Georgia Dome: 1992-2017

Georgia Dome: 1992-2017

The Dome debuted in August of 1992 as the Falcons won a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. MC Hammer performed a pre-game concert (one of the few items the Georgia Dome may have outlived was MC Hammer’s career) and John Denver sang the national anthem. Twenty-five years later, the Georgia Dome secured its place on every “9 short-lived sports venues” list likely put together. It was a brisk morning in Atlanta, hovering in the 40s, as fans, VIPs and the curious (and one strategically placed MARTA bus) lined up on Ivan Allen Boulevard for some prime outside (and free) viewing of the implosion. Downtown hotel rooms were booked up and picked early. Allie Hartman and her husband Dave, owners of 404 Proud, an Atlanta themed t-shirt company, had booked a room at the Westin to watch the implosion and even chose to check in early to be sure and get a room on the Dome side of the hotel. As it turned out though, checking in early was not early enough. Some guests had arrived at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning to be sure and request the Dome view. Other guests, in town over the weekend, learned of the event on Monday and decided to stay an extra day (the next time a new stadium is requested somewhere – hopefully not in Atlanta, look for supporters to mention the economic impact of implosions). The Hartmans ended up watching the implosion from a friends’ apartment on Peachtree Street. Their favorite memories from the Dome were of attending numerous SEC Championships. Dave is a University of Florida grad and for...
‘Florida is on fire’

‘Florida is on fire’

By Marc Caputo (Politico) – TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Democratic Party chairman resigned Friday in shame. A Republican state senator faces possible expulsion for sexual harassment. The state Senate’s top Democratic leader abruptly stepped down after admitting an extramarital affair with a lobbyist. Even amid the flood of sexual misconduct revelations that have rocked state capitals across the country, the nation’s biggest swing state has lived up to its reputation for political drama and excess over the past month, with major implications for next year’s contested U.S. Senate and gubernatorial elections — and the next presidential race. “Florida is on fire. And it’s not a controlled burn,” said John Morgan, a major Democratic donor, godfather to the state’s medical-marijuana initiative and wildcard possible candidate for governor. Read...
A Tale of Two Countries

A Tale of Two Countries

  If you follow the national news media, there is no doubt that Roy Moore is likely to withdraw from the Alabama Senate race any day now. After the Washington Post stories reporting allegations from at least eight women who said that Moore behaved improperly toward them when they were teenagers – one only 14.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican National Committee have all withdrawn their support and fundraising power from Moore. S.E. (for Sara Elizabeth) Cupp, the bright, witty and pretty host of a Headline News program and a conservative writer, opined that if Fox News commentator Sean Hannity came out against Moore, it would probably force Moore out of the race. (Hannity waffled and it had no effect.) But that’s not how it is in Alabama. “I have not picked up anything about Moore stepping aside,’ says Glenn Browder, Emeritus Professor at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and a former congressman (D). “Roy Moore has never backed down on anything.” Browder adds,” The mood in Washington is nowhere kin to the mood in Alabama… It’s Trump redux in Alabama. Moore is Alabama’s version of Trump. Trump has everybody after him. Democrats want to beat him, Republicans don’t want him, and the media is against him, but still Trump wins.” As for stepping aside, as McConnell urged, Moore tweeted, “The person who should step aside is Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced.” Moore does have some support on the national level. President Trump has stayed out of the contest, saying it’s for...
Atlanta’s Confederate Monuments Committee Holds Final Meeting

Atlanta’s Confederate Monuments Committee Holds Final Meeting

The Confederate Monuments Committee in Atlanta held its final meeting on Tuesday. They settled on a number of recommendations that will be presented to the full city council and the mayor. There is still time for the committee to change the recommendations as the final plan will be presented next week. The plan is for Mayor Kasim Reed to act on the recommendations but it remains to be seen if any of the actions will fall to the next mayor, either Keisha Lance Bottoms or Mary Norwood. Sheffield Hale, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta History Center, is the Chair of the Committee and spoke about how they may suggest the contextualization of some of the monuments that may remain. “The big problem is you have the issue, for instance in Texas in a textbook, where they say slavery is not the cause of the Civil War. These monuments, particularly the later ones, they’re really not about the Civil War, they’re about Jim Crow. They’re Jim Crow monuments,” said Hale. “That’s the kind of contextualization that would try and turn them from an object of veneration into an artifact. That talks about the real history of them.” The Committee recommended that a number of new monuments and markers be erected noting some of Atlanta’s history that runs counter to Confederate monuments. One to Booker T. Washington may be erected at Piedmont Park where he delivered the 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech. The Peace Monument in Piedmont Park is recommended to be moved. They would also like to see the Peachtree Battle monument on Peachtree Battle Avenue removed....
Isakson, Perdue praise judicial nominees

Isakson, Perdue praise judicial nominees

Last week Senate Republicans were able to confirm four of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees and Georgia’s two Republican US Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson praised the choices. Those who were confirmed included Michigan Supreme Court Judge Joan Larsen to serve on the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, conservative Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephanos Bibas to the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court Judge Allison Eid to the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and attorney Trevor McFadden to serve on the US District Court for the District of Columbia. “The United States Senate has been stalled by historic obstruction from Senate Democrats. Despite this partisan gridlock, we confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court earlier this year, and have since confirmed 15 judicial nominees, including eight judges to the powerful United States Circuit Courts,” said Perdue. “These judges will help shape the direction of the courts for years to come. Unlike most things in Washington, we are moving quickly to get more judges in place. By comparison, in Obama’s first year in office, only three Circuit Court judges were confirmed. While we are making significant progress, there is still a lot more work to be done. President Trump has been in office for 10 months now and still doesn’t have his full team in place. Washington needs to pick up the pace and get all of President Trump’s nominees confirmed as quickly as possible.” Isakson said: “From Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to a...
RNC cuts off Moore

RNC cuts off Moore

By Alex Isenstadt (Politico) – The Republican National Committee is withdrawing its support for besieged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, leaving him increasingly isolated as he confronts charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers. The RNC is pulling out of a joint fundraising agreement it had with Moore, according to a senior party official briefed on the decision. It is also canceling a field program it had set up ahead of the state’s Dec. 12 special election. The committee had about a dozen paid canvassers in Alabama working for Moore. It will no longer transfer any money to the race. Read...