Monthly Archives: July 2010

APN 2010 Endorsements Pt. 3: Gail Buckner for Secretary of State

(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors is pleased to announce our endorsement of State Sen. Gail Buckner for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State. In 2006, Buckner received the Democratic nomination, but lost in the General Election to Karen Handel, who is currently running for Governor. She argues voters have now had four years of […]

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(IPS) Controversy Highlights Plight of Black, and White, Farmers

This article originally appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52344. ATLANTA, Georgia, Jul 31, 2010 (IPS) – The controversial firing of an African-American federal government employee over comments misconstrued to be racist has refocused attention on the plight of black farmers in the U.S. South. Shirley Sherrod, head of USDA’s Rural Development Office in Georgia, resigned earlier this month […]

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Fulton County Responds on Mental Health Changes

With additional repoting by Alice Gordon. (APN) ATLANTA — Fulton County has responded to a previous report by Atlanta Progressive News concerning several changes made in recent months by Fulton County which have resulted in fewer clinics serving low-income residents who have no insurance or Medicaid. APN’s original article was published on May 25, 2010. Fulton County sent a three […]

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State Rep. Billy McKinney, 1927 to 2010, !Presente!

This article contains additional reporting–specifically, interviews with Joe Beasley and State Rep. Tyrone Brooks–by William Cobham. (APN) ATLANTA — Former State Rep. Billy McKinney, 83, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2010. He was a civil rights activist who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1973 to 2002. He was also the father of former US Rep. Cynthia […]

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Barnes Wins Nomination, Fort Re-elected, Waites in Run-off

(APN) ATLANTA — Here is a round-up of the 2010 Primary Election results from last night, Tuesday, July 20, 2010: BARNES WINS NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR Former Governor Roy Barnes won the Democratic Party’s nomination for Governor last night, winning an impressive 65.6 percent of the vote, and avoiding a run-off. Attorney General Thurbert Baker came in second with 21.6 percent. […]

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Norwood Completes Petition Drive but Misses Separate Deadline

With additional reporting by Xanna Don’t. (APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, July 13, 2010, former Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large) turned in 30,174 petition signatures in support of her independent candidacy for Fulton County Chairwoman. It is the greatest amount of signatures ever collected by a candidate in the State of Georgia in a non-statewide race. Free and […]

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APN Endorsements Pt. 2: Keisha Waites for Fulton County

(APN) ATLANTA — In continuing our endorsement announcements for 2010, APN’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce our endorsement of Keisha Waites for Fulton County District 6. Previously, we announced our endorsement of David Poythress for Governor, and the reelections of State Sen. Vincent Fort and former State Rep. “Able” Mable Thomas. Fulton County’s District 6 seat is becoming […]

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Overview of State Senate Races 2010

DISTRICT 2 In District 2, Savannah, State Sen. Lester Jackson, a Democrat, faces a Republican opponent in the General Election, Michael Gaster. DISTRICT 5 In District 5, Norcross and Tucker, State Sen. Curt Thompson, a progressive Democrat, faces a Republican opponent in the General Election, Garry Guan. DISTRICT 6 In District 6, Smyrna, State Sen. Doug Stoner, a Democrat, faces […]

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APN 2010 Endorsements Pt. 1: Poythress for Governor

(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors would like to announce its endorsement for Governor as part of its first round of APN Endorsements for 2010: David Poythress. POYTHRESS APN conducted full-length interviews with several statewide candidates in Democratic Primaries, including all five candidates running for Secretary of State and two running for School Superintendent, in addition […]

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Right-Wing Blogger among Candidates for State House (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — Buzz Brockway, 43, has been ruffling the feathers of Georgia’s political establishment for years as a blogger and commentator on local, statewide, and national politics. This year, though, he is campaigning to be a State House representative for House District 101 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Atlanta Progressive News spoke with Brockway and other candidates for State House about […]

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ANALYSIS: SOS Candidates Shift towards Paper Trail

(APN) ATLANTA — Some of the candidates in the Democratic Primary for Georgia Secretary of State have shifted towards supporting a paper trail to supplement electronic voting over the course of the campaign this year. Atlanta Progressive News is the only news organization to have conducted full-length interviews with all five candidates in the Democratic Primary, including State Sen. Gail […]

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Progressive, State Senator Fort, Faces Corporate-Funded Opponent

(APN) ATLANTA — One of the few progressive champions in elected office in the Greater Metro Atlanta area, State Sen. Vincent Fort, is facing a challenge by political newcomer Graham Balch, whose campaign is being funded by Atlanta’s downtown business elite. State Sen. Fort has consistently been one of the few elected officials willing to speak up against the business […]

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City of Atlanta Seeks Dismissal of Secret Vote Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA — City Attorneys for the City of Atlanta and various Council Members filed an Answer as well as a Motion to Dismiss in response to the lawsuit brought by Atlanta Progressive News’s News Editor–the present writer–which alleged that a secret vote at the February 2010 Retreat violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act. In the Motion to Dismiss, three […]

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