Category Archives: State of Georgia

Effingham County Takes Secret Vote, Atlanta Case Invoked

  (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s secret vote of February 2010 is having repurcussions across the State of State, just as the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News, the present writer, warned would happen in oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Georgia in October 2011. “First of all, the ruling–if agencies across the state were to understand […]

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PSC’s Stan Wise Seeks Explanation on Gas Rate Increases

According to the Georgia Public Service Commission: “Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise today requested that Georgia’s natural gas marketers file briefs with the Commission by Wednesday January 11, 2012 to explain the contradiction between a federal report that Atlanta area consumers paid more than 37 per cent higher natural gas prices in November 2011 compared to November 2010, and a […]

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Sunday Alcohol Sales Begin in Atlanta

  So… last year, the General Assembly did allow for cities and counties to pass legislation allowing for Sunday alcohol sales.  And in the November 2011 General Election, City of Atlanta voters voted to approve allowing Sunday alcohol sales in the City of Atlanta. Therefore, today begins Sunday alcohol sales in the City of Atlanta.  It’s kind of hard to […]

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AP1000 Design for New Vogtle Reactors a Problem for Georgia Power

  (APN) ATLANTA – The AP1000 Oversight Group, the North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), and Friends of the Earth filed a petition November 10, 2011, to require the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to resolve design issues on the Westinghouse-Toshiba AP 1000 prior to certification. Proposed new reactors for two sites in the US South rely […]

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Georgia to Receive More LIHEAP Funds for 2012

  (APN) ATLANTA — The State of Georgia is set to receive an additional disbursement of funding for the low-income energy assistance program, LIHEAP, now that US Congress has decided on a final budget for FY 2012. The US Department of Health and Human Services is releasing 845 million dollars in addition LIHEAP funding to the states, in addition to […]

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Martina Correia, 1967-2011, !Presente!

  (APN) ATLANTA — Martina Correia, the sister of Troy Davis who was his strongest advocate, has succumbed to breast cancer. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago and given six months to live at that time, but she fought to stay alive so that she could fight for her brother, Troy, to stay alive. “We were […]

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(IPS) State Sen. Albers Discusses Welfare Drug Test Legislation

A shorter version of this article appeared first on Inter-Press Service’s website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106044. ATLANTA, Georgia, U.S., Nov 30, 2011 (IPS) – At least 36 states across the U.S. are proposing laws that would require applicants for and recipients of a variety of public aid programs to undergo drug testing in which they would have to provide a urine sample. […]

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Attorney General Proposal Would Ban Secret Votes, Private Briefings in Georgia

  (APN) ATLANTA — Making good on a campaign promise to strengthen Georgia’s Sunshine Laws, including the Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, a Republican, has proposed a series of significant changes to both laws. According to a review of the current version of the proposal, HB 397, which was marked up by the […]

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Rally to End Marijuana Prohibition Held at Georgia Capitol

(APN) ATLANTA — About one hundred opponents of marijuana prohibition rallied at the State Capitol on Saturday, November 12, 2011, to help educate the public and to dispel old, worn out myths and misinformation about marijuana. Organizations represented at the rally included Georgia For Cannabis, Coalition for Abolition of Marijuana Prohibition (CAMP), Cannabis Reformers, National Organization for the Reform of […]

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Sunday Sales, E-SPLOST IV Pass; Amos, Brown in APS Run-off

  (APN) ATLANTA — Sunday alcohol sales passed overwhelmingly in cities across Fulton County, including Atlanta, Alpharetta, East Point, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Union City. Atlantans approved Sunday alcohol sales with 81.65 percent of the vote. The Georgia Legislature had approved earlier this year for cities and counties to hold referendums on the questions of Sunday […]

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Fulton, DeKalb Voters to Consider School Sales Tax Renewal

(APN) ATLANTA — In upcoming the November 08, 2011, election, Atlanta, Decatur, DeKalb, and Fulton voters will decide whether to renew a one percent, or one penny per dollar, sales tax for educational infrastructure.  If approved, this would be the third renewal, or Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) IV. Working families are hurting in the current economy, and Atlanta’s […]

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(IPS) Some Activists Regret Obama, USDOJ Inaction on Troy Davis

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105286. ATLANTA, Sep 28, 2011 (IPS) – During the last days of Troy Davis’s life, activists intensified what was already significant pressure on both U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), a federal agency under Obama’s purview, to save Davis, but Obama declined to act. On Sep. […]

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Beskin, APS Liaison, Running against State Sen. Stoner

(APN) ATLANTA — Beth Beskin, a Buckhead attorney who previously ran against State Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) in the 2010 General Election, and who was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as one of his two liaisons to Atlanta Public Schools during the AdvancED/SACS CASI accreditation crisis, is running for a newly redistricted State Senate District 6 seat, Atlanta Progressive News […]

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(IPS) Numerous Protests, Arrests as Georgia Executes Troy Davis

An earlier version of this article first appeared on Inter-Press Service’s website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105207 ATLANTA, Georgia, Sep 22, 2011 (IPS) – The U.S. state of Georgia executed Troy Davis at 11:08 p.m. on Wednesday, Sep. 21, despite serious doubts about his guilt that inspired mass protests in Georgia, across the United States, and indeed, around the world. Davis had been […]

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