Monthly Archives: October 2008

Federal Court Intervenes in Handel’s Voter Purge

(APN) ATLANTA — A three-judge federal panel ruled October 27, 2008, that Georgia should have sought approval from the U.S. Department of Justice before using Social Security and driver’s license information to check the citizenship status of thousands of voters. The ruling, handed down by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, ordered Secretary of State Karen Handel to […]

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Iraq Veterans and Journalist Speak at Kennesaw State

(APN) KENNESAW — On Saturday, October 24, 2008, Kennesaw State University hosted Iraq Veterans Against the War as well as Dahr Jamail, a North American Correspondent for Inter-Press Service and author of the book, Beyond the Green Zone. The panel of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) members included Chris Raissi, Zach Choate, Jason Hurd, Maggie Martin and Phil Aliff. […]

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Part 2 of 2: Buckley, Chambliss, and Martin on the Issues

In the second part of APN’s series on the US Senate race in Georgia, here is a closer look at how the three candidates, Libertarian Allen Buckley, US Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and Democrat Jim Martin, match up on some key issues: ECONOMY On rescuing Wall Street, Chambliss joined many Republican and Democratic Senate colleagues in supporting the $700 bailout […]

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(IPS) Credit Crunch Hits College Students

This article first appeared on the Inter Press-Service at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=44422 ATLANTA, Oct 23 (IPS) – The credit crunch is limiting college access for some students in the United States by making it more difficult for them or their parents to obtain student loans to finance the steep cost of a four-year education. Sophomore Armando Huipe, 19, found himself with a […]

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Part 1 of 2: Democrat Jim Martin Sees US Senate Seat within Reach

With additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale, News Editor   (APN) ATLANTA — What once seemed like an easy victory for US Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) has turned into a genuine race with Democratic challenger Jim Martin and Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley. A Research 2000 poll of 600 likely Georgia voters conducted October 14 through 15, 2008, shows Chambliss leading Martin […]

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Green Presidential Nominee McKinney Visits Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA — Green Presidential candidate and former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) made a campaign stop in Atlanta at an event hosted by DeKalb County Green Party and the International Action Center, on Saturday, October 18, 2008. About 50 supporters gathered at the Little Five Points Community Center for the low-key event which had been announced only a few […]

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Activists Protest Georgia’s Immigrant Prisons

(APN) MARIETTA — On October 14, 2008, about 20 protesters representing many humanitarian organizations gathered to protest a jail in Cobb County, Georgia, which houses illegal immigrants who have been arrested under Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1996. This provision allows local police to do immigration law enforcement if they are trained and work under the […]

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US Supreme Court Denies Davis Appeal, Clearing Way for Execution

(APN) ATLANTA — The Supreme Court of the US announced Tuesday, October 14, 2008, that it will not take up an appeal for Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis. The Court issued a temporary stay of execution for Davis on September 23, 2008, just two hours before his last scheduled execution. Tuesday’s decision automatically terminates that stay and paves […]

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Judge Rules to Uphold on Electronic Voting, Appeal Expected

This article contains additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale, News Editor (APN) ATLANTA — On September 8, 2008, Judge Michael Johnson heard the case filed in 2006 by Voters Organized for Trusted Election Results in Georgia (VoterGA) challenging the State of Georgia on the use of electronic voting machines in Superior Court of Fulton County. VoterGA lost the case. VoterGA in […]

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APN Tours Controversial CEP School (UPDATE 1)

This report contains additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale, News Editor. (APN) ATLANTA — As a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union regarding a controversial alternative school in Atlanta, Forrest Hills Academy, continues to make its way through the court system, Atlanta Progressive News is one of few media outlets to be granted access to the school run by […]

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Johnson Opposes Bank Bailout Twice, but Lewis Caves In

  (APN) ATLANTA – US Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and John Barrow (D-GA) maintained their opposition to the economic bailout bill, which among other things would buy mortgage-backed securities from banks for $700 billion, during two rounds of voting.   However, US Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and David Scott (D-GA) changed positions, from nay on the first bill and yea […]

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Coffield Challenges Georgia’s Five Percent Ballot Access Law

(APN) ATLANTA — Faye Coffield, a former police officer and private investigator for former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), is challenging US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for his seat in the upcoming General Election in November 2008. However, she was unable to gather the 15,000 petition signatures of registered voters in Georgia that is required to get on the ballot, […]

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Vice Presidential Candidates Biden and Palin Debate

(APN) ATLANTA — Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee, US Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), and Republican nominee, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), met Thursday, October 02, 2008, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, for the first and only vice presidential debate of the 2008 campaign. Both campaigns significantly lowered expectations heading into the debate leaving both candidates with simple goals. Biden succeeded […]

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