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table of contents Pub Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Threats & Promises . . . . . 15 Capitol Impact . . . . . . . . . . 5 The Calendar . . . . . . . . . 16 This Modern World . . . . . . 5 Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . 22 City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Adopt Me . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Greensplainer . . . . . . . . . . 7 Art Around Town . . . . . . . 23
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Infill Houses . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Art Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Arrested Development
Movie Reviews . . . . . . . . 11 Sudoku . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Flick Skinny . . . . . . . . . . 11 Local Comics . . . . . . . . . 26
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Slingshot Music . . . . . . . . 12 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
ď†? HOMEDRONE: Kishi Bashi, Arrested Development, Family & Friends and Black Lips will headline this yearâ€™s AthFest Music & Arts Festival. ď†œ HOMEDRONE: Check out an exclusive new video from Meth Wax. ď„ş CULTURE BRIEFS: AthFest selected Lou Kregel to be this yearâ€™s theme artist.
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Points get weird? And how long can it stay that way?” Look it up, because you’ll find a lot of parallels with issues here in Athens. Wheatley drew on Robert Hartle Jr.’s history of Little Five Points, and he also got out and talked to a lot of people who have lived and worked in the area. The common theme is that creative and committed people fought when necessary to preserve the character of their commercial and residential neighborhood against the usual forces of “progress” and development that care not one whit for neighborhoods or creativity. The same forces are at work here in Athens, of course, and we, too, need to be constantly aware of the value of what we have and be willing to defend it—even when our government seems to be indifferent. How long, indeed, can the Athens we love stay that way?
Too Far to the Left? Last week Rolling Stone editor Jan Wenner endorsed Hillary Clinton, and Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi responded with a piece on why young people don’t trust Hillary. (see rollingstone.com, under politics). It’s sort of like if I endorsed Nancy, and Blake enumerated her faults. Wenner based his endorsement in part on the idea that Hillary is a progressive who gets things done, while Bernie is too far to the left to make Nah, they won’t be reading from this version, but maybe if the students anything happen. If you believe that, too, you might want to think so, they’ll show up. take a look at the long but thorough October piece by Zaid Jilani on They also want it to be a lot of fun, so alternet.org. It shows just how effective they have recruited a wide range of readBernie has been in Congress through his ers, “from students, faculty and UGA ability to work the system and forge comadministrators to members of the Athens promises among competing interests. community.” Meanwhile, there’s Donald Trump, who I guess they won’t be selling beer, but here we have the tantalizing possibility that has come out of left field (right field, center field, the bleachers?) and picked the scabs just about anybody could show up to read. off a lot of wounds festering in our body Who knows? President Morehead? Michael politic. Stipe? The mayor? Coach Smart? A flood of racism, anti-Semitism, antiAll you need to do is amble over to the area in front of the main library 8:30 a.m.–6 feminism and inchoate anger has gushed out and demonstrated deep problems in our p.m. (the reading will be on the porch—the stoa—if it rains) Monday and Tuesday, Apr. society that are not being addressed very 4 and 5. Sure, you probably can’t stay all day well by either political party. It seems to me that Hillary Clinton’s both days, but here’s hoping that you’ll hear response is that we can deal with these enough to be reminded why Homer’s voice problems through our traditional strucis still strong after 3,000 years or so, and tures, while Bernie Sanders is stressing the you’ll go home and get back to reading him systemic flaws that have produced these on your own. wounds. Therefore, we have the choice of whether to turn the country over to a bull in the china shop or try to fix things through busiCreative Loafing News Editor Thomas ness as usual or start dealing with the funWheatley wrote some fine long-form jourdamental problems that must be fixed if we nalism for Flagpole while he was a UGA student. He’s still at it with CL, and he has a are to evolve for the better as a society. The choice, though not easy, seems obvithoughtful piece in their current neighborous to me: Bernie. f hood issue (clatl.com), “How did Little Five
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Georgia legislators have some problems when it comes to telling time. This weakness has been evident for decades and was most famously displayed in the 1964 General Assembly session. On the last night of that session, the House was debating a redistricting bill as midnight neared. That was an important deadline because the Georgia Constitution only allows the General Assembly to convene for 40 days. Rep. Denmark Groover hung from the railing of the House visitorsâ€™ gallery and tried to stop the hands of the wall clock before they could show 12 oâ€™clock. The clock crashed to the floor. The same issues of time and a 40-day limit have cropped up in the past two legislative sessions. Last year, the Senate extended debate after midnight as senators considered a bill granting a lucrative tax break for Mercedes-Benz executives. It was well after 12 oâ€™clock before senators finally voted on the bill. The problem was even worse this year. As the midnight hour rolled around on the final day, there were numerous bills still out. House Speaker David Ralston decided there really wasnâ€™t a problem after all. He announced: â€œWe have been advised by legislative counsel that we do not have to end at midnight. Weâ€™re gonna go a little past midnight.â€? Legislators once again ignored their legal deadline. Mar. 24 was Day 40 of the session. Most people would agree that Mar. 24 ended at midnight, at which point Mar. 25 began. The legislature thus was voting on bills during the 41st day of the session, which is prohibited by the state constitution. Some of the lawmakers also werenâ€™t going to worry about such concepts as â€œethical conduct.â€?
Near the end of the session, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Rep. John Meadows (R-Calhoun) was trying to get a bill passed that would require insurance agents to be paid a minimum 5 percent commission when they sold health plans. Meadows happens to be an insurance agent. There are rules that provide a legislator can refrain from voting if he or she would possibly benefit from a bill. Meadows didnâ€™t do this. He voted to pass the agentsâ€™ commission bill. Before the Senate could consider the measure, the story about Meadowsâ€™ conflict of interest hit the newspapers. Senators backed off from voting on the bill, and it failed to pass. Another legislator with a potential conflict was Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford). She works for an insurance company that holds a lucrative contract with the state to provide managed care services for Medicaid patients. The state budget that provides the money to pay Untermanâ€™s employer came up for a vote twice in the Senate. Unterman did not excuse herself. These episodes all illustrate the arrogance that persons acquire when they serve in the General Assembly for a long time. You get so used to lobbyists begging you to pass bills that you start feeling special and privileged. You believe that you donâ€™t have to comply with the rules and lawsâ€”those things only apply to ordinary people. Thatâ€™s how you end up with legislative sessions where constitutions are violated, ethical lapses are laughed at, and corruption sets in. As retiring lawmakers made their goodbye speeches on the final day of the session, Rep. Al Williams (D-Midway) delivered the most accurate summation of the current legislative ethos. â€œIâ€™m not leaving,â€? Williams said, â€œbut I will accept the right package.â€? f
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