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Extinction Rebellion Rebels against Extinction in Atlanta, Worldwide

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(APN) ATLANTA — As a new generation of activists comes of age, an international movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR), is creating pressure for societal changes that would be sufficient to prevent the possible extinction of humanity and other species.   XR has a chapter in Atlanta and is an international movement.   XR started in London in 2018 in response to […]

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Georgia Approves New E-Voting Regime, but will Paper Record be Utilized?

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photograph by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — On April 02, 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 316, a new law to require the State of Georgia to purchase new electronic voting equipment for Georgia elections.     The law attempts to address some of the concerns raised by elections integrity activists in […]

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Atlanta Ordinance Would Repeal “Known Drug Area” Law that is Unconstitutional

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee of the City Council of Atlanta is set to consider legislation on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at its 3 p.m. meeting, that would repeal a provision in Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances that purports to make it a crime to merely be physically present in a “known drug area.”   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=SplitView&MeetingID=3042&MediaPosition=&ID=17758&CssClass=   Councilman […]

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SOS Investigating Senior Vote-Buying in Atlanta Election

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Secretary of State of Georgia is investigating apparent vote-buying at two senior highrises in Atlanta’s City Council District 3, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Tess Hammock, a spokeswoman for Secretary Brad Raffensperger, confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but said she could provide no further details at this time until the investigation is complete.   APN […]

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Democrats’ HR 1 is Bold Vision for Voting Rights, Campaign Finance Reform

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(APN) ATLANTA — On March 08, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act of 2019, a proposed law that sets forth a comprehensive vision for improving democracy in the U.S.   HR 1 addresses myriad issues, including voting rights, campaign finance and spending reform, and election integrity and security.   The final vote […]

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Antonio Brown Attacks Clay, as District 3 Results Challenged in Court

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(APN) ATLANTA — Antonio Brown, a candidate for the Atlanta City Council District 3 position who came in second place, attacked Greg Clay, the third place finisher, for challenging the election results, in an interview with the Neighbor Newspapers.   Greg Clay and District 3 voter Mark Anthony Boyd filed the election challenge in Fulton County Superior Court on Wednesday, […]

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Council Candidate, Amos, Fueled by Developers, Airport Dollars

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Photograph of Byron Amos from Amos’s Facebook page, pursuant to fair use doctrine.   (APN) ATLANTA — Candidate for Atlanta City Council, Byron Amos–who said at a recent forum that he accepted money from developer Steve Brock–appears to be have been fueled by developer interests and airport concessionaires throughout his political career.   A review by Atlanta Progressive News of […]

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Gwinnett Voters to Consider Joining MARTA on March 19

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Gwinnett residents will decide in a Special Election, in a transit contract referendum, if Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) expands into the county.     MARTA is currently comprised of Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton Counties; and the City of Atlanta.  Clayton joined MARTA most recently, and this referendum is part of […]

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General Assembly Acts on Some Cannabis Bills, Stalls on Others

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  File photo.   (APN) ATLANTA — Georgia legislators introduced at least four cannabis bills during this 2019-2020 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly: HB 213 (“Georgia Hemp Farming Act”), HB 324 (“Georgia’s Hope Act”), SB 10 (“Decriminalization”), and HB 268 (“Record Restriction for Simple Cannabis Possession”).   So far, it looks like […]

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Fulton Court Restores APN Editor’s Name to Ballot, Overruling City of Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, February 22, 2019, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Lee Ellerbe ruled that the City of Atlanta was “arbitrary and capricious” in its decision early last week to remove candidate Matthew Charles Cardinale from the ballot in the March 19, 2019 Special Election.   The City of Atlanta and Fulton County worked together beginning late […]

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Green New Deal Introduced by U.S. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey

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(APN) ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation for a Green New Deal.  HR 109, the House version, has 68 co-sponsors, all Democrats, to date.   https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text   WHAT IS THE GREEN NEW DEAL?   The Green New Deal is a proposal to restore the health of the planet and the health […]

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City of Atlanta Drags Feet on Illegal Yard Signs Littering District 3 (UPDATE 3)

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UPDATE 3: A City of Atlanta vehicle was spotted on Anderson along with a city worker picking up illegal yard signs.   UPDATE 2: Interim Commission Pierre Johnson has said the City’s SWEET Team (Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Team) will be inspecting and removing any illegal yards.   UPDATE 1: The City of Atlanta City Attorney Nina Hickson writes, […]

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SAFE Commission Seeks New E-voting Machines, Experts Warn against Model Selected

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On January 10, 2019, the Secure, Accessible & Fair Election (SAFE) Commission–created by then-Secretary of State (SOS), Brian Kemp–issued its recommendations, including a recommendation that Georgia move to a new E-voting system that includes a paper trail of persons’ votes that could be used in a recount.   http://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/SAFE_Commission_Report_FINAL_(1-10-18).pdf   The SAFE Commission is made up […]

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