White students no longer the majority at school; Hispanic influx cited as main reason | AccessNorthGa

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children.

The changing demographics of American education are apparent inside Jane Cornell’s summer school classroom, where giggling grade-schoolers mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language. The sign outside the classroom reads “Welcome” and “Bienvenidos” in polished handwriting.

Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group in the public schools this year at 49.8 percent. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority.

via White students no longer the majority at school; Hispanic influx cited as main reason | AccessNorthGa.

The Marietta Daily Journal – GDOT

A detailed description of the $834 million reversible lanes project on Interstate 75 released by the state this week shows a detailed map of four new exits to be installed in Cobb County.

The 30-mile project will create two new tolled, reversible lanes on the west side of I-75.

Groundbreaking of the managed lanes in Cobb is set for September, said Natalie Dale, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

In north Cobb, one reversible lane will be added to a portion of I-575. One reversible lane will also be added to the portion of I-75 that runs north of where I-75 intersects with I-575.

The new exits can only be used to get onto the new reversible lanes, said John Hancock, the project manager.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – GDOT.

NorthFulton.com | Traffic improvements could be left up to voters

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Traffic is not getting any better. But will relief arrive anytime soon?

That’s what Forsyth County Commissioners are going to ask voters to decide.

The board is considering a $190 million bond referendum to be on the Nov. 4 ballot. The bond would include a number of county roads and state roads within the county.

At a special meeting called July 31, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to send a formal letter to Georgia Department of Transportation officials to request a commitment to improve six state road projects.

On July 23, Forsyth County leaders met with GDOT officials, State Planning Director Toby Carr and GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden to discuss partnering to improve state routes within the county.

GDOT is likely to pledge getting additional federal funds through the Atlanta Regional Commission, said Buddy Gratton, a transportation consultant hired by the county.

via NorthFulton.com | Traffic improvements could be left up to voters.

No more Ms. Nice Nunn | Political Insider blog

U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn gave the penultimate speech at today’s state Democratic convention, shaking off her easy-going demeanor to level a tough, reddish-meat attack on GOP rival David Perdue.

This was Nunn’s chance to connect to several hundred grassroots activists necessary to a November victory, and she successfully gave notice that she doesn’t intend to be steamrolled by Republicans inside or outside the state.

Here’s how the daughter of former U.S. senator Sam Nunn waded in:

“The Republicans have finally chosen their candidate in David Perdue. (Boos from the crowd.) Let me tell you a little bit about him, by sharing one of the first things that he said after the election.

“He said, ‘So who brings more value to the debate? Someone who has run a philanthropy for 15 years – or whatever. Or someone who has been out here’ – not bragging, he says – ‘competing in the real world.’”

Gentlemen, you and I may not have heard it, but most women will tell you there is a slight contained in that last paragraph. Perhaps even Karen Handel might. Nunn continued by defining her audience – women (and others) who have been the uncredited, often overlooked seamstresses of our social fabric:

“So let me tell you about the real world that I’ve been in for the last 26 years here in Georgia. It’s the real world of public school classrooms, where teachers and volunteers are fighting for equality for all of our children. The real world is seniors who depend up on meals to be delivered to them to make sure they can live with dignity and independence.

“The real world of neighbors and communities rebuilding in the wake of natural disasters after they’ve lost all their earthly belongings. This is the real world that I have found, and I believe that there is nobility in helping others….”

via No more Ms. Nice Nunn | Political Insider blog.

South Carolina will let people lease equipment for solar energy – The Washington Post

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) held a signing ceremony for a new law Thursday designed to encourage greater solar energy use in the state.

The law establishes a lease program and incentives for renewable energy equipment, including solar energy. The hope is that homeowners and businesses unwilling to front the cash for installation and equipment will be more receptive to leasing, the governor’s office said in a statement.

“When you look at North Carolina and you look at Georgia, they’ve been doing pretty well when it comes to solar energy, and they don’t have any more sun than we do,” Haley said at a press conference, according to the State.

The specifics of the bill are vague. Dukes Scott, executive director of the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, told the Post the terms of the leases and other incentives will be decided by companies offering the equipment and the state Public Service Commission and be ready “not earlier than next summer.” The focus for the time being will be on solar energy, but the bill, he noted, could also include wind, biomass, and other forms of renewable energy.

via South Carolina will let people lease equipment for solar energy – The Washington Post.

Virginia elections board makes voter ID requirements more stringent – The Washington Post

Adding fuel to an already contentious debate over voter identification laws, Virginia’s State Board of Elections decided this week that voters must present a current photo ID or one that has expired within the past year to cast a ballot.

The Republican-controlled board voted 2 to 0 Wednesday, with the Democrat absent, to narrow the definition of a valid ID, a move that one board member said would streamline and simplify the rules.

via Virginia elections board makes voter ID requirements more stringent – The Washington Post.

Republicans’ increasing reliance on white voters may not spell electoral doom just yet – The Washington Post

It’s a widely accepted idea that Republicans are sitting on a demographic time bomb: The GOP is getting whiter and whiter in terms of the voters it attracts even as the country is growing increasingly diverse.

Marisa Abrajano, an associate professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, doesn’t dispute that basic notion in a new study of the electorate. But she does suggest that the time bomb may well have a very long fuse — and that in the time before it explodes, Republicans could actually benefit electorally from a consolidation of the white vote.

“Given that whites still make up about three-quarters of the voters in the nation and will likely be the clear majority for decades to come, there is every reason to believe that whites will have a real say in who governs,” writes Abrajano in “Will Immigration Spark a White Backlash in America?” “Indeed the white population’s growing allegiance to the Republican Party points to a very different short term future — one that might more likely be highlighted by Republican victory than by Democratic dominance.”

As the title of Abrajano’s study suggests, she ties these demographic shifts closely to the ongoing debate over immigration — and, specifically, what to do about undocumented immigrants — and the effects on our politics.

That’s a particularly relevant conversation at the moment, given the crisis of undocumented children flooding the country’s southern border and the recently concluded debate over how much federal money to devote to solving that problem.

via Republicans’ increasing reliance on white voters may not spell electoral doom just yet – The Washington Post.

The Marietta Daily Journal – GDOT

A detailed description of the $834 million reversible lanes project on Interstate 75 released by the state this week shows a detailed map of four new exits to be installed in Cobb County.

The 30-mile project will create two new tolled, reversible lanes on the west side of I-75.

Groundbreaking of the managed lanes in Cobb is set for September, said Natalie Dale, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

In north Cobb, one reversible lane will be added to a portion of I-575. One reversible lane will also be added to the portion of I-75 that runs north of where I-75 intersects with I-575.

The new exits can only be used to get onto the new reversible lanes, said John Hancock, the project manager.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – GDOT.

The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb s September foreclosures see about 5 percent rise

MARIETTA — The number of Cobb properties scheduled for auction rose slightly over the past month, but it is still noticeably lower than what was advertised a year ago.

Two hundred seventy-seven homes have been placed in the legal notices of the MDJ. If the notices appear for four consecutive weeks, the properties will be sold at the September auction on the Cobb courthouse steps in Marietta. Foreclosure sales begin at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

September’s number is about a 5 percent increase over the 265 homes advertised for August’s sale.

It’s also a 42 percent drop from the 475 homes listed for foreclosure in September 2013.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb s September foreclosures see about 5 percent rise.

GOP’s Perdue, Allen linking opponents to ‘failed policies’

Perdue and Allen obviously have something in common: decades of experience operating businesses, no experience in government, and therefore “outsider” status.
“We have business backgrounds and the priorities in Georgia right now are the debt and the economy and jobs, and so he and I have had several conversations and his stands on those are very similar to mine,” Perdue told reporters in Statesboro.

Another thing they seem likely to share from now to November is a tactic of linking their opponents with national Democratic Party leaders — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and President Barack Obama — whose names are spoken as anathema in Georgia Republican circles.

“We see the failed policies of this administration as being the centerpiece of this debate, and right now in this district we need to present the fact to the people that his opponent is another supporting voice of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama,” Perdue said, making the charge against Barrow on Allen’s behalf.

Returning the endorsement, Allen noted that his “outsider” talk sometimes sounds like Perdue’s.

“Obviously I have not served in public office, and so I’m an outsider,” Allen said. “I know you’ve probably heard that from our next senator for the great state of Georgia, but yes, I’m a businessman, I’m not a politician. I’ve created jobs, I’ve grown the economy, I’ve balanced budgets, and the politicians in Washington can’t seem to do either. It’s time to change. The country is ready for it.”

via GOP’s Perdue, Allen linking opponents to ‘failed policies’.