Category:  Politics

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 »

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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Karla Drenner wants your feedback—really

imageWhen lawmakers at the Gold Dome aren't fully occupied with instituting a poll tax on strippers or criticizing research on oral sex and male prostitutes, a few of the more responsible ones actually do something worthwhile -- they step out from the legislative bubble and meet with constituents.

That's exactly what state Rep. Karla Drenner, the Gold Dome's only openly gay lawmaker, is doing on Tuesday.

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State senator wants strip club surcharge

You'll be ponying up an extra $5 to step into Swinging Richards if Jack Murphy has his way.

The state senator, a Republican from Cummings, wants to charge strip club patrons $5 to go inside a club. He wants the money to help pay for services for sexually exploited children.

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Gay candidates heat up District 6 race

imageCharlie Stadtlander had last week to himself as he announced his campaign to unseat Anne Fauver from her District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council.

But Fauver (photo), a lesbian and two-term incumbent, came out swinging in a Southern Voice article today about the race, charging that her gay opponent "may not understand" the city's budget process after hearing the charges he leveled at her during his Jan. 7 campaign launch.

Also of note in the Southern Voice article is that Fauver has flip-flopped when it comes to bar hours in the city.

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Gay activists focus on legislative session

imageGird your loins. The Georgia General Assembly returned to the State Capitol today.

This bastion of leadership -- the same folks that bring us legislation including Amendment 1, which banned same-sex unions in the state for the second time -- is back in session.

Let's hope a projected $2 billion budget deficit will keep the Republican-controlled building away from the social issues it tends to favor. It's not an election year, so lawmakers might not be so inclined to show off for their conservative constituents.

But there is already jockeying among anti-gay elected officials on the GOP side of the 2010 governor's race. Those candidates include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Karen Handel and state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.

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Stadtlander launches Atlanta City Council bid

imageSo much for a break from politics and campaigns.

Charlie Stadtlander (photo left), a 28-year-old gay teacher, formally announced his bid for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council this week, a move he hopes will unseat Anne Fauver, a two-term incumbent and the council's only openly gay member.

Stadtlander made the announcement on Wednesday during an event at Cowtippers in Midtown, which sits inside the heavily-gay district he hopes to represent. The election is in November. Fauver has said she will seek a third term and the race may also include Steve Brodie, a gay man who lost a tight race to Fauver in 2005.

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Gay Atlanta City Council candidate apologizes for anti-trans comments

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A gay man expected to formally announce his campaign for Atlanta City Council this week is apologizing for remarks he made three years ago when he said transgender people and drag queens were on the fringe of society and hurt the gay equality movement.

Charlie Stadtlander, a former Republican and leader of Log Cabin Republicans groups in Missouri and Atlanta, also said on Monday that his description of a drag show while a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as pornographic came at a time when he was lobbying for two gay rights measures from within a conservative GOP and was concerned the show might impact those efforts.

Stadtlander also said comments attributed to him as expressing disgust with consensual sex between two men were not his and part of a satirical piece that he disavows.

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