Monthly Archives: December 2009

Suit against Ga. cites lack of indigent defense

A group of lawyers on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia for failing to provide legal counsel to 200 convicted indigent defendants who do not have representation for their appeals. The suit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court, comes on behalf of Bondurant, Mixson and Elmore, P.C.; Garland, Samuel and Loeb, P.C.; Moraitakis, Kushel, and Pearson, LLP; Martin […]

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Carter Reflects on 30 Years of US2014-China Relations

(APN) ATLANTA — Former US President Jimmy Carter discussed the past, present, and future of the relationship between the United States and China, during a forum Thursday night, December 03, 2009, at The Carter Center. In 1978, Carter announced the establishment of US diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China, a move that has since opened up many new […]

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Progressive Groups Diverge on Mortgage Legislation, SB 57

With additional repoting by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA — Various notable groups within Atlanta’s progressive community appear to have come to very different conclusions about SB 57, a bill currently in the State Senate which would change laws regarding mortgages in Georgia. Georgia Watch and Georgia STAND-UP are supporting the bill, while the Atlanta Fighting Foreclosure Coalition (AFFC) is not. […]

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Carter Grandson Seeks State Senate Seat (UPDATE 1)

Photographs by Matthew Cardinale and Alice Gordon, Atlanta Progressive News (APN) DECATUR — Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, has launched a campaign for the seat of State Sen. David Adelman, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Ambassador to Singapore. Adelman has not resigned his seat yet and he must be confirmed by […]

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Norwood Requests Recount, State Investigates 1,314 Votes

(APN) ATLANTA — Mary Norwood has requested a recount in the Mayoral Run-off Election in which Kasim Reed is currently leading by 715 votes, less than 1%. Previously, APN reported Reed’s vote lead was a bit lower, but that was before all the provisional ballots were counted. The recount will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, December 09, 2009. Once the results […]

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Forum on Displaced Grady Dialysis Patients Held

(APN) DECATUR — About 75 patients, doctors, and advocates gathered Tuesday, December 01, 2009, to discuss the latest details regarding dozens of dialysis patients displaced from Grady Hospital and to look for potential long-term care options for them. Emory University’s Center For Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, in conjunction with Grady Advocates for Responsible Care (GARC), hosted the event. Several patients […]

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(IPS) Katrina Lawsuit Raises Broader Questions About Levee Safety

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49483. ATLANTA, Georgia, Nov 30 (IPS) – Since a federal judge ruled earlier this month that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for the devastating 2005 levee breach at the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina, some legal scholars believe that millions – or […]

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APN Celebrates Four Years of Publication

(APN) ATLANTA — In celebration of the four-year anniversary of the founding of Atlanta Progressive News, which occurred on November 23, 2009, News Editor and Founder Matthew Cardinale released the following statement: #### We did it! Four years of Atlanta Progressive News: November 23, 2005, to November 23, 2009. Someone could have actually started and completed an entire Bachelor’s degree […]

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Kasim Reed Victory Election Night Photos

Reed speaks to the press in the Hyatt Regency lobby as he arrives to watch election results. Mayor Shirley Franklin (second from left) greeted friends and supporters early in the evening. Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council President Charlie Flemming leads a union delegation on stage. Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell. State Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) (at podium) leads a […]

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Mitchell, Watson, Wan Elected to Council Seats

(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, December 01, 2009, three races for the City Council of Atlanta were decided. Councilman Ceasar Mitchell was elected Council President; Aaron Watson was elected to the Post 2-at-large seat, and Alex Wan was elected to the District 6 seat. MITCHELL WINS COUNCIL PRESIDENT RACE Mitchell won the Council President race with about 55% of the […]

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Norwood Seeks Recount but E-Voting Mostly Auditless

With additional reporting by Jonathan Springston. (APN) ATLANTA — Councilwoman Mary Norwood has said that she will seek a recount after Tuesday’s Mayoral Run-off Election in which former State Sen. Kasim Reed is currently leading by 620 votes. Reed currently leads Norwood with 42,348 to 41,728. Reed on the other hand has already declared victory and is calling himself Mayor-elect. […]

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