Monthly Archives: April 2016

City of Atlanta likely to Annex Loch Lomond after Petitions Verified

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Loch Lomond community in south Fulton County, 271 acres in size, is likely to be annexed by the City of Atlanta, after the City’s Municipal Clerk and Law Department verified the petitions submitted by the community to join the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   A public hearing on 16-O-1189, an ordinance by […]

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Atlanta Ordinance Would Weaken Rental Affordability Standards (UPDATE 1)

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UPDATE 1: This legislation is worse than originally thought.  Not only does it change the affordability definition; it would strip the Code of Ordinances of all the City’s commitments to serving low-income families that came out of the 2001 Gentrification Task Force recommendations. SEE:   (APN) ATLANTA — An ordinance introduced by Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) […]

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What We’re Reading – Friday, April 22, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   City Seeks $500 Million Grant to Expand Atlanta Streetcar, Improve MLK Drive Atlanta Business Chronicle   Planned Highway Projects Will Move Traffic Through Atlanta Atlanta Business Chronicle   Nine Candidates File for Open DeKalb Commission Seats Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Fulton County to Outsource Mental Health Care Atlanta Journal-Constitution […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: John Coyne, U.S. Senate

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(APN) ATLANTA — With only about five weeks remaining until the May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, Democrat voters have little or no information about the candidates for U.S. Senate.   Political newcomer, Jim Barksdale, has avoided news media, including the Atlanta Progressive News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; while also avoiding local forums and other events around […]

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What We’re Reading – Wednesday, April 20, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Fulton County Approves $49k in Battle against Heroin 11 Alive television news   Bad Checks, Foreclosure, Unpaid Bills Plague Commissioner (Barnes-Sutton, DeKalb County) Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Cities Face Deadlines for Sales Tax Ballot Question North,90908   Opinion: Guns and Learning Don’t Mix The Chronicle of Higher Education […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Valerie Vie, HD 62

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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 Atlanta Progressive News Candidate Questionnaire responses by Valerie Vie, candidate for House District 62.   Previously, APN ran the candidate responses by Rafer Johnson, who is also a candidate in this race.   Candidate Aaron […]

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What We’re Reading – Monday, April 18, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Elderly Man Fatally Shot in Southwest Atlanta (Barney Simms, former executive at Atlanta Housing Authority) WTOC television news (CBS Savannah)   City of Atlanta, MARTA Can Create Transit Model in Age of Micro-regionalism Saporta Report   Demographics Haven’t Shifted Elections in Georgia, Yet Blogging while Blue   Keith […]

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APN Candidate Q&A: Debra Bazemore, HD 63


(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election, this article presents the APN Candidate Questionnaire responses from Debra Bazemore, candidate for House District 63.   A total of five candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for this seat, which is being vacated by State Rep. Ronnie Mabra (D-Fayetteville).  The […]

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Barksdale U.S. Senate Campaign Avoiding Media, Voters


(APN) ATLANTA — The Democratic Party of Georgia machine-backed candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016, Mr. Jim Barksdale, has been avoiding media and has failed to show up at numerous events across Georgia.   Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Cheryl Copeland has provided no phone number and has failed to respond to two emails from Atlanta Progressive News, sent on March 29 […]

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Fukushima Still Spreading Radioactive Materials, Five Years Later

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(APN) ATHENS — Nuclear Watch South (NWS) hosted a Fukushima Five Years Later presentation in Athens, Georgia, on March 12, 2016, at the Athens-Clarke County Library.   The event roughly coincided with the five year anniversary of March 11, 2011, when a 9.0 earthquake struck off shore causing a powerful tsunami to hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, April 17, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   Opinion: Build on our history, not over it Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Prosecutor: Georgia City has No Authority to Decriminalize Marijuana Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Oakland passes rent hike moratorium, eviction moratorium KTVU television news (California)   Emotions Run High during Rent Control Protest (Multnomah County, Portland, Oregon) KGW […]

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State of Georgia, NAACP/CCGA Swap Motions in Voter Purge Case

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(APN) ATLANTA — A class action lawsuit filed on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in U.S. District Court alleges that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has continuously defied the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by continuing to enforce sections within the Georgia Election Code when they have been condemned by the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ).   Common Cause Georgia […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, April 16, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   11 Alive Buyouts confirmed: Keith Whitney, Kevin Rowson, Donna Lowry Radio, Tv, Talk blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Ted versus the Machine: Today Clarkston, Tomorrow the World Economist   Georgia Power Aims to Dump its Overruns on your Bill Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   U.C. Davis Tried to Hide Pepper […]

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APN Endorsements 2016 Pt. 2: Shannon, Westlake, Thomas, James, Fort (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has made decisions in two State Senate races and three State House races, with more endorsement decisions to come leading up to the May 24, 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election.   APN is endorsing two Democratic challengers: Renitta Shannon over State Rep. Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur) for House District […]

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What We’re Reading – Thursday, April 14, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   The True Story behind twirler, Baton Bob WABE radio news   Fulton Commission Candidate Admits Violations (Former Commissioner Bill Edwards) Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Breaking the DeKalb Way: DeKalb County in Black and White (Part Three) Georgia Pol   Breaking the DeKalb Way: This Time It’s Different (Part Four) […]

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