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Athens Power Rankings for the Week of Mar. 21


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Gov. Nathan Deal.

Welcome to Athens Power Rankings. In the spirit of sports rating systems, through painstaking analysis, we rank the top movers and shakers in the Classic City each week. Who’s hot? Who’s not? Find out below.

1. Nathan Deal

Georgia’s governor has the power to sign a veto a number of bills on his desk, including the “campus carry” bill, which is opposed by many UGA administrators, students and faculty, and the “religious liberty” bill, which critics say would legalize discrimination against Athens’ sizable LGBT community, as well as drive conventions and tourists away. Do the right thing, Gov. Deal.

2. Bill Cowsert

One bill Deal won’t get to sign, though, is the “brunch bill,” which would let you buy a Bloody Mary two hours earlier on Sundays. As Senate Majority Leader Cowsert (who represents Athens) told the AJC, it might offend churchgoers. “We have some obligation to respect that majority of the population,” he said. “That’s a very small sacrifice for the millennial: On one of the seven days of the week, to not be able to start drinking until 12:30 p.m.—at least not in a restaurant. They’re certainly free to make a Mimosa at home if they’d like to.”

3. Eureka California

The Athens rock duo recently came out of a proper recording studio for the first time ever with a new album. Look for a feature in this week’s issue.

4. Didi Dunphy

The annual juried exhibition is the Lyndon House Arts Center’s time to shine, and this year drew more submissions from more artists than ever before. Read more in Art Notes.

5. Autumn Saints

In the upcoming Threats & Promises, Gordon Lamb calls this hip hop collective’s work “some of the most creative and exciting stuff I’ve heard from a group of UGA students in a long time.”