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A census speeds Atlanta toward racially neutral ground

The home where Coretta Scott King raised her four children after the assassination of her husband is still neat and tidy. The yard even has a splash of begonias.

But opposite 234 Sunset Avenue, within what was once the most famous middle-class black neighborhood in America, is a row of frame houses sporting “for rent” signs outside nearly every other door.

And if you travel just a hundred yards north on Sunset, across Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, you enter — quite literally — a kind of no man’s land.

Tract 23 is ground zero in the depopulation of black Atlanta, a place where plywood windows are all the rage. In 2000, census takers counted roughly 2,700 people in the neighborhood. Last spring, the U.S. Census Bureau tallied 1,476. That’s a 45 percent decrease.

More than half the housing in Tract 23, in an area a stone’s throw from the Georgia World Congress Center, stands vacant.

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2010 figures for growth-hungry Atlanta. …

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Mary Norwood sides with Steve Broadbent in Fulton chairmanship race

Former Atlanta city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood, denied a place on Tuesday ballot as an independent, has come out for Republican Steve Broadbent in his challenge to Democratic incumbent John Eaves for chairmanship of the Fulton County Commission.

If there’s a huge GOP turnout on Tuesday, this is one of the races that could turn at the high-water mark. She doesn’t mention Broadbent’s party affiliation in her robo-call:

”This is Mary Norwood, calling to respectfully ask for your support for Steve Broadbent to be the chair of Fulton County. I believe that Steve will do what is best for the future of Fulton County, and Steve will protect the interests of all Fulton County citizens.

“Steve is a leader that understands Fulton County government must be reformed, and that we must take the lead in ensuring that reform. Again, this is Mary Norwood, asking for your consideration to vote for Steve Broadbent for Fulton County chair.”

What you may not know: …

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Your morning jolt: Karen Handel’s hammering of Nathan Deal costs her a big check

As evidenced by his quick change of mind on the pursuit of federal funding for education, many of Nathan Deal’s wounds have been self-inflicted.

But the hammering that Karen Handel, the frontrunner in the GOP runoff for governor, has given Deal over the past week – in TV ads, in a weekend mailer, and in a Fox5 debate – has turned off some very specific Republicans.

Mark DeMoss is a Buckhead public relations specialist – Franklin Graham is a client – who served as Mitt Romney’s liaison to evangelicals during the 2008 presidential campaign. Romney, as you well know, has endorsed Handel.

DeMoss was ready to do the same. We’ll let him pick up the rest of the story in a Monday letter he wrote to Handel:

Dear Karen:

I’m sorry I have not returned your recent phone calls as I have been on vacation for most of the past month. I returned home last night fully intending to go online and make a maximum contribution to your runoff campaign when I saw your “Investigation …

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Mary Norwood throws herself on the mercy of the Fulton County election board

Roderick Edmond, the chairman of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections, on Tuesday sent Mary Norwood a letter informing that she had failed to qualify as an independent candidate in the race for Fulton County Commission chairman.

She’s running against Democratic incumbent John Eaves.

Read the letter here.

Edmond noted that Norwood filed her official notice of candidacy, due at noon on Friday – as a matter of state law, at 4:40 p.m. that same day. But he offered her a chance to make her case:

If you feel you filed a proper and timely notice of candidacy, you are invited to provide whatever information you would like the the Board to to consider as a basis for a statuatory extension for your being deemed to have properly qualified as a candidate despite your late filing.”

Edmond gave Norwood a deadline of noon today. And this morning, the Norwood campaign sent this reply, arguing that Fulton County had failed to display the rules for qualifying of independent …

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Mary Norwood fails to qualify for Fulton County chairmanship race

Mary Norwood called at 10:30 p.m. or so to explain what happened today.

Former Atlanta city councilwoman Mary Norwood

Former Atlanta city councilwoman Mary Norwood

The former Atlanta councilwoman admitted that she submitted her notice of candidacy, for the chairmanship of the Fulton County Commission, after the state-imposed deadline of noon Friday.

Norwood said she handed her paperwork and check to Barry Garner, director of elections for Fulton County, around 3 or 4 p.m.

“This one was a mix-up in the time,” said Norwood, who has been focused on gathering up 22,000 or so signatures by a July 13 deadline.

The ultimate decision of whether Norwood remains a viable candidate, she acknowledged, would be up to the Fulton County elections board. The law is clear, and cited here on a calendar posted by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

But plenty of candidates and office-holders, she reasoned, have filed campaign finance disclosures after state-mandated deadlines.

“We’re absolutely going full-speed ahead,” Norwood said. “It’s the …

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Fulton judge refuses to be drawn into Norwood petition flap

A superior court judge has refused to be drawn into an early decision to decide whether several thousand signatures endorsing Mary Norwood’s independent candidacy for Fulton County Commission chairman are invalid.

On the petition signatures in question, the word “Fulton” listed on the accompanying addresses is typed instead of hand-written by the signers. Norwood says she obtained permission from election officials to do so.

Norwood’s Democratic rival, incumbent John Eaves, insists that state law requires the word “Fulton” to be handwritten – by those signing the petition.

Click here for a little background. Norwood says 8,000 signatures are at stake. She must gather 23,000 signatures by July 13.

Read the one-page decision here. Wrote Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter:

“The Court finds that, at this time, there is no actual controversy…and the ends of justice do not warrant a declaratory judgment.”

Which means Norwood won’t get an opinion on the legality of …

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Competition is good for everything — except the Georgia ballot

Competition will solve any problem, according to the wisdom of the rubber-chicken circuit.

School systems would be sharper if they only had some competition. Widget prices would plummet and wages would skyrocket, if only the power of competition were unleashed.

Fox News’ Glenn Beck even wonders if competition from private armies might juice our national defense. “I’d like to give it a whirl,” he says.

The one place where increased competition can’t work — and in fact is too dangerous to attempt — is the Georgia ballot. Republicans and Democrats agree on this point. Over the last 70 years or so, both parties have conspired to make sure that they remain the dominant actors every election cycle. This one included.

Mary Norwood, candidate for Fulton County Commission chairman/AJC

Mary Norwood, candidate for Fulton County Commission chairman/AJC

Since 1988, a small piece of ground has been given up to the Libertarian Party, which can place candidates on the ballot by votes of its state convention. But Georgia law still places a …

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Your morning jolt: Mary Norwood sues John Eaves over demand for handwritten ‘Fultons’

Mary Norwood, running as an independent candidate for Fulton County Commission chairman, says she has sued Democratic incumbent John Eaves — for allegedly using a picayune point of law to sabotage her campaign.

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Mary Norwood, independent candidate for Fulton County Commission chairman/AJC

Norwood needs 22,000 or so signatures – 5 percent of Fulton County’s registered voters — by mid-July in order to have her name placed on the November ballot.

Norwood says that Eaves, relying on what she calls a “hyper-technical interpretation of the law,” is insisting that the word “Fulton” be handwritten, by each signer, along with a street address. Eaves is being represented by former congressman Buddy Darden of Marietta, with the influential firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge.

Norwood says her campaign received written approval from the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections to “pre-type” the word in the space requesting the signer’s county of residence.

Because if it says …

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Mary Norwood to run for Fulton County chairmanship — as an independent

We knew that former Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood was running for something, given her recent Tweets about Fulton County taxation. But we didn’t expect this.

Former Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood. Elissa Eubanks/AJC

Former Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood. Elissa Eubanks/AJC

Phil Kent, that white-haired Georgia Gangster, reports that, at a Johns Creek GOP event last night, Norwood took to the microphone to announce that she’s running against John Eaves for chairmanship of the Fulton County Commission — as an independent.

Throughout her mayoral campaign, Norwood maintained she was neither blue nor red, but purple – though by the runoff, pressed by Democrat Kasim Reed, she was forced to emphasize her support for Barack Obama in the ‘08 presidential contest. Even so, state Democratic officials declared her a member of the GOP.

The result was that many Republicans were just as miffed. Such are the hazards of life in the middle.

Kent says he had his line ready, and told Norwood that he thought it gratifying that “you now …

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Your morning jolt: Kasim Reed to make a Capitol appearance, with Ralph Long at his side

One day after a return to the state Senate, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will walk across the street again this morning for a visit to the state House – with considerably more pomp.

Reed, who served in both chambers during 12 years in the Legislature, will be escorted by a formal House committee of escort that might as well be waving olive branches. That’s how loaded down with symbolism they’ll be.

House Speaker David Ralston has asked that state Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), who ran against him in the formal House vote for speaker, accompany the mayor.

And Reed has asked that the escort party include state Rep. Ralph Long, a Democrat who last year had the honor of being the only elected official to support Mary Norwood in the Atlanta mayoral contest.

After his address to the House, Reed goes to the Atlanta Press Club, where he’ll outline the basics of his administration.

Not enough has been made of House Speaker David Ralston’s appearance in the Senate on Wednesday – the …

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