(Photo: Stephen Payne) Despite being a relative political novice who lacked the powerful industry backing that his opponent was armed with, businessman Antonio Brown scored a surprising, come-from-behind victory in the April 16 District 3 Atlanta City Council special runoff election. Brown, 34, also becomes the first black openly gay candidate elected to the Atlanta City Council. The election was needed to fill the void after Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr., 56, succumbed to cancer in November of 2018. Brown’s outside-of-the-establishment, independent-flavored victory was also decisive as Brown finished with 53.26 percent of the district’s votes. Brown had 669 votes to Amos’ 587, the online Fulton County election results stated. This win comes in the face of opponent Amos’ political pedigree and impressive endorsements from Atlanta City Council members including At-Large District 1 and 2 council members Michael Julian Bond and Matt Westmoreland. Amos, a Vine … [Read more...] about Antonio Brown wins Atlanta City Council District 3 special runoff election
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By Stephen Deere, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have agreed to drop their claims against the city of Atlanta for what the media organizations described as “systemic violations” of the Georgia Open Records Act, according to an agreement reached this week.Under the agreement, the city will work with the news outlets over the next 90 days in drafting a comprehensive policy that will govern how the city responds to public records requests. “The City has taken yet another step in creating a more open government by cementing a resolution with The Atlanta Journal Constitution and WSB-TV and we look forward to implementing the recommendations,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in statement Wednesday.The standards contained in the new policy will go a few steps further than what is currently in the Georgia Open Records Act, according to the agreement.At a minimum, the city will have to produce records … [Read more...] about City of Atlanta agrees to settle records case with AJC and Channel 2
A federal judge last week allowed this November’s election to be conducted using Georgia’s creaky and much-maligned electronic voting system, despite years of widespread criticism from voting-rights and cybersecurity experts, a congressional task force, the Department of Homeland Security and many others. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg made the decision in response to a lawsuit brought this summer by the Coalition for Good Governance, a voting-rights advocacy group, to replace the flawed and vulnerable system with paper ballots. The state’s argument was simply that it’s too late to change the voting mechanism before the November election. Totenberg agreed with the plaintiffs’ assertions of the system’s flaws, and wrote in her 46-page decision that the use of digital recording electronic (DRE) machines was a “threat of real harm to Georgia voters’ constitutional interests,” but she sided with the secretary of … [Read more...] about Are Georgia’s Elections Secure?
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp became the Republican nominee for the state governorship on Tuesday, defeating Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in a run-off election on Tuesday. Around 8:40 p.m. the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV and other outlets analyzing the race had all called it for Kemp. The AJC reported that both camps confirmed the outcome about 90 minutes after polls closed at 7 p.m. Kemp now will face Stacey Abrams, who won the Democratic primary in May. Abrams, the former party leader for Democrats in the state General Assembly, would become the first African-American woman elected governor in the nation’s history. “Tonight, I have an opponent: Kemp,” Abrams wrote on Twitter. “The race for #GAGov may change, but our values never will. Service, faith & family guide our vision for GA: Affordable health care. Excellent public schools for every child. An economy that works for all.” Georgia Runoff Election Result: Kemp to Face Abrams in … [Read more...] about Georgia Runoff Election Result: Kemp to Face Abrams in November
By Brian O'Shea Results of the primary runoff election in Georgia are being posted as they are updated. >> Tap this link for live AJC Election Results. << Winners of the Tuesday runoff elections, along with winners of the primary election in May, will appear on the Georgia general election ballot. The fall election is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you Most read 1 Common painkillers triple side effects of dementia, study says 2 AJC Election Results: Georgia Runoff Election July 24 3 AJC Election Results: Georgia Runoff Election July 24 … [Read more...] about Live: Georgia runoff election results