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Jennifer
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Jennifer
Thank you to the Brookhaven Post for asking the questions and to the candidates for answering them. Some years you can look at the bigger picture and make your decision for your vote and some years you have to look at your local issues. Brookhaven is at a tipping point, do we become a very urbanized area with major developments separating the reduced neighborhoods or do we fight to preserve the things that brough us to Brookhaven with everything we have. If you are of the opinion that we fight to preserve Brookhaven by ensuring that development that will happen… Read more »
Jason
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Jason

Honestly, the LAST thing I want is the state legislature getting involved with our local zoning and land use issues. And I certainly don’t want a state legislator who thinks that is an appropriate thing for the state to be doing.

I hope the ZBA and city council will do their jobs, and if not, qualified and concerned citizens run for or are appointed to those positions.

But please, keep the state legislature out of MY neighborhood’s decisions.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Exactly, so do you want a candidate that is for creating more decisions regarding zoning, land use and transportation in the legislature to ensure a committee position for themselves or one that thinks that the people of the city should have the say in what is going on?

James
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James

Dont really understand your comment here as all three candidates make it very clear (Alan Cole is less clear but thats because he chose not to provide a lot of detail), that they believe in the local process and citizen involvement in the best manner to decide local development.

Joshua
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Joshua
I do realize the general election is over 6 months away, and the current focus in HD 80 is the Republican Primary; however, outside of the Pastor Protection Act, and possibly policy related to MARTA expansion/transportation – It is not very clear on how any of these 3 candidates would vote differently than Bennett on most of the key votes in the most recent session. Catherine Bernard has proven she will vote what she believes is an “correct” position, while it appears Hanson clearly will just follow suit with the GOP. HD 80 should just stick with Bennett! If it… Read more »
James
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James
There are plenty of key issues, including local legislation issues, that all three of these Republicans will be better on than Taylor. Rep. Bennett openly opposes education reform and school choice in a district that badly needs it. I have no idea where he stands on getting rid of the DeKalb CEO position, but it is DeKalb’s Democratic house delegation that has blocked it. If he doesnt support it, we know there’s at least one, maybe even all three in this primary that will support it. If anything, the fact we have 3 Republicans opposed to RFRA but that could… Read more »
Mitt
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Mitt

Actually, Taylor Bennett co sponsored the legislation with Scott Holcolmb to get rid of the CEO position. Both Democrats

RDA
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RDA

Mitt. This has been around for a long time. The General Assembly has chosen, over & over – year after year, to IGNORE any chance to REDUCE corruption.

RDA
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RDA

Joshua. The PRIMARIES are the only thing that COUNTS! Primaries are the ONLY chance you have to Vote for YOUR Candidate.
Regular Elections only give you the opportunity to “Rubber-Stamp” one of candidates that OTHERS chose “For YOU”.
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In most cases (it has been running about 95% lately) they will be Biggest Thief from either Party – the ones THEY CONTROL – that have Pledged to the Party to “Vote ONLY as Directed” – in return for a guarantee to Political POWER and the Wealth that comes with it – FOREVER.

RAJ
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RAJ

Don’t get to vote for Catherine, but am a supporter and Brookhaven and District 80 are the envy of DeKalb. Catherine is experienced in the District, studies the issues, and would be a fair minded Representative.

Anne
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Anne

Garst needs a client – Alan Cole
Establishment needs someone electable – Megan Hansen
House District 80 needs a representative – Catherine Bernard

RDA
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RDA

Anne. I wonder if anybody will understand your introspective comment.

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert
I don’t understand what this quote by Catherine means? “But there is so much more to be done (do we really want MARTA to be the landlord for Brookhaven’s city center?),” She also put it in her NextDoor Fundraiser post yesterday. Does it mean she is questioning putting city hall there and having MARTA retain ownership in the land or is she questioning putting development there and having MARTA retain ownership. I hope she’s not questioning MARTA retaining ownership since there are many positive aspects to that and few negatives. I mean its not like MARTA is the operating developing… Read more »
RDA
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RDA

All the above.
Its all about POWER. Would MARTA be totally apart from ALL Politics – ALWAYS?
MARTA is totally run by Politics – from the get-go.
Remember what they say in Texas. A rattlesnake is a rattlenake – it will bite you, regardless if you are good or bad or whatever – because it is a rattlesnake.

Dave
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Dave
The words Chamblee and Sandy Springs are included in one response from one of the three candidates responses and it as a throw away line. As to substance, Ms. Bernard advises she would support “zero public funding for abortion or contraception, but all contraception should be available over-the-counter. And let’s fight for a culture that respects and protects everyone’s lives, and that doesn’t prevent women from getting the health care they and their doctors believe that they need, while also not forcing others to subsidize decisions that they consider deeply immoral.” First, the Feds and Georgia give no money for… Read more »
Flubber
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Flubber

Catherine Bernard is just another clueless Republican. It’s clear she doesn’t care about anything but Brookhaven.

Saul
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Saul

You are going g to love the clueless Meagan.

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

So why not stick with a known and effective Representative?

RDA
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RDA
Bernard said it clearly – she is not in favor of publica funding – not one cent of anyone’s TAXES should go for ANYTHING ever related to abortion. If you don’t think some of your TAXES are going toward Abortion – you aren’t looking very hard. . Surely you KNOW that the ACA is one of the most UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and Expensive, Laws EVER passed by Congress. That ‘PESKY’ preemption clause you mention covers REAL Law – not UNCONSTITUTIONAL ones. . If you know much about the Founders and their Values and what they Believed, you would KNOW that they were… Read more »
Dave
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Dave

Okay then.

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

What a truly ridiculous assertion!
I, for one, don’t want another second of state legislative time and with it Taxpayer Funds used in attempting to ‘overturn’ Roe vs. Wade at the State Level when it is clearly SETTLED FEDERAL LAW!!

And referencing the ‘founders’ what about abortion was illegal at the time the United States was founded?

Disgusted in Ashford Park
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Disgusted in Ashford Park

Go Catherine. Suggest voters “follow the money” in this election. Big donations from the Developer/Builder/Clear cutter associations and other out of city special interests to Meagan Hanson. Catherine’s the real deal and believe she is the right choice.

Disgusted in Ashford Park
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Disgusted in Ashford Park

The only “Special Interests” that Catherine supports are her constituents. The way it should be..

Patrick
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Patrick

Is that why there is a ethics question about her?

Disgusted in Ashford Park
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Disgusted in Ashford Park

Are you referring to the Attention grabbing Frivolous one ? Please provide details.

Saul
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Saul

Patrick, let me know when you are ready for me to pour you another Tom Taylor.

RDA
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RDA

She used campaign funds to get a ‘make-over” for her Campaign Photo. One of Garst’s LOSERS filed a complaint – that’s what they DO – anything to cast shadows or doubts. It makes NO difference to them if it is True or NOT.

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

That was hilarious!
Ask them ten more questions and see if it was just a fluke or if there is real comedy talent here!

Disgusted in Ashford Park
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Disgusted in Ashford Park

OK Eddie. Who is the dude candidate ? Where did he come from ?

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

Clarify?

Disgusted in Ashford Park
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Disgusted in Ashford Park

I was trying questions 2 and 3 of ten. Obviously I have failed. One you have to explain you know it went no where – not your fault. I will prep better next time.

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

Well, the obvious answers for all three are there:
2-Nothing.
3-Nothing.
Unless being a willing supplicant to a failed ideology that starving government (see state education budget 2003-2016 for more details) somehow improves governance than I see nothing other than nothing.
But the appearances on the guy from the dunwoody whiner’s teevee show are hilarious as well.

Disgusted in Ashford Park
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Disgusted in Ashford Park

Interesting Eddie. Our country spends more per capita on education than any other country per several sources. Others put it in the top 5. Utah spends very little per capita yet has some of the highest benchmarks for education success. Go Figure. I guess the solution is to just throw more money at the problem right ? Even a more bloated bureaucracy, more corruption and inefficiencies can then be funded.

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

That is truly interesting, especially when the State has robbed 8 billion from the Education Budget since 2003.
What does your empty comparison prove?

Flubber
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Flubber

Apple, meet Orange.

Saul
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Saul
Was having some mega chips and black eye pea chili with the gang at this local bar and we was discussing the HD 80 candidates. Here is what thoughts was scribbled on a bar napkin. Meagan Dick’s show? You have only been on the Dick’s show a handful of times. It was clear your presence was for career appearance, definitely not for the substance of your knowledge or participation. Conservative? I don’t think you can call yourself a conservative if you were a major participant in creating Brookhaven and Mitt Romney is not a conservative. Listening? Your ears are about… Read more »
Eric Robert
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Eric Robert

Alan’s the only candidate running to just represent the 80th district (which does not include a sizeable portion of Brookhaven). The rest are pursuing a career. Not saying they won’t all try to zealously represent the interests of the 80th district, just that two also have a motivation Alan doesn’t.

Saul
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Saul

Eric, I can see from your confusion about the area covered by HD 80 and its relationship that you may have already started your weekend early by pouring yourself a Tom Taylor. This should help you as the map is interactive, use your cursor. Alan thinks Brookhaven consists of D1 only.

Many think of Catherine as very sharp and the ‘unpolitician’, the ideal to have in political office at any level.

http://statisticalatlas.com/state-lower-legislative-district/Georgia/District-80/Overview

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

Her talents thusfar seem best suited to community organizer.

Saul
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Saul

Eddie, that would be what your President will be doing again in about not be months.

Saul
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Saul

Sorry, should read nine months, Eddie.

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

Until President Clinton nominates him to the Supreme Court.

Saul
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Saul

Ms. Clinton just might be behind bars and if our next President is a Socialist, it will be President Sanders. Government education is finally paying off.

BTW, Eddie, I bet I can piss farther than you can.

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

That depends on how much ‘prep’ I am allowed!

Flubber
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Flubber

Saul, show me a link to any indictment…it’s going to hard giving that there is no criminal activity going on. Simply put, there’s “no there there”.

Saul
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Saul

Flubber that was TIC. Everyone knows this administration will have no charges for her, she is hands off. Her assistants are another story. They will pay for her crimes.

Flubber
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Flubber

That will happen ^^^

Saul
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Saul

Eric, you ready for me to pour you another Tom Taylor? Neat? Here, just take my flask. Let me have it back when you empty it.

RDA
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RDA
Meagan Hanson brags that she was on The Georgia Gang calling out corruption. This is a JOKE! Dick Williams is the very embodiment of Corruption. He represents ALL the Special Interests and invents whatever necessary to DESTROY any HONEST Candidate that will NOT cater to the Voting Desires of the Establishment (He caters to BOTH Parties – to ensure they have CONTROL over what information The People hear and therefore how they VOTE). . Then, she brags about helping institute Public-Private Partnerships – which she must be aware are Totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL – there’s NO PLACE, anywhere in the Federal Constitution… Read more »
Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

Excellent points, more reason to :

Re-Elect TAYLOR BENNETT

RDA
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RDA
They wouln’t post this the 1st time! I’ll try again. Meagan Hanson brags that she was on The Georgia Gang calling out corruption. This is a JOKE! Dick Williams is the very embodiment of Corruption. He represents ALL the Special Interests and invents whatever necessary to DESTROY any HONEST Candidate that will NOT cater to the Voting Desires of the Establishment (He caters to BOTH Parties – to ensure they have CONTROL over what The People hear & how they VOTE). . Then, she brags about helping institute Public-Private Partnerships – which she must be aware are Totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL –… Read more »
Steve
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Steve

apparently no one wanted to put one of the candidates signs on their property so the volunteers put them all over the right of ways…

PoolEnvy
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PoolEnvy

I hope Hanson is fined for blanketing the public right of way with her garbage.

Loren
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Loren
In the lead-up to last year’s HD 80 run-off, I took J. Max Davis to task for an offensive attack he made in his campaign. And now I find myself compelled to do the same to Meagan Myers Hanson. If you’re on the same mailing lists I am, you’ve been swamped with negative mailers in the past few weeks. Some of the accusations have been logically specious, as with Alan Cole repeatedly stating that Hanson’s law firm donated $2,000 to Roy Barnes, when that donation took place years before Hanson was even hired at that firm. Some have been implicitly… Read more »
Loren
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Loren
What of the ‘funneling’ accusation? In short, the complaint says that in her first run in 2014, Bernard reported making personal reimbursements for aggregated campaign expenses, but failed to itemize the nature or end-recipient of those reimbursed expenses. Under Georgia’s Campaign Finance Act, personal reimbursements are perfectly legal, and are reported along with regular expenditures. Admittedly, Bernard’s original report lacked the full detail that the Act requires, but there has been no reason to believe that this was an illicit act as opposed to a reporting error, and Bernard posted an itemized breakdown of her reimbursements online before Hanson’s mailer… Read more »
Katie
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Katie

Loren – I don’t agree with you on much, but this is spot on.

bldvl89
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bldvl89
The last HD80 frontrunner to resort to slinging mud didn’t do very well. In this district, that smacks of total desperation to a voting pool that’s better educated than most. But as a registered Dem, I almost have to root for the batsh*t crazy, scorched-earth right winger who has no ability to reach across the political spectrum at any level, just so my November choice is really easy. Not that it won’t be, but irrespective of party affiliation, I have considerable respect for Catherine, her background, and her ethics – as well as her ability to bring together a much… Read more »
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