Category Archives: State of Georgia

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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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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Atlanta Moves Forward with Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta has adopted two Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) ordinances – one for the Beltline Overlay District and one for the Westside.  The City Council unanimously approved the ordinances on Monday, November 20, 2017.   While the term “Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning” might sound technical, it is actually quite significant news.  Put simply, it is a requirement […]

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Georgia’s E-voting Paper Trail Pilot Going Smoothly in Rockdale County

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(APN) CONYERS — After years of the State of Georgia operating with an unverifiable and fundamentally flawed E-voting system, a pilot program to test a new E-voting system with a voter-verifiable paper trail, is going smoothly and to rave reviews by voters in Rockdale County.   Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s Office invited Rockdale County to participate in the pilot, […]

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E-voting Server Wiped Clean after Lawsuit Challenges E-voting Machines’ Reliability and Outcome of Sixth District Race

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — A new revelation has sent shockwaves statewide and may be the final nail in the coffin of Georgia’s faith-based electronic voting regime.   For years, Atlanta Progressive News has reported that Georgia’s E-voting technology is fundamentally flawed and insecure, and contains no independent mechanism to recount the votes made […]

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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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Solar Expo Held in North Georgia

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(APN) BLAIRSVILLE, Georgia — The Solar Expo and Sustainability Festival, held at the Union County Arena, in Blairsville, Georgia, from August 18 to August 20, 2017, attracted thousands of people interested in getting off the grid and/or reducing their carbon footprint.   The Solar Fest was an opportunity for folks who want to become energy self-sufficient to meet people with […]

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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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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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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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U.S. Sen. Isakson Fails to Connect at Town Hall Meeting

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(APN) MARIETTA — On Monday, August 14, 2017, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)  hosted a Town Hall Meeting to answer constituents’ questions.     Progressive activists nationwide and in Georgia have struggled to get meetings with Republican elected officials, in a political environment characterized by division and turmoil.   Constituents thanked U.S. Sen. Isakson numerous times for holding the meeting […]

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South Carolina Pulls the Plug on Two Nuclear Reactors

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(APN) ATLANTA — Ding, Dong.  V.C. Summer’s two planned new nuclear power reactors near Columbia, South Carolina are dead.   The culprits include rising costs, falling demand for energy, construction delays, and the bankruptcy of lead contractor Westinghouse.   After nine years, Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) are pulling the plug on the fourteen billion dollar […]

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Disabled Community Fights for Their Lives to Save Medicaid

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(APN) ATLANTA — “No Medicaid Cuts, No Medicaid Caps, No Cuts to Medicaid Waivers.”  These were the demands from over fifty people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) at the Georgia State Capitol, on Wednesday, july 12, 2017.   Their protest highlighted how the various U.S. Congressional Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would harm Georgia.   People […]

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PSC Staff Admits New Nuclear Reactors May Be Uneconomical at 16th VCM Hearing

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Georgia Public Service Commission’s (PSC) 16th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) hearing on June 29, 2017, the PSC’s staff reported, for the first time, that it may be uneconomical to continue developing two new nuclear reactors–Vogtle Units 3 and 4–at Plant Vogtle.   During cross examination, the PSC staff hypothesized several outcomes for Vogtle and the […]

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