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  • RIP Former Commissioner Charles Carter

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    Former ACC commissioner Charles Carter died on Thursday morning at the age of 91.

    The Winterville native, a cattle farmer, represented District 1 in rural eastern Clarke County from unification in 1991 until his retirement in 2006.

    “He was a man of few words, so when he spoke, everyone listened,” said Sharyn Dickerson, who worked for ACC when he was a commissioner and now represents District 1.

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  • Athens Moms Protest Gun Violence

     

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    Photo Credit: Nate Harris

    In response to the shooting at a church in Texas on Nov. 5 that killed 26 people, members of the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gathered at City Hall in Athens on Saturday for a vigil for the victims, as well as a call to action.

    The event, deeply rooted in faith, began at First A.M.E. Church before marchers made their way through downtown to City Hall. Many of the roughly 40 people held signs calling for an end to gun violence and a repeal of Georgia's campus carry law. During the procession, the group sang in unison, and was greeted by a church choir on the front steps of City Hall.

    At City Hall, state Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) and others local leaders and gun safety advocates spoke to the crowd about the need for a solution to gun violence.

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  • Podcast: How Unicorn Riot Covers the Alt-Right

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    In this week's episode, co-host Baynard Woods talks to Wendy Parker of the Unicorn Riot media collective about their coverage of the alt-right. Baynard wrote about Unicorn Riot for the Columbia Journalism Review last week. 

    This episode was mastered by David Hebden with theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • Clarke Dominated Oconee in Tuesday's State House Elections

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    Photo Credit: Nicole Adamson

    District 119 winner Jonathan Wallace speaks to supporters at his Election Night party.

    Oconee County voters turned out in big numbers on election day, with a plurality picking Democrat Jonathan Wallace to represent voters in Georgia House District 119 and a majority picking Houston Gaines to represent voters in Georgia House District 117.

    Wallace won strongly in the Clarke County part of the evenly split 119th District, ending with 56.7 percent of the votes in the unofficial tally—enough to avoid a runoff on Dec. 5.

    Democrat Deborah Gonzalez dominated voting in Clarke County, giving her 53.1 percent of the votes in the 117th, which, in addition to Clarke County and Oconee County, includes parts of Barrow and Jackson counties.

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  • UPDATE: Democrats Score Stunning Wins in Athens State House Elections; T-SPLOST Approved

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    Photo Credit: Nicole Adamson

    Jonathan Wallace supporters celebrate after learning he won the state House District 119 race.

    Democrats won shocking victories in two special elections for Athens-area state House seats on Tuesday, winning the conservative-leaning seats in spite of well-funded opposition from Republicans.

    In District 117, Deborah Gonzalez overcame Republican opponent Houston Gaines' $200,000 war chest and much-publicized support from Democratic Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson. 

    As of 9 p.m., Gonzalez led Gaines 53 percent to 47 percent, with some Clarke County precincts left to be counted, but all the votes in staunchly Republican Oconee, Jackson and Barrow counties have been counted, leaving Gaines no chance to catch up.

    Likewise, with all Oconee precincts reporting, Jonathan Wallace avoided a runoff by winning 56percent of the vote in District 119, which historically leans even further to the right than 117. (Both districts were specifically drawn to elect Republicans.)

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  • Podcast: Paul Manafort's AirBNB

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    In this week's episode, cohost Baynard Woods talks with the BBC's Jessica Lussenhop about her recent story "We Stayed in Paul Manfort's AirBnB." This episode was produced by the Real News Network and the Center for Emerging Media with mastering by David Hebden and theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • Several Athens Voting Locations Have Changed

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    Athens voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide on a 1 percent sales tax for transportation and (for some) to elect a new state representative.

    Be aware that a few polling places have changed:

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  • Republicans Try to Differentiate Themselves in House District 119 Race

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    Photo Credit: Sarah Bell

    Marcus Wiedower

    In individual sessions held with the Oconee County Area Republicans in recent weeks, the three Republican candidates in the special election on Tuesday for Georgia House District 119 have shown rather different characteristics.

    Tom Lord took few firm stands in a session with a small number of Republicans gathered on Sept. 30, using the 50 minutes given him instead to get feedback and suggestions from those who turned out to meet him. He focused on his trustworthiness and his conservative values.

    Steven Strickland was given less than 40 minutes on Oct. 19, and he used his time to make the case that his technological expertise would serve the state well. He defended his assertion that government should play a role in infrastructure development and stressed the need to help rural Georgia.

    Marcus Wiedower was energetic is his nearly 45 minutes with the group on Nov. 2, talking about his personal life, including his love of sports, and his accessibility. He repeated his pledge not to raise taxes and his complaint that the state has bowed to pressure from the film industry in not defending religious liberty.

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