On Second Thought For Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Adult businesses recently lost a few more rounds against the City of Sandy Springs. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled against an appeal by Maxim Cabaret challenging the constitutionality of Sandy Springs's ban of alcohol sales and zoning restrictions on strip clubs and other adult businesses. Sandy Springs established those restrictions and that ban in 2006.


The case follows two similar suits struck down earlier this spring. Both petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 18, the high court decided not to review the case of Flanigan’s Enterprises, which operated a business selling sex toys. Our search for the origins of those laws led us to a number of curious laws still on the books in Georgia. We cribbed a few on this list from idiotlaws.com, if that tells you anything. But as obscure -- and seemingly silly as these laws are, they are still on the books. Georgia State University law professor Tanya Washington joined us with an explanation of how laws get made, and how hard they are to change.

Have you been listening to the economic news lately? If you find your mind jumbled with talk of trade, taxes and tariffs, you're not alone. Even people who took basic economics in college or those who regularly read financial news are swimming in language that boggles the mind — whether we admit it or not —  so On Second Thought broke it all down. Georgia Tech economics professor Christine Ries and assistant dean for international engagement at Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business Jacobus Boers joined the conversation.  

The newly created city of South Fulton is the only one in the U.S. with black women leading every major role of the judicial system. Our Morning Edition colleagues Leah Fleming and Taylor Gantt traveld to South Fulton and sat down with chief judge Tiffany Carter-Sellers and interim police chief Sheila Rodgers.