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Updated APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard – June 2020

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  (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has updated its Atlanta City Council Scorecard to reflect several controversial votes taken on yesterday, June 20, 2020, by the Atlanta City Council regarding funding the Atlanta Police Department in the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget.   The new scores are as follows:   MICHAEL JULIAN BOND (1 at-large) 66.67   NATALYN […]

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Georgia General Assembly Approves Referendum on Sovereign Immunity (UPDATE 1)

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On June 16, 2020, the Georgia General Assembly approved legislation that will give the voters of Georgia a chance to decide in a November 2020 referendum whether Georgians should be able to sue the State of Georgia in Georgia courts for declaratory judgment – in other words, to sue for a declaration that the State of […]

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Federal Court Denies City of Atlanta’s Motion to Silence APN Editor

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On today, June 08, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg denied the City of Atlanta’s extraordinary and outrageous motion to silence the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News, in Cardinale v. City of Atlanta, 1:20-cv-01077-AT.   On April 14, 2020, the City of Atlanta filed a motion in federal court, asking for the court to […]

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Councilman Westmoreland’s Unrecorded, Apparently Falsified Vote

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s City Council is still taking unrecorded votes in violation of the Georgia Open Meetings Act, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   The minutes of the Feb. 11, 2020 Community Development/Human Services Committee reflect a “voice vote” on a motion to go into Executive Session (or closed, non-public session), and a “voice vote” […]

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City of Atlanta Delayed Reply, Misleadingly Withheld Comcast Agreement

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Photographs of Alisha Irene Wyatt-Bullman, Michael Smith, and Peter Kadushin published pursuant to fair use doctrine for educational and informational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta waited three and a half months to respond to a records request for a signed copy of the 2009 Comcast Cable Franchise Agreement.  Then, when the City finally responded, the City […]

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ALEC, Big Agriculture Seek to Undermine Nuisance Laws in Georgia

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  Photograph of Damon Mullis from   (APN) ATLANTA — Legislation currently pending before the Georgia Legislature, HB 545, the “Right to Farm Act of 2020,” seeks to make it more difficult for Georgia families to seek recovery in court for harms that they have suffered from nearby concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO’s).   HB 545 was introduced […]

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U.S. Senate Candidate, Riggs Amico, Supported Romney over Obama, Donated to Right-wing Republican


  (APN) ATLANTA – Sarah Riggs Amico, a current candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, supported Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for President in 2012; and financially supported the 2012 campaign of a right-wing Republican, now-former U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-FL), for reelection to U.S. Congress.   Amico is seeking the Democratic nomination in the upcoming June 09, […]

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Activists Call for Rental Moratorium as Eviction Crisis Looms

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  Photographs one and three of three courtesy of United Student Workers of Georgia.  Photograph two courtesy of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.   (APN) ATLANTA — With millions of people in the U.S. out of work as a result of COVID-19 and the various government orders shuttering society and most businesses, there is a brewing residential rental crisis […]

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Atlanta Council to Receive Public Comments via Voicemail for Virtual Meetings

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council has reversed course on its public comment practices for the virtual meetings of the Full Council and its Committees that are being held during the COVID-19 global pandemic.   Previously, as reported by Atlanta Progressive News, the Council began holding virtual meetings in March 2020, but was only offering members of the […]

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APN Editor Sues Georgia over Right to Protest during Pandemic

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, April 23, 2020, the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia over the right to protest one’s government during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The lawsuit, Cardinale v. State of Georgia, 2020-CV-335449, was filed in Fulton County Superior Court and referred to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Emily […]

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U.S. Senate Candidate, Dillard-Smith, Betrayed Turner Field Activists

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(APN) ATLANTA — Maya Dillard-Smith, one of six candidates for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), betrayed activists who were seeking a Community Benefits Agreement for the neighborhoods around the now-former Turner Field, Atlanta Progressive News can reveal.   In addition to Dillard-Smith, Sarah Riggs Amico, Marckeith DeJesus, James Knox, […]

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Democrats’ HR 1 is Bold Vision for Voting Rights, Campaign Finance Reform

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(APN) ATLANTA — On March 08, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act of 2019, a proposed law that sets forth a comprehensive vision for improving democracy in the U.S.   HR 1 addresses myriad issues, including voting rights, campaign finance and spending reform, and election integrity and security.   The final vote […]

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Antonio Brown Attacks Clay, as District 3 Results Challenged in Court

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(APN) ATLANTA — Antonio Brown, a candidate for the Atlanta City Council District 3 position who came in second place, attacked Greg Clay, the third place finisher, for challenging the election results, in an interview with the Neighbor Newspapers.   Greg Clay and District 3 voter Mark Anthony Boyd filed the election challenge in Fulton County Superior Court on Wednesday, […]

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City of Atlanta Drags Feet on Illegal Yard Signs Littering District 3 (UPDATE 3)


UPDATE 3: A City of Atlanta vehicle was spotted on Anderson along with a city worker picking up illegal yard signs.   UPDATE 2: Interim Commission Pierre Johnson has said the City’s SWEET Team (Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Team) will be inspecting and removing any illegal yards.   UPDATE 1: The City of Atlanta City Attorney Nina Hickson writes, […]

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