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  • Athens Democrats Want to Oust Mayor Nancy Denson From Party Post Over Support for GOP Candidate

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    Don't let the blue fool you.

    The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee will vote next week on whether to kick Mayor Nancy Denson off the committee because of her support for a Republican in a state House of Representatives race.

    Denson held a fundraiser for Houston Gaines—her former campaign manager, who's now running for state House as a Republican against Democrat Deborah Gonzalez—at her Forest Heights home Aug. 31. The fundraiser outraged many local Democrats who felt that, as a Democrat, Denson should be supporting Gonzalez.

    "Your support of Donald Trump's party in this upcoming special election is unfortunate," says a letter from the ACCDC's executive committee dated Sept. 12.

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  • Six Candidates Qualify to Run in Special Election for Two Athens House Seats

     

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    Democrat Deborah Gonzalez will go head to head with Republican Houston Gaines in the Nov. 7 House District 117 special election

    Former state Rep. Doug McKillip will not try to reclaim the District 117 seat he lost to Regina Quick after switching parties in 2012—for now.

    The qualifying period to run in the two Nov. 7 special elections for Athens-area state House seats ended Friday without McKillip signing up to run. But he held out the possibility that he’d run next year, when the seat will come up again in the usual election cycle. “Said I’d run in ’18, not ’17,” he said. “We’ll see.”

    The seat opened up last month, when Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Quick as a Superior Court judge, replacing the retired David Sweat, requiring her to resign from the House. 

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  • Podcast: Trump, 4Chan and the Alt-Right

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    This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with author Dale Beran about 4chan, the alt-right and the rise of Donald Trump. Read Beran's viral essay about these topics here.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered this week by Brandon Soderberg and Baynard Woods. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • Photo Gallery: Hurricane Irma Damage

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    Although her street was blocked by fallen trees, Flagpole photo intern Nicole Adamson ventured out Tuesday to snap some photos of damage along West Lake Drive.

    Athens-Clarke County crews have removed many trees from roadways, but those that remain are entangled in power lines that must be removed by utility workers first. (Only about 1,000 Georgia Power customers in Athens remain without electricity.)

    Apparently we have some local finalists for the Darwin Awards, because ACC felt the need to issue a press release warning people not to try to cut or remove those trees, or allow children to play around them.

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  • CCSD Will Stay Closed and UGA Will Reopen Wednesday

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    Citing ongoing power outages and safety concerns about road debris and non-working traffic lights, the Clarke County School District has cancelled classes and other activities on Wednesday.

    The University of Georgia, though, will reopen at 10 a.m. Campus Transit will start running again at 9 a.m., and the first classes will be held at 10:10 a.m.

    UGA warned students and employees that travel to campus may take longer than usual, and reminded drivers that intersections where traffic signals are out should be treated as four-way stops.

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  • Road Closures and More Hurricane Irma News

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    Hurricane Irma over the British Virgin Islands on Friday.

    The University of Georgia will be closed today and Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma hitting Athens.

    All classes, campus events and other activities at UGA are canceled. Residence and dining halls will remain open. Campus Transit will run as long as conditions allow. Designated employees are expected to report to work if they can safely travel.

    For more information on UGA's closing, visit emergency.uga.edu.

    Clarke and Oconee County public schools will be closed today and Tuesday, as will Athens Tech and the University of North Georgia. Athens Christian School, Prince Avenue Christian School and Piedmont College are closed today, but have not announced whether they will be closed Tuesday. Classes will resume at Athens Academy on Tuesday.

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  • Podcast: Police and White Supremacy

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    This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with author D Watkins about white supremacy, policing, and the Trump administration. Watkins is the author of The Beast Side and The Cook Up and editor at large at Salon.com.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Baynard Woods for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • Brian Kemp Takes On Trumpian Tone at UGA

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    Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp called out the media and his Democratic opponents and defended his record as secretary of state Wednesday night while visiting the UGA College Republicans.

    Kemp—joined by newly appointed Judge Regina Quick and Houston Gaines, the former UGA Student Government president looking to fill Quick's vacant state House seat—stopped in his Athens hometown during his statewide campaign tour in an effort to get the college students involved in his "grassroots army."

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