassador and mayor Andrew Young called to inform us of the death of Leslie Dunbar, the man who helped organize efforts to desegregate Atlanta in its early days and later arranged financial backing for Martin Luther King Jr.’s “poor people’s march” on Washington in 1968 — after… via Leslie Dunbar, behind-the-scenes figure in ...

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Vincent Fort’s 2017 mayoral bid gets boost from Bernie Sanders

State Sen. Vincent Fort introduces Bernie Sanders at his rally at Morehouse College. Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders formally endorsed Vincent Fort’s bid for Atlanta mayor on Saturday, urging his millions of donors to support a “powerful ally” running to lead the city. Fort, a state senator representing an Atlanta district, has made no secret… via Vincent Fort’s 2017 mayoral bid ...

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Winter weather poses new challenge for Georgia governor

Gov. Nathan Deal stands with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com The winter storm that could dump as much as three inches of snow upon north Georgia this weekend will be yet another test of Gov. Nathan Deal’s weather response strategy – and his new pick to head the emergency management agency. There was… via Winter weather poses new challenge ...

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Did Kasim Reed just make a pick in the 2017 race for mayor of Atlanta?

Now, it could be argued that this isn’t an endorsement per se, but the following invitation was just broadcast over Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s email list: The Jan. 26 event for the Atlanta city councilwoman, incidentally, comes one day after the Buckhead Coalition hosts an introduction of eight current and potential mayoral candidates. Only last… via Did Kasim Reed just make ...

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Roy Barnes goes public with support for Vincent Fort in 2017 race for mayor of Atlanta — Political Insider blog

Back in the day, Sovietology emphasized the study of photographs of that era’s vast military parades — which showed who in the Kremlin stood next to whom, and was thus in or out of favor. We can use the same trick when it comes to invitations for campaign fundraisers, which amount to declarations of alliances. […] via Roy Barnes goes public ...

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Newsmakers Live Presents Atlanta Mayoral Candidates

Starting January 16 at BQE Restaurant and Lounge, Newsmakers Live starts the Spring 2017 with an up close and personal interview with each Atlanta Mayoral Candidate. Join us at 6:30pm every Monday night for politics, entertainment, and your global urbane prospective.

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