Category Archives: State of Georgia

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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Why Jill Stein is Not on the Ballot in Georgia

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Green Party nominee for President of the U.S. Jill Stein may be polling nationally at four percent, but she is not on the ballot in Georgia even after a federal district court set a new threshold for petition signatures for statewide minor party nominees.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/18/breaking-georgia-ballot-access-law-stricken-for-presidential-candidates/   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/04/25/georgia-green-constitution-parties-push-forward-on-petitions-for-ballot-access-despite-state-appeal/   […]

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Louisiana’s Statewide School Takeover Was Post-Katrina Disaster

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(APN) NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana advanced a statewide takeover of the Orleans Parish School District that has been a catastrophe of public policy, harming students, parents, voters, and communities.   Education advocates in New Orleans like Karran Harper Royal are distraught to learn that Georgia voters are facing a statewide referendum this November […]

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Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 1952-2016, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 61, a pioneering transgender activist in Atlanta, has passed away, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   She was the founder and Executive Director of Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), which hosts its meetings at the Phillip Rush Center.   http://www.tiltt.org/   Courtney-Evans advocated for transgender equality issues at the local, state, and national levels. […]

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Atlantans March Against Police Killings of Crutcher, Scott, Rogers, Robinson

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, September 23, 2016, approximately one thousand people gathered at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights at 100 Ivan Allen Boulevard for a rally, march, and sit-in to demand not one more Black body lost to the hands of the police in the United States.   The rally was in response to the recent […]

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Atlantans Rally in Support of Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History

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With editing by Tom Coffin, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA — The largest coordinated work stoppage and hunger strikes in U.S. history began on Friday, September 09, 2016–the 45th anniversary of the infamous and brutally suppressed prison uprising at Attica State Prison in New York–and is currently still in progress.   The prison strike encompasses at […]

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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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