Monthly Archives: March 2016

Trevari, Lopez Qualify to Succeed State Rep. Floyd in Gwinnett House Seat

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two candidates have qualified to seek the Democratic nomination for Georgia State House District 99, a district in Gwinnett County, currently held by State Rep. Hugh Floyd (D-Norcross), who has declined to run for reelection after fourteen years of public service.   Jay Trevari and Brenda Lopez are seeking the seat.   Trevari has lived in Gwinnett […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Josh Noblitt, HD 59

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the Georgia State House District 59 race, to replace State Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta), this article contains the responses of candidate Josh Noblitt to the Atlanta Progressive News candidate questionnaire.   Noblitt is the Minister of Social Justice and Evangelism at Saint Mark United UMC, and is also a marriage and family […]

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APN Candidate Q&A – Janine Brown, HD 59

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(APN) ATLANTA — With qualifying for State House and Senate races wrapping up this week, Atlanta Progressive News continues our in-depth foray into these critical elections.   As first reported by APN, State Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta) is exploring a run for Mayor of Atlanta in 2017 and will not be running for reelection.   Three candidates–Janine Brown, David Dreyer, […]

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Affordable Housing Advocates Target Georgia Legislature

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, March 08, 2016, Housing Georgia brought together hundreds of people to advocate and educate legislators about housing solutions and to lobby for several bills working their way through the General Assembly.   Housing Georgia is a diverse statewide coalition that advocates and educates for safe, decent, and affordable homes for Georgians.   Georgia has a […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, March 06, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Chamblee Officials: We Will Not Proceed with Considering the Annexing LaVista Hills area Brookhaven Post   Palmetto Pipeline Loses Ground in Fulton County Superior Court, State House Saporta Report   Did Democratic Leader Hide Payments from Michelle Nunn? (Stacey Abrams) Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Bird Poop Shuts Down […]

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Georgia Considers Grand Jury Changes in Police Killing Cases; Opinions Mixed

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(APN) ATLANTA — HB 941 would change Georgia’s grand jury process for police officers accused of causing death or bodily harm.   The bill is sponsored by State Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna) ; it has unanimously passed the House of Representatives and is now in the Senate Non-Civil Judiciary Committee.   It purports to fix Georgia’s Grand Jury […]

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Georgia Senate Hears “Campus Carry” Gun Bill

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(APN) ATLANTA — HB 859, Campus Carry, sponsored by State Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), passed the House on February 23, 2016, and had its first Senate Judiciary hearing on Wednesday March 02.   HB 859 is yet another model legislative bill pushed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), along with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and local gun groups […]

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APN Q&A: Brian Westlake, challenging Rep. Oliver, HD 82

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(APN) ATLANTA — Brian Westlake, a high school teacher who ran in 2010 for the Democratic nomination for Georgia School Superintendent, is challenging State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) for the House District 82 seat.   Westlake, who is an advocate for public education, takes issue with State Rep. Oliver’s support of Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed Opportunity School District (OSD), […]

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APN Georgia Assembly Crossover Day Overview, 2016


(APN) ATLANTA — Monday, February 29, 2016 was Crossover Day for the Georgia Legislature.  This is the day that bills must pass from one chamber to another in order to still be active for consideration in becoming a law.   Atlanta Progressive News has provided extensive and comprehensive coverage of the legislative session again this year.   The following is […]

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Hillary Clinton Wins Georgia Primary; Sanders Supporters Vow to Keep Fighting

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum and Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won Georgia’s Democratic Primary for President of the United States on yesterday, Tuesday, March 02, 2016.  She received 71.3 percent of the vote, while U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders received 28.2 percent of the vote.   Atlanta Progressive News had Senior […]

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Atlanta Council Delays Action on CRB Reforms


(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee (PS/LA) was set to discuss and possibly vote on an ordinance granting new powers to the Atlanta Citizens Review Board at its meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.   However, numerous citizens who planned to attend and speak learned that the PS/LA Committee Chairman Ivory Young (District 3) decided […]

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Senate Hearing Held on Cannabis Penalties; No Vote Taken

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, February 25, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee held a first hearing on SB 254, the Marijuana Misdemeanor Bill.   The bill is sponsored by State Senator Harold Jones (D-Augusta) a former prosecuting attorney.   Sen. Jones’s bill would eliminate felony charges for possession of cannabis (“marijuana”) for personal use, regardless […]

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