We may get a peek next week at the future of earmarks in the U.S. Senate, with the announcement Tuesday by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., that he’ll push to change internal GOP rules to effectively ban party members from slipping pet projects into legislation -- those projects have been known to include construction of roads, bridges and buildings for lawmakers’ districts.
Joe Patten, 83, aka the Phantom of the Fox, has helped spare the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta from ruin twice. And now the nonprofit that operates the theater seems to be effectively telling Patten to hit the road.
The city of Madison seems to be getting serious about building up its land banking portfolio, announcing its intention this week to buy a second parcel. But if replays of the Edgewater Hotel saga are on the horizon, the city could wind up sitting on a lot of desirable real estate no developer will touch.