Monthly Archives: July 2015

Ethical Issues Surround former Brookhaven Mayor Davis, a Candidate for State House

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(APN) BROOKHAVEN — Less than three years old, the newly formed City of Brookhaven, Georgia, is already plagued with transparency problems.   A female city employee claims Mayor J. Max Davis sexually harassed her when he sprayed her buttocks with Lysol.  Tom Kurrie, the City Attorney, tried to cover up the incident by altering public documents.   As previously reported […]

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Endorsements Pile Up as HD 55, DeKalb 5 Head to Run-offs in Special Election

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(APN) ATLANTA — Several former candidates in the DeKalb District 5 Special Election have coalesced around candidate George Turner, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Turner has been endorsed by five of the eight candidates who did not prevail in the Special Election, including Harmel Codi, Gwen Green, Jerome Edmondson, Kathryn Rice, and Kenneth Saunders.   Turner and Mereda Johnson […]

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What We’re Reading, Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Click on full post for live links.   Burglary Suspect Weeps after Recognizing Judge from Middle School WSVN television news   There’s a Giant Victim Culture Temper Tantrum Coming From the Christian Right Daily Kos   Cuba Just Became the First Country to eliminate HIV transmission Between Mother and Child Daily Kos   Miami-Dade County Decriminalizes Marijuana […]

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Residents Call on Mayor to Support Community Led Development of Turner Field

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(APN) ATLANTA — Over sixty residents from the neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field delivered a letter to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on July 07, 2015, asking him to publicly commit to making sure the area’s redevelopment is community-driven, not developer-driven.   “We are more than developers’ current neighbors and future victims,” Sohna Harzeez, a resident of the Pittsburgh neighborhood and member […]

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NEWS BRIEF: Norwood Withdraws Public Comment Limits Ordinance

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, July 06, 2015, Committee on Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large) made a motion to file, or terminate, her proposed legislation to set a Multi-Committee public comment limit.   Atlanta Progressive News reported that Norwood introduced the legislation, out of her concern that some citizens were jumping […]

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Dave Walker, 1945-2015, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — David Gregory Walker, 70, an advocate for transparency, citizen participation, and ethics in government in Atlanta and beyond, has passed away on yesterday, Sunday, July 05, 2015.   Walker was best known for his role as a citizen advocate at meetings of the Atlanta City Council and its seven Committees, where he would make public comment that […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, July 04, 2015

Click to view full post, to access live links. Fulton Commission Orders Audit Over Unspent Millions For HIV Prevention WABE radio   Atlanta poised to adopt $3.65 billion transit plan for BeltLine, Streetcar Saporta Report   Georgia Loses Motion to Dismiss Water Wars Suit Atlanta Business Chronicle   CEO’s Grapple with an Elephant in the Room – […]

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Suspended DeKalb CEO, Burrell Ellis, Found Guilty of Attempted Extortion, Perjury (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis was found guilty of attempted extortion and three counts of perjury on July 01, 2015.   Ellis was acquitted of five other counts, including three counts of attempted extortion, one count of extortion, and one count of bribery.   The charges involved several county vendors who testified that Ellis had threatened to […]

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APN Questionnaire, Catherine Bernard, J. Max Davis, HD 80

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(APN) ATLANTA — In Atlanta Progressive News’s continuing coverage of the State House District 80 Special Election, taking place on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, this article presents the remaining candidate questionnaire responses.   District 80 includes parts of Sandy Springs in Fulton County and Brookhaven in DeKalb.   In a four-person race in a Special Election with no primary process, […]

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Atlanta Councilwoman Norwood Seeks New Restrictions on Public Comment

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large) has introduced controversial legislation to limit public comment at all of the Council’s seven bi-weekly Committee Meetings.   Currently, each Committee gets to set its own time limits, if any; some committees have limits currently; some do not.  The matter is under the purview of the respective seven Committee Chairpersons, […]

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APN Questionnaire, Taylor Bennett, HD 80 Special Election

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(APN) ATLANTA — In Atlanta Progressive News’s ongoing coverage to the State House District 80 Special Election, which will take place on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, this article presents questionnaire responses from candidate Taylor Bennett.   District 80 includes parts of Sandy Springs in Fulton County and Brookhaven in DeKalb.   In a four-person race in a Special Election with […]

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APN Questionnaire, Loren Collins, HD 80 Special Election (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — There is a Special Election in State House District 80 coming up on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, that will determine who will replace State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven), the former Democrat who turned Republican and who has now been appointed to a State Court judge position in DeKalb County by Gov. Nathan Deal.   The District includes […]

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