Monthly Archives: October 2017

Georgia House Hearing Examines E-Voting Problems

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, September 22, 2017 the Georgia House of Representative Science and Technology Committee heard from Jeremy Epstein, a senior computer scientist at SRI International, via Skype, about voting vulnerabilities with the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) touchscreen voting machines that comprise Georgia’s E-voting system.   The hearing took place as the State of Georgia is finally showing […]

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Candidate Courtney English Appears to Have Evaded APS Property Taxes

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Courtney English, who is running for Atlanta City Council Post 1-at-large, appears to have evaded property taxes payable to the school system he chairs, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   He claims to own, and to have purchased, his childhood home.  At a recent candidates’ forum held by Georgia Stand […]

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Rev. Darrion Fletcher, 1963-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Rev. Darrion Fletcher, 54, an activist and spiritual counselor whose work focused on lifting up low-income people in some of Atlanta’s most distressed communities, Vine City and English Avenue, passed away on September 25, 2017.   Fletcher had qualified to run against Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Lee Young (District 3) for at least the second time.   […]

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APN Endorses Fort, Finds Norwood Favorable; Endorses Bond

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Board of Directors of Atlanta Progressive News has issued a first round of endorsements in the 2017 City of Atlanta races for Mayor of Atlanta, and the Post 1-at-large Council seat.   For Mayor of Atlanta, APN endorses former State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), a progressive champion, as our first choice for Mayor; and APN rates […]

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Solar Expo Held in North Georgia

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(APN) BLAIRSVILLE, Georgia — The Solar Expo and Sustainability Festival, held at the Union County Arena, in Blairsville, Georgia, from August 18 to August 20, 2017, attracted thousands of people interested in getting off the grid and/or reducing their carbon footprint.   The Solar Fest was an opportunity for folks who want to become energy self-sufficient to meet people with […]

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Atlanta Council Approves Cannabis Decriminalization

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, October 02, 2017, in a historic, unanimous vote, the City Council of Atlanta approved 17-O-1152, an ordinance to change City of Atlanta municipal provisions related to possession of one ounce or less of cannabis (or “marijuana”), to remove the possibility of jail time and lower the possible fine to seventy-five dollars.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=11889&highlightTerms=17-0-1152   Currently, […]

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Q&A with Liliana Bakhtiari, Candidate, District 5, Atlanta City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of Liliana Bakhtiari, candidate for Atlanta City Council District 5.   Bakhtiari, who has roots in the progressive community in Atlanta, is challenging incumbent Natalyn Archibong.   While Archibong may not be the most vocal Councilmember, she has the […]

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APN Q&A with Natalyn Archibong, Incumbent, District 5, Atlanta City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2017 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of incumbent Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5).   Archibong faces two challengers, Liliana Bakhtiari and Dan Burroughs.   Since APN first published its Atlanta City Council Scorecard in 2009, Councilwoman Archibong has consistently had the highest score.  She currently […]

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