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Georgia’s E-Voting Vulnerability Underscored by Server Breach

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(APN) ATLANTA — The vulnerability of Georgia’s electronic voting system to hacking and manipulation–especially without a voter verifiable paper audit trail to provide an independent backup–is underscored by a recent server breach.   Georgia is one of only five U.S. states–along with Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, and South Carolina–that does not have an independent way to verify how citizens voted […]

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Georgia Democrats Push Back on Redistricting, Seek Independent Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — Of the many structural deficiencies with our democratic process in the U.S., politically-motivated redistricting of state and federal legislative districts–also known as gerrymandering–is one of the worst culprits of creating extremist, dysfunctional governments that disempower voters.   State Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) and others are trying to do something about this and have filed two resolutions, SR […]

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Georgia Legislature Fails to Act, Again, on Toxic Coal Ash

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(APN) ATLANTA — None of the three bills sought by the Georgia Water Coalition came up for committee votes prior to Crossover Day during this year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session.   On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the annual Capital Conservation Day, the Georgia Water Coalition lobbied for three bills that would help protect the environment from toxic coal ash […]

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Georgia Power Suspends Plans on Stewart Nuclear Site

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia Power has announced its intentions to suspend plans to build nuclear reactors in Stewart County, Georgia on the Chattahoochee River.   In Georgia Power’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) the Public Service Commission (PSC) authorized 99 million dollars for Georgia Power to investigate Stewart County as a potential site to build two more AP1000 nuclear reactors. […]

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Medical Cannabis, Decriminalization Bills Advance in Georgia Legislature

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(APN) ATLANTA — A total of three bills related to cannabis have advanced in the Georgia Legislature this year, including two bills related to medical cannabis and one bill that would reduce the criminal penalties for cannabis possession.   MEDICAL EXPANSION BILL ADVANCES OUT OF HOUSE COMMITTEE   A new cannabis oil bill, HB 65, filed by State Rep. Allen […]

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Hundreds Rally for Trump Impeachment in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, February 20, 2017, which is also President’s Day federal holiday, thousands protested Trump’s policies with “Not My President ” rallies in cities across the country, including Atlanta.   In Atlanta, hundreds walked six miles from the MARTA Arts Station to the Lenox Station chanting, “Not My President,” “Impeach Trump,” “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist […]

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Atlantans Protest in Response to ICE Raids on Immigrants

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, February 16, 2017, hundreds rallied at the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) headquarters in downtown Atlanta to send a message to President Donald Trump and his administration that immigrants have a right to remain, will not be silent, and are going to resist every step of the way.   The day was declared “A Day […]

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Hundreds Protest over DeAundre Phillips APD Killing, Withholding of Tape and Officer Name

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(APN) ATLANTA — Frustration and anger spilled into the streets of Atlanta’s Bankhead neighborhood on Sunday, February 12, 2017, as residents grapple with yet another questionable killing of an unarmed, young Black man by police.   DeAundre Phillips, 24, a father of a five year-old daughter, was sleeping in a car on January 26, 2017, minutes before a plain-clothed Atlanta […]

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GSU Student Meeting Taken Over by Protesters Seeking CBA for Turner Field

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — A tidal wave of resistance swept over the Student Government Association (SGA) at Georgia State University (GSU) on Thursday, February 02, 2016, as a group of students and community members took over a SGA meeting, convincing six SGA Senators to agree to help draft a resolution supporting a Community […]

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Atlantans Protest at Airport over Trump Orders Banning Muslims

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Photograph courtesy of Judy Conder.   (APN) COLLEGE PARK, Georgia — On Sunday, January 29, 2017, Atlantans joined massive nationwide protests that exploded in over thirty U.S. cities in response to President Donald Trump’s latest Executive Orders banning all Muslims citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the United States for ninety days.   Syrian […]

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63,000 March in Atlanta, Unified against Trump

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, January 21, 2017, some 63,000 people marched from the Center for Civil and Human Rights to Liberty Plaza at the Georgia State Capitol to show opposition to President Donald Trump’s contradictory messages, boldfaced lies, demonization of minorities, and cabinet appointments that are extreme, even for Republican standards   Torrents of rain, flooding, and tornado warnings […]

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Hundreds Protest Sabal Trail Pipeline in Florida, in Nod to Standing Rock

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(APN) LIVE OAK, Florida — Hundreds of clean water protectors converged on Suwanee State Park on January 14 and 15, 2017, to stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline from drilling under the Suwannee River near Live Oak, Florida.   Clean water protectors are concerned that spills and leaks from Spectra Energy’s planned Sabal Trail fracked gas pipeline will pollute the Southeastern […]

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State Rep. Peake Seeks Statewide Vote on Medical Cannabis Amendment

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(APN) ATLANTA — State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) is filing a bill to create a statewide referendum in 2018 on whether to amend the Constitution of the State of Georgia to allow the in-state cultivation of medical cannabis.   The referendum on a Constitutional Amendment will require two-thirds of both chambers to move forward but does not require the Governor’s […]

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Georgia PSC Certifies Billions More in Nuclear Costs in Highly Opaque Process

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) rubber-stamped a controversial stipulation agreement that fails to protect Georgia utility customers and rewards Georgia Power’s bad management.   The Commissioners’ unanimous vote, although disappointing, was not surprising, because the current five Republican Commissioners so often serve the wishes of Georgia Power.  Some ratepayers advocates have […]

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Council Approves Privatization of Key Downtown Atlanta’s Public Streets (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta has approved a controversial proposal to sell the downtown Atlanta Underground property–including the mall and the surrounding pedestrian plaza–to a developer who plans to turn some of the public spaces into private streets.   Once private, the property owner may exclude individuals whose presence they […]

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