Author Archives: MATTHEW CHARLES CARDINALE

Audit Reveals Comcast Underpaid City of Atlanta in Franchise Fees

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Auditor’s Office of the City Atlanta has completed its audit of the City’s Cable Franchise Agreement with Comcast Cable; and determined that Comcast has underpaid the City of Atlanta by at least fifteen thousand dollars in the Fourth Quarter of 2019 alone.   http://www.atlaudit.org/comcast-franchise-fees—august-2020.html   The audit, which was published on August 31, 2020, says […]

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Liliana Bakhtiari to Re-Challenge Councilwoman Archibong in 2021

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(APN) ATLANTA — Progressive activist Liliana Bakhtiari will run again for Atlanta City Council District 5 in the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections.   The District 5 seat, covering East Atlanta, is currently held by Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong.   Over the last four years, since Bakhtiari’s first run for District 5 in 2017, she has continued her […]

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Senate District 39 Voters Must Request Ballot Including Special Election

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(APN) ATLANTA — Voters in Senate District 39 beware: If you are eligible to vote in Senate District 39 and voting in person, you must make a special request and remain vigilant, in order to receive a ballot that contains the Special Election.   Several voters have complained to at least two of the campaigns that they are not receiving […]

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Atlanta’s “Executive Session” Ruse Unravels: Closed Meetings Unjustified, Withheld Records Show

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(APN) ATLANTA — In order to shield their discussion of a controversial ordinance that they knew violated state law, Atlanta City Councilmembers closed two committee meetings to the public and went into Executive Session on Feb. 11 and 12, 2020.   Now, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that their claims that the closed meetings were justified by “threat of litigation” […]

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Atlanta Seeks to Gut Provisions of Georgia Open Records Act

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Photographs of Michael B. Jones, Robbie Ashe, Michael Smith, and Alisha Irene Wyatt-Bullman published pursuant to Fair Use doctrine for public educational purposes. (APN) ATLANTA — In an effort to stifle transparency and prevent being held accountable for apparent violations of the Georgia Open Records Act, the City of Atlanta has committed to spending endless taxpayer dollars to dismantle key […]

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Congressional Candidate Arrested Twice amid Bizarre Facebook Posts

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  Public image of Brooke Siskin used pursuant to Fair Use doctrine.   (APN) ATLANTA — A candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Ninth U.S. Congressional District has been arrested twice just this year, while at the same time having bizarre posts appear on her personal and campaign social media pages, Atlanta Progressive News can reveal.   Brooke Siskin, […]

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Democratic Party Selects Nikema Williams to Replace John Lewis on Ballot

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Democratic Party of Georgia has selected State Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) to replace late-U.S. Rep John Lewis (D-GA) on the ballot as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress for the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia in the upcoming November 03, 2020 General Election.   “Nobody will ever fill the shoes of Congressman Lewis.  I will do […]

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Updated APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard – June 2020

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  (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has updated its Atlanta City Council Scorecard to reflect several controversial votes taken on yesterday, June 20, 2020, by the Atlanta City Council regarding funding the Atlanta Police Department in the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget.   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UstnxjuqNt1xQYA2UUkjqta5Iia_dRRVHf2p-_o4-Q8/edit?usp=sharing   The new scores are as follows:   MICHAEL JULIAN BOND (1 at-large) 66.67   NATALYN […]

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Georgia General Assembly Approves Referendum on Sovereign Immunity (UPDATE 1)

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On June 16, 2020, the Georgia General Assembly approved legislation that will give the voters of Georgia a chance to decide in a November 2020 referendum whether Georgians should be able to sue the State of Georgia in Georgia courts for declaratory judgment – in other words, to sue for a declaration that the State of […]

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Federal Court Denies City of Atlanta’s Motion to Silence APN Editor

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On today, June 08, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg denied the City of Atlanta’s extraordinary and outrageous motion to silence the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News, in Cardinale v. City of Atlanta, 1:20-cv-01077-AT.   On April 14, 2020, the City of Atlanta filed a motion in federal court, asking for the court to […]

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Councilman Westmoreland’s Unrecorded, Apparently Falsified Vote

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s City Council is still taking unrecorded votes in violation of the Georgia Open Meetings Act, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   The minutes of the Feb. 11, 2020 Community Development/Human Services Committee reflect a “voice vote” on a motion to go into Executive Session (or closed, non-public session), and a “voice vote” […]

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City of Atlanta Delayed Reply, Misleadingly Withheld Comcast Agreement

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Photographs of Alisha Irene Wyatt-Bullman, Michael Smith, and Peter Kadushin published pursuant to fair use doctrine for educational and informational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta waited three and a half months to respond to a records request for a signed copy of the 2009 Comcast Cable Franchise Agreement.  Then, when the City finally responded, the City […]

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ALEC, Big Agriculture Seek to Undermine Nuisance Laws in Georgia

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  Photograph of Damon Mullis from https://www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org/   (APN) ATLANTA — Legislation currently pending before the Georgia Legislature, HB 545, the “Right to Farm Act of 2020,” seeks to make it more difficult for Georgia families to seek recovery in court for harms that they have suffered from nearby concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO’s).   http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20192020/HB/545   HB 545 was introduced […]

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U.S. Senate Candidate, Riggs Amico, Supported Romney over Obama, Donated to Right-wing Republican

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  (APN) ATLANTA – Sarah Riggs Amico, a current candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, supported Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for President in 2012; and financially supported the 2012 campaign of a right-wing Republican, now-former U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-FL), for reelection to U.S. Congress.   Amico is seeking the Democratic nomination in the upcoming June 09, […]

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