Category Archives: News Article

Democrats’ HR 1 is Bold Vision for Voting Rights, Campaign Finance Reform

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(APN) ATLANTA — On March 08, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act of 2019, a proposed law that sets forth a comprehensive vision for improving democracy in the U.S.   HR 1 addresses myriad issues, including voting rights, campaign finance and spending reform, and election integrity and security.   The final vote […]

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Antonio Brown Attacks Clay, as District 3 Results Challenged in Court

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(APN) ATLANTA — Antonio Brown, a candidate for the Atlanta City Council District 3 position who came in second place, attacked Greg Clay, the third place finisher, for challenging the election results, in an interview with the Neighbor Newspapers.   Greg Clay and District 3 voter Mark Anthony Boyd filed the election challenge in Fulton County Superior Court on Wednesday, […]

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Council Candidate, Amos, Fueled by Developers, Airport Dollars

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Photograph of Byron Amos from Amos’s Facebook page, pursuant to fair use doctrine.   (APN) ATLANTA — Candidate for Atlanta City Council, Byron Amos–who said at a recent forum that he accepted money from developer Steve Brock–appears to be have been fueled by developer interests and airport concessionaires throughout his political career.   A review by Atlanta Progressive News of […]

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Gwinnett Voters to Consider Joining MARTA on March 19

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Gwinnett residents will decide in a Special Election, in a transit contract referendum, if Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) expands into the county.     MARTA is currently comprised of Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton Counties; and the City of Atlanta.  Clayton joined MARTA most recently, and this referendum is part of […]

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General Assembly Acts on Some Cannabis Bills, Stalls on Others

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  File photo.   (APN) ATLANTA — Georgia legislators introduced at least four cannabis bills during this 2019-2020 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly: HB 213 (“Georgia Hemp Farming Act”), HB 324 (“Georgia’s Hope Act”), SB 10 (“Decriminalization”), and HB 268 (“Record Restriction for Simple Cannabis Possession”).   So far, it looks like […]

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Fulton Court Restores APN Editor’s Name to Ballot, Overruling City of Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, February 22, 2019, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Lee Ellerbe ruled that the City of Atlanta was “arbitrary and capricious” in its decision early last week to remove candidate Matthew Charles Cardinale from the ballot in the March 19, 2019 Special Election.   The City of Atlanta and Fulton County worked together beginning late […]

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Green New Deal Introduced by U.S. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey

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(APN) ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation for a Green New Deal.  HR 109, the House version, has 68 co-sponsors, all Democrats, to date.   https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text   WHAT IS THE GREEN NEW DEAL?   The Green New Deal is a proposal to restore the health of the planet and the health […]

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City of Atlanta Drags Feet on Illegal Yard Signs Littering District 3 (UPDATE 3)

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UPDATE 3: A City of Atlanta vehicle was spotted on Anderson along with a city worker picking up illegal yard signs.   UPDATE 2: Interim Commission Pierre Johnson has said the City’s SWEET Team (Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Team) will be inspecting and removing any illegal yards.   UPDATE 1: The City of Atlanta City Attorney Nina Hickson writes, […]

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SAFE Commission Seeks New E-voting Machines, Experts Warn against Model Selected

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On January 10, 2019, the Secure, Accessible & Fair Election (SAFE) Commission–created by then-Secretary of State (SOS), Brian Kemp–issued its recommendations, including a recommendation that Georgia move to a new E-voting system that includes a paper trail of persons’ votes that could be used in a recount.   http://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/SAFE_Commission_Report_FINAL_(1-10-18).pdf   The SAFE Commission is made up […]

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Crowded Race in Atlanta Council District 3 Special Election

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Screenshot of candidates’ forum video courtesy of Kelly Brown.   (APN) ATLANTA — Ten candidates–including the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News–have filed declarations of intent to run in the March 19, 2019 Special Election for the Atlanta City Council District 3 seat.   So far, three candidates–APN News Editor Matthew Charles Cardinale, Greg Clay, and Mrs. Shalise Steele-Young–have qualified. […]

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Advocates Continue to Press Atlanta Council on Homeless Warming Centers

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, January 07, 2019, advocates continued to press the Atlanta City Council to force changes to the City’s policies related to the opening of warming centers; and to stop criminalizing homeless people through the enforcement of problematic city ordinances.   Atlanta continues to have a crisis of homelessness, made worse by the lack of affordable housing […]

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Atlanta City Council’s War on the Public; Mr. Bond Objects

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(APN) ATLANTA — One year into the new Council term, the current Atlanta City Councilmembers continue their war on the public, with the exception of Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large).     In one meeting, they acted to limit public comment and, to add insult to injury, they declined to require the videotaping of their gossip sessions known as Committee […]

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Children, Youth Sue U.S. Government over Climate Change Inaction

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(APN) ATLANTA — Juliana v. U.S. Government is no ordinary lawsuit; it is a historic lawsuit with children telling President Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry that they will see them in court to save the the environment for future generations.   The Children’s Climate Change lawsuit was first filed in August 2015 in U.S. District Court in Eugene, […]

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After Homeless Deaths, Activists Push City on Warming Centers

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(APN) ATLANTA — At least two homeless people have frozen to death in recent weeks after sleeping on the streets of Atlanta this very cold and wet winter.  Now activists are asking the City of Atlanta to make changes to its warming center policies to prevent more deaths from occurring.   One homeless man named Ricky died on November 27, […]

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