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30 July 2015

Obama Nominates DeKalb State Court Judge Dax Lopez to Serve on Federal Bench

The White House announced today that President Obama nominated seven individuals to serve on various U.S. district courts, including DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax Lopez.

Judge Dax Eric López has served as a judge on the State Court of Dekalb County since 2010, where he presides over both civil and criminal matters.

Judge López received his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 2001 and his B.S. from Vanderbilt University in 1998. Previously, he worked as an attorney at Foltz Martin LLC (now dissolved) in Atlanta, Georgia from 2008 to 2010. From 2005 to 2008, he worked at the law firm of Ashe, Rafuse & Hill, LLP (now Polsinelli PC), and from 2002 to 2005, he worked at Holland & Knight.

Judge López began his legal career by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Héctor Laffitte, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, from 2001 to 2002.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Judge Lopez will serve on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

24 July 2015

[REMINDER]: Georgia Unfiltered Presents Pizza & Politics with Senator Josh McKoon, 28 July 2015

State Senator Josh McKoon (R - Columbus) recently posted on his Facebook page, "If you're interested in learning more about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, my effort to keep Georgia from issuing Driver's Licenses to illegal aliens or just about the state of the GOP, all you have to do is let me know when and where you would like me to come speak."

Here at Georgia Unfiltered, we never shy away from an opportunity to get elected officials on the record. We took Sen. McKoon up on his offer, invited him to speak at an event we're planning, and he accepted.

Georgia Unfiltered is teaming up with Home Rule News to present Pizza & Politics at Oz Pizza in Fairburn, Georgia.

Sen. McKoon will provide the politics. Oz Pizza will provide the pies. The event starts at 6PM on Tuesday, 28 July 2015, at Oz Pizza (5 SW Broad St, Fairburn, Georgia 30213) on the patio.

Please RSVP by clicking this link.

We look forward to seeing you there.

22 July 2015

End the Summer with a Final Fling at the Inaugural CampFest Music Festival

Remember what it was like to be a kid near the end of summer?

School beckoned, but there were still a few days left for fun before that first bell rang signaling the start of classes.

The folks behind Georgia's newest festival, CampFest, are hoping youthful memories of good days gone by will bring you to their event scheduled for 18 September 2015 through 20 September 2015 in the north Georgia mountains.

Campfest, a three-day celebration that revives the excitement and nostalgia of childhood summer camp, will be held at beautiful 250-acre Camp Blue Ridge, located within two hours of Atlanta, Georgia and Asheville, North Carolina. Campfest combines attendees’ favorite summer camp activities (plus some new ones of their own!) and top-notch live music performances to deliver a weekend packed full of adventure and relaxation.

Campfest's artist lineup includes the New Breed Brass Band, Wrenn, Cold War Kids, Hey Rosetta!, Langhorne Slim, The Whigs, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Margo, the Pricetags and more! Campfest is an intimate experience with artists hanging out, participating in activities and holding impromptu jam sessions, so campers should expect to get extra face time with some of the incredible artists on the lineup.

Three-day Event Passes are on sale now at for $89, and VIP tickets are priced at $250.

All guests staying onsite must either purchase a $75 camping pass or a cabin pass starting as low as $150 per person in addition to an event pass.

Attendees can either purchase a single cabin ticket in a communal cabin or bunk up with up to 32 friends. Tickets for The Lodge, the epitome of camp luxury, include a private room with full sized bed, Happy Camper lounge with fireplace, VIP admission for 2 to the festival and tons of snacks and goodies. Lodge rooms start at $1,200.

17 July 2015

Porsche Premieres Fine Dining "Restaurant 356" at Hapeville Headquarters

Fine cars and fine dining . . .

. . . That is what awaits visitors to the new "Restaurant 356" located at the new $100 million Porsche Cars North America headquarters in Hapeville.

(Porsche Cars North America opens Fine Dining "Restaurant 356" at its North American headquarters in Hapeville. Image courtesy Porsche Cars North America.)
With panoramic views of the world-class 1.6-mile driver development track, 356 is sure to become a premier dining destination for local patrons and for visitors to Atlanta.

"Atlanta is a city known for its diverse tapestry and international cuisine," said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America, Inc. "At Restaurant 356, our guests will enjoy elegant dishes that honor Atlanta's global flavors, while culminating a unique Porsche experience."

Located on the second level of the Porsche Experience Center, 356 offers a distinct view of aircraft taking off and landing at Runway 826 Right at the Hartsfield International Airport. Innovative dishes are served inside a dining room featuring a contemporary decor. The seasonal menu showcases a refined world cuisine made with locally farmed and foraged ingredients. A vast wine selection pays tribute to the great winegrowing regions of the world. Classically-focused cocktails are available for those favoring tradition.

At the helm of Restaurant 356's purist approach to food is Executive Chef Kyle Forson, former executive sous chef at The Spence. Forson focuses on carefully hand-crafted dishes that let the quality of seasonal ingredients shine through.

While guests can expect to see influences from Forson's own Polish heritage and experiences with French, Californian, and Southern fare, no single type of cuisine will dominate the menu.

"I want guests to enjoy food that enhances the Porsche experience and fuses it with a sense of place," said Chef Forson.

Restaurant 356 is open to the public Thursday through Saturday for dinner, Tuesday through Friday for corporate booked lunch events, and is closed on Sunday and Monday. Reservations can be made through the restaurant's website ( or via OpenTable ( Restaurant 356 also provides catering and serves as an event venue.