Friday, February 20, 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: Hello, Georgia.

Our top story from around the state concerns the future of nuclear power expansion. A Georgia House subcommittee this afternoon gave its overwhelming approval to move ahead and a final full House vote could come as early as Tuesday. We have a full report for you today with comments from representatives from around the state.

We've also included two other stories for your weekend editions the value that older workers bring to the workplace and a commentary on the ongoing debate about the value of school vouchers.

All three are solid, thought-provoking reads.

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Today's GONSO

Nuclear Finance Bill Sails through House Panel

by Maggie Lee
In an 11-1 vote with one abstention, a Georgia House subcommittee has endorsed the controversial Georgia Nuclear Energy Financing Act, meaning the bill could come before the whole House as early as Tuesday.
Full Story

Economy is toughest for (best) older workers

by Nadirah Z. Sabir
Baby boomers are showing the bruises from a volatile job market in a youth-obsessed culture. Yet, from all indicators, companies will desperately need older workers to fill skilled labor gaps in the coming decade.
Full Story


School vouchers: People are capable of making their own decisions

by Susan Laccetti Meyers
A small business owner and former member of the Atlanta Journal editorial board thinks parents should be able to use their own tax dollars to transfer their children to the public or private school of their choice.
Full Story

Tomorrow's Budget
The Oscars: Wondrously Inventive and Well Executed, With a Gloss of Genuine Sentiment
by Eleanor Ringel Cater
Nuclear Finance Bill Breezes through House Committee
by Maggie Lee
Congressman Sanford Bishop: A Powerful Peanut Industry Politico
by Maynard Eaton
To Better Serve Georgia, the DOT Must Change
by Sonny Perdue, Casey Cagle and Glenn Richardson

Recent stories
Georgia Power Ties Nuclear Option to SB 31; Others Consider Alternatives by Maggie Lee   [More]
A Hope Program for Transportation by Michael Dobbins   [More]
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Gov. Perdue's Transportation Shuffle by Lyle Harris   [More]
View to a Georgia Kill: A New Book Looks at Leo Frank on Film by David Lee Simmons   [More]
Vouchers recognize the fact that one type of school doesn't fit all students' needs by Lisa Baron   [More]
More nuclear power in Georgia? It's 'pro America,' sponsor says by Maggie Lee   [More]
Governor Takes the Road to Streamlining Transportation Agencies by Maggie Lee   [More]
The Capitol is not on Fire by Hollis Gillespie   [More]
Steroids? You're Outta Here! by Paul Kaplan   [More]
What really matters to sports fans isn't the score it's who is scoring with whom by Paul Kaplan   [More]
Protecting Big Pharma from lawsuits isn't the way to build a healthy economy in Georgia by John Sugg   [More]
Murder In Oak Meadow by Bill Osinski   [More]
FOR ATLANTA: Sometimes you do have to reinvent the wheel if you want to sell condo units in this real estate market by Jeanne Bonner   [More]
FOR AREAS OUTSIDE OF ATLANTA: Sometimes you do have to reinvent the wheel if you want to sell condo units in this real estate market by Jeanne Bonner   [More]
Valentine's Day Done My Way by Jeanne Bonner   [More]
The Audacity of Hype by Ralph Reed   [More]
Governor Perdue: Deliver us from the land of nuclear make believe by Lyle Harris   [More]
Legislature Takes Time Sizing up Federal Funds by Maggie Lee   [More]
Recipe for preventing a disaster by Susan Puckett   [More]
What do we call two legislators who have started a witch-hunt in academia? Dumb and Dumber by John Sugg   [More]
Per-student school funding soars as graduation rates fall by Ben Scafidi   [More]
Senate OKs Georgia Power Nuke Financing Plan by Maggie Lee   [More]
Tax breaks: The state should quit playing favorites by Alan Essig and Sarah Beth Gehl   [More]
Governor's Allies Propose Legal Immunity for Drug Makers by Maggie Lee   [More]
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