Category Archives: State of Georgia

Proposed Sabal Gas Pipeline Runs through Aquifer, Wetlands, Sinkhole Territory

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(APN) ATLANTA — The proposed Sabal Trail–a fracked gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida–would run through hundred of miles of sinkhole-prone land, will cross over one thousand wetlands, and will disturb an aquifer.   Some environmental advocates refer to the project as the “Sinkhole Trail Pipeline.”.   The project will include approximately 474 miles of a three foot wide, […]

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Lawsuit Challenges Gwinnett County’s District Map for Blocking Minority Representation

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By Pilar Verdes, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News.   (APN) ATLANTA — On August 08, 2016, the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), and seven Gwinnett county citizens have filed a federal lawsuit, challenging the district scheme used by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners and the Gwinnett Board of Education for […]

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Georgians Outraged by DEA Decision Not to Reschedule Cannabis

(APN) ATLANTA — On August 11, 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rejected two petitions to reschedule cannabis (“marijuana”) under the Controlled Substances Act from Schedule 1–the classification for dangerous drugs with no medical value–to a lower classification.   https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq081116.shtml   One petition was from Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, and medical cannabis […]

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Split PSC Approves New Nuclear Study, Some New Solar, Wind in Georgia (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, July 28, 2016, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a revised Georgia Power Company Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for 2016.  The IRP is a twenty year plan that Georgia Power updates every three years.   The Plan includes at least an additional 1,200 Megawatts (MW) of […]

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Green Party Submits Signatures to Appear on Georgia U.S. Presidential Ballot

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, the Green Party of Georgia submitted petition signatures to get their Presidential candidate, Jill Stein, on the ballot in Georgia for the November 08, 2016 General Election.   “Tuesday morning, the Georgia Green Party filed with the Elections Division for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office a nomination petition consisting of 1,672 […]

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Some Feel “Bern” to Run for U.S. Congress, Local Offices

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(APN) ATLANTA — While U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President of the U.S., some supporters of the Sanders Campaign have started a new political action committee, the Brand New Congress (BNC), to put power in the hands of the people.   BNC is made up of progressive […]

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PSC Staff Recommends Approval of More Delays, Cost Overruns for Vogtle Construction, Round Fourteen

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(APN) ATLANTA — During the June 30, 2016 hearing of the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) on the 14th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) report, on the proposed new Reactors 3 and 4, the public witnessed Georgia Power and the PSC doing the “time warp” yet again.   “There will be further delays for both Vogtle 3 and 4, Steven Roetger […]

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City of Clarkston Reduces Marijuana Penalty to 75 Dollars for Simple Possession

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(APN) CLARKSTON — The City Council of Clarkston, Georgia, voted unanimously on Tuesday night, July 05, 2016, to lower simple possession of one ounce or less of cannabis (“marijuana”) to a 75 dollar fine with no jail time.   Harsh state law in Georgia allows for arrest and confinement of people for up to one year in jail, in addition […]

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Koch-Funded ALEC Threatens SMART ALEC with Lawsuit

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(APN) ATLANTA — The controversial, right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has sent a cease and desist letter, through their attorneys, to SMART ALEC, a progressive, non-profit think tank and lobbying organization, over what they purport to be trademark infringement.   HELP US STAND UP TO GOLIATH ALEC! https://www.gofundme.com/SMART_ALEC/   If ALEC decides to pursue the lawsuit, now that they […]

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Dr. “Sonny” Walker, 1934-2016, Early Champion of NPUs, Community Action, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Dr. William “Sonny” Walker, 82, passed away on June 14, 2016.  He was known in Atlanta, in Arkansas, and indeed, nationwide – as a passionate advocate for poor people, a community business leader, and a federal grant administrator for eight U.S. southern states for anti-poverty initiatives dating back to the the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 during […]

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EDITORIAL: Second Amendment, Ban on AR 15’s Can Coexist

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By the Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors.   (APN) ATLANTA — From Columbine, Colorado – to Orlando, Florida, the frequency of massacres in the United States is increasing and the death toll is rising.   People are beginning to wake up and question the ridiculous and extreme gun policies that allow the purchase of assault weapons that are made […]

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Vogtle Construction Hearing #14 – Still Converting Dollars to Radiation

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(APN) ATLANTA — Once again, it’s that special time of the year when the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) pretends to care about the public.  Last week, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 the PSC held its fourteenth, semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) review hearing, regarding the status of the two new nuclear reactors at Vogtle.   Currently, the project is […]

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Democratic Run-offs Set in Georgia House Districts 59, 62, 63, 91

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(APN) ATLANTA — There are four State House Run-offs in Democratic Primary races, scheduled for July 26, 2016, among House Districts that encompass parts of Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties: House District 59 in Atlanta and East Point; 62 and 63 in South Fulton; and 91 in Lithonia.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, there was a major upset […]

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