Author Archives: GLORIA TATUM

Moral Monday Activists Protest Education Cuts, Privatization

  (APN) ATLANTA — The fifth Georgia Moral Monday Movement Day at the Georgia State Capitol exposed what they described as the robbing of public education in Georgia.  Over 7.6 billion dollars has been cut from the education budget over the last ten years.  The cuts in Quality Basic Education (QBE) started in 2003 and have continued for thirteen years. […]

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APN Interview with Sen. Jason Carter, Candidate for Governor

  (APN) ATLANTA — State. Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur) is currently running for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Georgia, and is hoping to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal or another Republican nominee in the General Election this November.   Sen. Carter was elected to the Georgia Senate in the 42nd district by Special Election on May 11, 2010 and reelected […]

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Capitol Police Aim to Block Media Coverage of 24 Arrests on Moral Monday (UPDATE 1)

  (APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, February 10, 2014, twenty-four activists were arrested during the third “Moral Monday” protest at the Georgia State Capitol.  Numerous news organizations attempted to cover the arrests, but were blocked by what, by all accounts, appears to have been an intentional collaboration between the Capitol Police and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). It is the […]

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Georgia House Committee Approves Gun Advocates’ Dream Bill

(APN) ATLANTA — After two days of hearings, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives voted 8 to 4 in favor of HB 875.         The bill, if enacted, would allow people with gun permits to carry weapons in bars, churches, schools, and some government buildings.  Next it will go to […]

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Moral Monday Movement Seeks Repeal of Stand Your Ground Law in Georgia

(APN) ATLANTA — Today, February 03, 2014, the Moral Monday Georgia movement once again stood on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol, this time to repeal Georgia’s Stand Your Ground (SYG) law.        Florida’s Stand Your Ground law–which is similar to the one in Georgia–made national headlines in 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder […]

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Georgia’s New Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced

(APN) ATLANTA — The long anticipated medical marijuana, or medical cannabis, bill, HB 885, has finally been introduced, on January 28, 2014; and received a first read in the State House on January 31.  It will eventually be assigned to the Health Committee.     The bill’s co-sponsors include State Reps. Allen Peake (R-Macon), Ben Watson (R-Savannah), Mickey Channell (R-Greenboro), […]

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Cannabis Count: 7 Georgia Legislators Open to Medical Marijuana

(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News is keeping track of the fast progress of medical cannabis policy reform in the Georgia Legislature.  To date, at least seven (7) State Legislators have indicated their openness or support for legalized medical cannabis in Georgia. Medical marijuana is a hot topic for discussion and study at the State Capitol this year during their […]

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Georgia Power Seeks to Decertify Coal Plant #3 at Plant Mitchell

(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia Power plans to shut down its dirty coal-fired Unit 3 at Plant Mitchell in Albany, Georgia.  The company is also cancelling its proposed conversion of the unit to biomass after analysis deemed it not cost effective for customers. If the decertification request to the Public Service Commission is approved, it will be retired by April 16, […]

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Higher Levels of Radiation Found in U.S. post-Fukushima

(APN) ATLANTA — Higher levels of radiation have been found in several locations across the U.S., as a number of incidents have occurred involving what appear to be mutated animals washing up on U.S. shores, raising concerns about our environment, especially the Pacific Ocean; and the potential role of the recent nuclear disaster at the Daiichi site in Fukushima, Japan. […]

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DPA Founder, Nadelmann, Visits Atlanta to Discuss Marijuana Legalization

With additional reporting by Cheyenne X, Staff Writer (APN) ATLANTA — Ethan Nadelmann, J.D., Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), spoke in Atlanta at Manuel’s Tavern on Marijuana Reform on Monday, November 11, 2013.  He also spoke at Emory University during his visit to Atlanta.     DPA is the nation’s leading organization working to end […]

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Georgia Power Wants Solar Tax to Recoup Consumers’ Savings

(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has finished months of public and expert testimony on Georgia Power’s request for a 482 million dollar rate increase and an increase in the company’s guaranteed profit from 11.15 percent to 11.50 percent.       Georgia Power is also asking for a surcharge of $5.56 per kilowatt on self-generated power […]

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Green Tea Coalition Launches in Georgia

(APN) DECATUR — The Green Tea Coalition (GTC) was launched Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue in Decatur, Georgia.       Over one hundred people attended from the right, left, and middle of the political spectrum, from all around the State of Georgia, from Savannah in South Georgia to Ringgold in […]

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Advocates, Ratepayers Oppose Paying for Vogtle’s Cost Overruns (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — On July 18, 2013 the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) held the first of two scheduled hearings on Georgia Power’s request to pass 381 million dollars in cost overruns, in connection with the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, onto ratepayers, in the form of higher electricity bills.       Georgia Power had […]

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Georgians Mobilize following Verdict in Shooting of Trayvon Martin

  (APN) ATLANTA — Anger has led to mobilization, introspection, and a renewed interest in Stand Your Ground laws here in Georgia, following the July 13, 2013 verdict in the criminal trial of George Zimmerman, who is responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager who had gone to the store for a bag of Skittles candy and […]

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Environmentalists, Tea Party Patriots Win Solar Expansion at PSC

  (APN) ATLANTA — After weeks of advocacy by environmental groups and their unlikely allies, the Tea Party Patriots, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) on July 11, 2013 voted three to two in favor of an amendment by Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald (District 4) to increase the amount of solar energy in Georgia Power’s energy mix by one percent. […]

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