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Franklin spars with gay GOP over crime

imageIt's tough to pick a favorite: Watching Mayor Shirley Franklin explain away the city's crime issue and new ranking as the country's second-least safe large city. Or her back-and-forth with the Georgia Log Cabin Republicans over the gay group's call for her resignation just months before her term ends.

The debate over the crime stats is playing out through Creative Loafing and now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her flap with the Republican gays started last week and continues through Southern Voice. We feel like we've got a ringside seat to the mayor's unraveling during her sprint to the finish.

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Alex Wan asks supporters for campaign help

imageAlex Wan, who worked the media circuit late last month in announcing his bid for the Atlanta City Council, is now asking supporters for their help.

In an email sent Monday afternoon, Wan asks for "your vote, your contributions, and your time." The gay businessman and longtime resident of the District 6 he wants to represent, launched a new component to his web site that allows visitors to donate online.

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Lunch and learn with John Oxendine

imageShannon Hames lives in the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta with her partner Melissa. She works as a professional organizer and volunteers with several Atlanta LGBT groups and blogs at Sinnerviewer.

Yesterday, I took Sweet Melissa and my teens to a BBQ hosted by a local Republican women's group. It was to host a candidate for Governor of Georgia, John Oxendine. He has served as Insurance Commissioner for many years, but I don't know much about him other than he has an affinity for tricked out Crown Victoria's and he knows how to read a crowd.

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Roy Barnes called; he wants his office back

imageBlogger Matt Hennie is the founder and managing editor of Project Q Atlanta. He’s a longtime Atlanta resident who’s worked in journalism since his days as a Purple Paladin at Furman University in the early ‘90s.

Chub chasers and gay politicos delight -- Roy Barnes wants his bed back in the governor's mansion.

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Alex Wan seeks District 6 City Council seat

imageAn openly gay businessman and longtime resident of the Morningside neighborhood said Wednesday that he's seeking the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council.

The announcement by Wan continues a topsy turvy campaign in District 6, the gay-heavy area that encompasses much of Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Druid Hills and Candler Park.

Charlie Stadtlander, a gay school teacher, stepped into the race in January, only to drop out when business consultant Steve Brodie, who also is gay, jumped in last month. Anne Fauver, a lesbian and two-term incumbent, initially indicated she would seek a third term, only to drop out last month.

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Mary Norwood says she backs gay marriage

imageMary Norwood, one of three major candidates to become Atlanta's next mayor, issued a statement Tuesday affirming her support for same-sex unions.

Norwood, along with state Sen. Kasim Reed and City Council President Lisa Borders, took part in a meet and greet with LGBT voters on Thursday. Norwood left before the candidates were asked for a one-word answer on whether they supported gay marriage. Borders said yes and Reed replied "civil unions." That answer, according to Southern Voice, drew some boos from the audience.

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Brodie reaches out to Fauver supporters

imageThe lone candidate -- gay or otherwise -- left standing in the District 6 race for the Atlanta City Council reached out to supporters of his former opponent in an open letter Thursday.

Steve Brodie, a gay business consultant, announced his campaign for the District 6 post on April 2 expecting a rematch with Anne Fauver, the lesbian who was seeking a third term. Fauver narrowly defeated Brodie in 2005.

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Allen Thornell says no to Gold Dome race

In his calculation whether to seek an opening in the Georgia General Assembly, Allen Thornell says his equation came up a little short.

The longtime gay rights activist told Project Q Atlanta last week that he was considering jumping into the District 58 race, since Robin Shipp resigned the seat. Thornell lost to Shipp in the Democratic primary runoff in 2006.

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Fauver: Health didn’t drive me from campaign

Anne Fauver, who surprised the city's political scene today by ending her bid for a third term, says her health didn't drive her from the campaign.

Fauver, who was diagnosed with breast cancer late in her first term, tells Southern Voice in an interview late Monday that her health didn't force her departure.

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Anne Fauver drops out of District 6 race

imageIn a race that briefly included three gay candidates, one more has dropped out. That leaves one.

Anne Fauver, the two-term incumbent in the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council, announced to constituents Monday that she won't run for re-election. That leaves Steve Brodie, a gay man who challenged her in 2005, as the only announced candidate in the race.

The District 6 post, often regarded as the gay seat on the council for more than a decade, includes portions of Midtown and Virginia-Highland. Fauver is the council's only openly gay member.

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Gay attorney seeks Decatur commission post

imageGay activist and attorney Kyle Williams announced Thursday that he's seeking the District 2 post on the Decatur City Commission.

Williams, a former chair of the Georgia Equality Foundation and an attorney with Bloom Law, would become the second openly gay member of the five-member commission. Kecia Cunningham became the state's first African-American openly gay elected official when she won a seat on the commission in 1999.

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Borders brings gay creds into mayor’s race

imageIn a positive development for gay Atlantans, Lisa Borders has decided to jump into the mayor's race -- again.

Borders, once considered a front runner to replace term-limited Mayor Shirley Franklin, stepped out of the race in August citing family reasons. Last week, she stepped back in.

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Stadtlander drops out of District 6 race

imageCharlie Stadtlander, one of three gay candidates vying for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council, has apparently dropped out of the race.

The DeKalb County school teacher withdrew from the race after Steve Brodie announced his campaign Thursday morning. Stadtlander tells Southern Voice he always intended to drop out if Brodie entered the race, though Stadtander never said so publicly when he announced his campaign in early January.

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Third gay candidate enters City Council race

imageThe race for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council – often regarded as the gay seat on the council for more than a decade – just got a little more competitive and a lot more gay.

Steve Brodie, a gay man who lost a 2005 campaign for the seat by a razor-thin margin of five votes, announced Thursday that he will try for a second time to unseat incumbent Anne Fauver.

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Third gay candidate steps into District 6 City Council race

imageThe race for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council – often regarded as the gay seat on the council for more than a decade – just got a little more competitive and a lot more gay.

Steve Brodie, a gay man who lost a 2005 campaign for the seat by a razor-thin margin of five votes, announced Thursday that he will try for a second time to unseat incumbent Anne Fauver.

“It’s time to get somebody on City Council that understands business and knows what questions to ask,” Brodie says.

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Sunday alcohol dies again under Gold Dome

Sunday sales of alcohol in Georgia is dead. Twice.

On Wednesday, the state Senate sponsor of legislation that would allow voters to say yes or no to Sunday sales at stores pulled his measure. He counted heads and didn't have the votes.

On Thursday, the state House sponsor of similar legislation said he'd stall his bill, too. It's the third consecutive year that the legislation has died.

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Sunday alcohol sales bill goes dry

Toast your Sunday liquor sales goodbye. Teetotalers have won their way again at the Gold Dome.

For the third consecutive year, legislation that would have allowed voters to say whether they wanted alcohol sales at stores on Sundays failed in the Georgia Legislature. State Sen. Seth Harp withdrew his bill when he realized he could not get it passed out of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee Wednesday.

The fate of the bill looked promising, though it also appeared to be a rallying cry for a weakened Christian lobby. Apparently they aren't so weak after all.    READ MORE »

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A rebuilding year for Christian conservatives

Karma can be a bitch. Just ask religious conservative groups at the Gold Dome.

Their power and influence on lawmakers at the State Capitol has waned -- and quite a bit -- since their heyday in 2004 when they pushed and won a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage when it was already illegal in Georgia anyway.

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Queers, condoms and the hand of God

imageAmong the tips one can offer in using a condom, this one seems pretty bland: Carefully open condom wrappers with your fingers -- don't use a sharp object.

But it's enough to get the Catholic League in New York riled up at the University of Georgia in Athens. It's continuing a mix of sex, public universities and a state budget crisis that is proving volatile this year under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.

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The ill-informed at Georgia’s Gold Dome

imageWhen it comes to oral sex and male prostitutes, some prudish Georgia lawmakers want to use their influence to stifle research. They are using the state's budget crisis as an excuse.

But more reasoned people are trying to prevail. Today, it's the editorial board at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which calls the campaign by Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) and Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock) (photo) "ill-informed and embarrassing."

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