Category Archives: State of Georgia

Activists Confront PSC on Georgia Power’s Energy Plan, Seek All Renewables

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, environmentalists and clean energy advocates from across the State of Georgia joined the Sierra Club in a rally to demand one hundred percent renewable energy in Georgia.   About fifty people gathered on Washington Street across from the Georgia Public Service Commission office in […]

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Women Outraged, Say “Hell No” to Abortion Ban Adopted in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Over ten thousand people marched on Saturday, May 25, 2019, from the State Capitol to CNN in the latest of marches in opposition to Georgia’s recently-adopted anti-choice law.  Each march is growing in size above the last.   The culture war is back as a wave of state-enacted abortion bans, including Georgia’s HB 481, are working their way […]

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Georgia Approves New E-Voting Regime, but will Paper Record be Utilized?

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photograph by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — On April 02, 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 316, a new law to require the State of Georgia to purchase new electronic voting equipment for Georgia elections.     The law attempts to address some of the concerns raised by elections integrity activists in […]

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SOS Investigating Senior Vote-Buying in Atlanta Election

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Secretary of State of Georgia is investigating apparent vote-buying at two senior highrises in Atlanta’s City Council District 3, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Tess Hammock, a spokeswoman for Secretary Brad Raffensperger, confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but said she could provide no further details at this time until the investigation is complete.   APN […]

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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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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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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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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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Gun Reform Advocates Propel McBath to Victory in U.S. House Race

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  (APN) ATLANTA — U.S. Rep.-elect Lucy McBath (D-GA), a national advocate for gun reform whose son was tragically murdered in 2012, was elected to the U.S. House seat for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District on November 06, 2018.   Her victory was made possible with the help of gun control advocates across the country and a changing Sixth District disgusted […]

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Could Legal Personhood Save the Savannah River?

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(APN) ATLANTA — Nations around the world are addressing our environmental challenges by taking a novel legal approach, that is, granting personhood status to Mother Earth or to the rivers and lands she comprises.   The Savannah River, which runs through Georgia, is the third most toxic river in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.   […]

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Vogtle Reactors Move Forward, despite Co-owner Concerns

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(APN) ATLANTA — After a debate on a “go or no go” vote, the co-owners–Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), Oglethorpe Power, and Dalton Utilities–decided to continue construction on the planned Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors Units 3 and 4, despite never-ending cost overruns.   The vote was triggered by a recent 2.3 billion dollar jump in the budget announced by […]

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Kemp Faces Voter Purge Lawsuits in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp is currently facing at least two lawsuits related to his voter purging practices in the lead-up to the November 2018 General Election.   In 2017, Kemp found a way to purge another half a million voters from the voter rolls, continuing his practice of purging eligible voters from the voter rolls […]

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