Recent News

Income Tax Cap Referendum, if Passed, Takes Progressivity Off Table

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA -- This November 2014, Georgians will have a chance to vote on a Constitutional Amendment ballot referendum that will cap the income tax at its current level of 6 percent. ...

Secretary of State Subpoenas Voter Registration Group, New Georgia Project

(APN) ATLANTA -- On September 09, 2014, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, subpoenaed the New Georgia Project (NGP) and Third Sector Development, who have registered approximately 85,000 Georgians, consisting mostly of Blacks, La...

APN Interviews with Beskin, Bozarth, Gibeling, HD 54 Candidates, Part Two

(APN) ATLANTA -- This is the second in a two-part series containing the answers given by Beth Beskin, Bill, Bozarth, and Bob Gibeling--the Republican, independent, the Democratic candidates for House District 54--in interviews with Atlanta Progres...

APN Interviews with Beskin, Bozarth, Gibeling, HD 54 Candidates, Part One

(APN) ATLANTA -- With the successful effort by independent candidate Bill Bozarth to petition his way onto the ballot in State House District 54, in interesting three-way race has emerged in this District that includes much of Atlanta’s Buckhead c...

Atlanta Council Passes APD Cameras, Refers Constitutional Amendment to Committee

(APN) ATLANTA -- At the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta on Tuesday, September 02, 2014, the Council passed a resolution that had been introduced by Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), calling for the Atlanta Police Departm...

FULL TEXT: Mayor Reed Attacks Moore for Questioning Apparently Illegal Payments

(APN) ATLANTA -- On August 27, 2014, the City Council of Atlanta Finance/Executive Committee, Chaired by Alex Wan (District 6), met to discuss, among other agenda items, an issue concerning nine City of Atlanta employees, who received monetary pay...

Councilman Bond Introducing Resolution on U.S. Constitutional Amendment

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) plans to introduce a resolution calling for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, at the Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Full Council Meeting.   Th...

Dickens Leads in Updated APN Atlanta Council Scorecard for 2014

(APN) ATLANTA -- Newly elected Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) has emerged as a new, progressive leader on the Atlanta City Council, according to the Atlanta Progressive News Atlanta City Council Scorecard for 2014.   T...

Georgia Medical Cannabis Study Committee Holds First Hearing

(APN) ATLANTA -- The first of five hearings of the Georgia Medical Cannabis Joint Study Committee was held at the Georgia State Capitol, on August 27, 2014.     Three expert witnesses were invited to speak: Paige Figi and Matt Cook from Colora...

Book Review: Dollar Democracy by Peter Mathews

(APN) ATLANTA -- Dollar Democracy, a new book by Prof. Peter Mathews, examines the role of campaign contributions from wealthy individuals and corporations in subverting the democratic process; and in creating public policy that favors the wealthy...
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Recent Blog Items

Sandy Springs Requires Council Approval for New Apartments

(APN) ATLANTA -- On September 02, 2014, the Sandy Springs City Council passed an ordinance that requires all projects in the C1 and C2 commercial zone areas to be approved by Council before any permits will be approved through the city.   Prio...

State Sen. Millar Opposes Sunday Voting, Black Voter Turnout; Says He Prefers “Educated” Voters

(APN) ATLANTA -- In an appalling turn of events that reveals exactly why the Voting Rights Act is still needed, State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) showed his true colors, as it were, in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s P...

On Heels of Open Meetings Victory, Tisdale Assaulted, Arrested at GOP Event

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA -- After finally claiming victory in an open meetings dispute with the City of Cumming, Georgia, that had been going on since April 17, 2012--where Forsyth Superior Court Judg...

Atlanta Police Arrest Fast Food Workers Fighting for a Living Wage

By Anna Simonton, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA -- Ten fast food workers were arrested on Thursday, September 04, 2014, after blocking one lane of traffic on Ponce de Leon Avenue, near Boulevard, in an act of civil disobedi...

Judge Glanville Sanctions Attorney General Olens; LaBerge over Withheld Memo

(APN) ATLANTA -- On September 03, 2014, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville brought down sanctions against Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and Holly LaBerge, Executive Secretary for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaig...

DeKalb Commissioner Boyer Resigns after Improper Spending on County Card

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, August 25, 2014, DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer (District 1), a Republican, resigned amidst corruption allegations and a federal investigation of the same. On Tuesday, August 26, the U.S. Attorneys’ Office s...

Judge Hears Contempt Motion against Olens, LaBerge Over Withheld Memo

(APN) ATLANTA -- In the ongoing saga of the Stacey Kalberman whistleblower case, Kalberman, represented by attorney Kim Worth, has made a motion sanctions against Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and against Executive Director Holly LaBerge, for...

New Mature Trees Planted at Buckhead Atlanta Development

By A. Scott Walton, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA -- The brand new Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use development is set to feature a substantial planting of new, mature trees.   The swooping cranes that languished in states ...

Perdue, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Has Troubling Business Background

(APN) ATLANTA -- David Perdue, Georgia’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate and cousin of former Governor Sonny Perdue, is an extremist right-wing politician who would add to the current obstructionism of the U.S. Senate, and has a troubling busin...

Gov. Deal's Office Removed Executive Orders from Website

(APN) ATLANTA -- On or around August 06, 2014, the Sunlight Foundation, a think tank in Washington, D.C., discovered that Gov. Nathan Deal’s office has been removing executive orders from their website. The Sunlight Foundation is a “nonpart...
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Recent Videos

Fulton Commissioner-Elect: I want to be the last Commissioner from North Fulton

See 13:00 minute point in the video for Fulton Commissioner-Elect's statement about his desire to dismantle Fulton County.

Georgians Express Opposition to Extreme Gun Bill, HB 875

By Judy Conder, Staff Videographer; Video sponsored by Atlanta Progressive News

Rev. Barber Speaks at Georgia's First Moral Monday

Video by Judy Conder, via Judy Conder Youtube Channel

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Recent OpEds

A Progressive Critique of Efforts to Repeal Stand Your Ground

By Johnny Walking Drum Atlanta Progressive News reported an ignominious act perpetrated by our government to curtail Moral Monday protesters' liberties in a redress of grievance at the Georgia Capitol building in downtown Atlanta.  The Moral Mond...

State Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) Calls for Fractional SPLOST Legislation

By State Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) I firmly believe in reducing the tax burden on our citizens and increasing accountability in government.  This is exactly why I am sponsoring legislation that will allow Georgia’s counties to collect a sal...

EDITORIAL: Race, Poverty, and Nonprofits in Atlanta, a Devastating Critique

(APN) ATLANTA -- How is it that in Atlanta, Georgia, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, the powers of corporate wealth and the bourgeoisie have managed to destroy public housing, decimate low-income communities, privatize public school...

EDITORIAL: Our Civil Liberties Are in Grave Danger

(APN) ATLANTA -- One of the most salient questions of contemporary political science has been how Germany--a democracy with so much promise--devolved so quickly into a fascist totalitarian dictatorship in the years before World War Two.   In th...

Issues for 2013

  Issues for 2013 1. Education Georgia public schools have a high school graduation rate of 67.5%, the third worst in the nation. Yet the cost per public school student, $10,587, is nearly $1,000 more than the national average. Charter schools can...

First Person: Occupying Our Homes, Fighting Foreclosures

By Robert Derenthal, Occupy Atlanta With a staggering number of homes being foreclosed upon this year and the millions of families facing homelessness, one would hope a grassroots resistance against the epidemic of foreclosures would spring up.  W...

Open Letter to Council: Disclose Your Secret Vote, The Time Has Come

  Open Letter to Council: Disclose Your Secret Vote, The Time Has Come Dear Council Members, It has been nearly one month since the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in my favor in the case of Cardinale v. City of Atlanta (2010CV185775 in Fulton  Cou...

Letter to President Obama on the Egyptian People and Government

Open Letter to President Obama,   President Obama, how much longer are you going to sit on the fence and watch the Egyptian people suffer and their economy destroyed?  Mubarak needs to leave now - not later.  I urge you to withdraw US financial...

Atlanta Should End Suspicionless Roadblocks

Atlanta Ophthalmology Milan Eye Center #### By Joe Williams The following remarks were made by Mr. Williams regarding Suspicionless Roadblocks before the Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta; on Tuesd...

Tax Reform Council Has Some Good Ideas, Grocery Tax Not One of Them

By Sarah Beth Gehl, Deputy Director, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute #### The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness took a swing at fixing Georgia’s outdated tax system and hit a triple. The Council’s recommendations would help align Geor...
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