Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Maggie Lee

Atlanta-based freelance reporter/writer Maggie Lee specializes in quality of life topics, Atlanta's international communities and general reporting. She covers Georgia economic development and the Chinese community as a stringer for China Daily and chronicles life in Georgia's most diverse county for the DeKalb Champion. In 2008, she traveled to Beijing as the sole Paralympics correspondent for Around the Rings, a trade publication. The metro native studied International Affairs at Georgia Tech, followed by a graduate degree in Southeast Asian studies from the University of Singapore.

Editor's note: At the top of our Georgia news today is the first discussion of the proposed nuclear power plants that Georgia Power would like built. One of our Capitol reporters Maggie Lee spoke to several representatives from around the state, sat in on today's committee hearing, and files her report. In yesterday's Green Sheet, she reported on Gov. Perdue's proposal to revamp the state's transportation agencies, and today Lyle Harris writes about why he thinks it's all a bad idea that's years too late.

Two recurring but disparate discussions are also on today's Green Sheet: school vouchers and the way history views the tragic deaths of Leo Frank and Mary Phagan.

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Today's GONSO

More nuclear power in Georgia? It's 'pro America,' sponsor says

by Maggie Lee
Georgia state representatives took their first look Wednesday at a controversial bill that would raise Georgia Power bills and will soon decide if the state has more nuclear power in its future.
Full Story

Gov. Perdue's Transportation Shuffle

by Lyle Harris
Creating a new transportation agency is an idea that's years too late. Only by addressing the severe lack of transportation funding will allow Georgia to confront its severe transportation challenges.

Full Story

View to a Georgia Kill: A New Book Looks at Leo Frank on Film

by David Lee Simmons
It was a long time ago. But it hasn't gone away. An Emory University film scholar has written a new book that examines just where fact, fiction and debate converge in the true-life story of the deaths Leo Frank and Mary Phagan.

Full Story

SOAPBOX

Vouchers recognize the fact that one type of school doesn't fit all students' needs

by Lisa Baron
Are school vouchers the state's way of playing favorites? In her first column for GONSO, Lisa Baron says government has an odd way of imitating family life.

Full Story

Tomorrow's Budget
Georgia Power Ties Nuclear Option to SB 31; Others Consider Alternatives
by Maggie Lee
Georgia's Legislative Black Caucus at a Critical Political Crossroads
by Maynard Eaton
A Hope Program for Transportation
by Michael Dobbins

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