MARTA trains to North Fulton?

12:15 pm Apr. 21, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

As discussed on today’s AJC Atlanta Forward page, planning is under way to build out MARTA rail through North Fulton, all the way to Windward Parkway. A half-penny sales tax increase, ostensibly to pay for the expansion, was shot down in the recent legislative session, but officials are looking for ways to raise funds to pay for the estimated $2 billion extension. State Senator Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta,

Fayette voting discrimination?

3:34 pm Apr. 9, 2015

A divisive Fayette County voting battle continues today as an NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer writes about the alleged injustice of the county’s election system, and a local official argues that the civil rights organization is not interested in seeking a compromise. Opponents say Fayette’s at-large voting systematically keeps blacks from serving on the county commission and school board. A U.S. district judge agreed and cleared the way for district

Transportation bill “fixes”

4:43 pm Mar. 23, 2015

As the transportation bill undergoes changes in the General Assembly, we turn today’s Atlanta Forward opinion page over to industry representatives and observers who sound the alarm on how the legislation could hurt consumers and businesses. Delta Air Lines weighs in on a proposed tax hike on aviation fuel. The National Consumers League attacks the proposed $5 rental car fee. And, in our lead column, a policy analyst

Guns on college campuses

2:50 pm Mar. 19, 2015

Should Georgia legalize concealed carry of weapons on college campuses? Today, the mother of a rising college freshman writes about the dangers such a law would pose. No weapon, she says, can replace good judgment as a deterrent against sexual assault. In our second column, UGA students argue that properly licensed students 21 and over and university employees should be allowed to carry firearms and not denied their rights

Religious liberty or freedom to discriminate?

1:14 pm Mar. 12, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Passion and opinions continue to spark around Georgia’s proposed “religious liberty” bill being considered in the General Assembly. Senate Bill 129 passed that chamber last week. Today, pop superstar and philanthropist Elton John, a part-time Atlantan for decades now, voices his concerns with a bill critics call a license to discriminate. On the opposing side, an Atlanta attorney says a state version of the federal Religious Freedom

Expand Medicaid or better alternative?

12:05 pm Mar. 10, 2015

Medicaid Pro/Con

We’ve heard a lot about Georgia’s refusal to expand Medicaid and uncork the millions of federal dollars that would go with it. Today, a guest columnist writes about other possible solutions, including vouchers and refundable tax credits, a flexible system not bound by what he calls micromanaged regulation. Our second columnist wonders if Georgia is turning its back on its religious values, and failing to tap a ready-made job

Medical marijuana’s first big step

3:41 pm Feb. 26, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

In today’s column, State Rep. Allen Peake, the House sponsor of Georgia’s medical marijuana bill, pushes for its passage in the Senate and says he feels Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the bill into law. On Wednesday, the chamber voted 158-2 to decriminalize the possession of cannabis oil with no more than 5 percent of the chemical that produces the highs associated with pot. Today, Peake