Posted by: Steve Burns | April 4, 2014

‘War on Women,’ a High School Education, and Sarah Palin

 Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel, right, and Sarah Palin. (Credit:

Updated 4:51 p.m.

The Georgia political scene heated up this week, and not just because Sarah Palin came to the Atlanta area to campaign for a candidate.

Seems Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, showed up to rally support for Karen Handel, who is seeking the GOP nomination for the Georgia U.S. Senate race.

Palin’s backing came after one of Handel’s rivals, David Perdue, was captured on video as dissing Handel’s lack of  a college degree.

“There’s a high school graduate in this race, OK? I’m sorry, but these issues are so much broader, so complex,” Perdue said, according to

Palin said in Atlanta of Handel: “She pulled herself up. Nothing was handed to her on a platter, fed to her on a silver spoon. For those who would criticize and mock that, it really makes me question their judgment.”

And things also got contentious when Handel called out Michelle Nunn, a Democratic candidate for the same U.S. Senate seat.

WSB reported:

“I would really love to see (Democratic hopeful) Michelle Nunn drop the ‘war on women’ on me,” Handel said to big applause at a luncheon with Palin for a county Republican women’s group. Handel gained notoriety as the former Susan G. Komen for the Cure executive at the center of a public outcry over the breast cancer charity’s decision, later reversed, to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.

Will things get even more heated in the race to succeed Saxby Chambliss? Stay tuned.

– What’s your take on the U.S. Senate race in Georgia? Leave a comment below.




Posted by: Steve Burns | April 2, 2014

New SPLOST, New Transporation Proposals for Gwinnett

What Gwinnett County voters approved in November 2013 became a reality on April 1, when collections began for the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Taxpayers will feel no difference, as the 1 percent tax replaces the earlier SPLOST, whose collections expired March 31. Read More…

Posted by: Steve Burns | March 23, 2014

New Feature Planned for Suwanee Town Center Area

Suwanee Town Center. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

Suwanee Town Center. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

Updated 7:44 a.m.

The live-work-play Town Center area in Suwanee may get a new feature — from a former City Council member, no less.

According to city documents, a bed and breakfast is planned for the complex that serves as Suwanee’s downtown. A public hearing will be held during the March City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 25, at City Hall, about the matter. And the meeting agenda says that city staff has recommended approval with conditions. Read More…

Posted by: Steve Burns | March 20, 2014

New Site for Historic Art Piece in Gwinnett

The City of Suwanee is known for its public art program. And one piece that has been on display in a prominent area will be getting a new home, at least temporarily. Read More…

Posted by: Steve Burns | March 12, 2014

Food Trucks Galore in Gwinnett in 2014

Mac and cheese at 20 paces? Well …

Seems that a couple of northern Gwinnett County cities will be resuming their popular food truck scenarios in 2014. And there will be conflicting dates. Read More…

Posted by: Steve Burns | March 11, 2014

Give Duluth Mayor’s Selfie an Oscar


As State Of The City addresses go, Monday’s speech by the mayor of Duluth (Ga.) was unique.

Nancy Harris took the opportunity to tweet a selfie of her and the crowd at City Hall, a la Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars. The tweet (displayed above) is posted on Harris’ account (@duluthgamayor).

Harris was using the selfie to emphasize the city’s use of social media.

Also, according to a report in the Gwinnett Daily Post, the mayor made the following disclosures in her speech, which was delayed from February by the winter storm:

  • There is a buyer for Proctor Square, an area near City Hall that is regarded as a redevelopment target;
  • The popular Food Truck Fridays in the downtown area will resume in June.

– Did you attend the State Of The City address Monday in Duluth? What was your reaction? Leave a comment below.

Posted by: Steve Burns | March 8, 2014

Gwinnett Company May Lead Internet-Delivered TV

Much attention is being paid to big changes involving cable and satellite television companies. However, a relatively unknown Gwinnett County company apparently is poised well for coming industry changes.

According to a report in Motley Fool, Suwanee-based Arris Group is “strategically at the forefront of set-top box technology.” This will allow television to be streamed to consumers via the Internet, in a system known as Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). This eventually will replace satellite’s dish and cable’s wire, the trend has it. Read More…

Posted by: Steve Burns | March 7, 2014

Women. Playing Football. In Gwinnett. Again

Atlanta Steam (white uniforms) in 2013 game. (Credit: Facebook, LFL.)

Atlanta Steam (white uniforms) in 2013 game. (Credit: Facebook, LFL.)

Among the events scheduled for the Gwinnett Arena this summer: women’s football. Again.

The Atlanta Steam of the Legends Football League (LFL) will play home games at the Duluth arena again in 2014 — on June 7 and Aug. 16, according to the event calendar. LFL teams play a four-game schedule. Read More…

Posted by: Steve Burns | March 6, 2014

Live in Suwanee Gateway: Hookahs

Anatolia Cafe and Hookah Lounge in Suwanee. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

Anatolia Cafe and Hookah Lounge in Suwanee. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

Lovers of flavored tobacco, and Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC)  students, please note: A unique establishment apparently has opened in the Suwanee Gateway area.

According to Facebook postings, the Anatolia Cafe & Hookah Lounge has opened on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, near I-85 in the same plaza as the Movie Tavern. The establishment got its alcoholic beverage license last fall. It apparently has obtained other necessary licenses, and even got a “100/A” score on a restaurant inspection. Read More…

Posted by: Steve Burns | March 5, 2014

A Golden Moment for a Gwinnett Music Institution

Everett's Music Barn in Suwanee, Ga. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

Everett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, Ga. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

A Gwinnett County musical institution is about to celebrate a  memorable anniversary.

Everett’s Music Barn, which is on a site that has hosted bluegrass performances since the 1960s, including some by nationally known performers, will be celebrating a golden anniversary soon. Read More…

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