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MARTA hires lobbyist for 2010; Chambers accused of trying to force state takeover

MARTA hires lobbyist for 2010; Chambers accused of trying to force state takeover
October 13, 2009 --

MARTA hired a lobbyist Tuesday, moments after a union official accused state Rep. Jill Chambers of trying to force a state takeover of the agency. MARTA’s board fears a projected $80 million deficit will result in disastrous service cuts without state relief. “If we don’t get something done, a year from now we’re not going to be providing anything you could reasonably call transit service,” Chairman Michael Walls said. UPDATE: New lobbyist Bernard Reynolds will have to earn his keep, judging from Chambers’ latest e-mail today.

Cobb deportation drive: Enforcing the law, or isolating immigrants?

October 13, 2009 --

The Cobb County sheriff’s deportation efforts have undermined law enforcement work in immigrant communities and refocused police attention to traffic violations and other minor crimes, the ACLU says in a report issued Monday. Since it comes from the ACLU, many of you will automatically dismiss this report, titled “Terror and Isolation in Cobb.” I’m posting […]