Monthly Archives: April 2016

Gov. Deal Wraps Up Criminal Justice Reform Agenda, Four Years Later

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(APN) ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal made criminal justice reform one of the priorities of his administration.  While he has been problematic on medical cannabis issues, Gov. Deal has pushed forward of several criminal justice reform measures that came out of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform.   As reported by Atlanta Progressive News in 2012, this Council made […]

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

To access links, click on full post.   FBI Arrests Atlanta Charter School Leader on Theft charges Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Stockbridge Annexes Land for $300 million Mall Marietta Daily Journal   Controversial Klan Figure to Lead Stone Mountain Rally Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Judges’ ‘judge’ resigns, cites political take-over of judicial watchdog commission (Lester Tate, Judicial […]

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DeKalb Commissioner Barnes-Sutton, Hidden in Plain View

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(APN) ATLANTA — DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton (District 4), who is up for reelection in the May 24, 2016 Primary Election, has failed to respond to several attempts to reach her and has been almost completely inaccessible to Atlanta Progressive News, other news media, community organizations hosting forums, and numerous DeKalb County citizen stakeholders.   She has been this […]

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What We’re Reading – Tuesday, April 12, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post:   Atlanta’s Cookie-cutter apartment crazy: just add millennials Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Building Boom Fuels New Northern March Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Opinion: Creating New Cities Causes Social, Economic Fallout (John Matthews) Saporta Report   Breaking the DeKalb Way Georgia Pol   Breaking the DeKalb Way Part Two […]

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Atlanta Wooing South Fulton Business Owners to Annex before Deadline

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is reaching out to business owners in unincorporated south Fulton County to discuss with them the time-sensitive possibility of annexing into the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Reed mailed a letter en masse to business owners in unincorporated south Fulton on April 01, 2016, a copy of […]

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Clarkston Councilman Seeks to Decriminalize Cannabis


(APN) CLARKSTON — City of Clarkston Councilman Dean Moore recently announced plans to introduce legislation to make possession of under one ounce of cannabis (“marijuana”) a traffic offense with a fine of five dollars.   Last year, seventy people in Clarkston went to jail for marijuana possession.  The estimated population of Clarkston in 2014 was 7,846.   “Our strategy is […]

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Atlanta Activists, Workers Applaud New York, California on $15 Wage Laws

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Workers, activists, and elected officials in Metro Atlanta and across the U.S. applauded the decisions made by Govs. Jerry Brown (D-CA) and Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) to sign into state law two respective state minimum wage increases to ultimately reach fifteen dollars per hour over a period of about five […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire, State Rep. Rahn Mayo, HD 84

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming May 2016 Primary Election and Nonpartisan General Election, this article presents the responses to the Atlanta Progressive News Candidate Questionnaire by State Rep. Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur), the incumbent in House District 84.   State Rep. Mayo has a grade of B on the APN Legislature Combined Scorecard for 2014 and […]

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For Several Georgia Counties, an Invisible Flint-level Water Crisis (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — National outrage has turned to the City of Flint, Michigan, where murky, discolored water is coming out of residents’ faucets, with lead and iron to blame.  This was caused by changing the water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River, which was in order to save money.   Here is Georgia, many communities are struggling with […]

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APN 2016 Primary Overview, Part Five: DeKalb County Races


(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the May 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election races in Georgia, this article looks at several positions on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners that are up for reelection this year, along with several other DeKalb County seats.   Previously, Atlanta Progressive News reviewed the races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, […]

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