Kennesaw State University

Isakson under pressure: GOP eyes senator on immigration vote

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Marietta Daily Journal
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by Jon Gillooly
May 12, 2013 12:21 AM | 1359 views | 6  | 2  |  | 

As Congress takes up a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) has come under pressure from a divided Republican Party on how he will vote on the topic.

“He is under pressure from both sides,” said Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University. “The stalwarts that don’t want any kind of immigration package or the others who say we’ve got to do something, so he’s just kind of caught in the middle a little bit.”

When asked Friday about how he intends to vote on the bill, Isakson said, “We’re not going to prejudge what the final version is going to be until it’s marked up, debated and amended — so any question that precludes that process taking place is premature.”

A pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants who are already here is going to be highly controversial in certain key circles of the Republican Party, Swint said.

“The tea party and others are going to resist anything like that tooth-and-nail. They’re going to fight it tooth-and-nail, and that’s the kind of pressure that he’s under,” Swint said. “He’s a smart guy. He’s a reasonable guy, and I think he knows that the Republican Party is at a real crossroads, and they’ve got to do something, but doing something comes at a cost, and a lot of people on the right are going to say doing anything like that is unacceptable. You know, it’s ‘selling out’ or ‘giving up’ or whatever you call it.”

But, at the same time, the Republican Party must start winning at least a portion of Hispanic and female votes if it wants to be competitive, Swint said.


Blacks, Latinos, Asians bent on breaking glass ceiling of Gwinnett County politics

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The Atlanta Voice
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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 11:50 am | Updated: 7:11 pm, Fri May 3, 2013.

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners is all white. The Gwinnett County School Board is all white. So are the judges elected to Gwinnett County’s State and Superior Courts.

 The lack of diversity in county politics has many Gwinnettians asking why, in this day and age, nonwhites have been unable to penetrate the glass ceiling. Gwinnett is Georgia’s most diverse county with a melting pot of more than 842,000 people, according to the U.S. Census. ...

Diversity hasn’t translated into political power for the county’s growing African American and immigrant communities. Minorities in Gwinnett have been hard hit by unemployment, crime, and the fallout of failing schools, which in Gwinnett serve mostly low-income African American, Asian and Hispanic students, statistics show. Two-thirds of those living in poverty in Gwinnett are nonwhite.

But minorities in Gwinnett frustrated with county politics want change now.

A movement is growing to improve the plight of diverse communities that are struggling for economic opportunities and political representation. A network of African-American, Asian and Hispanic community leaders are working to make sure future county boards are more reflective of diverse neighborhoods they represent. They see numbers as their greatest strength and are building allegiances with each other to gain political clout.

One group, Gwinnett Citizens-United, a political action committee launched by a coalition of African-American pastors, has signed up more than 4,000 people pledging to become politically active in upcoming races by either voting, running for office or contributing to campaigns. The nonpartisan group will offer a platform to those candidates that support minority community issues. Members include a network of black church congregations and Hispanic community leaders. The group also is reaching out to Asians.

“Democracy works best when people feel that they are represented,” said Kerwin Swint, professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State University. “Unfortunately, what happens in local politics is the old guard hangs on as long as it can. They have an advantage a lot of time with campaign contributions and business networks that keep electing the same people. It may take time for others to break through.”

Home Depot’s failure in China: Ignoring women

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Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Apr 26, 2013, 12:30pm EDT Updated: Apr 29, 2013, 10:15am EDT

Staff Writer- Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Home Depot Inc. entered China in 2006 by acquiring 12 stores from Home Way, a Chinese company. But by September 2012, all Home Depot stores closed in China.

While cultural differences were cited by Home Depot CFO Carol Tome for the failure, a new study found the Atlanta-based retailer could have succeeded if it catered to Chinese women.

In 74 percent of homes in North America and Asia, the woman is fully engaged in deciding what and where to shop, according to a 2008 Pew Research Center survey.

“I can’t stress the importance of how much of a missed opportunity this was for Home Depot,” said May Hongmei Gao, associate professor of communication at Kennesaw State University, and the researcher for the five-year study entitled “Culture determined business models: analyzing Home Depot’s failure case in China for international retailers from a communication perspective.”

What Is Confederate Memorial Day?

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Georgia Public Broadcasting
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Monday is Confederate Memorial Day across Georgia, closing state offices and giving state employees a day off. Civil War historian Michael Shaffer talks about the holiday and why it is celebrated in Georgia. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=>bengarland data-cke-saved-href=>bengarland via Flickr</a>.)
Monday is Confederate Memorial Day across Georgia, closing state offices and giving state employees a day off. Civil War historian Michael Shaffer talks about the holiday and why it is celebrated in Georgia. (Photo Courtesy of bengarland via Flickr.)

Monday is Confederate Memorial Day across Georgia, closing state offices and giving state employees a day off.

The holiday likely dates back to before 1874, though that’s when it became an official state holiday.

Michael Shaffer, assistant director of Kennesaw State’s Civil War Center, tells us more about the holiday and why we celebrate it.

Reverse job fair for statistics students draws nearly 60 potential employers

Students showed off their statistical analysis skills

KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 12, 2013) — A “reverse job fair” for students studying applied analytics brought representatives from nearly 60 local, national and regional companies to Kennesaw State University.

During the Sixth Annual SAS Day students used posters to demonstrate their knowledge of the statistical analysis software. Kennesaw State students get hands-on experience with SAS, the most widely used statistical software in the world. It allows organizations to analyze huge amounts of data.

The Southern Company, the sponsor of this year’s event, gave monetary awards to three students for their poster presentations.  Undergraduates Olabisi Omole and Stephanie Krutick will split $1,500. Graduate student Bukeka Freeman also received a $1,500 award. The students’ projects involved using data to predict the creditworthiness and probability of default of individuals.

Often called “big data” applied analytics is becoming one of the hottest fields today. People who are well-versed in SAS are in high demand and are difficult to recruit. SAS Day gives companies a chance to meet the students and see their work.

“The presentations were all really good,” said Chris Nickerson, of The Southern Company, in announcing the winners. “You should be very proud of the education you are getting here because the folks who have worked for us at The Southern Company are very sharp.”

Among the companies represented were: SAS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, AutoTrader, TransUnion, SunTrust Bank and Wells Fargo.

No clear Senate candidate leader, Georgia poll finds

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The Augusta Chronicle
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Survey also finds little voter interest in legislative efforts

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 5:13 PM
Last updated 9:35 PM

ATLANTA — The race to fill an open seat in the U.S. Senate is evenly divided among Republicans, and voters of all stripes weren’t wowed by the recent legislative session, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The InsiderAdvantage/Morris News survey, done in conjunction with Atlanta television station Fox 5 (WAGA), shows no leader yet among the candidates for the 2014 Republican Senate nomination. U.S. Reps. Paul Broun, R-Athens, and Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, who are the only announced candidates, are tied at 15 percent each while their colleague Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, is just one percentage point behind, even though he hasn’t formally committed.

“It’s telling you who’s been in the news recently,” said Kennesaw State University professor Kerwin Swint. “... There’s no front-runner.”


Civil War symposium explores the battles of 1863

Leading scholars to discuss the major battles

Kennesaw, Ga. (March 22, 2013) — As part of its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war,  Kennesaw State University’s Civil War Center, in partnership with the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will host their 10th annual symposium focusing on various military actions from 1863.


The symposium’s topic, “1863 — Struggles East & West,” brings leading Civil War scholars to Kennesaw State University as part of an ongoing series of lectures.


  • Larry Daniel will discuss the battles that took place in the Western Theater, that is all of the Confederate states, including Georgia, and the mistakes made by commanders on both sides. Daniel is Methodist pastor living in Lexington, Tenn.
  • Richard McMurry will speak about the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the pivotal battles of the war. McMurry, a historian, lives in Dalton, Ga.
  • Larry Hewitt, emeritus professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University, will discuss the battle at Port Hudson, which was part of the Vicksburg campaign. Confederate troops were under siege for 47 days before finally surrendering the “Gibraltar of the Confederacy.”
  • Brian Wills, the director of the Civil War Center and a professor of history at Kennesaw State University, will discuss Confederate Gen. James Longstreet’s sojourn to Suffolk, Va., and the logistical challenges the Army of Northern Virginia faced in obtaining supplies for troops and horses.


 Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


 KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144.

Broun’s stance against GOP budget drives Senate race

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Posted: 8:49 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013

By Daniel Malloy

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has declared the House Republican budget proposal insufficiently conservative, positioning himself once again to the right of his potential Republican competitors for the U.S. Senate.

The vote scheduled Thursday provides the latest measuring stick of how much other Senate-eyeing House members hew their voting records to that of the arch-conservative Broun, which will shape the race over the next year and a half.

Put forth by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the plan balances the budget within 10 years, repeals the Affordable Care Act and imposes major revisions on the Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs.

It’s not enough for Broun, of Athens, who said allowing an increase in federal spending in future years is too much to bear. And he’s saying it to anyone who will listen, from interviews to an op-ed article in The New York Times.

Broun voted for the Ryan budget in 2011, even though it spent far more than this year’s version. Broun said he did so as a show of support for the new House’s first big attempt at a Medicare overhaul. He missed the vote last year because a meeting ran long but said he would have been a “no.” ...

Running to the right is typical for GOP primaries, but Kennesaw State University political science professor Kerwin Swint said Broun’s positioning is the kind of thing that gives some Republicans chills.

“The fear is twofold: First the fear is that Paul Broun is going to get nominated, and second of all that whoever does get nominated, like (last year’s Republican presidential nominee) Mitt Romney, is going to be pulled so far to the right that it makes them vulnerable,” Swint said. “That may be truer in other places than in Georgia, but conceivably that could still happen in Georgia. It’s not outside the realm of possibility.”


AIB Presents: Feminine Representations of the Divine

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Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters
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We talk to scholars about Devi, the Virgin Mary, and Lilith. Devi is the core form of every Hindu Goddess. For centuries, there has been an endless fascination with The Virgin Mary. According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was created in Genesis at the same time and from the same earth as Adam and is said to have been his first wife.

Harley-Davidson shifts to electronic annual report

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Rick Barrett
Mar 19, 2013 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --

Harley-Davidson Inc. has discontinued its printed annual report in favor of a new annual review that's electronic and doesn't have as many financial numbers in it.

The review was published online Monday, along with download links to the company's Securities and Exchange Commission form 10-K, the annual proxy statement, a letter to shareholders and the company environmental sustainability report.

In the mail, shareholders will receive a printed ballot for the board of directors election and directions for accessing other investor information on Harley's website.

The new format saves Harley a lot of money in printing costs.

The company says it's also an improvement because people who want just the detailed financial numbers can find them in the 10-K, while others more interested in motorcycles and the business strategy can get that information in the annual review.

It's the first time Harley hasn't had a traditional annual report.

The review includes some numbers, such as sales figures and growth in various markets, and all of the numbers required by the SEC are in the 10-K report.

The review is more of a narrative, with rider stories and a look into the company's manufacturing plants, said Harley spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim.

The company will have its annual shareholders meeting April 27 at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Printed annual reports are rapidly becoming extinct as investors turn to the Internet for information on companies, including quarterly earnings and regulatory filings.

Most people want the basics, such as sales figures, net income, earnings per share, executive compensation, and how the numbers compared with the year-ago period.

"It doesn't take a lot of writing to do that," said Paul Lapides, a business school professor who directs the Corporate Governance Center at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Most annual reports aren't read from cover to cover by investors or anyone else, according to Lapides.

"The most important thing is that it's easy to get to the numbers. You can't understand a business without the information about the finances," he said.


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