Category Archives: State of Georgia

Parents’ Group Calls on El to Resign as APS Board Chair

  (APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, March 18, 2011, a group of Atlanta Public Schools parents called Step Up or Step Down–which was formed after AdvancED/SACS CASI put APS on probation in January 2011–called upon Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El to step down as Chair. Among their concerns are recent revelations that El flipped Board Member Lachandra Butler-Burks the […]

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200 Protest in Midtown over US Occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan

(APN) ATLANTA —  Yesterday, on the 8th anniversary of the criminal US “shock and awe” attack on Iraq, 160 Atlantans marched in Midtown to bring awareness that the US still has troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that these continued occupations will cost Georgia taxpayers five billion dollars in 2011. “Bring the Troops and War Dollars Home!” “Money for Jobs […]

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Senate Democrats Vow To “Take To The Streets” In Battle over HOPE Reforms

This article first appeared on The Beacon website at: http://www.beaconcastmedia.com/politics/Senate-Democrats-Vow-To-Take-To-The-Streets-In-Battle-over-HOPE-Reforms–2851 (APN) ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed HB 326, a major reform package to the HOPE Scholarship on Tuesday, but some Senate Democrats vowed in a recent press conference to keep fighting the reforms. “With today’s signing, we have closed a $300 million shortfall in the next year, we have […]

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Three Vie for Sandy Springs Council Seat

This article first appeared on The Beacon website at: http://www.beaconcastmedia.com/news/Three-Vie-for-Vacant-Sandy-Springs-City-Council-Seat-2821 (subscription-only)   (SANDY SPRINGS, Ga.) — Three candidates debated their qualifications and attempted to articulate their respective visions for the City of Sandy Springs at a forum held Thursday night at City Hall. The hopefuls are vying for the District 4 city council seat left vacant by former Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins, […]

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College Student Activist Arrested at HOPE Debate in Georgia House

(APN) ATLANTA — Andrew Epstein, a graduate student in history at the University of Georgia, was arrested today, Tuesday, March 08, 2011, at the Georgia State Capitol during the State Senate floor debate of HB 326, the Republican bill to amend the HOPE Scholarship. About ten minutes into the Senate debate on HB 326, a banner was quietly dropped over […]

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Some Georgia Immigration Bills Advance, Others Stagnate or Fail

  (APN) ATLANTA — With several immigration-related bills introduced this year in the Georgia Legislature, some of the most sweeping measures–modeled after recently passed immigration reforms in Arizona–are advancing to passage, while other bills face hurdles or have stagnated.  Atlanta Progressive News has attended committee hearings and observed floor debates related to several of these bills. HB 87, “SHOW ME […]

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Prison Firms, Suspected Hate Group behind Georgia’s Immigrant Bills

  (APN) ATLANTA — Private prison firms and right-wing hate groups have supported, lobbied for, and–either directly or indirectly–helped to craft several bills pending in the Georgia legislature this Session, including HB 87, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011. “Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)- we know they have lobbyists here,” Larry Pellegrini, a long-time activist and lobbyist […]

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APS Ethics Panel Pursuing El Cases, Considering Outside Officer for English Case

(APN) ATLANTA — Several Atlanta Public Schools parents have contacted Atlanta Progressive News to report significant progress at last night’s Atlanta Public Schools Ethics Commission meeting, of Wednesday, February 09, 2011. First, the Commission agreed to investigate the two ethics complaints filed against APS Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El. As previously reported by APN, El received private, pro bono […]

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Dekalb Judge Barbara Mobley Resigns after 16 Allegations by JQC

Dekalb County State Court Judge Barbara Mobley has stepped down in a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal, after the Judicial Qualifications Commission filed a complaint against her alleging 16 different violations, according to news reports. She has agreed to never serve as a judge again in the State of Georgia. The 16 violations included, according to the JQC report filed […]

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GA House Cmte Approves Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

The State House version of legislation to allow cities and counties to decide whether to permit the sale of alcohol on Sundays at stores, HB 69, was approved by the House Regulated Industries Cmte earlier today. As previously noted on this blog, a similar bill passed a State Senate Cmte last week.  Gov. Nathan Deal has said he’ll sign the legislation. […]

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5 US Senators, 13 House Reps Call for Probe of Dept. Of Justice: Staff Attorneys Said to be Silenced in Voting Rights Cases

(APN) ATLANTA  – At least five US Senators and 13 US House Representatives have called for an investigation into the growing scandal involving political appointees at the US Department of Justice (USDOJ), according to letters obtained by Atlanta Progressive News (APN). The Senators include Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-WI), Barack Obama (D-IL), and Arlen Specter (R-PA). […]

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11 House Dems Demand Hearings on Justice: Department Memo Georgia Voter ID Law Was Initially Rejected by Staffers

(APN) ATLANTA – U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-GA) and the Democratic Caucus on the US House Committee on Government Reform have called for a Congressional Hearing into whether the U.S. Department of Justice improperly approved Georgia’s Voter ID Law, according to letters obtained by Atlanta Progressive News. The Caucus wants a Hearing because it wants to know about the process […]

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