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The jolt is back: Candidates for governor duck talk about science and jobs

Last month, Georgia Bio invited Democratic and Republican candidates for governor to a pair of forums, where they could express their views on science and economic development before an assembly of the state’s scientists, academics and CEOs of bioresearch companies.

The consortium of research and business interests scheduled two dates at Kennesaw State University: May 20 for Democrats, and May 27 for Republicans.

The stampede of candidates has been less than thunderous.

On the Democratic side, only three have agreed to attend: Attorney General Thurbert Baker, who last week declared biotech to be an essential part of his jobs program; former National Guard commander David Poythress; and Ray City Mayor Carl Camon.

House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter and former Gov. Roy Barnes have yet to commit, even though the KSU event is in Barnes’ backyard.

Response from the GOP side has been even weaker. Only former congressman Nathan Deal has agreed to appear.

Charlie Craig, president of …

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Your morning jolt: NAACP rescinds endorsement of anti-abortion bill

The Georgia chapter of the NAACP has formally rescinded its endorsement of SB 529, a bill that would bar physicians from performing abortions in cases where the fetus has been targeted because of race or gender.

The measure, intended to challenge Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, could come up for a House floor vote on Tuesday. The statement from Edward DuBose, chapter president:

Earlier this month, the Georgia NAACP submitted a letter to support Senate Bill 529. We now fully understand the intention of this legislation and wish to retract our support for it.

At the time, we were of the understanding that this bill would work to benefit the women in our community. However, after many conversations with membership and constituents, we now realize that this is nothing more than using women’s health as a political tool.

Women of color in Georgia need more than divisive messages and deserve better access to health care.

We look to the Georgia General Assembly to support …

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Beverly Scott on the likelihood of a state arm around MARTA’s shoulders

A Republican lawmaker from Dunwoody this week added a new dimension to metro Atlanta’s debate over transportation — a proposal that the state of Georgia assume control of MARTA.

Unlike other GOP offers to seize urban assets — Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport comes to mind — Fran Millar’s overture doesn’t come in the spirit of a hostile takeover.

Instead, Millar said, his proposal is spurred by recognition that Fulton and DeKalb counties can no longer finance the Southeast’s largest mass transit system by themselves, and that the entire state’s economic future depends on cobbling together a larger metro Atlanta network.

Also, voters in cars are getting pretty ticked.

“This isn’t about MARTA. This is about a larger transportation plan that includes MARTA,” Millar said in an interview.

The lawmaker sketched out his idea in an opinion piece in Sunday’s AJC. But he has been testing his message for weeks. Last month, Millar delivered his pitch to the North …

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