Author Archives: GLORIA TATUM

Vogtle Reactors Move Forward, despite Co-owner Concerns

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(APN) ATLANTA — After a debate on a “go or no go” vote, the co-owners–Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), Oglethorpe Power, and Dalton Utilities–decided to continue construction on the planned Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors Units 3 and 4, despite never-ending cost overruns.   The vote was triggered by a recent 2.3 billion dollar jump in the budget announced by […]

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Kemp Faces Voter Purge Lawsuits in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp is currently facing at least two lawsuits related to his voter purging practices in the lead-up to the November 2018 General Election.   In 2017, Kemp found a way to purge another half a million voters from the voter rolls, continuing his practice of purging eligible voters from the voter rolls […]

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Activists Push Co-owner, MEAG, to End the Insanity of Vogtle Units 3, 4

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(APN) SANDY SPRINGS — On Thursday, September 20, 2018, activists insisted that the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), a minority co-owner of the pending two new nuclear reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle, finally abandon the insanity that is their continued involvement in the project.   Since the previous report by Atlanta Progressive News on the Vogtle co-owners, […]

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Federal Judge Denies E-Vote Injunction in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, September 17, 2018, U. S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have mandated paper ballots for Georgia’s November 06, 2018 General Election in the Curling v. Kemp lawsuit.   Georgia voters will therefore continue to use touchscreen electronic voting machines for what election integrity advocates hope will be […]

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A Crack in Co-Owner Support for Vogtle, as Costs Skyrocket

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(APN) ATLANTA — As the cost projections for the nuclear reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle continue to skyrocket, co-owner support for Plant Vogtle is on increasingly shaky ground, especially as credit rating agencies are talking downgrades based upon the instability of cost projections around finishing the reactors.   Georgia Power’s announcement last month of an unexpected increase of […]

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Gwinnett Voters to Consider MARTA Referendum in March 2019

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(APN) ATLANTA — On August 02, 2018, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to create a ballot referendum that will take place on March 19, 2019, for Gwinnett County citizens to consider whether to approve a one cent sales tax that would fund the expansion of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) into Gwinnett County.       […]

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Reality Winner of Augusta, Whistleblower, Sentenced under Espionage Act

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Photograph from Reality Winner’s personal Facebook page; used pursuant to fair use doctrine for educational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, August 23, 2018, Reality Leigh Winner, 26, a brave whistleblower who warned the U.S. citizenry of Russian espionage related to state election systems, was sentenced to five years in prison under the Espionage Act.   On June 26, 2018, […]

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Russians Targeted Georgia County Servers, Mueller Indictment Reveals, but KSU Destroyed the Evidence (UPDATE 2)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two county servers in Georgia were targeted by two Russian military officers, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev and Aleksandr Vladimirovich Osadchuk, it was recently revealed in a July 13, 2018 indictment of twelve Russian hackers by U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller.   Here is a link to the Mueller indictment. https://d3i6fh83elv35t.cloudfront.net/static/2018/07/Muellerindictment.pdf   Russians accessed the websites of […]

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Rainbow Family Gathering in Georgia Disrupted by Federal Officers (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) DAHLONEGA, Georgia — The 47th annual Rainbow Family Gathering was held in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Dahlonega, Georgia over the Fourth of July week, 2018.     Some 4,500 people, including students, veterans, teachers, homeless youth, professional people, some poor, some wealthy from across the country attended the gathering, which is held in national parks across the U.S. […]

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Atlantans Protest Trump’s Immigrant Family Separations

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, June 30, 2018, thousands of Atlantans joined millions across the U.S., in over seven hundred protest rallies nationwide, in marching to oppose Trump’s zero-tolerance policy that separates immigrant children from their non-criminal, non-violent parents who are seeking asylum.   A smaller group of protesters maintained an overnight presence at the Atlanta Detention Center through Monday, […]

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Mariah Parker, Progressive Slate Elected in Athens, Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Mariah Parker, a 26 year-old University of Georgia doctoral student and rapper, was sworn in as an Athens-Clarke County Commissioner from District 2 on June 05, 2018.   Parker’s race was a Special Election to replace former Commissioner Harry Sims, who resigned his seat to run for Mayor.        Parker ran on a platform of economic […]

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Atlanta Makes Sustainability Strides under Stuckey’s Leadership (UPDATE 2)

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Photograph courtesy of Erik Voss, copyright 2018 Erik Voss.   (APN) ATLANTA — Over the last few years of the leadership of Stephanie Stuckey (formerly Stephanie Stuckey Benfield), the City of Atlanta has made numerous strides towards sustainability.   The former State Representative joined the then-Mayor Kasim Reed Administration in 2015 as Director of the Office of Sustainability.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/09/23/city-of-atlanta-preparing-to-embrace-solar-panels/ […]

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Olsen Claims He Feared for his Life from an Unarmed, Naked Man

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(APN) DECATUR — In a packed courtroom, former DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen, claimed self-defense in the 2015 shooting death of Anthony Hill, an unarmed and naked, mentally ill man who Olsen shot and killed.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/03/23/feature-in-san-antonio-anthony-hill-wouldve-been-helped-not-shot/   The two-day immunity hearing for Olsen concluded on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in DeKalb County Superior Court with Judge J.P. Boulee […]

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Michael Williams’s Deportation Bus Hits a New Low in Republican Primary for Governor

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(APN) CLARKSTON — On Wednesday, May 17, 2018, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams, a State Senator from Cumming, Georgia, rolled into the cities of Decatur and Clarkston with his huge “Deportation Bus,” containing racist and hateful messages on the back of the bus: “Murders, rapists, kidnappers, child molesters, and other criminals on board….follow me to Mexico.”   Clarkston, Georgia […]

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