Which has better odds: TSPLOST passage, or an engaged mayor?

Note to DeKalb County NAACP President John Evans:

If you want to throw Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed off-stride, even briefly, don’t accuse him of selling out south DeKalb in the TSPLOST package. Don’t suggest that he’s been colluding behind closed doors with business leaders.

Instead, ask him about his love life. Which happened this morning on Q100’s “The Bert Show.” The question: “Which has a better chance of happening…T-SPLOST passing or being engaged by the end of your first term?” Listen below:

The above photo is by the AJC’s Vino Wong.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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53 comments Add your comment

Jumbo Bean

July 26th, 2012
5:11 pm

No comments? I wonder why? Jim Galloway has really stooped as low as he can go. No news and putting this in line is even worse. My question: who cares?


July 26th, 2012
5:24 pm

Shut up, JB. It’s a slow news day. What do you want? Sick of you people bashing Galloway when he’s one of the best (and most fair) political reporters in the southeast. Take your indignation on down the road, pal.


July 26th, 2012
5:42 pm

My question: who cares?

Posted by someone who cared enough to click on this page (BTW, this is how the AJC keeps track of “who cares”) and then cared enough to leave a comment.

LOL. Some folks are a few sandwiches short of a picnic, bless their hearts. Fortunately their page views still pay Jim’s salary as teh interwebs don’t discriminate on the basis of mental capacity.

The Snark

July 26th, 2012
5:55 pm

There’s no harm in a little article about the Mayor possibly tying the knot, is there? Elected officials often pay a heavy price for being in office, so once in a while, maybe we can smile with them.

BTW Jim, for those folks who are relatively new to Atlanta, could you please remind them once in a while that John Evans is a convicted felon? Embezzlement, if I recall correctly.

The Snark

July 26th, 2012
5:57 pm

Yes, I checked. Evans racked up a federal bribery conviction when he was a DeKalb County Commissioner in the 1980’s.

John Eugene Talmadge Evans

July 26th, 2012
6:13 pm

Sure I stole it! But I stole it for you!


July 26th, 2012
6:31 pm

O.K. I am lost what are you guys talking about? KR has it going on. The transportation bill is the issue he supports it. It helps in transportation and construction. It means jobs, and more oiled transportation system. We want to work with business, not be sold out to them. Next, yes Kaseem has to network. For bigger things that would put himself in a position to help even more people. Each one grab back for one.

ole gal

July 26th, 2012
6:33 pm

This is not rocket science. Heck it ain’t even road science. What it is is another boondoggle we get to pay for and pay for and pay for. I don’t know anything about the current state of the Mayor’s love life is; but do not think he has much going on right now. However, I can bet with some confidence that we will be paying for this mistake, misappropriation and misjudgment for more years than KR will hold office at CIrty Hall. What really sicken’s me is the number of misguided Democrats who have signed on with this mess. The Repugnican legislature sold their own a bill of goods but why did we have to sign on too. And what is with the current Democratic leadership trying to stiffle dissenting Dems from expressing their opinion. I sure got slammed when I tried to explain my objections to this mess. Well, they can’t stop me from voting no and encouraging the rest of us to vote no, especially the elderly, the handicapped and the poor who will pay for this without receiving any benefit from it. Let’s tell them no – not now – not ever – not until the plan benefits all.


July 26th, 2012
6:33 pm

Hope you guys are taking care of business and getting out to the polls. Early voting is the best you beat the lines and can just visit election day. In Columbus we have some interesting candiadates. Interesting candidates, and Issues too. Check us out!


July 26th, 2012
6:36 pm

Reading this was a complete waste of my time.
Is this why you went to journalism school…to write about the mayor’s love life?

Married with (School) Children

July 26th, 2012
6:37 pm

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

betty boop

July 26th, 2012
7:04 pm

Now, here is the thing — I appreciate the fact that fat ole rich lawyers need to get down town to their big old plush offices in their big ole gas guzzling volvo, lexus, caddy, mercedes, beamer (oops that is for younger associates) and whatever other monster car they are driving. And I think they should be able to drive down to the city from Roswell and Alpharetta, and East Cobb and all their ritzy gated communities. I do, I feel their pain. The only thing Betty Boop disagrees with is how they want me to pay for it. You know I took a vacation and went to London and guess what they do — they have a lot of rich ole fat cats too — they make em pay to drive that car into the city — yep. If they want to clog up the inner city and render the air unfit to breath, they have to pay a special tax and if they don’t — the rozzers (police) give em a big ole ticket. More fun for every one.

And, Kassim — honey if you don’t have a gal pal, this deal will not get you one unless she’s a Repugnican.


July 26th, 2012
7:37 pm

Logic, stop being illogical! Of course we care if the Mayor is engaged or not. I thought he was the next Bachelor! He has better change of marrying than getting the transportation bill passed. Bless his heart.


July 26th, 2012
7:48 pm

Galloway has a long, long way to go to be fair.He has been a cheap shot artist for as long as I can remember and his is become more and more a leftie mouthpiece. He might be a “journalist” but is no reporter.


July 26th, 2012
8:09 pm

@ Ms betty boop
“Now, here is the thing — I appreciate the fact that fat ole rich”
I do agree with you.

If I may add fat ole rich lawyers and soon to be rich(er) POLITICIANS and richer Cheep asphalt Venders. (Y’all Know who your are). Have park $-Atlanta-$ enforce the newly created gas guzzling law. (if not a law replace tsp_lost question on the ballot with Gas Guzzling law).

This is true if that Tax on the poor (masquerading as a transportation TAX). becomes a reality (kind funny as DEAL distances his a$$ from it. and Reed jumps in with both feet. Hummmmm

As for his personal life that’s his business, however I would recommend ……..who cares?

There is a cure for greed and corruption.

Vote NO tsp-LOST

Big t

July 26th, 2012
8:36 pm

Do you Trust the DOT and the people who run it
Vote early VOTE NO

ole gal

July 26th, 2012
8:48 pm

From one ole gal to all the other oel gals out there — think about paying for some rich old boy’s trip downtown everyday — pay when you buy food for yourself and your poor ole man. If the changes in TSLOP are necessary, then there are other ways to pay for them and the peeple paying for them ought to be the ones it will benefit and that ain’t you and me.

LIke ole Betty, I am sad to see Dems getting on this bandwagon which will tip them off into a cesspool first time it gets a chance.

Jumbo Bean

July 26th, 2012
8:51 pm

CobbGOPer: That’s your opinion about Jim Galloway. But…you know the old adage about opinions being like a$$H—-; everybody’s got one. You sound like a typical “GOPer,” however. I see you’re headlining Cobb County. Must be nice to be so smart and sensitive, PAL.


July 26th, 2012
9:09 pm

Anyone know who paid for the roads,,highways and streets before 1968? Who pays for Marta?

J. Brown

July 26th, 2012
9:11 pm

The Mayor is the ultimate professional! He has been in the political arena for a minute! ALL he has is his personal life and his significant other. His faith, family, friends and his girlfriend are the only things that keep him sane! Enough about that, go and VOTE YES for the Transportatation Referendum!!! If not now, when? “Plan B” has to approved by Legistlature. That process wouldnt happen until 2016! The interchange at I-285 and Georgia 400 and transit along the Beltline, wouldnt start construction until 2031! VOTE YES on JULY 31st!!! Be the change you want to see!!! GO VOTE YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


July 26th, 2012
9:15 pm

He was on the Regular Guys this morning. Why would he bother with those 5 cackling hens called “The Bert Show”? That Bert chick kinda looks like a dude. The Jeff chick has some nice breasts, however.

Mr. KnowitAll

July 26th, 2012
9:23 pm

Jim Galloway…..the TMZ, National Enquirer, fish wrap of the AJC. Pathetic.


July 26th, 2012
9:30 pm

Anyone know who paid for the roads,,highways and streets before 1968?

Yes. People who purchased vehicles and gasoline, and state and federal tax money appropriated for that purpose. Even people who don’t drive benefit from a working transportation infrastructure. It’s one of those things that sets us apart from third-world countries, and allows us to progress economically and personally.

Who pays for Marta? Pretty much ONLY the current riders, and the suckers who live in Metro counties who don’t ride it because it doesn’t come where they live or go where they need to go. MARTA is the ONLY system of its kind in this nation that does not receive State funds. That’s why it falls short of meeting the needs of the people in this metropolitan area.

We DO need a new transportation plan. What we DON’T need is more of the same “bleed the disadvantaged to further the already advantaged” approach to solving every single issue in this state by NOT solving it.

It’s called “investing.” Smart individuals invest for their future. The Republicans who run this state refuse to invest in the future of this state on behalf of the people of this state. They invest OUR money in only what serves them personally, and whatever pretense they use to suck even more from poor people — while ensuring they’ll get less in return — is simply a lame attempt to appear to give a darn while they’re enjoying the lucrative perks of their season tickets in the Take-A-Bribe seats under the Gold Dome.

Dirty Dawg

July 26th, 2012
9:37 pm

Hey Henry…I suspect that there a lot of folks that would disagree with you. Friends of Sam Massell for example. And Shirley Franklin had a pretty good run going until the constant bigotry of he surrounding counties intent on strangling the city finally wore her down. Name one other large, economic engine city of any of our surrounding states that has to fight not only the rest of their state but the outskirts of their metro areas every step along the way. They work together…we fight each other. Why is that?


July 26th, 2012
10:26 pm

I would say, being single in the next OBAMA Administration would not bode well politically. I hope he treats her BETTER than He has US!


July 26th, 2012
10:46 pm

wow! his poor girlfriend, now she won’t be surprised when he pops the big question!!


July 26th, 2012
10:53 pm

AC 9:53 The mayor is actually a very good public speaker unlike Mary Norwood. The best solution would be to raise the gas tax in Georgia that way all of these exurbanites in their gas guzzling cars can pay for the infrastructure they use everyday to get to their jobs but refuse to pay for through the TSPLOST.


July 26th, 2012
11:15 pm

T-SPLOST is going down faster than Sherman’s TORCH March through ATLANTA!


July 27th, 2012
12:02 am

If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we will get what we’ve been getting. And that is nowhere literally!!!! If we want change we have to pay for it! If we want jobs to return tio us, we must invest in ourselves. Organizations\corporations will not bring their emplyees here unless they know that the standards of living have changed for metropolitan Atlanta. Vote YES, and help us regain our national stand of being one of the most progressive cities in the nation. Vote YES. Vote Yes. VOTE YES!

Double Dose of Truth

July 27th, 2012
3:45 am

I am for economic stimulation! Go vote YES next Tuesday! We are 49th in tranporatation spending….WAKE UP ppl and stop being so ignorant to change! Vote YES for the TIA! If not now, when?

Double Dose of Truth

July 27th, 2012
3:51 am

Shout out to John Evans, the 285 Jack in the Box that has stuck his head out of the box for 2mins of fame! Click on the link and check his record! He is a wolf is sheeps clothing and a hypocrit! http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/504/255


July 27th, 2012
5:47 am

Yawn. Mayor Reed is not a celebrity. He’s a public servant.

Hoo-ha fan

July 27th, 2012
6:14 am

Have no fear, after 10 years you will get to vote again, in case you feel that you have not paid enough for crony capitalism….


July 27th, 2012
6:27 am

Great comments Ga.Blue and apparently accurate. After the Hope Scholarship money was used for reasons other than education..after the tolls on Ga.400 were not ended…the citizens have lost trust in state, county and local gov. How do we know the 1% will go to anything that it is earmarked for? How can we hold the politicians accountable for legislation passed?

SWAT Native

July 27th, 2012
6:36 am

@MC – Actually, that tweet probably WAS from his girlfriend.


July 27th, 2012
6:47 am

“How can we hold the politicians accountable for legislation passed?”

You can’t. Once they get into office, they are free to do anything they want, and very few people pay attention. Unfortunately, that is reality. All they have to do is plaster down their hair with hair spray, maintain there fake smiles and praise the lord. That and an R after the name on the ballot is all that is required from the majority of voters in Georgia.

Van Jones

July 27th, 2012
8:02 am

C.W. Matthews (the big paving contractor) on Old 41 in Mayretta wants the TSPLOST pa$$ed. They have large signs in front of their offices $aying $o.


July 27th, 2012
8:09 am

When T-SPLOST tanks I guess the paving contractors and engineering firms will make a last gasp to introduce new designer cities.
One wishes they would go back to making money the old fashioned way, you know, meeting the need and doing the best job rather than buying the biggest clot of politicians.


July 27th, 2012
8:16 am

Not sure why officials is trying to make this TSPLOST a “do-or-die” for the yes vote. It will not Untie Atlanta! Stealing from the citizen of Georgia is the lowest thing officials continue to do. Untie Atlanta, they have collected enough money from GA-400 over to Untie Atlatna. Let that funding start and then it might open up a little “untiing”

Get Real

July 27th, 2012
8:26 am

Another classless irrelevant article by a tabloid journalist.


July 27th, 2012
8:36 am

@ Simple- LMAO!!!!!


July 27th, 2012
9:16 am

@ Hiram:

We can hold them accountable, vote there butts out. Glen Richardson got out of hand and he is gone. Looks like Rogers is on his way out as well. Deal will probably have a primary challenge. I agree there should more of them be on there way out, but you have to start somewhere.

Cujo Bendi

July 27th, 2012
9:55 am

The last thing I’d ever want to be is a Republican in Cobb or Gwinnett county. What a bunch of goons!

Cujo Bendi

July 27th, 2012
9:57 am

If this thing doesn’t pass we won’t get a chance to get anything else done for 10 years at least. Guess I shouldn’t be so concerned though. I’m not one of these idiots that lives 30 miles from my job and spends a month of my year sitting in traffic.


July 27th, 2012
10:02 am

About TSPLOST, I think the thing that we have to realize in the Metro Atlanta area, construction was the driver in our economy. But no one wants to pay for them to get back to work.

P.S. Congrats to mayor Reed, whenever he jumps the broom.

Cujo Bendi

July 27th, 2012
10:04 am

@Native Atlantan & Life’s a beach – You’ve probably never been outside of the Southeast have you? Maybe if you’d been to somewhere like Madrid or Paris or San Sebastian where everyone walks and isn’t fat and cares how they look – as opposed to shopping for processed food at Walmart in sweatpants – you might not be so doggone ignorant. I’m white and I ride MARTA on occasion and see plenty of other folks besides blacks riding MARTA as well. The races of people that ride marta really shouldn’t matter though.


July 27th, 2012
10:20 am

The only way TSPLOST pass is that the voting is tampered with. Businesses don’t vote people do. Don’t let the clever commercials fool you. See you at the polls.


July 27th, 2012
10:51 am

The Georgia NAACP is cutting off our collective noses to spite its politicking face!

Though there are millions who, like me, think highly of the NAACP nationally and historically, we can see through its shameful game and vote YES, for the betterment of all.

We cannot let a few bruised egos on the Board hold the future of the region hostage for countless generations. The Transportation Investment Act (TIA) holds fantastic value for by far most of us. Instead, the NAACP wants to vote down TIA because it wants more of it (an I20 east line)! How nonsensical is that? It gripes about the city paying 2 cents and the non-city counties 1 cent. How unfair and unreasonable is that? It disapproves of a multi-pronged approach that includes housing, greenspace, parking, rail, trail, bus, and bizz. How simplistic, narrow-minded, and pig-headed is that?

Black, proud, and recognize the excellent opportunity TIA represents. Not to embrace TIA’ s dramatic transportation improvements, including the visionary light rail/park/trail ring that will particularly serve those of modest means would be far worse than non-advancement of people of all colors in the area. Not to step ahead is to step back, as the economic and social waters rise around us, often drowning people of color first.

Clearly, the Georgia NAACP needs to live up to its name and, in the days to come, change its position to YES and promote the Advancement of its constituency and the rest of the region by abandoning its small-minded and reactionary position against this step ahead, for progress!

urban redneck

July 27th, 2012
11:22 am

i would much rather he get engaged…………

Going Right

July 27th, 2012
11:54 am

Attack Dog: Put down (or rather, put out) your toke, let your brain clear up and then re-read the post.
1. Nothing said about Boortz or A. Young…the term S.A.W.B.was used and I find it offensive;
2. No mention of the “two cities” except by you, however, you aren’t part of the city management so how do you know why they were created? Couldn’t possibly be for self-government, could it?
3. Your third toke kicked in about this time as I have no idea what you are referring to…and I’ll bet you don’t either;
4. Who are the engaged mayors of Sandy Springs and John’s Creek? You apparently missed the blog you were answering, it wasn’t this one!
Haven’t you been warned about the effects of smoking funny weeds?