Category Archives: News Article

Q&A with Candidate, Lauren Welsh, Atlanta Council District 2

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of candidate, Lauren Welsh, who is running for Atlanta City Council District 2.   The District 2 seat is being vacated by Kwanza Hall, who is running for Mayor of Atlanta.     In addition to Welsh, there are […]

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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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Candidate Courtney English Appears to Have Evaded APS Property Taxes

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Courtney English, who is running for Atlanta City Council Post 1-at-large, appears to have evaded property taxes payable to the school system he chairs, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   He claims to own, and to have purchased, his childhood home.  At a recent candidates’ forum held by Georgia Stand […]

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Rev. Darrion Fletcher, 1963-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Rev. Darrion Fletcher, 54, an activist and spiritual counselor whose work focused on lifting up low-income people in some of Atlanta’s most distressed communities, Vine City and English Avenue, passed away on September 25, 2017.   Fletcher had qualified to run against Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Lee Young (District 3) for at least the second time.   […]

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APN Endorses Fort, Finds Norwood Favorable; Endorses Bond

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Board of Directors of Atlanta Progressive News has issued a first round of endorsements in the 2017 City of Atlanta races for Mayor of Atlanta, and the Post 1-at-large Council seat.   For Mayor of Atlanta, APN endorses former State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), a progressive champion, as our first choice for Mayor; and APN rates […]

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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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Q&A with Liliana Bakhtiari, Candidate, District 5, Atlanta City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of Liliana Bakhtiari, candidate for Atlanta City Council District 5.   Bakhtiari, who has roots in the progressive community in Atlanta, is challenging incumbent Natalyn Archibong.   While Archibong may not be the most vocal Councilmember, she has the […]

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APN Q&A with Natalyn Archibong, Incumbent, District 5, Atlanta City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2017 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of incumbent Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5).   Archibong faces two challengers, Liliana Bakhtiari and Dan Burroughs.   Since APN first published its Atlanta City Council Scorecard in 2009, Councilwoman Archibong has consistently had the highest score.  She 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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APN Interview with CT Martin, Candidate, Atlanta Council President

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2017 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, Atlanta Progressive News had the opportunity to interview Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin (District 10), the longest serving Councilmember who is now running for Council President.   Previously, APN interviewed Felicia Moore (District 9) and Alex Wan (District 6), who are also both running for […]

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James Bell, 1959-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — James Bell, a passionate and effective advocate for cannabis policy reform in Georgia, passed away of a sudden heart attack this morning, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   After decades of stagnation of cannabis (“marijuana”) policy reform in Georgia, Bell decided to form a new organization, Georgia CARE, to focus on lobbying, research, and education around medical […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Brionte McCorkle, District 11, Atlanta Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta Municipal Elections for 2017, this article presents the Candidate Questionnaire responses from Brionte McCorkle, who is running for the open District 11 seat on the City Council.   District 11, in southwest Atlanta, is currently represented by Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is running for Mayor of Atlanta.   […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Jason Dozier, District 4, Atlanta City Council

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  (APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2017 Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of Jason Dozier, who is running for the District 4 seat on the Atlanta City Council.   Cleta Winslow–whose service on City Council has been plagued by one ethics scandal after another, in addition to a charge of Driving Under the […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Amir Farokhi, District 2, Atlanta Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Municipal Elections, this article presents the questionnaire responses of Amir Farokhi, who is running for Atlanta City Council District 2. The District 2 seat, which includes much of Downtown and Midtown, as well as Old Fourth Ward, is currently held by Kwanza Hall, who is running for […]

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Work Session Rescheduled for Atlanta Surplus Property Housing Ordinance

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(APN) ATLANTA — A Work Session that had been scheduled by two committees of the City Council of Atlanta for Thursday, August 30, 2017, has been re-scheduled for September 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/1445/18   The Work Session is to discuss the proposed ordinance, 17-O-1463, by Councilman Michael Bond (Post 1-at-large) and eight co-sponsors to […]

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