0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, city council members and others gathered earlier today to announce the demolition of several blighted properties on Bolton Road on the city’s Northwest side. Mayor Bottoms told those in attendance that it’s part of her “Fight the Blight” initiative.
2:15: As probes into spending habits at Atlanta City Hall continue, city leaders are taking steps to bolster transparency. Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore recently proposed a new, independent compliance department. The goal is to enforce disciplinary action against elected officials for violations against city code. We learn more about this with President Moore.
18:29: Cover Georgia is a broad coalition of community stakeholders and advocates from all across Georgia. It has launched a campaign to encourage the idea that all Georgians, regardless of income, get the health coverage and care they need. Part of that: advocating for Medicaid expansion. The campaign for Cover Georgia is maintained by the Cover Georgia Coalition with technical support from Georgians for a Healthy Future and the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. We’re joined by Laura Colbert, executive director for Georgians for a Healthy Future, and Eric Strunz, outreach manager for the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, to hear more.
39:05: It’s time for our annual check-in with the Old Farmer’s Almanac to find out predictions for the new year and to fact-check just how accurate the guide was for 2018 events. We speak with Janice Stillman, editor for the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.