Atlanta Citizen Review Board

Fourteen Undocumented Students Jailed Protesting University Bans

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Photograph courtesy of Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis, Freedom University.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, February 01, 2016, fourteen undocumented students were arrested in civil disobedience actions at two universities.   Almost one hundred undocumented and documented students integrated classrooms at Georgia State University (GSU); the University of Georgia, Athens (UGA); and Georgia Tech.   The purpose of the sit-ins […]

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Rep. Peake’s HB 722, In-State Cultivation, Gets a Committee Hearing

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(APN) ATLANTA – On Monday, January 25, 2016, patients and parents testified to the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee asking for their support for HB 722, a follow-up bill to HB 1, Haleigh’s Hope Act.   HB 1 allowed possession of medical cannabis oil for eight conditions, but no legal means to access it in-state.   http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/722   The bill, if […]

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Bipartisan Cooperation on Health Care in Georgia, but not Medicaid Expansion

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(APN) ATLANTA — Medicaid expansion may be dead for the year, but there appears to be bipartisan cooperation on other health policy issues.   “One of the biggest concerns I have is our rural hospitals…. I have personally seen what happened when some of my friends in Dooly County, when their hospital closed. I had friends who worked there, doctors, […]

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47,000 Apply to Georgia DCA for Housing Vouchers in First 24 Hours

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) opened its wait list for rental vouchers to new applicants statewide, and the results have been overwhelming.   Within the first 24 hours, the agency has received approximately 47,000 applications, according to Jana Wiggins, a DCA spokesperson.   That is more than three times the number of households that currently […]

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Atlanta Schoolchildren Lose $63.6 Million In APS/Beltline Deal (UPDATE 2)

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UPDATE 1: Title and article updated with new total numbers (see below for full editorial comment).   (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Board of Education has conceded to recouping tens of millions dollars less than the original 162 million dollars promised to the Atlanta Public School system (APS) for its participation in the Beltline Tax Allocation District (TAD).   In […]

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Rep. Dudgeon, Sen. Ligon Introduce Township Model for Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — State Rep Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek) introduced HR 1051, a constitutional amendment to create a township form of governance in Georgia.   State Sen. William Ligon (R- Brunswick) introduced SR 724, an identical resolution in the State Senate.   The proposed amendment would create a township with limited powers and services.  Towns would have the power of […]

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Atlanta Quietly Growing Through Annexation Petitions

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta’s boundaries are growing, as more unincorporated neighborhoods in DeKalb and Fulton Counties are successfully annexing into the City of Atlanta, opting to use the petition method provided for by Georgia law, instead of seeking voter referenda.   Most recently, the City of Atlanta annexed the community of South Oaks, a small residential area in south Fulton, […]

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APN Capitol Journal: 2016, Week Two

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(APN) ATLANTA — This weekly Capitol Journal is a new feature Atlanta Progressive News is offering its readers, for the 2016 year of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.   Legislative Session Budget Hearings (Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016)   Today was not an official legislative calendar day, but there was plenty of activity as various departments presented their budgets for fiscal year […]

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Sen. McKoon Takes On Lack of Transparency in Legislature with New Bills

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(APN) ATLANTA — State Sen. Josh McKoon (R – Columbus) is currently championing legislation focused on increasing transparency at the Capitol, something that is greatly needed.   McKoon–perhaps best known for his staunch support of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)–has previously taken the lead on transparency and government reform issues.   As a freshman during the 2011-2012 Legislative […]

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Sen. Jones Discusses Bill Reducing Cannabis Possession Charges

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, State Sen. Harold Jones ( D-Augusta) held a news conference at the State Capitol to discuss SB 254, which would change Georgia law regarding personal possession of over one ounce or more of cannabis (“marijuana”) from a felony to a misdemeanor charge.  The bill does not decriminalize or legalize cannabis.   Under […]

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Officer Robert Olsen Indicted, Arrested for Murder of Anthony Hill

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(APN) DECATUR — On Thursday, January 21, 2016, after eight hours of hearing evidence, a criminal grand jury indicted DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen on six counts for the murder of Anthony Hill.   The charges include two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of making a false statement, and two counts of violation […]

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Secretary of State Trains “Student Ambassadors” in New Civic Engagement Program

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(APN) ATLANTA –– Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp kicked off this Presidential Election year with a new program to get high schoolers civically engaged.   The program trains high school students to act as “Ambassadors” of the Secretary of State’s office by holding voter registration drives and educating other youth about the electoral process.   “As the father of […]

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Encampment Builds Pressure for Murder Indictment of Officer Who Killed Anthony Hill

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(APN) DECATUR –– Demonstrators are braving below-freezing temperatures as they camp outside of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the lead-up to a grand jury hearing in the case of Anthony Hill.   Hill, a 27-year-old Air Force veteran and musician, was suffering a mental breakdown when DeKalb Police Department (DPD) Officer Robert Olsen fatally shot him last March.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/03/14/rally-hold-for-dekalb-police-killing-of-anthony-hill/ […]

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