Monthly Archives: January 2016

Labor to Focus on Contractors, Sick Leave in Legislature this Year

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(APN) ATLANTA — Merit pay for teachers, contract workers, minimum wage, and sick leave are all issues that labor groups will be working on during 2016 while the legislature is in session.   Mayor of Clarkston Ted Terry, who also serves as the State Campaign Director of Georgia chapter of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), spoke […]

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APN Endorses Park Cannon, HD 58

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has endorsed Park Cannon in State House District 58, although noting two areas of disagreement, on cityhood and the role of nuclear power in the nation’s past energy mix.   The Special Election is taking place on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.   Cannon’s questionnaire responses were strong on several issues, […]

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What We’re Reading – Wednesday, January 13, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Turner Field Residents Unveil Their Wish List for Redevelopment Saporta Report   BREAKING: Brookhaven Suspends City Manager, Police Chief to Serve as Interim Brookhaven Post   State to Pay $22 Million to Resolve Food Stamp Lawsuit Atlanta Journal-Constitution   GOP Leader in No Hurry to Revisit Anti-gay Bill […]

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Activists Host Panel on “Georgia Gulag”


(APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, December 05, 2015, the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow hosted a program at the Little 5 Points Community Center called, “Georgia Gulag: It’s Up to Us to Stop It.”   In Georgia, there are eighty prisons, 22 youth detention facilities, five immigrant detention facilities, and 193 jails, plus probation centers.   “Mass incarceration […]

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APN Overview of Policy Issues in Legislative Session, 2016


(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia General Assembly breezed through the first day of the forty day session, on yesterday, Monday, January 11, 2016.   This year, Atlanta Progressive News has our biggest team of reporters at the Capitol to date coverage the Legislative Session, including Senior Staff Writer Gloria Tatum; Staff Writer and News Analyst, Anna Simonton; and the present […]

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Rep. Peake, Sen. Jones Introduce Cannabis-related Bills in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two new bills, HB 722 and SB 254, will challenge Georgia’s antiquated cannabis, or marijuana, laws this year of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.   As previously promised, State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) filed HB 722, Peake’s new medical cannabis bill, which includes many of the model policies and practices reviewed by the medical cannabis commission during the […]

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Sen. McKoon, Jeff Graham, Others Debate Georgia’s RFRA Bill

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Photograph by Gloria Tatum, Senior Staff Writer.   (APN) ATLANTA — The first RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) debate of the year has arrived, even before any of the grandstanding of the 2016 Legislative Session has even begun.   The two most vocal players–State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) and Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham–were present, along with recently-elected State […]

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What Would Eliminating CEO Role Mean for DeKalb County?

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(APN) ATLANTA — State legislators, Gov. Nathan Deal, and many DeKalb County citizens are calling for changes to DeKalb County’s charter, to eliminate the CEO position entirely and move towards more of a county manager model.   State Rep. Scott Holcomb (D – Atlanta) has stated his plans to introduce legislation to eliminate the CEO position, although he did not […]

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What We’re Reading – Monday, January 04, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. #### Atlanta City Council Determined to Induce Shopping Center along Moore’s Mill Road Saporta Report   The Rollins Saga: A Marriage, A Mansion, A Mess Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Nathan Deal Rescinds Order Attempting to Ban Syrian Refugees from Georgia Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Former Habersham County […]

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Affordable Housing Impact Statements Introduced in New Orleans


(APN) ATLANTA — A progressive policy trend appears to have started in Atlanta.  The City of New Orleans, Louisiana, will consider following in Atlanta’s footsteps in adopting Affordable Housing Impact Statements as a policy tool to help the metropolitan area grapple with its affordable housing crisis, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett (District D) […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, January 03, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post: #### $879K Midtown Townhomes Described as “Affordable” Curbed Atlanta   First of its Kind School of LGBT Youth to Open in Atlanta Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription onlyl)   20 People to Watch: Chuck Reece (founder of Bitter Southerner) Creative Loafing Atlanta   Resolutions Seeks to Re-create Milton County Johns Creek […]

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APN Questionnaire, Kwame Thompson, HD 58 Special Election

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(APN) ATLANTA — Three candidates–former State Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta), Park Cannon, and Kwame Thompson–are running in the Special Election to replace former State Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta).   APN published responses by former Rep. Long and Cannon under separate cover:   Thompson is an attorney who was active in the Michael Brown protests in Atlanta, and who […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, January 02, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. #### Atlanta Begins Charging for a Streetcar named Undesirable by Some New York Times   Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Opens Atlanta Branch to Represent Immigrant Children Fleeing Central American Violence Fulton County Daily Report   Two more Atlanta Area Cities Eye Disney Style Monorail (Brookhaven and Chamblee) […]

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Fulton Court Clerk Staffer Sentenced in ID Theft, Tax Fraud Conspiracy

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(APN) ATLANTA — In November 2015, a Fulton County Superior Court Clerk employee was convicted and sentenced for selling Georgians’ Social Security numbers and other personal information in a tax fraud scheme that spanned three U.S. states.   A total of eight people from three U.S. states were charged and sentenced in the Southern District of Texas in […]

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