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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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    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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    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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  • Driver Convicted of Killing Athens Cyclist

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    Whitney Baker Howard.

    An Athens driver was found guilty Wednesday of plowing into a group of cyclists on Athena Drive last year, killing one and injuring at least two others.

    Whitney Baker Howard, 32, was found guilty on 11 counts, according to The Red & Black, including two felony counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, six felony counts of serious injury by a vehicle, one count of driving under the influence of drugs, one count of improper lane change and one count of endangering the life of a child.

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  • House Candidate Houston Gaines Raises $200,000

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    I'm rich!

    Republican Houston Gaines had raised nearly $200,000 as of last week for his Athens-area House District 117 race, outpacing Democratic opponent Deborah Gonzalez nearly four-to-one.

    In documents filed Monday with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, Gaines reported raising $196, 251 and had $140,436 on hand as of Oct. 23, 15 days before Election Day, Nov. 7.

    It's a common strategy for candidates with such overwhelming fundraising advantages to keep some of their powder dry to ward off future challengers.

    Gaines' list of contributors is a Who's Who of powerful, connected Republican politicians and business interests in Athens and Atlanta.

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