5 January 2016

Vulcan acquires Lojac assets in Tennessee 

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta begins construction of 250,000 sf Brookhaven center

Sen. Gooch explores tranist options between Smyrna and SunTrust, eyes 2018 session

SC-Gov: In mid-November Republican Catherine Templeton, who served as head of the state health department under Gov. Nikki Haley, said she was planning to announce her 2018 campaign in January. Templeton was planning to campaign to succeed the termed-out Haley, but Donald Trump threw a big wrench in Templeton’s plans when he nominated the governor to serve as his ambassador to the United Nations. In the likely event that Haley is confirmed, Lt. Gov. Henry McMasters will become governor, and he’ll enter the 2018 GOP primary with incumbency on his side.
Templeton hasn’t ruled out challenging McMasters, but the unexpected state of events has definitely altered her plans. Templeton told The Post and Courier this week that she was calling off her planned January campaign kickoff and fundraiser. Templeton now says she “can announce our intentions in the spring,” but won’t do any fundraising for now.

SC-05: There are a ton of Republicans looking to run in the likely special election to succeed Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who is Donald Trump’s nominee for head of the Office of Management and Budget. However, state House Majority Leader Gary Simrill has announced that he’ll sit this one out.

3 January 2017

Chatham Area Transit pushes for funding sources in the new year

Massive sand-filled garbage trucks will line Times Square to protect New Year’s Eve revelers

Comprehensive Election Results

Doraville set to vote on new 320,000 s.f. home improvement showroom

Atlanta, GA Mayor: Over the holidays, both ex-Gov. Roy Barnes and Rep. David Scott announced that they were holding a fundraiser for state Sen. Vincent Fort, a fellow Democrat and one of the many candidates running for mayor of Atlanta this fall. Fort is a vocal opponent of GOP Gov. Nathan Deal and was a prominent supporter of Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid while Scott is one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, so it may seem odd to see them on the same side; Barnes also isn’t particularly liberal. However, Barnes and Fort served together in the state legislature, while Scott also served with Fort. where Scott’s brother also served. Perhaps more importantly, none of the three men are friendly with the state Democratic establishment.

FL-Gov, FL-13: Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, who was just sworn into Congress on Tuesday, told the National Journal‘s Zach Cohen the very same day that he won’t run for governor next year and is in fact “already working on” his own re-election. A return to the governor’s mansion wasn’t even a possibility we’d seriously considered for Crist, but earlier on Tuesday, the disreputable right-wing site Sunshine State Newsreported that a “‘deep throat’ contact” of theirs said Crist had been putting out feelers about a gubernatorial bid. Better get that checked out by an ENT.