Category Archives: State of Georgia

Women, Youth Take Lead on Gun Reform Protests in Atlanta, Nationwide

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Both in Atlanta and nationwide, women and youth are taking the lead on gun reform following another mass school murder on February 14, 2018 that left seventeen students dead and nineteen injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.   On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, thousands from […]

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Proposed City of Greenhaven Bill Stalls, as Some Seek Atlanta Annexation

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — A controversial bill to create a new City of Greenhaven, comprised of much of remaining unincorporated DeKalb County, did not pass out of the State House and thus did not “cross over” to the State Senate.   The bill appears to be dead for this year; however, opponents of […]

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Stacey Hopkins, ACLU Preserve 160,000 Voter Registrations in State Settlement (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has settled with Stacey Hopkins, a Fulton County voter who last year, in 2017, was threatened with removal from the voter rolls after she moved from one address to another within Fulton County.   The settlement, reached January 31, 2018, preserves the “Active” voter registration status of an estimated class of […]

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State Withdraws Cannabis Event Permit after 300 Facebook RSVPs

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(APN) ATLANTA — The State’s Georgia Building Authority (GBA) cancelled a permit for three groups to hold a pro-cannabis, or pro-marijuana, rally, earlier this month, after more than three hundred people “RSVP’d” on Facebook.   The problem with this–as most people who have organized an event using Facebook are likely well aware–is that, typically, few of the people who RSVP […]

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Lawsuit, Investigation Request Keep PSC, Georgia Power on their Toes

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) is facing a new lawsuit, while Georgia Power is facing a possible investigation – both in connection with challenges to the continued construction of new nuclear reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle.   LAWSUIT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION   Three groups–the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Partnership for Southern Equity, […]

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PSC Sticks with Nuclear Reactors, Approves Two Refunds for Customers

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Photograph by Gloria Tatum.  Photograph shows Vogtle Units 1 and 2 alongside the cooling towers for planned Units 3 and 4.   (APN) ATLANTA — Just in time for the New Year, the five Public Service Commissioners (PSC), publicly elected by ratepayers, gave Georgia Power pretty much everything they wanted, as usual.   On December 21, 2017,  with a unanimous five to […]

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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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