Monthly Archives: March 2018

APN Q&A: RJ Hadley, Candidate, Secretary of State

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(APN) ATLANTA — With the Primary Election for Georgia Secretary of State and other statewide races coming up on May 22, 2018, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to all candidates for the Democratic Primary.   R.J. Hadley, a Democratic Party activist and Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner for Rockdale County, is running for the Democratic nomination Secretary of State.   Other […]

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Renters Beware: Divvy Homes Lawyers Up over Repair Requests

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(APN) ATLANTA — Divvy Homes, an out-of-state, tech-driven investment group is looking to make a handsome profit for its Silicon Valley investors on the backs of its Atlanta tenants, by routinely refusing to make repairs; and now, it has hired lawyers at the Troutman Sanders and Mayer Brown law firms to respond to repair requests by the News Editor of […]

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Legislature Considers New Voter Equipment, but Experts Say Law Needs Fix (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — The State House is currently considering SB 403, to replace the current E-voting machines, which are direct recording, with ballot marking devices, allowing for a paper audit trail in Georgia elections by Jan. 01, 2024.   On Feb. 28, 2018, the bill passed the State Senate nearly unanimously, in […]

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Atlanta Watershed Withheld Records Requested by APN in 2015

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta failed to produce documents in response to a Georgia Open Records Act request by the present reporter to the Department of Watershed Management in 2015.   The City of Atlanta employee who initially received the request, Lillian Govus, is part of a separate Open Records Act violation incident that is currently being investigated […]

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Women, Youth Take Lead on Gun Reform Protests in Atlanta, Nationwide

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Both in Atlanta and nationwide, women and youth are taking the lead on gun reform following another mass school murder on February 14, 2018 that left seventeen students dead and nineteen injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.   On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, thousands from […]

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Proposed City of Greenhaven Bill Stalls, as Some Seek Atlanta Annexation

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — A controversial bill to create a new City of Greenhaven, comprised of much of remaining unincorporated DeKalb County, did not pass out of the State House and thus did not “cross over” to the State Senate.   The bill appears to be dead for this year; however, opponents of […]

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Atlanta Implements No Cash Bail for Misdemeanors, after Fiery Debate

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, March 01, 2018, the City of Atlanta began implementing its “no cash bail” policy for certain non-violent misdemeanor offenses.   Under the new process, most persons who are arrested for non-violent, misdemeanor offenses will be booked in under charges for which they were arrested; receive a self-bond […]

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