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Gregory, Reeves square off in scathing forum

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Jon Gillooly
May 12, 2014 04:00 AM
KENNESAW — State Rep. Charles Gregory (R-Kennesaw) and challenger Bert Reeves, a Marietta attorney, revealed stark differences between each other during a forum last week conducted by the Kennesaw Business Association.

Moderator Pete Combs of WSB Radio asked Gregory about his critical comments on the county’s partnership with the

Atlanta Braves to builddeological purist or a mainstream Republican?

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said in some ways, the race between Gregory and Reeves is an example at the state level of the battle over who controls the Republican Party at the national level.

“It’s pretty consistent with a lot of the power plays we’re seeing between what we call ‘tea party Republicans,’ but it can be sort of a broad label,” Swint said. “Gregory is particularly rigid, and what I mean is there are some tea party Republicans who aren’t as ideological or rigid as he seems to be.”

Swint said Gregory is not popular with his colleagues in the Georgia House under the leadership of Speaker David Ralston.

“He’s considered to be by some an extremist, in it for purely ideological — almost narrow ideological — reasons without a lot of flexibility or thought into his positions, and I think he fits in pretty well with a lot of the Ron Paul, libertarian, hard-right-wing-tea-party Republicans we’re seeing these days,” Swint said. “Reeves, I know less about, but from what I can tell, he’s a pretty mainstream, conservative Republican — very much in keeping with the state house these days.”

Whether a mainstream Republican or a purist appeals to voters in District 34 will be determined May 20. Gregory ousted state Rep. Judy Manning (R-Marietta) two years ago in a surprise upset.

“Judy Manning was certainly not a tea party Republican,” Swint said. “She was considered by many when she was in office to be more moderate if anything, representing that district. I would suspect a lot of the business types in that district — a lot of the ones concerned about economic growth and commercial enterprises — probably would fall more to Reeves. And of course the ideological purists would stay with Gregory.”

Swint said Gregory reminds him of the late state Rep. Bobby Franklin, a Republican who represented northeast Cobb before he died of a heart attack in 2011.

Combs reminded the audience Gregory called the use of such a public-private financing arrangement “theft, where a large corporation and some public officials have conspired to forcibly take money without consent from the electorate and then spend it on a private business venture.”

Combs asked Gregory what he intended to do to change the county’s arrangement with the Braves if re-elected.

Gregory: Braves deal ‘legal plunder, corporate welfare’

Gregory said in a free market, everyone votes on whether a product or service is useful every time they make a purchase.

“So what I would say to the Atlanta Braves is, ‘We would love to have you. You, just like any other business, you take out your loan. You build your stadium. You buy your land. You make your investment. You take the risk, and you keep all the profits,’” Gregory said. “We don’t need to be putting or socializing the risk on the backs of taxpayers. It really is legal plunder, corporate welfare, corporatism, whatever you want to call it. The taxpayers don’t need to fund private business.” ...


Democrat and Republican ballots contain questions this election

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The Cherokee Ledger-News
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Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:00 am

As early voting gets under way this week, many will be casting their ballots early to avoid long lines on the day of the primary election.

Voters in the May 20 Primary will be asked to choose a Republican or a Democrat ballot, and on those, they can expect to see ballot questions.


“On May 20, both party primary ballots will have questions approved by each state party committee,” said Dr. Kerwin Swint, professor of political science and interim chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University. “The purpose of these primary election ballot questions is to gauge the level of party members’ support for various ideas and initiatives the party is interested in pursuing. It can also be used to build support and momentum for policies the party is pushing.” ...

Jennifer Lewis Priestley

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Professor of applied statistics and data science reflects on her Kennesaw State career

Jennifer Lewis Priestley is proud to be a part of Kennesaw State University and says each day offers a positive experience for her.

“There’s something exciting that happens at KSU every day,” she said. “The University is on such an immense upswing and it makes for an incredibly motivating, energizing environment to work in.”

Gubernatorial campaign strategy could pose risk for Carter

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionApril 28, 2014

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 — The actor William H. Macy has a problem. He's trying to come up with a song to play at an upcoming fundraiser for Democrat Jason Carter's campaign, and now he's learned that former President Jimmy Carter may also attend. Suddenly, that ukulele tune has become more important. "Need courage and better rhymes," he wrote on Twitter.

That hint last week about the Los Angeles fundraiser is the latest sign of the former president's growing role in his grandson's bid for governor. The elder Carter has access to a donor network and the media that few can rival. But his involvement also opens the younger Carter to attacks from conservatives who view his grandfather's one-term presidency with disdain.

Jason Carter, a state senator from Atlanta, has long tried to veer the conversation away from his famous relative in interviews on the campaign trail, saying he's proud of his grandfather's legacy but the race is "about the future and not my family." Yet as November nears, the candidate is increasingly tapping his grandfather's network.

The elder Carter has headlined fundraisers with Democratic bigwigs in New York. He's sent email blasts soliciting donations from the party faithful. And he's hosting a June weekend retreat for the campaign at his Plains compound - at a cost of $20,000 a couple.

This support helps the state senator, who otherwise wouldn't attract national press, keep pace with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's fundraising machine. In his last campaign finance report, Carter outraised Deal by a 5-to-1 clip, thanks partly to gifts from out-of-state donors, who made up 16 percent of the total.

It's also fuel for Carter's critics, who have seized the chance to link the two. While the elder Carter may be personally popular in the state - the candidate's campaign has him polling at a 59 percent favorability rating - Republicans are confident his liberal leanings only hurt his grandson in a state that is now firmly in GOP control.

"This is a rare circumstance in politics where a candidate must embrace his most prominent supporter in order to raise the money necessary to distance himself from his most prominent supporter," said Joel McElhannon, a veteran GOP strategist.

The younger Carter often only mentions his name-brand heritage in passing at speeches and events. During a Thursday evening Democratic fundraiser, he said his family's Georgia roots date to the 1760s and noted that his two children are 10th-generation Georgians. His granddad's name was not invoked. ...

To some analysts, though, Jason Carter's pivot toward his grandfather is no surprise. Kerwin Swint, a Kennesaw State University political scientist, said comparisons between the two are "unavoidable" and that the help is likely needed for an "all-out fundraising blitz."


Early voting starts Monday

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Jon Gillooly
April 27, 2014 04:00 AM | 1564 views |

MARIETTA — Early voting for the May 20 primary begins Monday with many competitive races from Phil Gingrey’s successor in the U.S. House to who will represent residents on the Cobb Board of Education. 

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, believes the most talked about race in Cobb County is the one for the 11th Congressional District seat. 

Based on poll numbers, money, endorsements and community buzz, Swint listed former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Smyrna, former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) and state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead) as the frontrunners. 

“I would say in that race you have at least three candidates: Barr, with his high name recognition, Loudermilk has done really well, has got a lot of support, and you can’t count out Lindsey either,” Swint said. ...


OutKast Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’

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OutKast Celebrates 20 Years of �Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik�

April 26, 1994: ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’ was born

ByMICHAEL A. GONZALESVintage Visionary

While hip-hop heads have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the undisputed classic Illmatic, giving brother Nas his just due, not too many of my own peeps have even mentioned tomorrow’s two-decade birthday of OutKast’s equally brilliant debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Of course, the recent reunion tour of André 3000 and Big Boi kicked off to mixed reviews at the massive Coachella. But it was this brilliant first aural outing where it all began.

Produced by the innovative Organized Noize posse—makers of future dopeness with Goodie Mob, TLC, Joi and Killer Mike—Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’s first single was the Curtis Mayfieldish mack-daddy song “Player’s Ball,” which started off as a throwaway Christmas song for LaFace Records in 1993 and quickly became an anthem. Six months later, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was released, an audio manifesto of the South that garnered that region attention in a way no other group had done before.


“OutKast put Southern hip-hop on the map with that album,” says professor Regina N. Bradley of Kennesaw State University. In honor of her favorite group, Bradley put together the YouTube web series Outkasted Conversations, which discusses the group culturally and academically. “People thought if you were from the South that meant you were backwards,” says Bradley. “But OutKast set different rules and continue to do so. For a national audience, they made the South more than just a place of White pride and Black paranoia.” ...

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Random Act of Kindness: Kennesaw State University Professors

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11 Alive News - WXIA
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KENNESAW, Ga. -- At Kennesaw State University, two professors are not only teaching students the rigors of higher education but also the rewards of Random Acts of Kindness.

As part of KSU's learning community for first year students, English professor Jeannie Beard teams up with Hillary Steiner, who teaches psychology, to encourage first-year students to spread happiness.

Students do everything from helping stranded motorists to collecting donations for the school's food bank and always encourage recipients to pay it forward.

In appreciation for their efforts, 11Alive surprised Jeannie and Hillary with a Random Act of Kindness of their own! Watch this 11 Alive news story by clicking on the link above.

Little political fallout expected from new Georgia gun bill

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11 Alive
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ATLANTA – It was no surprise that the majority of Georgia's Republican-controlled, mostly conservative state Legislature passed House Bill 60 last month.

And it was no surprise that Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed the sweeping gun carry bill into law Wednesday.

It was delayed a couple of years thanks only to the politically powerful state university system's successful fight to eliminate a section that would have allowed guns on college campuses.

"Georgia is such a strong pro-gun state that candidates are expected to take the side that most Second Amendment advocates are gonna be on," said Political Science Professor Dr. Kerwin Swint of Kennesaw State University.

Swint told 11Alive that, "as a political candidate, whether you're an incumbent or not, it's pretty dangerous to go up against a very well organized, very well funded pro gun lobby in this state."

KSU student starts campaign urging students to lead healthy lives by changing simple habits

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Marietta Daily Journal
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One Kennesaw State University student’s class project has morphed into an eight-story campus mural and community wellness campaign.

When freshman Maggie Johnson of Acworth was told by her first-year seminar professor to investigate a world problem and propose a solution, she knew she didn’t want to take the easy route.

“I wanted to kind of take it to the next level,” said Johnson, a marketing major. “I don’t like just doing the basics.”

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Scholars shine at research symposium

A proud moment for faculty mentor Nicole Martin, and students Gaius Augustus and DiAngele Augustus

One hundred and sixty-four students presented oral and poster projects at the 19th annual Symposium of Student Scholars & Undergraduate Research Reception and set a new bar of academic excellence. Some students presented multiple projects this year, a growing trend, while others have returned with new research work to showcase.

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