Author Archives: AUSTIN STEWART

Trump’s Federal Budget Would Devastate Georgia, Working Families

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(APN) ATLANTA — The federal budget proposals being considered by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, with some ten trillion dollars in cuts over ten years, would be devastating to Georgia.   Trump has been discussing the federal budget with his policy team, and has been relying upon two draconian, slash-and-burn budget proposals: one put forth by the Republican […]

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David Poythress, 1943-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Retired Lt. Gen. David Bryan Poythress, 73, of Atlanta, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 after decades of public service to the people of Georgia.   Poythress held numerous positions in Georgia state government, twice sought the Democratic nomination for Governor, served in the United States Air Force, and practiced law in the Atlanta area.   […]

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MARTA Project List Not Certain in Sales Tax Referendum

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(APN) ATLANTA — On the November 08, 2016 General Election ballot, voters in the City of Atlanta are being asked whether to support or to oppose a half-penny sales tax to support MARTA.   However, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that, rather than a specific list of projects, the referendum poses a large menu of possibilities for transportation improvements.   […]

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APN Issues State House, Senate Scorecard for 2014-2016 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — As the 2017-2018 General Assembly Legislative Session quickly approaches in Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News is re-issuing our Combined Scorecard for 2014, 2015, and 2016 for legislators in the State House and Senate representing areas wholly or partially in Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   The Scorecard rates the candidates on the progressiveness of their voting records, based on […]

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Candidate’s Criminal History, Linda Pritchett HD63, as Buried by CBS Atlanta

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — In 2012, CBS Atlanta’s “exclusive investigation” found that Linda Pritchett, then a candidate for the Democratic nomination for State House District 63 had a troubling criminal history.   CBS apparently had invested significant resources to uncover the information for the news report, which was once published at the following […]

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Dr. “Sonny” Walker, 1934-2016, Early Champion of NPUs, Community Action, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Dr. William “Sonny” Walker, 82, passed away on June 14, 2016.  He was known in Atlanta, in Arkansas, and indeed, nationwide – as a passionate advocate for poor people, a community business leader, and a federal grant administrator for eight U.S. southern states for anti-poverty initiatives dating back to the the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 during […]

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Democratic Run-offs Set in Georgia House Districts 59, 62, 63, 91

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(APN) ATLANTA — There are four State House Run-offs in Democratic Primary races, scheduled for July 26, 2016, among House Districts that encompass parts of Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties: House District 59 in Atlanta and East Point; 62 and 63 in South Fulton; and 91 in Lithonia.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, there was a major upset […]

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Reps. Dawkins-Haigler, Anderson Head to SD 43 Run-off, as Senate Incumbents Do Well in Primaries

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(APN) ATLANTA — Out of all the State Senate Districts that touch Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties, there will be one Run-off, in State Senate District 43, where currently a Republican is serving in a highly Democratic-leaning District.   In all other races, incumbents either defeated challengers or had no challengers.  State Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) easily defeated a Primary challenger, […]

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Renitta Shannon’s Big Primary Victory; Lopez to be First Latina in State House

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(APN) ATLANTA — In an unusual upset of an incumbent, moderate Democrat in the State House, progressive activist Renitta Shannon defeated State Rep. Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur) in House District 84 during Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election, May 24, 2016.   In addition, Brenda Lopez became the first Latina elected to the State House of Representatives, by winning an open Democratic-leaning House […]

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Atlanta Council Hears Mayor’s MARTA Tax Project Proposals

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(APN) ATLANTA — On May 19, 2016, the City Council of Atlanta’s Transportation Committee held a Work Session, in which it heard presentations for two proposed lists of transportation-related projects–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–that could be part of two possible upcoming voter referenda on two half-penny sales taxes.   Notably, the MARTA list included an extension of […]

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Coyne Sues Georgia Democratic Party for Backing Barksdale, breaking own By-laws

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(APN) ATLANTA — On May 12, 2016, John Coyne, II, one of three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, filed a lawsuit against the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG); former State Sen. Dubose Porter (D-Dublin), the Party Chair; and others for what he claims to be fraudulent and conspiratorial  activities against himself and one other opponent in this […]

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Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman Speaks in Atlanta on Her Twenty Year Coverage Memoir

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(APN) ATLANTA — Independent media supporters, community progressives, and listeners of WRFG 89.3FM gathered at the First Iconium Baptist Church, on Moreland Avenue in East Atlanta, to hear Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! speak on the importance of social movements and the failures of the corporate media on May 3, 2016.   The proceeds of the talk went to support […]

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USDOJ Insists Georgia in Error on Voter Purge, in Statement of Interest filed in Lawsuit

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(APN) ATLANTA — On May 04, 2016 the United States Department of Justice, (USDOJ) filed a Statement of Interest of the United States, recommending the lawsuit filed against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and his office not be dismissed as requested by the State of Georgia.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Common Cause Georgia and the […]

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Candidate Seeks Progressive Change in Fulton Court Clerk’s Office

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(APN) ATLANTA — In the upcoming May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, Duvwon Robinson is challenging incumbent Fulton County Superior Court Clerk, Cathelene “Tina” Robinson, for the Democratic nomination.   Duvwon Robinson [no relation with Cathelene] is a career counselor with the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency.   There is one Republican candidate running for the Clerk position, […]

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Atlanta Council Moves Forward on Turner Field Sale to AFCRA

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(APN) ATLANTA — Despite public opposition, on Monday, May 02, 2016, the City Council of Atlanta voted unanimously to approve the sale the two-thirds portion of Turner Field owned by the City of Atlanta to the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), which owns the other one-third, so that the baseball stadium can be sold through AFCRA to development firms […]

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