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Best Local Politico

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Nan Orrock
Georgia has no lack of bad politicians. Linda Schrenko, Bill Campbell, Ralph Reed. You name ’em. What’s often missed is that we have some damn fine people in public office. Among them are Herhonner Shirley Franklin, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and the Fulton Commission’s Karen Handel.more...
Georgia has no lack of bad politicians. Linda Schrenko, Bill Campbell, Ralph Reed. You name ’em. What’s often missed is that we have some damn fine people in public office. Among them are Herhonner Shirley Franklin, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and the Fulton Commission’s Karen Handel. But this year’s pick for Best Politico is NAN ORROCK, a state House member since 1987 and a shoo-in to win the Eastside’s District 36 state Senate seat in November. What makes Orrock special? Consistency, for a start. She marched for Civil Rights in the ‘60s, has been a factory worker and union organizer, and helped found The Great Speckled Bird underground newspaper. As a legislator, she’s been tireless in working for real family issues. But Orrock’s also the rare Georgia politician who’s managed to increase her influence while holding true to progressive principles. She rose in the state House to minority whip, one of the top-ranked Democrats. Her smarts, energy and guts will quickly make her a force to reckon with in the Senate. less...

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Shirley Franklin

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Bobby Baker
Few politicians have stood up for the little guy better than Public Service Commissioner BOBBY BAKER. The Public Service Commission sets rates for utility companies that operate in Georgia, making decisions worth hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for residents and small businesses —more...

Few politicians have stood up for the little guy better than Public Service Commissioner BOBBY BAKER. The Public Service Commission sets rates for utility companies that operate in Georgia, making decisions worth hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for residents and small businesses — or in profits for big utilities. Over the years, Baker, a conservative Republican, has earned a reputation for opposing unnecessary rate hikes. He also has encouraged the commission to conduct its business in full view of the public. In short, he’s looked out for the average Georgian — and has refused to play party politics.
www.psc.state.ga.us/pscinfo/baker.htm.

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Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
U.S. Rep. John Lewis
There are undoubtedly many people in Atlanta who disagree with John Lewis' policies. An unabashed liberal and damn proud of it, Georgia's 4th District representative has long been one of Congress' strongest voices for social and economic justice, equal opportunity, environmental protection and education.more...
There are undoubtedly many people in Atlanta who disagree with John Lewis' policies. An unabashed liberal and damn proud of it, Georgia's 4th District representative has long been one of Congress' strongest voices for social and economic justice, equal opportunity, environmental protection and education. But even Lewis' staunchest opponents have a hard time attacking him. It's not just that he's a minister and certified civil rights hero who still bears the scars of trooper clubs on his noggin; he's just so nice. Unlike many of his millionaire wheeler-dealer colleagues, Lewis subsists on his congressional salary alone and stays in touch with his constituents, who've responded by handing him 70 percent (or greater) victories in every election since 1986. Thoughtful, honest and decent — how'd he ever get mixed up with that D.C. bunch? less...

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Roy Barnes
Seldom has Georgia seen such an effective combination of masterful political gamesmanship combined with a genuine drive to reform and reinvent state government. Since assuming office two years ago, this veteran legislator and lawyer has managed to cobble together coalitions spanning the traditional Democrat/Republicanmore...
Seldom has Georgia seen such an effective combination of masterful political gamesmanship combined with a genuine drive to reform and reinvent state government. Since assuming office two years ago, this veteran legislator and lawyer has managed to cobble together coalitions spanning the traditional Democrat/Republican and liberal/conservative gulfs, pushing through major changes to the state's highway, environmental, educational and health delivery systems. Needless to say, he's also stepped on some toes (to the point that the state school superintendent has pretty much quit her day job to conduct a 24/7 "I Hate Roy" campaign), but he remains genially unflappable. In the words of Mel Brooks' Louis XIV, "It's good to be king." less...

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