Category Archives: voting

Woman Fighting Eminent Domain Case to Run for City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — Tanya Washington, 46, is running for Atlanta City Council District 1, after years of fighting with the City of Atlanta to keep her home in Peoplestown, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   As previously reported by APN, the City of Atlanta has been trying to take a residential block of homes in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood to create […]

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Atlanta Council Limits Public Comments, Often Lacks Quorum to Hear Comments

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(APN) ATLANTA — Local democracy has apparently become a nuisance to the Atlanta City Council, except to the extent that its members want citizens to vote for them in November.   Six of seven of the Committees of the Atlanta City Council now have severely restrictive public comment policies, limiting the amount of time any one citizen can address the […]

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State Rep. Peake Seeks Statewide Vote on Medical Cannabis Amendment

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(APN) ATLANTA — State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) is filing a bill to create a statewide referendum in 2018 on whether to amend the Constitution of the State of Georgia to allow the in-state cultivation of medical cannabis.   The referendum on a Constitutional Amendment will require two-thirds of both chambers to move forward but does not require the Governor’s […]

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APN Releases Atlanta Council Scorecard for 2016

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(APN) ATLANTA — As 2016 winds down and the City of Atlanta’s 2017 Municipal Election cycle picks up, Atlanta Progressive News is releasing its Atlanta City Councilmember Scorecard.   APN’s Scorecard is one of the most comprehensive, substantive, and transparent scorecards of the Atlanta City Council.  The Scorecard is available as a public Google Spreadsheet:   http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   APN has […]

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Sen. Fort, Mayoral Candidate, Seeks to Decriminalize Cannabis in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — When State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) announced his run for Mayor of Atlanta on November 12, 2016, he became the first candidate for Atlanta elected office to run on a platform that includes decriminalization of cannabis, or marijuana, within City limits.   This would mean that cannabis would remain illegal at the state level in Georgia, and […]

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“Not My President,” Atlantans Express in Trump Protest

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(APN) ATLANTA — Thousands of Atlantans, led by Millennials, took over the streets on Friday night, November 11, 2016, chanting such expressions as, “Not My President!,” “F*ck Trump,”  and “Love Trumps Hate.”   It was the third night of national protests to Trump’s election and racist policies since Tuesday’s election.   A World Without Police (AWWP) organized the night’s resistance […]

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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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