Category Archives: State of Georgia

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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Reps. Dawkins-Haigler, Anderson Head to SD 43 Run-off, as Senate Incumbents Do Well in Primaries

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(APN) ATLANTA — Out of all the State Senate Districts that touch Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties, there will be one Run-off, in State Senate District 43, where currently a Republican is serving in a highly Democratic-leaning District.   In all other races, incumbents either defeated challengers or had no challengers.  State Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) easily defeated a Primary challenger, […]

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Renitta Shannon’s Big Primary Victory; Lopez to be First Latina in State House

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(APN) ATLANTA — In an unusual upset of an incumbent, moderate Democrat in the State House, progressive activist Renitta Shannon defeated State Rep. Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur) in House District 84 during Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election, May 24, 2016.   In addition, Brenda Lopez became the first Latina elected to the State House of Representatives, by winning an open Democratic-leaning House […]

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Georgia ACLU Director Departs over Transgender Litigation (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Maya Dillard Smith, Interim Director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), says she has left the organization due to a disagreement she had over its participation in recent litigation over the use of public restrooms by transgender persons.  And at least one transgender advocate is outraged by her comments.   The ACLU […]

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One-third Southern Company Shareholders Vote for More Renewable Energy

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(APN) ATLANTA — One-third of Southern Company shareholders voted for the Company to move more quickly from coal to renewable energy sources at a recent meeting of the Company’s shareholders.   Shareholder resolutions filed at Southern Company by an advocacy group, As You Sow, and faith-based investor coalition, the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (“Tri-State CRI”) sent Southern Company’s Board […]

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Atlanta Council Hears Mayor’s MARTA Tax Project Proposals


(APN) ATLANTA — On May 19, 2016, the City Council of Atlanta’s Transportation Committee held a Work Session, in which it heard presentations for two proposed lists of transportation-related projects–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–that could be part of two possible upcoming voter referenda on two half-penny sales taxes.   Notably, the MARTA list included an extension of […]

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GDOT Targets Historic Black Macon Community for Highway Expansion (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) MACON –The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has two I-75 widening projects in Macon, Georgia.  One project is still in the planning stage and will build “truck only lanes” starting somewhere around I-475 the Macon by-pass and goes 40 miles to McDonough. The other is a safety improvement project at the junction of I-75 and I-16 because of accidents and traffic jams […]

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Coyne Sues Georgia Democratic Party for Backing Barksdale, breaking own By-laws

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(APN) ATLANTA — On May 12, 2016, John Coyne, II, one of three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, filed a lawsuit against the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG); former State Sen. Dubose Porter (D-Dublin), the Party Chair; and others for what he claims to be fraudulent and conspiratorial  activities against himself and one other opponent in this […]

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New Partnership to Monitor Nuclear Radiation in Georgia for Three Years

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(APN) ATLANTA — A new partnership called the Georgia Radionuclide Education, Monitoring, and Outreach Project (REMOP) will monitor nuclear radioactive pollution in Georgia’s air, land, and water for the next three years, while engaging citizens in Burke County and other affected communities to be involved in the monitoring process.   Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) announced in a […]

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Atlanta Council Begins Review of MARTA Half-Penny Tax Projects, Infrastructure Tax Projects

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta is now beginning the process of preparing to review two proposed project lists–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–for two possible upcoming voter referenda on a half-penny sales tax.   If voters approve both measures on November 08, 2016, the sales tax would increase by one percent in the City of […]

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