Category Archives: voting

Encampment at Atlanta City Hall Addresses Gentrification

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, November 07, 2016, ATLisReady, a coalition of dozens of organizations, distributed a position paper to the City Council of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed on the problems of, and solutions to, Atlanta’s Equity Crisis.  Then, they set up a Tent City outside of City Hall, and they stayed through Tuesday morning.   The City too […]

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Decatur Voters Consider Tax Relief for Seniors

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(APN) DECATUR — Signs are up all over the City of Decatur, not for Clinton or Trump, but to support tax relief for seniors on the November 08, 2016 General Election ballot.   State Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) sponsored five local bills that passed the Georgia Legislature this session, which created the voter referendum […]

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MARTA Project List Not Certain in Sales Tax Referendum

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(APN) ATLANTA — On the November 08, 2016 General Election ballot, voters in the City of Atlanta are being asked whether to support or to oppose a half-penny sales tax to support MARTA.   However, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that, rather than a specific list of projects, the referendum poses a large menu of possibilities for transportation improvements.   […]

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APN Issues State House, Senate Scorecard for 2014-2016 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — As the 2017-2018 General Assembly Legislative Session quickly approaches in Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News is re-issuing our Combined Scorecard for 2014, 2015, and 2016 for legislators in the State House and Senate representing areas wholly or partially in Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   The Scorecard rates the candidates on the progressiveness of their voting records, based on […]

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Why Jill Stein is Not on the Ballot in Georgia

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Green Party nominee for President of the U.S. Jill Stein may be polling nationally at four percent, but she is not on the ballot in Georgia even after a federal district court set a new threshold for petition signatures for statewide minor party nominees.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/18/breaking-georgia-ballot-access-law-stricken-for-presidential-candidates/   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/04/25/georgia-green-constitution-parties-push-forward-on-petitions-for-ballot-access-despite-state-appeal/   […]

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Louisiana’s Statewide School Takeover Was Post-Katrina Disaster

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(APN) NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana advanced a statewide takeover of the Orleans Parish School District that has been a catastrophe of public policy, harming students, parents, voters, and communities.   Education advocates in New Orleans like Karran Harper Royal are distraught to learn that Georgia voters are facing a statewide referendum this November […]

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Lawsuit Challenges Gwinnett County’s District Map for Blocking Minority Representation

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By Pilar Verdes, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News.   (APN) ATLANTA — On August 08, 2016, the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), and seven Gwinnett county citizens have filed a federal lawsuit, challenging the district scheme used by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners and the Gwinnett Board of Education for […]

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Green Party Submits Signatures to Appear on Georgia U.S. Presidential Ballot

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, the Green Party of Georgia submitted petition signatures to get their Presidential candidate, Jill Stein, on the ballot in Georgia for the November 08, 2016 General Election.   “Tuesday morning, the Georgia Green Party filed with the Elections Division for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office a nomination petition consisting of 1,672 […]

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Some Feel “Bern” to Run for U.S. Congress, Local Offices

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(APN) ATLANTA — While U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President of the U.S., some supporters of the Sanders Campaign have started a new political action committee, the Brand New Congress (BNC), to put power in the hands of the people.   BNC is made up of progressive […]

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Candidate’s Criminal History, Linda Pritchett HD63, as Buried by CBS Atlanta

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — In 2012, CBS Atlanta’s “exclusive investigation” found that Linda Pritchett, then a candidate for the Democratic nomination for State House District 63 had a troubling criminal history.   CBS apparently had invested significant resources to uncover the information for the news report, which was once published at the following […]

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Trump Talks to Supporters inside the Fox; APN Covers Opposition Outside

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, inside the Fox Theater in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talked to his loyal followers.   Meanwhile, outside on the sidewalk, hundreds of anti-Trump folks gathered to protest his policy platform, which would discriminate against so many minorities in the U.S.   The lines going into the […]

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Citizens, Norwood Respond to Bottoms’ Attacks as Loch Lomond Annexation Approved by Atlanta Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, June 06, 2016 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, the Council unanimously approved, 16-O-1189, an ordinance by Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11) for the annexation of the Loch Lomond community.   As Atlanta Progressive News has chronicled, this is one of several City of Atlanta annexations that have taken place […]

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Democratic Run-offs Set in Georgia House Districts 59, 62, 63, 91

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(APN) ATLANTA — There are four State House Run-offs in Democratic Primary races, scheduled for July 26, 2016, among House Districts that encompass parts of Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties: House District 59 in Atlanta and East Point; 62 and 63 in South Fulton; and 91 in Lithonia.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, there was a major upset […]

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Reps. Dawkins-Haigler, Anderson Head to SD 43 Run-off, as Senate Incumbents Do Well in Primaries

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(APN) ATLANTA — Out of all the State Senate Districts that touch Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties, there will be one Run-off, in State Senate District 43, where currently a Republican is serving in a highly Democratic-leaning District.   In all other races, incumbents either defeated challengers or had no challengers.  State Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) easily defeated a Primary challenger, […]

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Renitta Shannon’s Big Primary Victory; Lopez to be First Latina in State House

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(APN) ATLANTA — In an unusual upset of an incumbent, moderate Democrat in the State House, progressive activist Renitta Shannon defeated State Rep. Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur) in House District 84 during Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election, May 24, 2016.   In addition, Brenda Lopez became the first Latina elected to the State House of Representatives, by winning an open Democratic-leaning House […]

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