Monthly Archives: January 2011

APN Obtains Alisias Statement on Role in APS Debacle

APN obtained the following statement that Alisias sent to some media outlets regarding his role in the APS debacle.  Questions had been raised by SACS regarding El’s improper procurement of Alisias. #### Our firm prides itself on the principles we bring to our relationships with the public, the media, and our clients. We take seriously any suggestion that we have […]

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2011 to See Another Legislative Push for Milton County

(APN) ATLANTA — With the 2011 legislature in session, there are several reasons to believe that some North Fulton residents, County Commission Members, and state legislators will ramp up their push for the re-creation of Milton County, splitting off the northern part of Fulton County. State lawmakers introduced legislation last week which could lead to the re-creation of Milton County. […]

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Reed, Council Considering APS Takeover

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution newspaper reported that at a recent meeting of the Finance/Executive Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta, Peter Aman got into a discussion with Council Members regarding the possibility of the City of Atlanta taking over the Atlanta Public Schools. Apparently, other major cities like Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC, have already done this. Councilman Michael […]

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SB 10 Would Permit Local Referendums on Sunday Alcohol Sales

SB 10 was introduced on January 25, 2011.  Co-sponsors included State Sens. John Bulloch, Chip Rogers, Don Balfour, Doug Stoner, Freddie Powell Sims, and Johnny Grant. Rogers is Senate Majority Leader.  “Perhaps it has a greater chance of passing this year than ever before,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper. Former Governor Sonny Perdue had been adamently opposed to alcohol […]

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Two Men Claim APD Red Dog Officers Groped, Cavity Searched Them during Traffic Stop (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE: StephanieRamage.com is reporting that according to sources, Chief Turner is considering renaming the Red Dog unit, an elite special-forces style unit, and roll it into the department’s new community policing division.  She notes that in addition to the strong recent APD statement, the APD last week rescinded 19 planned transfers to the community policing division, “which would make room […]

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Mike Berlon New DPG Chair for 2011-15, Nikema Williams Vice Chair (UPDATE 1)

The Democratic Party of Georgia has elected new leadership.  Mike Berlon has been elected Chair.  Nikema Williams has been elected Vice Chair. RJ Hadley has been elected Vice Chair of County Parties.  This is nice recognition for Hadley, who was the only one running for US Senate until Mike Thurmond got in the race. Miguel Camancho has been elected Vice […]

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Obama Threatens Community Action Agencies in SOTU

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed a three year freeze on federal spending.  He suggested only a couple of specific cuts, however.  One was to defense spending.  The other was to community action agencies, such as the Fulton-Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA), which disburses LIHEAP and other emergency funds. “This freeze will require painful […]

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HB 43 Would Ban Use of Mountaintop Removal Coal in Georgia

HB 43 was introduced January 25, 2011.  It is co-sponsored by State Reps. Mary Margaret Oliver, Elly Dobbs, Pat Gardner, Kathy Ashe, Stephanie Benfield, and Michele Henson. The bill would prohibit the purchase or use of coal extracted by mountaintop removal coal mining for the generation of electricity.  It would be phased out over seven years.  The bill would also […]

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FBI Raids Georgia Tech Student’s Dorm over Wikileaks Chat Room (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE: A roommate of Chen called APN to say that the roommate had received the note left by APN.  He said he would forward the note to Chen.  He said that Chen had met with the university’s administration yesterday and was advised not to speak to any more media. (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, January 27, 2011, the Federal Bureau […]

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(IPS) Lethal Drug Shortage Creates Ethical Quagmire for Death Penalty

This article was first published by Inter-Press Service at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54281 ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan 28, 2011 (IPS) – As the domestic and overseas sources that U.S. states relied upon for sodium thiopental (ST), a key drug used in lethal injections, have stopped producing or exporting the drug, state governments are scrambling to find another way to carry out planned executions. Oklahoma […]

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Students Organize Protest at Bank of America Tower

(APN) ATLANTA – It was a cold, rainy, and dreary day, on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, as approximately 25 activists gathered in front of the Bank of American (BOA) headquarters building at 600 Peachtree Street.  They held signs stating, “BOA is a Criminal Organization”  and “Smash Capitalism.”   The young, cutting-edge, mostly-male, gathering of students are part of an organization called Atlanta […]

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