Category Archives: elections

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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Atlanta Council Begins Review of MARTA Half-Penny Tax Projects, Infrastructure Tax Projects

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta is now beginning the process of preparing to review two proposed project lists–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–for two possible upcoming voter referenda on a half-penny sales tax.   If voters approve both measures on November 08, 2016, the sales tax would increase by one percent in the City of […]

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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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APN 2016 Endorsements Pt. 3: Brown, Johnson, Bazemore, Decline/U.S. Senate

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors is pleased to announce our third round of Democratic Primary endorsements for 2016.   We are endorsing Janine Brown for House District 59, Rafer Johnson for House District 62, and Debra Bazemore for House District 63; and declining to endorse for U.S. Senate.   Previously, APN endorsed Bernie Sanders for […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, we had a lengthy phone interview with Commissioner Kathie Gannon (District 6), whose “superdistrict” covers the left half, or western half, approximately, of the County.  [It’s makes her akin to one-half at-large.]   Gannon is facing Warren Mosby, a former consultant […]

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Georgia Green, Constitution Parties Push Forward on Petitions for Ballot Access, despite State Appeal

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Green Party of Georgia and Constitution Party of Georgia are moving forward with their efforts to gather enough signatures to get their candidates for President of the U.S. on the November 2016 ballot in Georgia, in the wake of a federal ruling that lowered the threshold to 7,500 signatures, even as the State of Georgia has […]

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APN Candidate Q&A, Kelli Hooper, HD 63

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, this article presents the responses by candidate Kelli Hooper to the Candidate Questionnaire for State House candidates.   Hooper is one of five candidates seeking the seat, which is being vacated by State Rep. Ronnie Mabra (D-Fayetteville).   Candidate Debra Bazemore’s […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: John Coyne, U.S. Senate

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(APN) ATLANTA — With only about five weeks remaining until the May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, Democrat voters have little or no information about the candidates for U.S. Senate.   Political newcomer, Jim Barksdale, has avoided news media, including the Atlanta Progressive News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; while also avoiding local forums and other events around […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Valerie Vie, HD 62

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, this article presents the Atlanta Progressive News Candidate Questionnaire responses by Valerie Vie, candidate for House District 62.   Previously, APN ran the candidate responses by Rafer Johnson, who is also a candidate in this race.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/20/apn-candidate-qa-rafer-johnson-house-district-62/   Candidate Aaron […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Debra Bazemore, HD 63

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, this article presents the APN Candidate Questionnaire responses from Debra Bazemore, candidate for House District 63.   A total of five candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for this seat, which is being vacated by State Rep. Ronnie Mabra (D-Fayetteville).  The […]

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Barksdale U.S. Senate Campaign Avoiding Media, Voters

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Democratic Party of Georgia machine-backed candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016, Mr. Jim Barksdale, has been avoiding media and has failed to show up at numerous events across Georgia.   Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Cheryl Copeland has provided no phone number and has failed to respond to two emails from Atlanta Progressive News, sent on March 29 […]

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