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If you’ve ever been pulled over for driving three miles over the speed limit, you may have been subject to ‘taxation by citation’ — local governments enforcing rules and fees not for public safety, but to generate revenue.

A recent study from the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit libertarian public interest law firm, looked at taxation by citation in Georgia, highlighting the practice in Riverdale, Morrow and Clarkston.

Jennifer McDonald, a senior research analyst at the Institute for Justice, joined On Second Thought to discuss how these short-term boosts to city coffers can have long-term costs to citizen morale.


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When Luma Mufleh moved from Jordan to the United States in 1994 to attend Smith College, she didn’t imagine she’d ever be running a full-fledged school for refugees. But today, she’s founder of Fugees Academy in Clarkston, a school specifically tailored for the refugee population that uses soccer and a unique curriculum to help students adjust to life in the United States.

It has a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, and it was recently named the “Nicest Place in Georgia” for 2019 by Reader’s Digest. Mufleh joined On Second Thought to discuss her journey building educational opportunities for refugee children.


As speculation spreads over the potential mid-season replacement of Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, we get an update on all things happening in Atlanta Sports. On Second Thought speaks with Jon Nelson, host and correspondent for GPB’s Football Friday, and Taylor Gantt, GPB’s Morning Edition producer to hear about the Atlanta Falcons, Hawks and Atlanta United.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry becomes the latest to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in 2020. 

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Chris Buckley served in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming an Imperial Nighthawk of the Northern Georgia Ku Klux Klan. He said he turned to drug addiction and a hate group when he returned home from overseas.

His wife, Melissa, wanted him to leave the KKK. She did some researching and looked for ways to help her husband turn his life around. That's when she met former neo-Nazi skinhead, Arno Michaelis. 

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Amid the fallout from last Friday’s executive order on immigration policy, one metro Atlanta city is preparing for a dent in its refugee-based economy.

The order stops refugee admissions for three months and then lowers the total number of refugees admitted to the United States.

Residents and refugees alike are worried.


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President Trump’s executive orders concerning immigrants and refugees have upset a lot of people across the country. The town of Clarkston, Georgia is home to a large refugee population. It’s been called the Ellis Island of the South. On Tuesday night, the city held a special meeting to discuss President Trump’s executive actions. We talk with Clarkston mayor Ted Terry about how the president’s orders may impact his refugee community.

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After a unanimous city council vote Tuesday night, the city of Clarkston will no longer arrest people caught with an ounce or less of marijuana. Instead, the policy requires that those caught pay a $75 fine. 

Ted Terry is the Mayor of Clarkston. He said the city is still following the law, but has decided to treat the punishment differently.

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Georgia may not be following in the footsteps of Colorado or Washington when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana, but local politicians in the city of Clarkston are hoping to change the way that law enforcement deals with minor possession of the drug. Mayor Ted Terry is supporting legislation that would levy fines instead of arrests when less than an ounce of the drug is involved. 

Hear Mayor Terry's thinking behind the change in Clarkston's policy and how he feels about the "War on Drugs."

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The city of Clarkston, known for its diversity and progressive politics, could become the first city in Georgia to decriminalize marijuana. The city is moving forward on a new policy that would allow police to issue fines rather than arrest those in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.