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  •  A mayor has to govern. (0+ / 0-)

    I don't remember her being particularly partisan.  I think she had to be centrist as a mayor.  Can you quote any problematic positions. She is a black woman so she could blunt a Karen Handel candidacy to some degree.  

    Anybody know of any problematic positions that she has taken?

    "Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God"-Thomas Jefferson.

    by philipogog on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:13:35 AM PST

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    •  No, I read an article several years ago, so I (1+ / 0-)
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      don't recall any details.  The article criticized some of her public-private partnerships, but I don't remember the details.  It may have had to do with the contracting problems with the expansion of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

      That's why I asked.  A liberal activist from Atlanta could better answer that, then I.  Haven't lived there since 1979.  (And visited family there annually, all my life, until last relative passed away.  But, that's not the same as living there, and really having a working knowledge of their electoral politics.  I acknowledge it.)

      But I definitely have no use for Mayor Reed based upon his treatment and eviction of "Occupy."

      Probably I would view these two politicians differently than you, if you classify corporatist Dems as "nonpartisans."  

      IMHO, these corporatist politicians (of both parties) are the ones who've created much of the economic mess we're in now.  

      Example:  Clinton going along with abolishing Glass-Steagall.  Personally, I think it had a GREAT DEAL to do with the Crash of 2007-2008.  But again, as the leader of the DLC in 1990-1991, he was and is a corporatist Dem and fiscal conservative from Arkansas, with moderate social views (Oh, I forget, the "PC" term is "centrist" according to the MSM, LOL!).  Thank goodness I don't have to consider voting for him again, because I definitely wouldn't due to his ideology.

      But, look--"to each, their own."  There are a lot of conservative Dems, and I accept that they have a right to be conservative, just as I have to be liberal.



      “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:00:50 AM PST

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    •  My husband thought that there was some fiasco (0+ / 0-)

      surrounding 'water privatization?'  He's not kept up with Atlanta politics in a number of years.  But he's on an environmental mailing list, and vaguely recalls that something had environmentalists up in arms (about water or sewer privatization--he believes that he recalls that.  But he added, 'don't take that to the bank.'  :-)).

      But, according to Wikipedia, I was right about her being a corporatist, LOL!

      Anyhoo, here's the link to her Wikipedia page.  It mentions that 'she received criticism over her sweeping pro-business policies . . . has angered some segments of the city's populace who claim these policies are pushing the poor out of Atlanta.'  

      And the following is a quote: "Franklin has also been labeled as an "anti-homeless mayor" for her policies regarding panhandling, and prohibition of public feeding of the homeless."  [Reasonably, one might need to restrict panhandling to some extent, but the prohibition of public feeding of the homeless is troublesome.]

      Bottom line, if the populace of Atlanta is happy with their mayors, so are we.  It doesn't affect us anymore.

      Maynard Jackson was mayor when we lived there, and we liked him.  Think it's just a manisfestation of "how far right" the Democratic Party has drifted over the past 30 years.  I certainly have no personal animus toward Franklin or Reed (actually, I don't even know anything about their personal lives.)




      “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 04:00:52 PM PST

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