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Georgia House Hearing Examines E-Voting Problems

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, September 22, 2017 the Georgia House of Representative Science and Technology Committee heard from Jeremy Epstein, a senior computer scientist at SRI International, via Skype, about voting vulnerabilities with the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) touchscreen voting machines that comprise Georgia’s E-voting system.   The hearing took place as the State of Georgia is finally showing […]

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Solar Expo Held in North Georgia

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(APN) BLAIRSVILLE, Georgia — The Solar Expo and Sustainability Festival, held at the Union County Arena, in Blairsville, Georgia, from August 18 to August 20, 2017, attracted thousands of people interested in getting off the grid and/or reducing their carbon footprint.   The Solar Fest was an opportunity for folks who want to become energy self-sufficient to meet people with […]

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Atlanta Council Approves Cannabis Decriminalization

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, October 02, 2017, in a historic, unanimous vote, the City Council of Atlanta approved 17-O-1152, an ordinance to change City of Atlanta municipal provisions related to possession of one ounce or less of cannabis (or “marijuana”), to remove the possibility of jail time and lower the possible fine to seventy-five dollars.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=11889&highlightTerms=17-0-1152   Currently, […]

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Alt-Right in Atlanta, Hidden in Plain Sight

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(APN) ATLANTA — While Atlanta is known as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and a place where people of diverse races live and work together in harmony and peace, Atlanta and Georgia are not without individuals associated with the so-called “Alt-Right.”   The Alternative Right or Alt-Right is a new umbrella group for a mixture of White nationalists […]

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U.S. Sen. Isakson Fails to Connect at Town Hall Meeting

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(APN) MARIETTA — On Monday, August 14, 2017, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)  hosted a Town Hall Meeting to answer constituents’ questions.     Progressive activists nationwide and in Georgia have struggled to get meetings with Republican elected officials, in a political environment characterized by division and turmoil.   Constituents thanked U.S. Sen. Isakson numerous times for holding the meeting […]

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Atlanta’s Homeless Opportunity Bond Helps, but Won’t Replace Task Force

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(APN) ATLANTA — On July 17, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta voted unanimously to authorize the Atlanta Development Authority (“Invest Atlanta”) to issue a 26 million dollar Homeless Opportunity Bond (HOB) to combat homelessness in Atlanta.       The United Way of Greater Atlanta will match that with a 25 million dollar philanthropic donation.   Mayor Kasim Reed announced […]

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Family in DeKalb Sues Sessions over Cannabis Classification

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With added legal analysis by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — A family in DeKalb County has joined a coalition of plaintiffs from around the country to challenge the federal government’s classification of cannabis, or “marijuana,” as a Schedule I drug, which means a dangerous substance with no medical benefits.   Sebastien Cotte is representing his son Jagger, 6, […]

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South Carolina Pulls the Plug on Two Nuclear Reactors

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(APN) ATLANTA — Ding, Dong.  V.C. Summer’s two planned new nuclear power reactors near Columbia, South Carolina are dead.   The culprits include rising costs, falling demand for energy, construction delays, and the bankruptcy of lead contractor Westinghouse.   After nine years, Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) are pulling the plug on the fourteen billion dollar […]

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Boycott Targets Chevron where DeKalb Police Brutalized Panhandler

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(APN) DECATUR — On Monday, July 17, 2017, over a hundred activists held their first boycott and day of protest at the Chevron gas station at the intersection of Glenwood Road and Line Road in DeKalb County, after a video circulated on social media showing an incident where a DeKalb County police officer brutalized a homeless woman.   On June […]

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Disabled Community Fights for Their Lives to Save Medicaid

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(APN) ATLANTA — “No Medicaid Cuts, No Medicaid Caps, No Cuts to Medicaid Waivers.”  These were the demands from over fifty people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) at the Georgia State Capitol, on Wednesday, july 12, 2017.   Their protest highlighted how the various U.S. Congressional Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would harm Georgia.   People […]

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PSC Staff Admits New Nuclear Reactors May Be Uneconomical at 16th VCM Hearing

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Georgia Public Service Commission’s (PSC) 16th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) hearing on June 29, 2017, the PSC’s staff reported, for the first time, that it may be uneconomical to continue developing two new nuclear reactors–Vogtle Units 3 and 4–at Plant Vogtle.   During cross examination, the PSC staff hypothesized several outcomes for Vogtle and the […]

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Labor Celebrates $15 per Hour Minimum for Atlanta City Workers

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(APN) ATLANTA — On June 21, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta voted, as part of the approval of next fiscal year’s budget, to raise the minimum wage for workers employed by the City of Atlanta from to $10.10 to $15 an hour over the next two fiscal years.   The raise does not cover people working in the City […]

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Georgians Mobilize against U.S. Senate “TrumpCare” Bill

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(APN) ATLANTA — As the U.S. Senate Republican majority released their much anticipated version of “Trumpcare” or the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHCA)–which is supposed to replace “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act (ACA)–Georgians mobilized in opposition.   Progressives are increasingly pointing to the predictable failure of the private insurance/individual mandate model of Obamacare to provide truly universal care or to […]

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KSU E-voting Breach More Serious Than Public Was Informed

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(APN) ATLANTA — A recent interview with Logan Lamb, 29, the man who breached highly sensitive election data in Georgia, published by the Politico news service, reveals that the reported breach–involving the Kennesaw State University Center for Election Systems (KSU CES) website–is much more serious than the University previously stated.   http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/14/will-the-georgia-special-election-get-hacked-215255   The so-called “hacker” was Internet security employee, […]

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