Monthly Archives: May 2016

What We’re Reading – Monday, May 30, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post: #### Proposals for Georgia’s National Parklands Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription only)   New Orleans Recovery School District Proponents now offer new disclaimer Huffington Post   Portland Tenants United Protests Housing Awards KOIN television news   County’s 2017 Budget makes Big Investment in Housing, Mental Health, Youth Multnomah County, Oregon […]

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Renitta Shannon’s Big Primary Victory; Lopez to be First Latina in State House

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(APN) ATLANTA — In an unusual upset of an incumbent, moderate Democrat in the State House, progressive activist Renitta Shannon defeated State Rep. Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur) in House District 84 during Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election, May 24, 2016.   In addition, Brenda Lopez became the first Latina elected to the State House of Representatives, by winning an open Democratic-leaning House […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, May 29, 2016

To access links, pls click here:   Emory to Launch $1.5 Million Sustainability Revolving Fund Emory News Center   Drew Charter School Serves as Model for APS Goals (former Mayor Shirley Franklin’s Purpose Built Communities getting APS turnaround contract) WABE radio news   Building Boom: Can Atlanta’s Tree Massacre be Stopped? Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Portland Now Generates […]

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Georgia ACLU Director Departs over Transgender Litigation (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Maya Dillard Smith, Interim Director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), says she has left the organization due to a disagreement she had over its participation in recent litigation over the use of public restrooms by transgender persons.  And at least one transgender advocate is outraged by her comments.   The ACLU […]

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One-third Southern Company Shareholders Vote for More Renewable Energy

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(APN) ATLANTA — One-third of Southern Company shareholders voted for the Company to move more quickly from coal to renewable energy sources at a recent meeting of the Company’s shareholders.   Shareholder resolutions filed at Southern Company by an advocacy group, As You Sow, and faith-based investor coalition, the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (“Tri-State CRI”) sent Southern Company’s Board […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, May 28, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   State Threatens to Shut Down Atlanta Streetcar Atlanta Journal-Constitution   City to Give Park Atlanta the Boot CBS 46 television news   Woman Offered TV on Craigslist and Robbed Buyers (Cobb County) Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Top Vote Getter in Tuesday’s Primary Was A. Barnes Political Insider blog, […]

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Atlanta Council Hears Mayor’s MARTA Tax Project Proposals


(APN) ATLANTA — On May 19, 2016, the City Council of Atlanta’s Transportation Committee held a Work Session, in which it heard presentations for two proposed lists of transportation-related projects–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–that could be part of two possible upcoming voter referenda on two half-penny sales taxes.   Notably, the MARTA list included an extension of […]

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GDOT Targets Historic Black Macon Community for Highway Expansion (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) MACON –The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has two I-75 widening projects in Macon, Georgia.  One project is still in the planning stage and will build “truck only lanes” starting somewhere around I-475 the Macon by-pass and goes 40 miles to McDonough. The other is a safety improvement project at the junction of I-75 and I-16 because of accidents and traffic jams […]

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Coyne Sues Georgia Democratic Party for Backing Barksdale, breaking own By-laws

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(APN) ATLANTA — On May 12, 2016, John Coyne, II, one of three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, filed a lawsuit against the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG); former State Sen. Dubose Porter (D-Dublin), the Party Chair; and others for what he claims to be fraudulent and conspiratorial  activities against himself and one other opponent in this […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, May 21, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   Atlanta Watershed Chief Fired Fox 5 Atlanta television news   Politically connected consultant challenges DeKalb Commissioner Gannon Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Democrats battle to become nominee in senate race against Isakson WSBTV Channel 2 television news   Salt Lake City Mayor Wants City Running on Clean Energy […]

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What We’re Reading – Friday, May 20, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   English Avenue Residents Fear Falcons Development CBS 46 television news   City’s DWM head Macrina being Challenged, Will she be replaced? Buckhead View   More Questions about Ceasar’s Mitchell’s PAC Fox 5 Atlanta television news   “Ugly” Peach Removed from atop Building near Downtown Connector Atlanta Business Chronicle […]

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New Partnership to Monitor Nuclear Radiation in Georgia for Three Years

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(APN) ATLANTA — A new partnership called the Georgia Radionuclide Education, Monitoring, and Outreach Project (REMOP) will monitor nuclear radioactive pollution in Georgia’s air, land, and water for the next three years, while engaging citizens in Burke County and other affected communities to be involved in the monitoring process.   Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) announced in a […]

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Two More Fulton Communities Seek Annexation into Atlanta


(APN) ATLANTA — Two more communities in unincorporated south Fulton County–Cascade Falls and Martin’s Park–are seeking annexation into the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Cascade Falls is off of Cascade Road SW, and is south of Mangum Manor, and to the northeast of Cascade Green.   Martin’s Park is just to the […]

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What We’re Reading – Wednesday, May 18, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post.   No Names Allowed: DeKalb County Prohibits the Public from Speaking Commissioners’ Names CBS 46 television news   Worst Commissioner Ever? DeKalb Mayors Pan Sutton’s Performance (article from 2014) Decaturish   Georgia Considers Tightening Coal Ash Storage Rules WABE radio news   Historic Prattville Records Cleaned, Preserved Montgomery Advertiser […]

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Atlanta Council Begins Review of MARTA Half-Penny Tax Projects, Infrastructure Tax Projects

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta is now beginning the process of preparing to review two proposed project lists–one for MARTA and one for infrastructure projects–for two possible upcoming voter referenda on a half-penny sales tax.   If voters approve both measures on November 08, 2016, the sales tax would increase by one percent in the City of […]

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