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Police placed on 12-hour shifts around Occupy Atlanta

An interesting tidbit was dropped inside a noon report by Channel 2 Action News. Two dozen cops patrolling the Occupy Atlanta campsite downtown are now on 12-hour shifts, and have been since Saturday.

That means increased overtime costs to the city, and a human strain on a police force with finite personnel resources. When taking into account the likelihood that — once it ramps up pressure, City Hall is unlikely to retreat — then it becomes hard to see campers remaining in Woodruff Park for another two weeks.

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Your morning jolt: Occupy ATL summons ghost of Troy Davis

Occupy Atlanta today will focus its attention on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and what it calls “critical flaws in the judicial system.”

It’s no secret that much of Occupy Atlanta’s emotional energy is derived from the recent execution of Troy Davis, put to death last month for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer.

Immediately upon arrival two weeks ago, the occupiers of Woodruff Park” have renamed their living space “Troy Davis Park.” This no doubt has contributed to the tension between the protestors and law enforcement.

Woodruff Park is named after Robert Woodruff, the Coke CEO and philanthropist.

An 11 a.m. press conference is to feature civil rights leader Joe Beasley and a close friend of Davis who goes by the name of “E Red.” Two hip-hop artists will also be participating. One will be Michael Render of Atlanta, whose presence is being advertised via his stage name: Killer Mike.

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Tea party leader: Occupy movement a ‘freak show,’ and Wall Street undeserving of blame for economy

A fund-raising solicitation from Mark Meckler of Tea Party Patriots just dropped into the in-box, focusing on the Occupy movement – and absolving Wall Street of any blame in the current economic crisis:

The liberal media says the law-breaking anarchists who are terrorizing New York are simply a “progressive” version of the Tea Party.

I’m just one of the thousands and thousands of law-abiding Americans who built the Tea Party movement. However, I take great offense that our peaceful rallies aimed at reining in government are being compared to that violent freak show on Wall Street.

And I expect you do, too.

Please help the Tea Party Patriots push back against the liberal media and expose these “Occupy Wall Street” protesters for what they are: America-hating anarchists who want to take their anger out on ordinary, productive citizens….

Tea party rallies have always felt like “parties” — and safe and clean ones at that. Unlike protesters in New York, I can …

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DNC chair dismisses GOP effort to paint Occupy Wall Street movement as anti-Semitic

The Georgia Democratic party slipped its blue collar on Wednesday, swapping a Midtown address for a new headquarters in a post industrial neighborhood off Howell Mill Road in Atlanta – across from the water works.

On hand to help cut the ribbon was Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and congresswoman from Florida.

The place was too crowded for decent conversation, but she called on her way to the airport. She opened the interview with a question.

“How long have you worked for the newspaper?”

Some 32 years, I said.

“So I remember you,” the DNC chairman said. “My first job out of college was working for Cathey Steinberg when she ran for the Public Service Commission. I was the 20-year-old in the background.”

Young Debbie Wasserman had been straight out of the University of Florida in 1988. The woman she went to work for was a 12-year state representative from DeKalb County, a liberal, divorced Democrat with a good record on …

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Your morning jolt: An 8th GOP debate, and Iowa is still distant

Las Vegas will serve as the venue for yet another Republican presidential debate at 8 p.m. tonight, this time on CNN.

Even as you wade through the cheesy gambling metaphors, remember that you’re witnessing what could be a historic shift in the dynamic of American presidential campaigns – a downgrading of the importance of state-by-state referendums on candidates, in favor of a series of national confrontations.

From Dan Balz and the Washington Post:

The GOP contenders will meet here Tuesday night for their fifth exchange since Labor Day and their eighth of the year. Once considered forums that only occasionally had a real effect on a nomination battle, the debates this year have been the defining feature of the contest.

“For the first time in decades, primary debates aren’t a sideshow, as candidates are using them as a major platform in lieu of early TV ads to project their ideas, personalities and candidacies,” said Jonathan Collegio, communications director for …

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Kasim Reed on extending Occupy Atlanta’s stay: Two out of three will suffice — for now

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s statement on why he’ll allow Occupy Atlanta to linger in Woodruff Park – two out of three’s not bad, he says:

”Civil disobedience is an appropriate form of expression, provided that it is peaceful, non-violent and lawful. As of today, the Occupy Atlanta protesters continue to assemble in a peaceful, non-violent fashion in Robert W. Woodruff Park. Therefore, I have extended the Executive Order allowing Occupy Atlanta to remain in Woodruff Park after the park closes. This Executive Order is effective through the adjournment of the next Atlanta City Council meeting on November 7, 2011.

“I remain committed to ensuring public safety and enforcing the laws of the city. The Atlanta Police Department and other city officials continue to monitor the park and the protesters. The Executive Order does not preclude the city from responding at will to changing conditions in the park or to any public safety issues. The city is prepared to act …

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Your morning jolt: Herman Cain makes a yeasty rise to top of WSJ/NBC poll

Like an out-of-control, deep-dish pizza, Herman Cain’s stock keeps rising.

The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza was declared to be at the top of the GOP presidential heap last night in an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll:

And in yet another sign of how volatile the Republican race has been with less than three months until the first nominating contests, the onetime frontrunner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has plummeted to third place, dropping more than 20 percentage points since late August.

“Cain is the leader … That’s the story,” said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff.

But McInturff cautions that Cain’s ascent — and Perry’s decline — is probably not the last shakeup in a GOP race that has seen a series of sudden rises and abrupt falls (first Donald Trump, then Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and now Perry) in the field.

“There is still a long, long, long time to go,” McInturff said.

Study the …

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Occupy Atlanta and the tea party: Compare and contrast

If you want to make both sides angry, tell Occupy Wall Street supporters that their movement has much in common with the tea parties of two years ago.

The similarity was obvious from the outset in Atlanta, when the occupiers of downtown’s Woodruff Park last week rebuffed an impromptu offer from U.S. Rep. John Lewis to address the group.

He’d just dropped by to welcome them.

But the group was engaged in establishing a pure democracy, and wasn’t about to be interrupted by someone from Washington, where they have forgotten how such things work.

The scene wasn’t unfamiliar. In late spring of 2009, newly born tea partyists gave similar stiff-arms to elected Republicans who attempted to mount their stages.

Tea parties eventually gave in to the everyday politician, and Occupy Atlanta will, too. Lewis will be allowed to address the group sometime in the next few days — before the cops come to sweep the tents and signs and people away.

“But we will relate to him as a …

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Kasim Reed’s five-day grace period for Occupy Atlanta

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s just-issued statement on Occupy Atlanta:

For several days, the group Occupy Atlanta has staged a protest in Robert W. Woodruff Park. As Mayor, I am proud of the City of Atlanta’s heritage as the “Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Many of our most esteemed leaders — visionaries such as Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis and Rev. Joseph Lowery, all recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — fought for civil and human rights and played a vital role in changing our nation for the better through peaceful, nonviolent demonstrations.

I, along with many Atlantans, will travel to Washington, D.C. this weekend to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his extraordinary impact not only on our nation, but the entire world. At the same time, I am committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the laws of the city are respected. I will not allow public safety to be jeopardized in any way by the protesters.

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An afternoon visit to a soggy Occupy Atlanta

Melissa Dramstad, right, of Atlanta, speaks with Atlanta police officer Keech Boyd at a tent encampment in Woodruff Park on Tuesday. AP/David Goldman

Melissa Dramstad, right, of Atlanta, speaks with Atlanta police officer Keech Boyd at a tent encampment in Woodruff Park on Tuesday. AP/David Goldman

Just got back from a soggy Occupy Atlanta camp in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.

There I ran into the Rev. Joe Beasley, who still holds the title of Southern director for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Here’s a bit of trivia for you: He goes to the same church as Herman Cain.

At 3 p.m. or so, about 28 tents were up in the park, plus two or three deflated ones. Those who weren’t sleeping – it was a long night – were huddled under a large awning held up with PVC pipes.

“I’m so happy to see the energy. I love the spirit of the people. I wish there were more African-Americans,” Beasley said. A few from the Atlanta University complex were expected soon.

A pair of ranking Atlanta police officers trudged up the wet ground, under the dripping awning, and asked to speak to a leader. There is none, they were told.

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