Recent News

Atlanta City Officials Pursue Leasing City Land for Solar Farms

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta is seeking to team up with Georgia Power on a potential project that could turn closed city-owned landfills and additional land at the airport into solar farms. Under a proposed agreement, the City would lea...

Georgia Prisons Face Crisis of Inmate Violence: 32 Deaths in Four Years

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Southern Center for Human Right (SCHR) and State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) held a legislative hearing, on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the State Capitol, on the increase of violence and violent deaths in the Georgia prison...

Possible Bribery of Atlanta Official Seen in Special Master’s Ruling in Task Force Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA -- A former Atlanta City Councilwoman who served as a Policy Advisor to then-Mayor Shirley Franklin may have accepted a bribe to help carry out a conspiracy by downtown business interests to attempt to sabotage the Metro Atlanta Ta...

Whistleblower Verdict for Kalbermann Exposes Gov. Deal on Ethics

(APN) ATLANTA -- Last Friday’s jury verdict in favor whistleblower Stacey Kalbermann, former Executive Secretary of the Georgia State Ethics Commission, may be the first crack in the dam that Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, built for himself when...

Moral Monday Activists Attempt to Deliver Petitions to Gov. Deal on Medicaid Expansion

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, April 07, 2014, Moral Monday took to the street on exclusive West Paces Ferry Road, across from the Governor's Mansion.  Their mission was to deliver fifty thousand signed petitions from Georgia citizens calling for the...

2014 Georgia Legislative Session Wrap-up (UPDATE 1)

    (APN) ATLANTA -- Once again, it was not exactly a banner year for progressive legislation down at the Georgia General Assembly.  Atlanta Progressive News followed the General Assembly in depth this year, including coverage of several bills...

ANALYSIS: How Atlanta Displaces Black Families for Short-Term Projects

Aerial photographs courtesy of Georgia State University Library Blog.   (APN) ATLANTA -- In the 1960s, the City of Atlanta, through legal and political maneuvers, displaced thousands of Black families in the former neighborhood Buttermilk Bottom...

Mike Ritter, 1965-2014, !Presente!

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photographs courtesy of Justin Ziegler.  Cartoons courtesy of GA Voice.   (APN) ATLANTA -- Mike Ritter, art director of the GA Voice magazine; an award-winning editorial cartoonist; and L...

2014 Election Qualifying Wrap-Up Part 3: Judicial, Fulton County Races

(APN) ATLANTA -- Candidate qualifying for Primary Elections and Nonpartisan Elections [such as judicial races] was held on March 03 through March 07, 2014.  Many candidates qualified for a variety of seats.   This article is the third in a thre...

Ninth Moral Monday Focused on Voting Rights Act

(APN) ATLANTA -- On the ninth Moral Monday in Georgia, held on Monday, March 20, 2014, over three hundred people crowded in the rotunda of the State Capitol to hear leaders in the civil rights movement and others explain the Voting Rights Act (V...
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Recent Blog Items

Gov. Deal May Veto Bill Expanding Private Probation, Debtors Prisons in Georgia

  (APN) ATLANTA -- HB 837, which would expand authority for private probation companies, was passed by the House (105 to 62) and Senate (35 to 17) and has been sent to the Governor awaiting his signature to become law.   Gov. Deal has until Apr...

Gov. Deal Pursuing Cannabidiol Oil Research Trials at Georgia Regents University

(APN) ATLANTA -- After the stunning defeat of HB 885 in the Georgia Legislature this year, Gov. Deal announced at a news conference on April 10, 2014, that he plans to pursue clinical trials of cannabis oil at Georgia Regents University in Augusta...

DeKalb Solicitor Sought to Disqualify Occupy our Homes Attorney

(APN) DECATUR -- On Monday, March 31, 2014 at the DeKalb County Courthouse, DeKalb Judge Dax Lopez heard a motion brought by DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston, to disqualify attorney Mawuli Davis with the Davis/Bozeman Law Firm from re...

Supreme Court Disbars Former US Rep. Denise Majette

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has disbarred former U.S. Rep. Denise Majette (D-Atlanta), who served nine years as a State Court Judge in DeKalb County before running for Congress in the 4th district.   According to the State ...

City of South Fulton Bill Fails to Pass State Senate

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City of South Fulton legislation, HB 704, failed to pass the State Senate this year, despite having previously passed the House and a State Senate Committee.   This was surprising to some.  Being backed by State Rep. Ed Lin...

Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Georgia Senate Committee, Heads to Full Senate

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved an amended HB 885 the Medical Marijuana bill a/k/a Haleigh's Hope Act. The amended bill grants immunity from prosecution in Georgia for possession of CBD oil th...

South Fulton Cityhood Referendum Passes Senate Committee, Heads to Senate Floor

(APN) ATLANTA -- House Bill 704, to create a referendum on the incorporation of the City of South Fulton, is moving along; and is expected to make the November 2014 ballot this year.   On March 13, 2014, the bill passed the State Senate State a...

Urban Institute Sees Deplorable Affordable Housing Crisis in Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Urban Institute has released an interactive map showing where the nation’s affordable housing crisis is most acute.  Not surprisingly, Fulton and DeKalb Counties are among the worst, in terms of the availability of housing t...

Gov. Deal Wants to Restrict Emergency Room Care for Low-Income People

(APN) ATLANTA -- It is no secret that there is an element in the Republican Party that has callous disdain for poor people and blames them for being poor.     On Monday, March 03, 2014, Georgia's Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, made that element...

City of Lakeside Proposal Passes State Senate, Heads to House

(APN) ATLANTA -- On February 26, 2014, the proposal for a City of Lakeside in parts of DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties, SB 270, passed the State Senate, after a heated debate. The vote was 32 yeas, and seventeen nays.   The nays included State Sens....
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Recent OpEds

A Progressive Critique of Efforts to Repeal Stand Your Ground

By Johnny Walking Drum Atlanta Progressive News reported an ignominious act perpetrated by our government to curtail Moral Monday protesters' liberties in a redress of grievance at the Georgia Capitol building in downtown Atlanta.  The Moral Mond...

State Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) Calls for Fractional SPLOST Legislation

By State Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) I firmly believe in reducing the tax burden on our citizens and increasing accountability in government.  This is exactly why I am sponsoring legislation that will allow Georgia’s counties to collect a sal...

EDITORIAL: Race, Poverty, and Nonprofits in Atlanta, a Devastating Critique

(APN) ATLANTA -- How is it that in Atlanta, Georgia, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, the powers of corporate wealth and the bourgeoisie have managed to destroy public housing, decimate low-income communities, privatize public school...

EDITORIAL: Our Civil Liberties Are in Grave Danger

(APN) ATLANTA -- One of the most salient questions of contemporary political science has been how Germany--a democracy with so much promise--devolved so quickly into a fascist totalitarian dictatorship in the years before World War Two.   In th...

Issues for 2013

  Issues for 2013 1. Education Georgia public schools have a high school graduation rate of 67.5%, the third worst in the nation. Yet the cost per public school student, $10,587, is nearly $1,000 more than the national average. Charter schools can...

First Person: Occupying Our Homes, Fighting Foreclosures

By Robert Derenthal, Occupy Atlanta With a staggering number of homes being foreclosed upon this year and the millions of families facing homelessness, one would hope a grassroots resistance against the epidemic of foreclosures would spring up.  W...

Open Letter to Council: Disclose Your Secret Vote, The Time Has Come

  Open Letter to Council: Disclose Your Secret Vote, The Time Has Come Dear Council Members, It has been nearly one month since the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in my favor in the case of Cardinale v. City of Atlanta (2010CV185775 in Fulton  Cou...

Letter to President Obama on the Egyptian People and Government

Open Letter to President Obama,   President Obama, how much longer are you going to sit on the fence and watch the Egyptian people suffer and their economy destroyed?  Mubarak needs to leave now - not later.  I urge you to withdraw US financial...

Atlanta Should End Suspicionless Roadblocks

By Joe Williams The following remarks were made by Mr. Williams regarding Suspicionless Roadblocks before the Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta; on Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 3pm; City Hall, Commi...

Tax Reform Council Has Some Good Ideas, Grocery Tax Not One of Them

By Sarah Beth Gehl, Deputy Director, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute #### The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness took a swing at fixing Georgia’s outdated tax system and hit a triple. The Council’s recommendations would help align Geor...
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