Author Archives: MATTHEW CHARLES CARDINALE

Gwinnett County Residents Ask for MARTA Referendum per New State Law

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — At the Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting of Gwinnett County, several residents made public comments urging the Board to adopt a resolution creating a countywide referendum on the November 2018 ballot for the County to join the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA).   MARTA currently includes […]

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Atlanta Council Cmte Approves Gentrification Plan for English Avenue

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Dustin Hillis (District 9), Marci Overstreet (District 11), Joyce Sheperd (District 12), and Matt Westmoreland (Post 2-at-large) voted in favor of legislation that will result in the unmitigated gentrification of Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood.   With no debate and only one question, the Committee voted in favor of the land […]

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Neighborhood Association Claims Identity Theft in English Avenue

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(APN) ATLANTA — The English Avenue Neighborhood Association, formed in 1995 to represent the low-income residential neighborhood of English Avenue west of downtown Atlanta, finds itself in the middle of a major dispute around the future of development, and the threat of gentrification.   Yet, in a series of events dramatic enough for a telenovela–two groups of English Avenue residents […]

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APN Endorses Abrams; Chapman; Dawkins-Haigler, Noel

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(APN) ATLANTA  — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has issued the following endorsements:   DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR: FORMER MINORITY LEADER STACEY ABRAMS   We endorse former State Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) because we believe she is the better choice over former State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) – not because we perceive Abrams to be the ultra-progressive candidate […]

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APN Q&A: Becky Evans, Candidate, HD 83

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the May 22, 2018 Primary Election, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to the candidates for the Democratic Primary for House District 83, where Becky Evans is challenging State Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta).   APN published Rep. Mosby’s responses earlier this week, on May 08, 2018:   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2018/05/08/apn-qa-state-rep-howard-mosby-hd-83/   Becky Evans served as […]

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APN Q&A: State Rep. Howard Mosby, HD 83

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Primary Election, Atlanta Progressive News is focusing on a contested State House Democratic Primary, for District 83, a seat currently held by State Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta).   Mosby is facing challenger Becky Evans.  Evans has also provided her questionnaire responses to APN, to be published […]

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Councilwoman Sheperd to Seniors: Stay in Your Homes

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd (District 12) urged seniors to stay in their homes and not to sell their homes at a Homeowner Empowerment Workshop at the Arthur Langford Jr. Recreation Center in Southwest Atlanta.   Councilwoman Sheperd said she receives offers in the mail almost daily to purchase her home with cash.  Sheperd owns her home, […]

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APN Q&A: John Noel, Candidate, Public Service Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — With Primary Elections for several statewide races coming up on May 22, 2018, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to all candidates for the Democratic Primary for for Georgia Public Service Commission District 3.   The PSC District 3 seat is currently held by Republican Chuck Eaton, who is seeking reelection.  Eaton has been a consistent supporter of […]

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APN Q&A: Johnny White, Candidate, Public Service Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — With Primary Elections for several statewide races coming up on May 22, 2018, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to all candidates for the Democratic Primary for for Georgia Public Service Commission District 3.   The PSC District 3 seat is currently held by Republican Chuck Eaton, who is seeking reelection.  Eaton has been a consistent supporter of […]

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APN Q&A: Former Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, 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.   Former State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler served in the State House from 2009 to 2017.   In 2017, she ran for the Democratic nomination for State […]

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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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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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Stacey Hopkins, ACLU Preserve 160,000 Voter Registrations in State Settlement (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has settled with Stacey Hopkins, a Fulton County voter who last year, in 2017, was threatened with removal from the voter rolls after she moved from one address to another within Fulton County.   The settlement, reached January 31, 2018, preserves the “Active” voter registration status of an estimated class of […]

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APD Enforcing Laws Criminalizing, Burdening Homeless People

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — For at least the last nine years, the City of Atlanta has continued to arrest people for violating seven laws contained in Chapter 106 (“Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions”) that have the actual or potential effect of criminalizing homelessness, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   For some of the ordinances it […]

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Libertarian Party Sues over Georgia Ballot Petition Requirements for U.S. House

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia’s antiquated and oppressive ballot access laws–which set highly burdensome petition requirements for independent and minor party ballot candidates to get on the ballot in Georgia–are facing a legal challenge again, as advocates for voter choice continue to chip away at Georgia’s two party monopoly.   While minor party and independent candidates continue to appeal to voters […]

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