Monthly Archives: January 2016

Atlanta Schoolchildren Lose $63.6 Million In APS/Beltline Deal (UPDATE 2)

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UPDATE 1: Title and article updated with new total numbers (see below for full editorial comment).   (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Board of Education has conceded to recouping tens of millions dollars less than the original 162 million dollars promised to the Atlanta Public School system (APS) for its participation in the Beltline Tax Allocation District (TAD).   In […]

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Rep. Dudgeon, Sen. Ligon Introduce Township Model for Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — State Rep Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek) introduced HR 1051, a constitutional amendment to create a township form of governance in Georgia.   State Sen. William Ligon (R- Brunswick) introduced SR 724, an identical resolution in the State Senate.   The proposed amendment would create a township with limited powers and services.  Towns would have the power of […]

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Atlanta Quietly Growing Through Annexation Petitions

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta’s boundaries are growing, as more unincorporated neighborhoods in DeKalb and Fulton Counties are successfully annexing into the City of Atlanta, opting to use the petition method provided for by Georgia law, instead of seeking voter referenda.   Most recently, the City of Atlanta annexed the community of South Oaks, a small residential area in south Fulton, […]

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APN Capitol Journal: 2016, Week Two

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(APN) ATLANTA — This weekly Capitol Journal is a new feature Atlanta Progressive News is offering its readers, for the 2016 year of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.   Legislative Session Budget Hearings (Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016)   Today was not an official legislative calendar day, but there was plenty of activity as various departments presented their budgets for fiscal year […]

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Sen. McKoon Takes On Lack of Transparency in Legislature with New Bills


(APN) ATLANTA — State Sen. Josh McKoon (R – Columbus) is currently championing legislation focused on increasing transparency at the Capitol, something that is greatly needed.   McKoon–perhaps best known for his staunch support of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)–has previously taken the lead on transparency and government reform issues.   As a freshman during the 2011-2012 Legislative […]

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Sen. Jones Discusses Bill Reducing Cannabis Possession Charges

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, State Sen. Harold Jones ( D-Augusta) held a news conference at the State Capitol to discuss SB 254, which would change Georgia law regarding personal possession of over one ounce or more of cannabis (“marijuana”) from a felony to a misdemeanor charge.  The bill does not decriminalize or legalize cannabis.   Under […]

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Officer Robert Olsen Indicted, Arrested for Murder of Anthony Hill

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(APN) DECATUR — On Thursday, January 21, 2016, after eight hours of hearing evidence, a criminal grand jury indicted DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen on six counts for the murder of Anthony Hill.   The charges include two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of making a false statement, and two counts of violation […]

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Encampment Builds Pressure for Murder Indictment of Officer Who Killed Anthony Hill

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(APN) DECATUR –– Demonstrators are braving below-freezing temperatures as they camp outside of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the lead-up to a grand jury hearing in the case of Anthony Hill.   Hill, a 27-year-old Air Force veteran and musician, was suffering a mental breakdown when DeKalb Police Department (DPD) Officer Robert Olsen fatally shot him last March. […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, January 17, 2016

To access links, click on full post.   Second year, second chance for Atlanta Streetcar Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Leak Stats Should Give Pause to Supporters (of Palmetto Pipeline) Augusta Chronicle   How Much Does Georgia Rely Upon Federal Aid Atlanta Business Chronicle   Georgia still ranks near bottom for high school graduation rate Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription) […]

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Battle Rages on Over Proposed Palmetto Pipeline through Georgia, South Carolina, Florida

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(APN) ATLANTA — The legal fight rages on between Texas-based Kinder Morgan, and environmental groups and property owners in Georgia and South Carolina, over the company’s proposed one billion dollar Palmetto Pipeline.   The controversial 360 mile Palmetto Pipeline would run off the existing Plantation Pipeline at Belton, South Carolina, then run through North Augusta and snake its way down […]

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House Democrats Emphasize Medicaid Expansion, Military Families In Legislative Rollout

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(APN) ATLANTA — In the flurry of activity that marked the first week of the 2016 year of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus gathered on Thursday, January 14, 2016, to announce their policy agenda.   High on the list was Medicaid expansion in Georgia, an option under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that Georgia […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, January 16, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Moore: Reed Violated City Charter with Payment to APS Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription only)   GSU Researchers Warned in 2004 of Beltline Funding Woes if Economy Soured Saporta Report   Atlanta’s Tiny Houses for Artists Atlanta Magazine   The Beltline is Not a Catalyst for Walkable Development Unplanned Atlanta […]

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Several House Democrats Seek Assault Weapons Ban in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Assault Weapons Ban Bill, HB 731, has been introduced in the State House, and is co-sponsored by State Reps. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta), Rep. Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus), Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta), Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia), and Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia).   The bill prohibits the sale, distribution, transport possession, and […]

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