Category Archives: State of Georgia

Atlanta Council Passes Buck on Single-Use Plastics in City Facilities

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta wimped out this week on a proposal to ban single-use plastics, by gutting the legislation of any minimum requirements and delegating to the City’s executive branch the authority to decide which single-use plastics, if any, would be banned in city facilities like City Hall and the airport.   Rather than hold […]

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Comcast Used Atlanta Ratepayers as High Interest Borrowers; Contract Raises Concerns (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — A proposed seven year Franchise Agreement between the City of Atlanta and Comcast Cable, Inc., worth hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to Comcast, has raised several concerns in the City Utilities Committee of the Atlanta City Council.   The Committee has requested an audit of Comcast franchise fees going back the last three years – […]

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Sterigenics Lawsuit Claims EPD’s Consent Order Violates Law

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On September 09, 2019, State Sen. Jen Jordan (D-Atlanta) and two Cobb County residents, Todd Smith and Kim Baynes, sued the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division for entering into a Consent Order with the Sterigenics Plant in Smyrna, Georgia, which they say was unlawful.   https://bit.ly/2lA0Rft   Sen. Jordan and the plaintiffs argue […]

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Atlanta Proposes Millions for Comcast, Pennies for Public Access (UPDATE 1)

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  Comcast logo used as image in this article pursuant to fair use doctrine.   (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta is currently considering approval of a seven year Franchise Agreement with Comcast Cable Communications, after operating for several months without a contract, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   However, the proposed contract, which stands to enable Comcast to […]

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Sterigenics Promises to Reduce Pollution, but Some Seek Closure of Smyrna Plant

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Image of Sterigenics logo used pursuant to fair use doctrine for educational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — Residents of Atlanta and neighboring Smyrna, Georgia, have been in an uproar about the recent revelations about the ongoing emissions of ethylene oxide from the Sterigenics plant.   Some protesters have been holding demonstrations and calling for the plant to be completely closed. […]

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Two Protesters Arrested at ICE Field Office in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two activists were arrested at a “Never Again” action at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office in Atlanta on Monday, July 15, 2019.     Calvin Runnels, a Rhodes Scholar from Georgia Tech and an openly transgender male, was arrested at the ICE protest as a hundred people blocked the ICE driveway.   After his release […]

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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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