Category Archives: State of Georgia

Georgia Third Party Ballot Access Bill Passes House Committee

  (APN) ATLANTA — HB 949, a bill that would slightly reduce the number of petition signatures required by an independent or third party candidate running for office in Georgia, has passed the Georgia House Committee on Governmental Affairs. While the bill would not change the percentages required for independent and third party candidates running for office statewide or locally–that […]

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Advocates, Experts Blast Welfare Drug Testing Bill at Hearing

(APN) ATLANTA — At a legislative hearing on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Georgia Capitol, State Rep. Jason Spencer (R- Woodbine), one of the co-sponsors of HB 668–which would require people who receive temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) to submit to a drug test–sought to advance his bill. Instead, he met fierce opposition from advocates and experts who […]

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Georgia Considers Reforms to Reduce Prison Population, Costs

With additional reporting on the Special Council’s recommendations by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA — This year, the Georgia Legislature is expected to begin considering a package of reforms intended to reduce the state’s prison population as well as the enormous costs to taxpayers that Georgia’s mass incarceration policies have caused year after year. The Report of the Special Council on […]

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Keisha Waites, Perseverance Prevail in Special Election

  (APN) ATLANTA — Keisha Sean Waites, 39, who has sought public office and come quite close to winning several times, finally pulled off a victory on Tuesday, February 07, 2012.  Waites, who has now sought office nine times, began running for office when she was twenty-seven years old.Waites won a Special Election for the House District 60 seat, which […]

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(IPS) Building Communities Around Sustainable Food

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106601 ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan 31, 2012 (IPS) – With more and more communities in the U.S. South turning to cooperatives as a way to produce and consume food in a sustainable manner, several cooperatives are hoping to expand on what they view as more than just a “shopping experience” but […]

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Black Leaders Mobilize to Help the Quitman Ten

  (APN) ATLANTA — Black leaders and elected officials held a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol on Monday, January 23, 2012, to discuss their concern regarding the Quitman Ten, a group of Black elected officials and voters from Quitman, Georgia, who are facing questionable indictments for voter fraud. Quitman, Brooks County, Georgia is a small town of approximate […]

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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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