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Legislature Considers New Voter Equipment, but Experts Say Law Needs Fix (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — The State House is currently considering SB 403, to replace the current E-voting machines, which are direct recording, with ballot marking devices, allowing for a paper audit trail in Georgia elections by Jan. 01, 2024.   On Feb. 28, 2018, the bill passed the State Senate nearly unanimously, in […]

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Atlanta Watershed Withheld Records Requested by APN in 2015

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta failed to produce documents in response to a Georgia Open Records Act request by the present reporter to the Department of Watershed Management in 2015.   The City of Atlanta employee who initially received the request, Lillian Govus, is part of a separate Open Records Act violation incident that is currently being investigated […]

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Proposed City of Greenhaven Bill Stalls, as Some Seek Atlanta Annexation

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — A controversial bill to create a new City of Greenhaven, comprised of much of remaining unincorporated DeKalb County, did not pass out of the State House and thus did not “cross over” to the State Senate.   The bill appears to be dead for this year; however, opponents of […]

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Atlanta Implements No Cash Bail for Misdemeanors, after Fiery Debate

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, March 01, 2018, the City of Atlanta began implementing its “no cash bail” policy for certain non-violent misdemeanor offenses.   Under the new process, most persons who are arrested for non-violent, misdemeanor offenses will be booked in under charges for which they were arrested; receive a self-bond […]

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Stacey Hopkins, ACLU Preserve 160,000 Voter Registrations in State Settlement (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has settled with Stacey Hopkins, a Fulton County voter who last year, in 2017, was threatened with removal from the voter rolls after she moved from one address to another within Fulton County.   The settlement, reached January 31, 2018, preserves the “Active” voter registration status of an estimated class of […]

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Lawsuit, Investigation Request Keep PSC, Georgia Power on their Toes

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) is facing a new lawsuit, while Georgia Power is facing a possible investigation – both in connection with challenges to the continued construction of new nuclear reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle.   LAWSUIT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION   Three groups–the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Partnership for Southern Equity, […]

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APD Enforcing Laws Criminalizing, Burdening Homeless People

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — For at least the last nine years, the City of Atlanta has continued to arrest people for violating seven laws contained in Chapter 106 (“Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions”) that have the actual or potential effect of criminalizing homelessness, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   For some of the ordinances it […]

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Atlanta Council Considering Ending Cash Bond for Certain Offenses

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council is currently considering an ordinance, 18-O-1045, to do away with cash bonds and replace them with a signature bond or “recognizance” for non-violent, indigent defendants who are charged with misdemeanor violations.   The ordinance was introduced by Councilwoman Natalyn Mosby Archibong (District 5), on behalf of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s administration.   Cash […]

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PSC Sticks with Nuclear Reactors, Approves Two Refunds for Customers

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Photograph by Gloria Tatum.  Photograph shows Vogtle Units 1 and 2 alongside the cooling towers for planned Units 3 and 4.   (APN) ATLANTA — Just in time for the New Year, the five Public Service Commissioners (PSC), publicly elected by ratepayers, gave Georgia Power pretty much everything they wanted, as usual.   On December 21, 2017,  with a unanimous five to […]

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Several Homeless People Have Frozen to Death on Metro Atlanta Streets (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Several people experiencing homelessness have frozen to death on the streets of Metro Atlanta so far through the winter season of late 2017 and early 2018, as unusually cold weather and snow storms have made it even more treacherous to be homeless and unsheltered in Atlanta.   Atlanta Progressive […]

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Libertarian Party Sues over Georgia Ballot Petition Requirements for U.S. House

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia’s antiquated and oppressive ballot access laws–which set highly burdensome petition requirements for independent and minor party ballot candidates to get on the ballot in Georgia–are facing a legal challenge again, as advocates for voter choice continue to chip away at Georgia’s two party monopoly.   While minor party and independent candidates continue to appeal to voters […]

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Moore, Bond Clash over Council’s Side Conversations at First 2018 Meeting (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore and Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) engaged in oratory fireworks at the first Full Council Meeting of the new term of 2018, on Tuesday, January 02, 2018.   As the newly sworn Council President, Moore sought to remedy a long-standing problem of Councilmembers having side conversations on the floor during […]

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Atlanta Drops Charges against Activist who Dared to Feed Homeless

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the City of Atlanta dropped charges against activist Adele MacLean with Atlanta Food not Bombs related to her feeding homeless people in Downtown’s Hurt Park near Georgia State University.   MacLean, who goes by the nicknames Dell and Earthworm, has been feeding homeless people […]

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Ratepayers, Experts Urge PSC to Cancel Vogtle Nuclear Reactors 3 and 4 (UPDATE 2)

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(APN) ATLANTA — It’s that special time of year when the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has been hearing arguments about whether to cancel Plant Vogtle’s nuclear reactors 3 and 4, which are in various delayed states of construction; or, alternatively, whether to finish the project.   The 17th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) hearing ran from Monday, December 11, to […]

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APN Issues End of 2017 Atlanta Council Scorecard

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has updated its comprehensive Atlanta City Council Scorecard on today, December 17, 2017.   SCORECARD: http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   In this update, we added seven new legislative items to the Scorecard, which now scores a total of 69 votes on passage of legislation, other motions related to legislation, or other actions that are legislative in nature, […]

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