Monthly Archives: June 2009

No More GONSO- Controversial Firm Folds, Cites Economy

GONSO apparently folds, issuing this announcement on their website.  They had been getting op-eds syndicated in local newspapers for free, but had been planning to start charging.  No newspaper went along with it, and so GONSO has signed off.  GONSO’s investors, including Rick White, wanted to make money and they couldn’t do it.  APN was the first news agency to […]

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North Anna Nuclear Plant’s Clear Water Act Ruling Upheld

According to the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, a Richmond Circuit Court has upheld its previous ruling against the North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia.  This ruling has implications for other nuclear power plants because it involves the question of water pollution under the Clear Water Act must be considered during the approval process for nuclear power plants. “The […]

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Two Progressives View Obama

Howard Zinn and Michael Lerner agree on this:  Obama is more likely to do the right thing if we step up the pressure on him.   Howard Zinn:  We are citizens; Obama is a politician. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/05/16-0   Michael Lerner:  Obama’s pragmatism will backfire http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/may/29/barack-obama-politics-agenda

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GRTA Approves $25 Million for MARTA

The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) on Wednesday approved an Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) proposal to send MARTA $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. MARTA will use these funds, initially set aside for long-term transit projects in Atlanta, to address its significant operating budget deficit for fiscal year 2010. The transit authority said it will use […]

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Report: Industry, foreign interests showered DoD personnel with free trips

The Center For Public Integrity recently completed a year-long analysis of thousands of travel disclosure records and found Department of Defense personnel regularly accepted free flights, accommodations, and hospitality from private and foreign interests that conduct business with the Pentagon. From 1998 to 2007, outside sources paid for 22,000 trips worth at least $26 million. The trips, sponsored by numerous […]

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Former AJC Editor Launches Online News Service

(APN) ATLANTA — Jim Walls, a former editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, has launched his own online news service called Atlanta Unfiltered, in which he covers oversight and ethics issues for government and private agencies. Walls, 55, launched Atlanta Unfiltered at www.atlantaunfiltered.com on March 29, 2009, he told Atlanta Progressive News in an interview. Since then he has published […]

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USDOJ Blocks Georgia’s Voter Verification

Dear Georgia voters, We have some great news!!  In a victory for Georgia voters. the Department of Justice has blocked discriminatory voting changes that would have disenfranchised thousands of minority voters.   This case came out of the great work of Georgia Election Protection  and shows just how important Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is to minority voters. During […]

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Georgia Coalition Joins Call for Immigration Reform

(APN) ATLANTA — A coalition of local labor, business, and immigrant community leaders held a press conference Monday, June 01, 2009, on the steps of the State Capitol to launch the Georgia component of the national Reform Immigration for America campaign. The campaign outlines 11 different principles of comprehensive immigration reform the coalition would like the 111th US Congress and […]

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US House Cmte to Examine Single-payer Health Care

According to an email from Unions for Single Payer: “The Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee of the House Education & Labor Committee will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Single Payer Health Care Option” this Wednesday, June 10th at 10:30 am in 2175 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.” It looks like the US House will not be giving single payer the […]

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White House Releases More Unemployment Insurance as Jobless Rate Ticks Up

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday the economy lost another 345,000 jobs in May and sent the national unemployment rate to 9.4 percent, the highest rate since 1983. Also Friday, the Labor Department released $7 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to the states for unemployment insurance (UI) modernization incentives.  Georgia is set to receive $220.3 […]

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Single-payer Advocates: Let’s Attend Healthcare Meetings This Saturday

The Obama campaign, which continues under the moniker of “Organizing for America,” will be holding community meetings around the country this Saturday, June 6, to begin organizing a push for healthcare reform.  The posted agenda for the meeting is (1) watch a televised pep talk by President Obama; and (2) make plans on how to reach out in your community […]

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US Sen. Landrieu (D-LA), New Orleanians Tour Dutch Levees

Four years after Hurricane Katrina, still no Category 5 levees protecting Louisiana, particularly, New Orleans. Well, US Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and delegates including Sandy Rosenthal of Levees.org recently visited Holland to learn about their world-class levee system. I knew Sandy when I lived in New Orleans from 1998-2003 and again in 2005; she and I had been aerobics instructors […]

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