Monthly Archives: April 2016

What We’re Reading – Saturday, April 30, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Race, MARTA Give Early Shape to the 2017 Race for Mayor of Atlanta Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Woes around Stonecrest Mirror Mall Struggles Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Protests Prompt Stone Mountain to Explore Ways to “Prevent or Control” Future Rallies Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Bald Eagles […]

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Georgia Power’s Plan for Yet Another Nuclear Reactor Opposed by Citizens at PSC Meeting on 2016 IRP

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(APN) ATLANTA — Environmental advocates in Georgia expressed their outrage to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) over the course of two days on April 18 and 19, 2016, in opposition to Georgia Power’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan.   The Plan remains slow on renewable energy like solar and wind, and, shockingly, lays the procedural groundwork for yet another new […]

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APN 2016 Endorsements Pt. 3: Brown, Johnson, Bazemore, Decline/U.S. Senate

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors is pleased to announce our third round of Democratic Primary endorsements for 2016.   We are endorsing Janine Brown for House District 59, Rafer Johnson for House District 62, and Debra Bazemore for House District 63; and declining to endorse for U.S. Senate.   Previously, APN endorsed Bernie Sanders for […]

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What We’re Reading – Friday, April 29, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   Trees Atlanta: City Plans to Plant 1,200 Big Trees within Two Years Saporta Report   Lost n Found Youth Moves Forward with New Shelter Plans The GA Voice   Metro Atlanta Population to Reach 8 Million Atlanta Business Chronicle   Fulton County Democrat Disqualified from Running (Jeff […]

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What We’re Reading – Thursday, April 28, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. #### Judge: Atlanta Annexation Case Very Strong Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Saporta Report Explains Dismissal of Maynard Eaton Saporta Report   Isakson challenger Barksdale casts himself as an outsider Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   This Florida Town Wants to Become the Most Sustainable Community in America (Babcock Ranch, Florida) Think […]

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6,000 Lose Food Stamps in Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall Counties


(APN) ATLANTA — In Georgia, approximately six thousand Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWDs) in Cobb, Gwinnett, and Hall counties will lose SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food assistance this year.   “We have done extensive outreach to those affected, starting in October 2015, and have many resources to offer to those who choose to participate,”  Mary Beth Lukich, Office of […]

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Citizens Defeat Effort to Weaken Atlanta’s Housing Affordability Goals, as Council Cmte Approves New Development Authority Set-Aside Requirement

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With additional reporting by Austin Stewart   (APN) ATLANTA — Victory was sweet for affordable housing advocates who quickly mobilized over the course of 72 hours in the wake of reporting by Atlanta Progressive News, as the Atlanta City Council’s Community Development/Human Resources Cmte (CD/HR) stripped a controversial ordinance of language that would have eliminated the City of Atlanta’s existing […]

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What We’re Reading – Tuesday, April 26, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   A Bittersweet Goodbye 11 Alive television news   Atlanta can now pursue a $2.5B MARTA transit expansion Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Citizen Panel Created to Reform DeKalb’s Government Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Clarkston is on a Collision Course with Georgia Leaders over Plan to Decriminalize Marijuana Political […]

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Atlantans Participated in DC “Democracy Spring” Rallies, at least Two Arrested

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Photograph courtesy of Jen Rafanan.   (APN) ATLANTA — Over 1,400 people were arrested over several days of massive nonviolent sit-ins on the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C., between April 11 and 18, 2016.  It was the most people ever arrested at the U.S. Capitol.   Democracy Spring was organized by a coalition of over 120 organizations.  It is determined […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, we had a lengthy phone interview with Commissioner Kathie Gannon (District 6), whose “superdistrict” covers the left half, or western half, approximately, of the County.  [It’s makes her akin to one-half at-large.]   Gannon is facing Warren Mosby, a former consultant […]

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What We’re Reading – Monday, April 25, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Aman Declares Candidacy for Atlanta Mayor Atlanta Business Chronicle   Party-backed Georgia Democrat Posts Disappointing Fundraising Numbers against Johnny Isakson Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Openly Gay Rep. Chris Sgro Taking Oath before North Carolina Session (North Carolina) Gayly   After Years of Rollbacks, Democracy Movement Making […]

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Georgia Green, Constitution Parties Push Forward on Petitions for Ballot Access, despite State Appeal

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Green Party of Georgia and Constitution Party of Georgia are moving forward with their efforts to gather enough signatures to get their candidates for President of the U.S. on the November 2016 ballot in Georgia, in the wake of a federal ruling that lowered the threshold to 7,500 signatures, even as the State of Georgia has […]

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APN Candidate Q&A, Kelli Hooper, HD 63

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, this article presents the responses by candidate Kelli Hooper to the Candidate Questionnaire for State House candidates.   Hooper is one of five candidates seeking the seat, which is being vacated by State Rep. Ronnie Mabra (D-Fayetteville).   Candidate Debra Bazemore’s […]

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Strange Alliance at Stone Mountain Park Opposes KKK

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(APN) STONE MOUNTAIN — A strange, diverse alliance gathered in opposition to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), which had promised that some two thousand members and supporters would rally at  Stone Mountain, on Saturday, April 23, 2016.   Fewer than thirty KKK members showed up, and they were met by hundreds of protesters, including some White protesters waving Confederate flags […]

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EDITORIAL: Open Letter to Atlanta Council on 16-O-1163, in Opposition


(APN) ATLANTA — Matthew Charles Cardinale, CEO and News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News, issued the following Open Letter to the Atlanta City Council on April 24, 2016:   Dear Councilmembers,   I am writing in reference to 16-O-1163, an ordinance by Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) that would (1) strip the Code of Ordinances of strong affordable housing goals […]

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