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Your morning jolt: TSPLOST pushback from south DeKalb

One day after Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ramped up his efforts on behalf of the transportation sales tax, DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May declared he’d do the same thing – on the opposite side. From Channel 2 Action News:

Methinks there may be personal and geographic rivalry here.

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And politics, too. May has just sent out this flyer to the 15,000 households in his district who represent the largest concentration of Democratic votes in the state. “I’m tired of politicians ignoring us in favor of the Buckhead crowd,” May quotes himself as saying. “I will fight to bring MARTA rail here.”

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Brookhaven Patch has this prognostication on the July 31 TSPLOST vote from Charles Bulloch, the University of Georgia political scientist, who hones in on the split between Republicans and the state’s business leadership:

“We have the interesting phenomenon of disagreement between many GOP leaders and a group usually closely associated with the GOP.”

Bullock concluded: “With GOP …

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Your morning jolt: An outsider’s view of the APS cheating scandal

We don’t usually begin the day with video, but ever since the days of Henry Grady, Atlanta has always been more than sensitive when it comes to how outsiders perceive the Southern metropolis.

The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal is drawing attention from every quarter. Here’s the heartburn that ABC News gave the Metro Chamber last night:

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State Rep. Ralph Long, D-Atlanta, on Wednesday held a news conference at the state Capitol to blame the APS mess on Mayor Kasim Reed, who as a state senator backed legislation that – Long maintains — strengthened the hand of the Atlanta school superintendent at the expense of the board of education.

Reed says the legislation was necessary to attract top-flight talent for the job of superintendent, and said human beings rather than legislation were to be blamed for the cheating scandal. Long and Reed have a history of disagreement stemming from the 2009 race for mayor.
The video from Aaron Diamant at Channel 2 Action News:

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DeKalb County residents fume over proposed tax hike

Carol Sbarge of Channel 2 Action News had this noon report on today’s hearing on a proposed tax increase in DeKalb County. It didn’t get a good reception:

And from my AJC colleague April Hunt:

One after another, residents demanded the County Commission not raise the tax rate 4.5 mills as advertised. That rate would increase taxes $93 a year for the average home in the county, which lost value, but could tack up to $451 a year for a home in which its value remained the same.

Instead, residents directed the county to think about cutting services and to definitely cut personnel.
“If you made a 40 percent cut in employees in this county, you wouldn’t miss a one of them,” said Blue Anderson, an insurance worker from Dunwoody. “You are going to have to cut.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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