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Stacey Hopkins, ACLU Preserve 160,000 Voter Registrations in State Settlement (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has settled with Stacey Hopkins, a Fulton County voter who last year, in 2017, was threatened with removal from the voter rolls after she moved from one address to another within Fulton County.   The settlement, reached January 31, 2018, preserves the “Active” voter registration status of an estimated class of […]

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State Withdraws Cannabis Event Permit after 300 Facebook RSVPs

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(APN) ATLANTA — The State’s Georgia Building Authority (GBA) cancelled a permit for three groups to hold a pro-cannabis, or pro-marijuana, rally, earlier this month, after more than three hundred people “RSVP’d” on Facebook.   The problem with this–as most people who have organized an event using Facebook are likely well aware–is that, typically, few of the people who RSVP […]

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Lawsuit, Investigation Request Keep PSC, Georgia Power on their Toes

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) is facing a new lawsuit, while Georgia Power is facing a possible investigation – both in connection with challenges to the continued construction of new nuclear reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle.   LAWSUIT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION   Three groups–the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Partnership for Southern Equity, […]

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APD Enforcing Laws Criminalizing, Burdening Homeless People

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — For at least the last nine years, the City of Atlanta has continued to arrest people for violating seven laws contained in Chapter 106 (“Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions”) that have the actual or potential effect of criminalizing homelessness, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   For some of the ordinances it […]

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Atlanta Council Considering Ending Cash Bond for Certain Offenses

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council is currently considering an ordinance, 18-O-1045, to do away with cash bonds and replace them with a signature bond or “recognizance” for non-violent, indigent defendants who are charged with misdemeanor violations.   The ordinance was introduced by Councilwoman Natalyn Mosby Archibong (District 5), on behalf of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s administration.   Cash […]

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PSC Sticks with Nuclear Reactors, Approves Two Refunds for Customers

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Photograph by Gloria Tatum.  Photograph shows Vogtle Units 1 and 2 alongside the cooling towers for planned Units 3 and 4.   (APN) ATLANTA — Just in time for the New Year, the five Public Service Commissioners (PSC), publicly elected by ratepayers, gave Georgia Power pretty much everything they wanted, as usual.   On December 21, 2017,  with a unanimous five to […]

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Several Homeless People Have Frozen to Death on Metro Atlanta Streets (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Several people experiencing homelessness have frozen to death on the streets of Metro Atlanta so far through the winter season of late 2017 and early 2018, as unusually cold weather and snow storms have made it even more treacherous to be homeless and unsheltered in Atlanta.   Atlanta Progressive […]

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Libertarian Party Sues over Georgia Ballot Petition Requirements for U.S. House

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia’s antiquated and oppressive ballot access laws–which set highly burdensome petition requirements for independent and minor party ballot candidates to get on the ballot in Georgia–are facing a legal challenge again, as advocates for voter choice continue to chip away at Georgia’s two party monopoly.   While minor party and independent candidates continue to appeal to voters […]

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Moore, Bond Clash over Council’s Side Conversations at First 2018 Meeting (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore and Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) engaged in oratory fireworks at the first Full Council Meeting of the new term of 2018, on Tuesday, January 02, 2018.   As the newly sworn Council President, Moore sought to remedy a long-standing problem of Councilmembers having side conversations on the floor during […]

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Atlanta Drops Charges against Activist who Dared to Feed Homeless

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the City of Atlanta dropped charges against activist Adele MacLean with Atlanta Food not Bombs related to her feeding homeless people in Downtown’s Hurt Park near Georgia State University.   MacLean, who goes by the nicknames Dell and Earthworm, has been feeding homeless people […]

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Ratepayers, Experts Urge PSC to Cancel Vogtle Nuclear Reactors 3 and 4 (UPDATE 2)

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(APN) ATLANTA — It’s that special time of year when the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has been hearing arguments about whether to cancel Plant Vogtle’s nuclear reactors 3 and 4, which are in various delayed states of construction; or, alternatively, whether to finish the project.   The 17th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) hearing ran from Monday, December 11, to […]

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APN Issues End of 2017 Atlanta Council Scorecard

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has updated its comprehensive Atlanta City Council Scorecard on today, December 17, 2017.   SCORECARD: http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   In this update, we added seven new legislative items to the Scorecard, which now scores a total of 69 votes on passage of legislation, other motions related to legislation, or other actions that are legislative in nature, […]

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Atlanta Voters Decide They Want Moore

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(APN) ATLANTA — In a stunning defeat of the political establishment at Atlanta City Hall, Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) was elected City Council President, on Tuesday, December 05, 2017.   Moore–who is well known for opposing Mayor Kasim Reed and often being the only “no” vote on Council–won 55 percent, or 46,512 votes in the Run-off Election.  Councilman Alex […]

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Atlanta Moves Forward with Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta has adopted two Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) ordinances – one for the Beltline Overlay District and one for the Westside.  The City Council unanimously approved the ordinances on Monday, November 20, 2017.   While the term “Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning” might sound technical, it is actually quite significant news.  Put simply, it is a requirement […]

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Pamm Burdett, 1948-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Pamm Burdett, the Executive Director of the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation, passed away on November 17, 2017.   As the Director of the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation (LER), Burdett quietly made strategic investments to support the LGBTQI community, the BDSM leather community, and the progressive community in general.   Lloyd Russell, was a media activist in the […]

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