Monthly Archives: December 2015

What We’re Reading – Saturday, December 26, 2015

To access links, pls click on full post.   DeKalb CEO’s Right-hand Man Calls it Quits after Channel 2 investigation WSBTV Channel 2 television news   An Attempt to split Fulton County into Two is Back Again Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Development Squeeze Keeps Pinching Cheshire Bridge (Alfredo’s restaurant) Project Q Atlanta   Rep. Peake […]

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Santa, Peopletown Residents Carol to Save Homes from Eminent Domain


(APN) ATLANTA — It’s that time of the year, when Santa delivers coal and open records requests to naughty politicians at City Hall.   On Friday, December 18, 2015, Peoplestown residents and their supporters gathered at Atlanta City Hall to sing re-purposed Christmas carols and delivered open records requests to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, City Councilwoman Carla Smith (District 1), […]

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From Bowen Homes to College: “I Have a Dream” Students Home for Holidays

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(APN) ATLANTA — Sequoyah Smith, a junior at the University of Alabama, is home with her family for winter break. She’s an early childhood education major with dreams of opening up a child development center when she graduates.   Her story sounds like so many other college students, but in her family she will not only be the first to […]

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Residents, Advocates Criticize Selection of GSU to Redevelop Turner Field

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two and a half months after officially putting Turner Field up for sale, the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA) has selected a bidder––Georgia State University.   “The writing was on the wall that GSU was always going to win this particular bid. There’s not a lot of people in the market for a gently used stadium,” […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, December 20, 2015

To access links, pls click on full post.   Mayor Kasim Reed Favors Half Cent Sales Tax for MARTA Saporta Report   Atlanta Financial Experts Weigh in on Fed’s Decision to Raise Interest Rates Atlanta Business Chronicle   Kasim Reed: Atlanta Magazine’s Annexation Story Perpetuates a Form of Bigotry Atlanta Magazine   Former DeKalb CEO Considers a […]

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State Senate, House Study Committees on Cityhood, Annexation Release Reports


(APN) ATLANTA — Study Committees of the Georgia Senate and House, created to study and make recommendations regarding annexation, deannexation, and incorporation in Georgia, have published their final reports.   The House Committee report contains few recommendations, while the Senate report contains several specific recommendations.   The committees were created to deal with increasing questions and concerns among legislators about […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, December 19, 2015

To access links, pls click on full post.   Atlanta Police Sergeants Get Pay Raises Capital Vision blog, Atlanta Business Chronicle   Discussion over Proposal to Review Police in Cobb County Gets Heated WSBTV channel 2 television news   Another Georgia Democrat Passes on a Senate Bid (Michael Sterling) Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Children’s Hospital […]

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U.S. Southern Delegates Both Laud And Denounce Historic Climate Agreement

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Photograph via Creative Commons.   (APN) ATLANTA — World leaders have reached an historic agreement to address climate change, with input––and pressure––from local delegations the world over, including from Atlanta, Georgia, and throughout the U.S. South.   The agreement, signed by 196 countries including the United States, sets a goal of keeping global temperatures from rising more than two degrees […]

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Cannon, Long Responses to HD 58 Special Election Questionnaire

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(APN) ATLANTA — Former State Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta), Park Cannon, and Kwame Thompson have qualified for the House District 58 Special Election taking place on January 19, 2016.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, former State Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) resigned to take a position with Lambda Legal.   Rep. Long previously served in the Legislature and […]

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Georgians Rally to Welcome Refugees, Denounce Deal’s Xenophobia

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With reporting contributed by Rob Steven.  Photograph by Steve Eberhardt.   (APN) STONE MOUNTAIN, Georgia — Anti-refugee politicians like Gov. Nathan Deal do not speak for everyone: that was the message of a rally held on December 12, 2015 in Stone Mountain, where 150 people expressed support for bringing Syrian refugees to Georgia.   “We are here to to denounce […]

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What We’re Reading – Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pls click on full post to access links: ####   Carter: Cancer is Gone Atlanta Journal-Constitution   GBI Awaits Autopsy in Shooting Death of Clarkesville Mayor Fox 5 television news   The New New Georgia Project: Stacey Abrams’s 10 Million Dollar Plan to Double Down on Voter Registration Atlanta Magazine   Macy’s to Close at North DeKalb […]

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Georgia Medical Cannabis Commission Rejects In-state Cultivation

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(APN) ATLANTA — The last hearing of the Georgia Medical Cannabis Commission was held December 09, 2015 in Atlanta.   The Commission developed four recommendations to be presented to Gov. Nathan Deal later this month.   The Commission voted against in state cultivations, the vote was 9 to 5.   All law enforcement officials on the Commission opposed in-state growth because […]

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PSC Members Rest Eyes, Ban Critical Testimony During Vogtle Hearing (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia Public Service Commissioners struggled to maintain a quorum, and apparently also to stay awake, at Georgia Power’s thirteenth semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring Report (VCM) hearing on December 10, 2015.   Two photographs show Commissioner Stan Wise  (District 5) resting his eyes, during one of the many instances in which Atlanta Progressive News observed Wise rest his […]

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What We’re Reading – Monday, December 14, 2015

Pls click on full post to access links.   Mayor Says City Not Unserious about Building Monrial (Sandy Springs) Atlanta Business Chronicle   Ethics Complaints Filed over DeKalb Secret Account (Commissioner Stan Watson) Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Qualifying Begins for First Tucker City Council Elections Decaturish   How a Georgia Republican Won a Solidly Democratic District Politics Blog, […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, December 13, 2015

Atlanta BeltLine Receives Approval for the First Long Range Public Transit Plan for the City Beltline blog   Atlanta Home to Largest Permeable Pavers Project in U.S. WABE radio news   Studies Show Big Risks for Georgia in Religious Freedom Bill Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription only) -for-ga-in-religio/npRM5/   Vogtle at 65 Billion and Counting Safe Energy   […]

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