Falcons & Braves Stadium Opposition Moves Forward in Unity

Monday, August 2, several groups came from Fulton County, Cobb County, and as far as 90 miles away, to converge on the Georgia State Capitol and let their voices be heard on the new Falcons and Braves stadium 'deals.' Debbie Dooley, of the Atlanta Tea Party, introduced the diverse group of coalition leaders and citizens who joined together to … [Read more...]

Cobb board blocks opportunity for dissent

Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 Atlanta Journal Constitution By Field Searcy Recently, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners ratified a series of agreements between the county and the Atlanta Braves obligating Cobb taxpayers with $397 million in revenue bonds. Braves President John Schuerholz has publicly stated this deal would … [Read more...]

Open Records Opens Questions About Braves ‘Deal’

While most citizens were in disbelief or shock about the announcement of the Braves coming to Cobb County last November, Kevin M. Schmidt and Justin B. Hayes were already on a mission to create more transparency in government at the local, state, and federal levels. In an article published in December 2013, they revealed much information about what … [Read more...]

Sustainable Growth, Ballparks & the Politicians Who Love Them

[Editor's Note: Citizens of Cobb County are being told that building the new Atlanta Braves stadium will greatly boost the local economy. However, one does not have to look very hard to find examples across the country stating otherwise. Please review the numerous resources below before thinking it's ok to strap, at minimum, two generations of Cobb … [Read more...]

CGT Says Stop Spending on Braves Stadium

Thursday morning, Citizens for Governmental Transparency (CGT) delivered a written request to the Cobb Board of Commissioners to put a moratorium on public spending for the Braves stadium until long-term costs involved are shared with the public and pending ethical and legal complaints are resolved. Representatives explained that they do not wish … [Read more...]

New ethics case filed in Cobb

Chairman’s actions in Braves’ stadium deal contested. By Dan Klepal dan.klepal@ajc.com The same day Cobb County’s Board of Ethics dismissed a complaint against four commissioners for their votes in favor a new Atlanta Braves stadium, a new ethics complaint was filed against Commission Chairman Tim Lee. The new complaint, filed late … [Read more...]

Introduction to Ethics Filed with Cobb County

The recent ethics filing from advocate Gary Pelphrey continues the ongoing discussion of the appropriate role of local government with private business interests, in this case the Cobb County Commission. A majority of Georgians, as witnessed by a recent Georgia College poll, do not agree that government should assist major league sports business … [Read more...]

Citizens Express Concerns at 2nd Town Hall

Citizens for Governmental Transparency (CGT) held their second citizens town hall at Turner A.M.E. church in Marietta. Residents discussed their concerns surrounding the transparency of the Cobb County Commission's decision to bring the Braves stadium to Cobb County as well as other issues that will effect the county as a result. Cobb County … [Read more...]

Larry Savage Takes on Cobb Commissioners

ETHICS COMPLAINT    -  Members of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners The following material is presented as a sworn statement in the complaint against Tim Lee, Chairman, Helen Goreham, District 1 Commissioner, Bob Ott, District 2 Commissioner, and Joann Birrell, District 3 Commissioner, all of Cobb County, Georgia. This complaint is made by … [Read more...]

Commissioner Ott Takes Heat from Cobb Citizens

I wrote in an earlier column applauding the courage of Commissioner Lisa Cupid (Cobb County District 4). Ms. Cupid made a difficult vote in November of this past year when she stood against the other Commissioners, and with many citizens, in requesting a delay in the decision on the Braves Stadium move to Cobb County. This courage helped inspire … [Read more...]