Category Archives: State of Georgia

Georgia’s E-Voting Vulnerability Underscored by Server Breach

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(APN) ATLANTA — The vulnerability of Georgia’s electronic voting system to hacking and manipulation–especially without a voter verifiable paper audit trail to provide an independent backup–is underscored by a recent server breach.   Georgia is one of only five U.S. states–along with Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, and South Carolina–that does not have an independent way to verify how citizens voted […]

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Georgia Democrats Push Back on Redistricting, Seek Independent Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — Of the many structural deficiencies with our democratic process in the U.S., politically-motivated redistricting of state and federal legislative districts–also known as gerrymandering–is one of the worst culprits of creating extremist, dysfunctional governments that disempower voters.   State Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) and others are trying to do something about this and have filed two resolutions, SR […]

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Georgia Legislature Fails to Act, Again, on Toxic Coal Ash

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(APN) ATLANTA — None of the three bills sought by the Georgia Water Coalition came up for committee votes prior to Crossover Day during this year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session.   On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the annual Capital Conservation Day, the Georgia Water Coalition lobbied for three bills that would help protect the environment from toxic coal ash […]

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Georgia Power Suspends Plans on Stewart Nuclear Site

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia Power has announced its intentions to suspend plans to build nuclear reactors in Stewart County, Georgia on the Chattahoochee River.   In Georgia Power’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) the Public Service Commission (PSC) authorized 99 million dollars for Georgia Power to investigate Stewart County as a potential site to build two more AP1000 nuclear reactors. […]

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Medical Cannabis, Decriminalization Bills Advance in Georgia Legislature

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(APN) ATLANTA — A total of three bills related to cannabis have advanced in the Georgia Legislature this year, including two bills related to medical cannabis and one bill that would reduce the criminal penalties for cannabis possession.   MEDICAL EXPANSION BILL ADVANCES OUT OF HOUSE COMMITTEE   A new cannabis oil bill, HB 65, filed by State Rep. Allen […]

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Atlantans Protest in Response to ICE Raids on Immigrants

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, February 16, 2017, hundreds rallied at the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) headquarters in downtown Atlanta to send a message to President Donald Trump and his administration that immigrants have a right to remain, will not be silent, and are going to resist every step of the way.   The day was declared “A Day […]

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Trump’s Federal Budget Would Devastate Georgia, Working Families

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(APN) ATLANTA — The federal budget proposals being considered by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, with some ten trillion dollars in cuts over ten years, would be devastating to Georgia.   Trump has been discussing the federal budget with his policy team, and has been relying upon two draconian, slash-and-burn budget proposals: one put forth by the Republican […]

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David Poythress, 1943-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Retired Lt. Gen. David Bryan Poythress, 73, of Atlanta, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 after decades of public service to the people of Georgia.   Poythress held numerous positions in Georgia state government, twice sought the Democratic nomination for Governor, served in the United States Air Force, and practiced law in the Atlanta area.   […]

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Hundreds Protest Sabal Trail Pipeline in Florida, in Nod to Standing Rock

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(APN) LIVE OAK, Florida — Hundreds of clean water protectors converged on Suwanee State Park on January 14 and 15, 2017, to stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline from drilling under the Suwannee River near Live Oak, Florida.   Clean water protectors are concerned that spills and leaks from Spectra Energy’s planned Sabal Trail fracked gas pipeline will pollute the Southeastern […]

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State Rep. Peake Seeks Statewide Vote on Medical Cannabis Amendment

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(APN) ATLANTA — State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) is filing a bill to create a statewide referendum in 2018 on whether to amend the Constitution of the State of Georgia to allow the in-state cultivation of medical cannabis.   The referendum on a Constitutional Amendment will require two-thirds of both chambers to move forward but does not require the Governor’s […]

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Georgia PSC Certifies Billions More in Nuclear Costs in Highly Opaque Process

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) rubber-stamped a controversial stipulation agreement that fails to protect Georgia utility customers and rewards Georgia Power’s bad management.   The Commissioners’ unanimous vote, although disappointing, was not surprising, because the current five Republican Commissioners so often serve the wishes of Georgia Power.  Some ratepayers advocates have […]

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APN Celebrates 11 Years of Publication; Editor Returning to Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — Upon the eleven year anniversary of Atlanta Progressive News, Matthew Charles Cardinale released the following statement: ####   Eleven years ago, on November 23, 2005, I launched the Atlanta Progressive News – a progressive news organization in Atlanta, from a FEMA-funded hotel room on Executive Park Drive, in what is now Brookhaven, Georgia.   I had just […]

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APN Special Report from Cuba on Health Care for All

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(APN) HAVANA, Cuba — This Atlanta Progressive News reporter recently visited Cuba from October 08 to 15, 2016, along with a team of academics, activists, and reporters organized by The Nation magazine to learn more about Cuba’s public healthcare system, their culture, and so much more.   What APN found is riveting: Cuba has achieved universal health care and better […]

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MARTA Project List Not Certain in Sales Tax Referendum

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(APN) ATLANTA — On the November 08, 2016 General Election ballot, voters in the City of Atlanta are being asked whether to support or to oppose a half-penny sales tax to support MARTA.   However, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that, rather than a specific list of projects, the referendum poses a large menu of possibilities for transportation improvements.   […]

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APN Issues State House, Senate Scorecard for 2014-2016 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — As the 2017-2018 General Assembly Legislative Session quickly approaches in Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News is re-issuing our Combined Scorecard for 2014, 2015, and 2016 for legislators in the State House and Senate representing areas wholly or partially in Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   The Scorecard rates the candidates on the progressiveness of their voting records, based on […]

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