In the Loop

  • Forum Sheds Light on Athens Judicial Candidates


    Law professor Kent Barnett asked six questions of each of the four candidates seeking to be elected as a Superior Court judge for the Western Judicial Circuit at a candidate forum held at the University of Georgia Law Library late last month.

    The first two of the questions seemed like they could have been taken from a law school quiz, and the remaining four dealt with administrative issues the two winners of the May 22 nonpartisan general election are likely to deal with on the bench.


  • Richie Knight Releases 21-Point Plan, Loses Another Campaign Manager

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    If you liked Kelly Girtz's five-point plans on affordable housing, economic development and the environment, you're gonna love this, comrade: Fellow mayoral candidate Richie Knight has released a plan with, as LeBron James might say, not five, not six, not seven, but 21 points. You can read it here.

    In other Knight news, another of his campaign managers, Cameron Jay Harrelson, has resigned. He follows on the heels of Monika Ammerman, who left last summer, and Loran Posey, who was hired to replace Ammerman, then left last fall and went to work for the Girtz campaign. (In a rather extraordinary move, Knight sued Posey for a libel over a Facebook post that was critical of Knight, a lawsuit that Knight recently dropped.)


  • Kelly Girtz Releases Environmental Plan

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    Commissioner Kelly Girtz is the kind of guy who has a five-point plan for brushing his teeth in the morning, so of course he has one for the environment, too.

    Scheduled for release on Earth Day, it just went out a few days ago, and we are just now getting around to posting it. Oh, well. Here it is:


  • Harry Sims (Finally) Responds to A4E Questionnaire

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    Mayoral candidate and former commissioner Harry Sims has been feuding with Athens for Everyone over the D- grade it gave him, based in part on his failure to fill out the group’s questionnaire. Well, Sims finally filled it out last week.

    In it, he gets in a couple of digs at his favorite foil—activists who speak out—as well as opponent Kelly Girtz, and explains his concerns about various policies A4E favors, such as fare-free transit and Complete Streets.

    Here are his answers:


  • Athens Democrats Announce Endorsements


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    Commission District 7 candidate Russell Edwards is among the chosen ones.

    In our local nonpartisan elections, voters often want to know, who’s the real Democrat? The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee is here to help.

    The committee released a list of endorsements Saturday, includin Patrick Davenport in the Commission District 1 race, former county party chairman Russell Edwards in Commission District 7 (over another former chairman, Bill Overend), LaKeisha Gantt in the school board’s 7th District and Lisa Lott for Superior Court judge.

    In addition, it declared the following candidates “qualified Democrats” in other local races:


  • Twilight Donates 25 Bikes to Boys & Girls Club


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    In a partnership with Athens Twilight, Academy Sports + Outdoors donated 25 bikes and helmets to members of the Boys & Girls Club of Athens on Tuesday afternoon.

    The event was held to encourage local kids to spend more time outdoors, and the bikes were donated to children selected on need and good behavior.

    “We’re very excited to be able to do this for the community,” said Cody Reid, the senior regional marketing specialist for Academy Sports. “We want to promote a more active lifestyle and get them outdoors.”


  • Today Is the Last Day to Register to Vote May 22

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    Today (Tuesday, Apr. 24) is the last day to register to vote in the May 22 partisan primaries and nonpartisan local elections.

    Local races will be decided May 22 or in a July runoff and will not be on the ballot in November. They include Athens-Clarke County mayor, commission districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9, school board districts 5 and 7 and two seats on the Superior Court bench.

    In addition, Democratic and Republican primaries for governor and other statewide offices, as well as Congress, are on the ballot locally.

    To check your voter registration status, click here. To register to vote, click here.


  • Piedmont, BCBS Reach New Contract Agreement

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    Piedmont Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield finalized an agreement Monday for BCBS to continue covering treatment in-network at Piedmont hospitals and by Piedmont-affiliated doctors.

    The contract between the health care provider, which owns Athens Regional, and insurance company ended Apr. 1 with the two sides unable to agree on reimbursement rates. Gov. Nathan Deal urged them both back to the negotiating table, and they reached a "handshake deal" on Friday.


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