Monthly Archives: January 2011

Rep. Rusty Kidd Plans to Introduce Ballot Access Reform Again

State Rep. Rusty Kidd, Georgia’s only independent state legislator, told Atlanta Progressive News that he plans to introduce ballot access reform legislation again this Session, probably in early February 2011. He said he expects that the legislature will not move forward on any ballot access reforms until the Elections Advisory Council created by Secretary of State Brian Kemp formalizes […]

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Progressive Legislators Oppose Sales Tax on Groceries Reinstatement (UPDATE 2)

(APN) ATLANTA — Five progressive state legislators–State Sens. Vincent Fort, Donzella James, and Curt Thompson, and State Reps. Stephanie Benfield and Tyrone Brooks–are opposing some of the major recommendations of the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians, which released its recommendations Friday, January 07, 2011. Last year, the Republican-led legislature passed legislation creating the Commission and requiring […]

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Press Conference on Prison Conditions in Georgia

Courtesy of Bruce Dixon: “The Concerned Coalition to Protect Prisoner Rights held a press conference on January 6th, 2011 to discuss the physical assaults perpetrated on inmates by prison staff. The attacks took place in the wake of fact finding visits by the Coalition to Macon State Prison and Smith State Prison, following last month’s inmate led work stoppage that […]

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Heating Assistance Funds Near-Exhausted in Fulton

(APN) ATLANTA — Since January 03, 2011, the Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority has temporarily stopped accepting new applications for heating assistance through the federal LIHEAP program, due to exhaustion of funds. The program runs from November through March.  It opens for seniors and disabled people on November 01, and to the general public on December 01. FACAA CEO […]

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SACS Reviewing Board Conflict, Alisias Ties

APN spoke with a representative from SACS, the school accreditation agency which is investigating Atlanta Public Schools, shortly before the holiday break.  And they revealed that they are investigating both the board conflict, and the ties between the Board majority and Alisias, a pro-privatization PR firm whose work for the majority was allegedly on behalf of privatization advocate Glenn Delk.  […]

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House Speaker Ralston: Maybe We Should Rethink Drug Policy

Speaker of the Georgia House, David Ralston, told Morris News Service that perhaps its time that Georgia rethink its drug policies:  “We’re going to have to start a discussion, I believe, about our policy in terms of how we incarcerate people in Georgia.  I’m not sure where that discussion ultimately will lead to,” Ralston told MNS. “We’re spending […]

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US Reps. Gingrey, Woodall (R-GA) Support Changing Birthright Citizenship

US Reps. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Rob Woodall (R-GA) have announced their support for federal legislation to deny birthright citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants.  APN reported yesterday on how similar legislation is also expected in the Georgia legislature. The bill, HR 140, was introduced on Wednesday, January 05, 2011, by US Rep. Steve King (R-IA).  It would “amend section […]

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Kemp Appoints Two Ballot Access Supporters to Elections Council

(APN) ATLANTA — Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has appointed two ballot access advocates to his Elections Advisory Council, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. They include State Rep. Rusty Kidd, the only independent to serve in Georgia’s legislature, and Associate Prof. David Shock, a Political Science professor at Kennesaw State University, who is a Libertarian. Kemp announced […]

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2010’s SOAW Sunday Protesters Get Six Months in Prison

School of the Americas Watch protesters, who commited civil disobedience the 2010 SOAW protest on Sunday, have been sentenced to six months in federal prison.  This is separate from those who were arrested in Saturday in a separate action that ended up getting innocent by-standers arrested, as previously reported by APN. Nancy Smith from New York, and Chris Spicer […]

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