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Work Session Rescheduled for Atlanta Surplus Property Housing Ordinance

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(APN) ATLANTA — A Work Session that had been scheduled by two committees of the City Council of Atlanta for Thursday, August 30, 2017, has been re-scheduled for September 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/1445/18   The Work Session is to discuss the proposed ordinance, 17-O-1463, by Councilman Michael Bond (Post 1-at-large) and eight co-sponsors to […]

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U.S. Sen. Isakson Fails to Connect at Town Hall Meeting

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(APN) MARIETTA — On Monday, August 14, 2017, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)  hosted a Town Hall Meeting to answer constituents’ questions.     Progressive activists nationwide and in Georgia have struggled to get meetings with Republican elected officials, in a political environment characterized by division and turmoil.   Constituents thanked U.S. Sen. Isakson numerous times for holding the meeting […]

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Atlanta’s Homeless Opportunity Bond Helps, but Won’t Replace Task Force

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(APN) ATLANTA — On July 17, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta voted unanimously to authorize the Atlanta Development Authority (“Invest Atlanta”) to issue a 26 million dollar Homeless Opportunity Bond (HOB) to combat homelessness in Atlanta.       The United Way of Greater Atlanta will match that with a 25 million dollar philanthropic donation.   Mayor Kasim Reed announced […]

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Work Session Scheduled on Surplus Property Housing Ordinance

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(APN) ATLANTA — A Work Session has been scheduled by the Atlanta City Council to discuss Proposed Ordinance 17-O-1463, an ordinance by Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) to sell surplus City property to nonprofit developers for development for affordable housing benefitting low-income families in Atlanta.   https://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=2063&ID=12901   The Work Session–which is a joint work session of Community Development/Human […]

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Atlanta Mayoral Race 2017, APN Overview Part Three: Aman, Bottoms (UPDATE 2)

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Mayoral race, this article presents an overview of two candidates: former City of Atlanta Chief Financial Officer Peter Aman and Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11).   In Part One, Atlanta Progressive News presented an overview of Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large) and Councilman Kwanza […]

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Family in DeKalb Sues Sessions over Cannabis Classification

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With added legal analysis by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — A family in DeKalb County has joined a coalition of plaintiffs from around the country to challenge the federal government’s classification of cannabis, or “marijuana,” as a Schedule I drug, which means a dangerous substance with no medical benefits.   Sebastien Cotte is representing his son Jagger, 6, […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Dustin Hillis, Atlanta Council District 9

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2017 Municipal Elections, Atlanta Progressive News has distributed a questionnaire to several City Council candidates, and is planning to send out another round to another several candidates soon.   We will publish the questionnaire responses as they come in.   Dustin Hillis, an aide to Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), is […]

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Atlanta Mayoral Race 2017, APN Overview Part Two: Fort, Woolard

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Mayoral race, this article presents an overview of two candidates: State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) and former City Council President Cathy Woolard.   In Part One, Atlanta Progressive News presented an overview of Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large) and Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2).   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2017/07/04/atlanta-mayoral-race-2017-apn-overview-part-one-norwood-hall/   […]

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South Carolina Pulls the Plug on Two Nuclear Reactors

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(APN) ATLANTA — Ding, Dong.  V.C. Summer’s two planned new nuclear power reactors near Columbia, South Carolina are dead.   The culprits include rising costs, falling demand for energy, construction delays, and the bankruptcy of lead contractor Westinghouse.   After nine years, Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) are pulling the plug on the fourteen billion dollar […]

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APN Interview with Alex Wan, Council President Candidate

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the City of Atlanta 2017 Municipal Elections, we sat down with Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan (District 6), who is running for Council President.   Previously, we interviewed Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), who is also running for the seat.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2017/06/04/apn-interview-with-felicia-moore-council-president-candidate/   Councilman C.T. Martin (District 10), a third candidate for […]

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Boycott Targets Chevron where DeKalb Police Brutalized Panhandler

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(APN) DECATUR — On Monday, July 17, 2017, over a hundred activists held their first boycott and day of protest at the Chevron gas station at the intersection of Glenwood Road and Line Road in DeKalb County, after a video circulated on social media showing an incident where a DeKalb County police officer brutalized a homeless woman.   On June […]

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Bond, Six Councilmembers Introduce Surplus Property Housing Policy in Atlanta (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, July 17, 2017 Full Council Meeting, Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) introduced a new ordinance to amend the City of Atlanta’s policies relating to the sale of surplus real estate, in order to require that, where feasible, the properties be used to develop affordable housing units.   Ordinance: http://bit.ly/2vjNLTL   The […]

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Disabled Community Fights for Their Lives to Save Medicaid

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(APN) ATLANTA — “No Medicaid Cuts, No Medicaid Caps, No Cuts to Medicaid Waivers.”  These were the demands from over fifty people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) at the Georgia State Capitol, on Wednesday, july 12, 2017.   Their protest highlighted how the various U.S. Congressional Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would harm Georgia.   People […]

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PSC Staff Admits New Nuclear Reactors May Be Uneconomical at 16th VCM Hearing

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Georgia Public Service Commission’s (PSC) 16th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) hearing on June 29, 2017, the PSC’s staff reported, for the first time, that it may be uneconomical to continue developing two new nuclear reactors–Vogtle Units 3 and 4–at Plant Vogtle.   During cross examination, the PSC staff hypothesized several outcomes for Vogtle and the […]

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Atlanta Mayoral Race 2017, APN Overview Part One: Norwood, Hall

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(APN) ATLANTA — It is now about four months away from the 2017 Mayoral race and there is a quite crowded race, with nine major candidates in the race.   The nine candidates are: Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large), Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11), Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, State […]

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