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Activists Speak Out against Importing German Nuclear Waste to Savannah River Site, at Hearing

(APN) AUGUSTA -- The U.S. Department of Energy held a hearing at the North Augusta Community Center on June 24, 2014, regarding a proposal to import nuclear waste from Germany to be stored at Savannah River Site (SRS).   APN previously reporte...

Candidate for DeKalb Sheriff Promises Eviction Moratorium

By Anna Simonton, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) DEKALB COUNTY -- Dekalb County residents facing eviction might have some reprieve, depending on the results of next week’s runoff election for Dekalb County Sheriff.   Candidate...

Don't bake your kid! Tips on How to Remember There’s a Child in your Car

(APN) ATLANTA -- The case of Justin Harris in Marietta, Georgia, has parents exclaiming nationwide, “I could never in a million years do that to my child!”   Online, those with children have also seemed to take an odd comfort in the felony mu...

Fast Food Workers Claim Retaliation after Wage Protests

(APN) ATLANTA -- Some Atlanta fast-food workers who added their voices to a strike for a 15 dollars per hour wage, and the right to form a union without retaliation, that swept 150 U.S. cities--with counterpart protests in 33 countries worldwide--...

Settlement Amounts Add Up in Gov. Deal Whistleblower Lawsuits

(APN) ATLANTA -- The latest reports on the whistleblower suits against Gov. Nathan Deal have him in full-blown denial and even attempting to revise whistleblowers laws, presumably to keep the embarrassment of getting busted from happening again.  ...

Atlanta Passes Urban Agriculture Zoning Ordinance

(APN) ATLANTA -- With this month's passage of ordinance 14-O-1092, Atlanta's going to start looking a whole lot greener: the new urban agriculture ruling amends current zoning codes, allowing for the growth of market and urban gardens in the city....

Rally Held for Baby Injured by Police Grenade during No-knock Home Invasion

By Betty Couvertier and Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photographs by Betty Couvertier. (APN) HABERSHAM COUNTY -- On today, Saturday, June 06, 2014, activists from across Georgia converged on Habersham County to rally for an end to the drug war, whos...

USDA Declares Georgia’s Food Stamp Drug Testing Law to be Illegal

(APN) ATLANTA -- We told you so.  As it turns out, State Rep. Greg Morris's (R-Vidalia) House Bill 772--requiring food stamp recipients to be drug tested if a state worker had a so-called “reasonable suspicion” that the recipient might be using dr...

Activists Seek to Expand “Ban the Box” Ex-Prisoner Employment Reform in Georgia

Photograph by Gloria Tatum   (APN) DECATUR -- On Monday, June 02, 2014, activists held an informational meeting at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church regarding so-called “Ban the Box” policies that prohibit certain employers from questioning jo...

SEIU Activists Across U.S. South Seek to Unseat Governors for Failure to Expand Medicaid

Photograph courtesy of Steve Eberhardt.   (APN) ATLANTA -- On May 31, 2014, over 250 community leaders and union activists from eight states across the U.S. South held a rally at the Martin Luther King Center to kick off a campaign to call on Sout...

EPD Issues Order Harming Georgia’s Saltwater Marshes

(APN) ATLANTA -- In a surprise announcement ironically given on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Director Jud Turner issued an order to create a massive rollback to the protections presently used to defend the sal...

Ray Boyd Offers $100,000 to Prove E-Voting is Verifiable

Photograph courtesy of Nydia Tisdale.   (APN) ELLIJAY -- At a press conference on May 10, 2014 in Ellijay, Georgia, independent activist Ray Boyd offered 100,000 dollars to anyone who can prove that Georgia's electronic voting equipment can be ind...

Judge Denies Stand Your Ground Defense by Home Defenders

(APN) DECATUR -- On May 14, 2014, the “Avondale” Four testified in the DeKalb County courthouse that they were not criminally trespassing when they refused to leave the Avondale Estate property after police served an eviction notice on August 09, ...

Couples Sue Georgia over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

(APN) ATLANTA -- On April 22, 2014, Lambda Legal Defense, a national legal organization, filed a federal class action lawsuit in Atlanta on behalf of seven Georgia residents and others who are injured by Georgia's same-sex marriage bans. Georgi...

Moral Monday Exposes Fraud by Wells Fargo

(APN) ATLANTA -- Moral Monday Georgia and Occupy Our Homes Atlanta (OOHA) are exposing Wells Fargo's crimes against their customers, including by having held a march to a Wells Fargo downtown Atlanta branch at 240 Peachtree Street on Monday, April...

Moral Monday Takes on ALEC and Koch Brothers

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, April 21, 2014, hundreds gathered across from the State Capitol to follow the money trail from the Gold Dome to the Atlanta offices of the rich and powerful Koch brothers at the Georgia Pacific building.      Koch I...

Gov. Deal May Veto Bill Expanding Private Probation, Debtors Prisons in Georgia

  (APN) ATLANTA -- HB 837, which would expand authority for private probation companies, was passed by the House (105 to 62) and Senate (35 to 17) and has been sent to the Governor awaiting his signature to become law.   Gov. Deal has until Apr...

Gov. Deal Pursuing Cannabidiol Oil Research Trials at Georgia Regents University

(APN) ATLANTA -- After the stunning defeat of HB 885 in the Georgia Legislature this year, Gov. Deal announced at a news conference on April 10, 2014, that he plans to pursue clinical trials of cannabis oil at Georgia Regents University in Augusta...

DeKalb Solicitor Sought to Disqualify Occupy our Homes Attorney

(APN) DECATUR -- On Monday, March 31, 2014 at the DeKalb County Courthouse, DeKalb Judge Dax Lopez heard a motion brought by DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston, to disqualify attorney Mawuli Davis with the Davis/Bozeman Law Firm from re...

Supreme Court Disbars Former US Rep. Denise Majette

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has disbarred former U.S. Rep. Denise Majette (D-Atlanta), who served nine years as a State Court Judge in DeKalb County before running for Congress in the 4th district.   According to the State ...

City of South Fulton Bill Fails to Pass State Senate

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City of South Fulton legislation, HB 704, failed to pass the State Senate this year, despite having previously passed the House and a State Senate Committee.   This was surprising to some.  Being backed by State Rep. Ed Lin...

Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Georgia Senate Committee, Heads to Full Senate

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved an amended HB 885 the Medical Marijuana bill a/k/a Haleigh's Hope Act. The amended bill grants immunity from prosecution in Georgia for possession of CBD oil th...

South Fulton Cityhood Referendum Passes Senate Committee, Heads to Senate Floor

(APN) ATLANTA -- House Bill 704, to create a referendum on the incorporation of the City of South Fulton, is moving along; and is expected to make the November 2014 ballot this year.   On March 13, 2014, the bill passed the State Senate State a...

Urban Institute Sees Deplorable Affordable Housing Crisis in Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Urban Institute has released an interactive map showing where the nation’s affordable housing crisis is most acute.  Not surprisingly, Fulton and DeKalb Counties are among the worst, in terms of the availability of housing t...

Gov. Deal Wants to Restrict Emergency Room Care for Low-Income People

(APN) ATLANTA -- It is no secret that there is an element in the Republican Party that has callous disdain for poor people and blames them for being poor.     On Monday, March 03, 2014, Georgia's Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, made that element...

City of Lakeside Proposal Passes State Senate, Heads to House

(APN) ATLANTA -- On February 26, 2014, the proposal for a City of Lakeside in parts of DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties, SB 270, passed the State Senate, after a heated debate. The vote was 32 yeas, and seventeen nays.   The nays included State Sens....

City of South Fulton Referendum Passes Georgia House

(APN) ATLANTA -- On February 20, 2014, the City of South Fulton, HB 704, passed the House and is moving on to the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee. This vote was almost unanimous, with 163 yeas and two nays.  The only two...

Municipal Early Voting Reduction Bill Amended, Passes House

(APN) ATLANTA -- On February 26, 2014, the full House of Representatives passed and adopted, as amended, HB 891, which allows over 500 municipalities of different sizes, across the State of Georgia, to decide whether to reduce their early voting...

Sixth Moral Monday Focuses on Women's Health and Reproductive Rights

Photograph by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA -- The sixth Moral Monday Georgia came on a Tuesday last week, when on February 25, 2014, about one hundred Georgians representing some thirty-five organizations rallied at the State Capitol for women's...

Federal Government Backs 6.5 Billion Dollars in Loans for Plant Vogtle

By Glenn Carroll, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA -- On February 20, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz came down to Georgia to sign off on giving 6.5 billion in taxpayer dollars to Southern Company, its subsidia...

Georgia House Passes Expansive Gun Law

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 875, the Safe Carry Protection Act, a Second Amendment advocates’ dream bill that has been pushed by a somewhat shadowy group, Georgia Carry.   The b...

Georgia House Republicans Want to Block Gov. Deal from Expanding Medicaid

(APN) ATLANTA -- House Republicans are pushing new legislation to give the Legislature a say over whether the State of Georgia will accept federal funding to expand Medicaid in Georgia.   Medicaid expansion has been a hot issue, with Sen. Jason...

Georgia House Republicans Seek to Limit Early Voting in Municipal Elections

(APN) ATLANTA -- In another apparent attempt to disenfranchise voters, House Republicans are attempting to enact HB 891, which would shrink the early voting period from three weeks to just six days for all municipal elections, primaries, and run...

Councilwoman Winslow Pleads Guilty to DUI, Despite Prior Denials

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA -- On February 04, 2014, Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) pled guilty as part of a plea bargain in her Driving while Under the Influence (DUI) case, ste...

City of Lakeside Proposal Passes State Senate Committee

(APN) ATLANTA -- The proposed City of Lakeside will have its day on the State Senate floor, thanks to State Sen. Fran Millar, (R-Dunwoody), who sponsored Senate Bill 270 to create the City of Lakeside.   The boundary fights between Briarcliff, L...

Poll: Nunn Ahead of Republicans in U.S. Senate Race; Grimes Ahead in Kentucky

(APN) ATLANTA -- According to Public Policy Polling (PPP) out of Raleigh, North Carolina, “Surveys in Georgia and Kentucky find that both state’s Senate races continue to be toss ups, giving Democrats some good opportunities to play offense on thi...

Rep. Lindsey Suggests South Fulton Be Named King City

(APN) ATLANTA -- With the proposal for a City of South Fulton, HB 704, moving forward after a favorable feasibility study, a challenge has risen regarding what this area, if incorporated, should be named. State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta), who...

Savannah River Oversight Board Seeks Monitoring for Radiation

(APN) ATLANTA -- On January 27, 2014 the Savannah River Site Citizen's Advisory Board (SRS CAB) voted overwhelmingly to approve an official recommendation urging the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to help Georgia fund an environmental radiatio...

Feasibility Study: City of South Fulton is Financially Feasible

(APN) ATLANTA -- This year, the legislative docket is full of more attempts at incorporation than the Metro Atlanta has seen in many years.  Some citizens of south Fulton County are trying to incorporate a City of South Fulton, which would incorpo...

Sen. McKoon Introduces Medical Marijuana Study Committee

(APN) ATLANTA -- Yesterday, Friday, January 17, 2014, State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) introduced a resolution, SR 756, Senate Prescription of Medicinal Marijuana for Serious Medical Conditions Study Committee. The resolution goes on to stat...

Cannabis Count: 7 Georgia Legislators Open to Medical Marijuana

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta Progressive News is keeping track of the fast progress of medical cannabis policy reform in the Georgia Legislature.  To date, at least seven (7) State Legislators have indicated their openness or support for legalized med...

Eric Broadwell, Bob Ellis Running for Fulton Commission District 2, Open North Fulton Seat (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- From the controversial redrawing of County Commission districts comes the race for District 2, a new North Fulton seat that has been created, which includes the cities of Milton, Roswell, and half of Alpharetta.  The newly creat...

Georgia Power Seeks to Decertify Coal Plant #3 at Plant Mitchell

(APN) ATLANTA -- Georgia Power plans to shut down its dirty coal-fired Unit 3 at Plant Mitchell in Albany, Georgia.  The company is also cancelling its proposed conversion of the unit to biomass after analysis deemed it not cost effective for ...

State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) Calls for Medical Marijuana Hearings

I did not think it would happen in my lifetime.  I thought Georgia would be one of the last states to consider medical cannabis (marijuana).  Maybe I was wrong.  Yesterday, January 07, 2014, Republican State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) called fo...

Atlanta Councilman Aaron Watson Draws Challenger

(APN) ATLANTA -- Attorney David Andrew Cox has filed his notice of intent to challenge Atlanta City Councilman Aaron Watson (Post 2-at-large) in this November’s Municipal Elections. Cox is an attorney who runs his own practice, the Law Office of ...

Four New Candidates in Atlanta Council Races

(APN) ATLANTA -- In recent weeks, four new candidates have filed notices of their intent to run for seats on the City Council of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News can reveal. First, Andre Dickens, a community outreach director at the Georgia Inst...

Midtown's Other Councilman Opposes Cheshire Bridge Zoning Changes

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), whose new District 2 contains much of the southern part of Midtown, up to 10th Street in some parts, has told Atlanta Progressive News that he opposes the proposed zoning changes t...

Todd Robinson Withdraws Candidacy for Atlanta Council District 2

Todd Robinson, who had announced his candidacy to challenge incumbent Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), in the 2013 Municipal Elections, has withdrawn his candidacy, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. "After further consideration and discuss...

Cinco de Mayo Fest at Las Margaritas to Benefit Charities

Las Margaritas, a restaurant in Atlanta's Cheshire Bridge neighborhood owned by Oscar Valdivieso, is hosting a fiesta muy grande today for Cinco de Mayo. According to the event's Facebook page, the festivities will benefit Joining Hearts, a non-pr...

Ken Britt Running for former Rep. Ashe's Seat

(APN) ATLANTA -- Ken Britt, a political operative and former Executive Director of the Alston & Bird law firm, is running for the State House District 56 seat, the seat currently held by State Rep. Kathy Ashe (D-Atlanta), who is retiring. Brit...

Dwanda Farmer Earns PhD, Completes Dissertation on Atlanta's Public Housing Demolitions

(APN) ATLANTA -- Dwanda Farmer, a community activist who has previously run for City Council and Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education, has completed her PhD. She is now one of the few individuals in the country to have a PhD in Community Econ...

Kathy Ashe Retires from State House

State Rep. Kathy Ashe (D-Atlanta), a former Republican-turned Democrat who recently headed up the Fulton County delegation to the House, has resigned.   Dear Friends, I want you to be among the first to know of a difficult decision I have made: I ...

Beth Beskin Not Running for Senate District 6

Several months ago, APN reported that Beth Beskin was running in the Republican Primary for State Senate District 6.  Today, however, Beskin told APN that she is not running for the seat anymore.  She said that she had been on a long list of candi...

Liz Coyle now working as Georgia Watch PR person

Liz Coyle, former 2009 candidate for City Council District 6, has moved on from her position at Pedestrians Educating Drivers about Safety (PEDS), and is now working as Communications Director of Georgia Watch. There, she is replacing Jonathan Sha...

Jeff Anderson Challenging US Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)

Jeff Anderson, who attempted to gain ballot access in 2010 as an independent candidate but failed in his effort to collect enough signatures, is challenging US Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) in the General Election.  He went on to serve as a ballot acce...

Elly Dobbs, Others Retire from State House

Numerous retirements were announced yesterday at the Georgia House of Representatives. State Rep. Elly Dobbs (D-Atlanta) had been redistricted into a district with State Rep. Sheila Jones (D-Atlanta), which would have forced the two to run against...

Lt. Dan Choi delivers command tent rewarded to Occupy Atlanta

By Scott Brown, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News; Photograph by Gloria Tatum, Senior Staff Writer (APN) ATLANTA -- Last week, former US Army Lieutenant Dan Choi visited Occupy Atlanta on behalf of the progressive blogging site Firedoglake,...

Courtney Dillard Exploring Run against US Rep. Hank Johnson

  "My decision to explore a candidacy for this particular office is grounded in my deep commitment to God, our great nation, the people, and a strong desire to create a powerful-- prosperous 4th Congressional District. I believe that I am the bett...

State Rep. Sheila Jones Draws Challenger

State Rep. Sheila Jones (D) of House District 44 is facing a challenger, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.  Robert Patillo, according to his website, is an attorney and previously worked for the Ken Hodges for Attorney General campaign in 2010.

Signs that QE3 Could be Coming

  According to the Financial Times, which reviewed the minutes of the December 13, 2011, meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, part of the Federal Reserve, said they believe the following remarks mean that QE3 could be coming: "A number of...

PSC's Stan Wise Seeks Explanation on Gas Rate Increases

According to the Georgia Public Service Commission: "Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise today requested that Georgia’s natural gas marketers file briefs with the Commission by Wednesday January 11, 2012 to explain the contradiction betw...

Atlanta's Redistricting Maps Changed Again- Map 6 Preserves Grady in Midtown

Today, the City Council of Atlanta decided to consider a Map 6, after numerous concerns were raised about Map 5. Many Midtown-area parents were concerned about Grady High School ending up in Atlanta Public Schools District 1.  APS's six Board Memb...

Lance Robertson Running for Public Service Commission

Lance Robertson, an activist who has done work with Rev. Joseph Lowery and the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, is running for Georgia Public Service Commission, the candidate told Atlanta Progressive News.  He said he is not sure which ...

Special Election February 07, 2012 - House 60 and 107

A Special Election will be held on February 07, 2012, in House Districts 60 and 107. "The elections are non-partisan special elections with no party primaries. However, each candidate’s party affiliation, if any, will be listed on the ballot," acc...

Obama Signs NDAA on New Years Eve

President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 into law last night, New Year's Eve. As previously covered by APN, the NDAA contains controversial provisions regarding the detention of US citizens suspected of "belligerent ac...

Sunday Alcohol Sales Begin in Atlanta

  So... last year, the General Assembly did allow for cities and counties to pass legislation allowing for Sunday alcohol sales.  And in the November 2011 General Election, City of Atlanta voters voted to approve allowing Sunday alcohol sales in t...

Creative Loafing Chooses to Eschew News in 2012

Creative Loafing Atlanta magazine's newest Editor-in-Chief, Eric Celeste, provided perhaps the most honest and straightforward statement about the current state of the publication as well as its plans for the future. As APN has been noting rather ...

Peachtree Center Post Office Still Endangered

The Peachtree Center post office in downtown Atlanta is still on a list of nearly three thousand US post office locations considered for closure, but the USPS has postponed any post office closures until at least May 15, 2012. Paul Hines with Move...

Post Properties in Buckhead Offers Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Post Properties, which owns pricey multi-family complexes in Atlanta and in other US cities, has begun to install electric vehicle charging stations in some of its properties, including two at the Post Alexander, a "luxury apartment community" in ...

NAACP Adopts Resolution Opposing Charter Schools (FULL TEXT)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has adopted the following resolution: ####   Charter Schools WHEREAS, charter schools are public schools which were originally designed to explore new approaches to educate stu...

The Blog is Back!!!

Hey everybody, it's me, Matthew.  So, after unveiling the integrated APN blog last year along with the brand new revamped website APN 3.0, the blog operated for a few weeks and then stagnated.  Blogging is hard, you guys!  Especially when I've bee...

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Desegregation in Atlanta Public Schools (Sponsored)

The Forward with Farmer Campaign Kicks Off with a Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Desegregation in Atlanta Public Schools  #### (Sponsored blog post) Atlanta, GA — The Forward with Farmer Campaign for Atlanta Public Schools, District 2 ...

Atlanta Branch of the NAACP Supports City Workers in Their Appeal to be Heard on the City’s Pension Plan Dispute (Sponsored)

Atlanta Branch of the NAACP Supports City Workers in Their Appeal to be Heard on the City’s Pension Plan Dispute City employee rally on Wednesday, June 15th at noon. #### (Sponsored blog post) Atlanta, GA (June 13,  2011). The Atlanta Branch of th...

Dekalb Judge Barbara Mobley Resigns after 16 Allegations by JQC

Dekalb County State Court Judge Barbara Mobley has stepped down in a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal, after the Judicial Qualifications Commission filed a complaint against her alleging 16 different violations, according to news reports. She has agreed...

President Obama Proposes Cutting LIHEAP Funds for Millions

According to a report in the National Journal, President Obama has proposed cutting LIHEAP, or low-income energy assistance funds, by about 2.5 billion dollars, likely cutting about three million households off from receiving this assistance. Seve...

GA House Cmte Approves Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

The State House version of legislation to allow cities and counties to decide whether to permit the sale of alcohol on Sundays at stores, HB 69, was approved by the House Regulated Industries Cmte earlier today. As previously noted on this blog, a...

Archibong, Moore Stand Firm against Mayor Reed's First Veto

Mayor Reed's first veto was on a contract that went through City Utilities Committee, where he says his own staff members presented it to the Cmte for approval without going through the proper channels established in his office, in the executive b...

Mara Shalhoup Leaving Creative Loafing to Join Chicago Reader as Editor

According to Creative Loafing Atlanta, Mara Shalhoup has been hired by Chicago Reader to serve as Editor-in-Chief, the role she has previously served for Creative Loafing Atlanta.  This is another management shake-up in recent years, as Ken Edelst...

Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill Passes State Senate Cmte

SB 10, the alcohol sales bill in the State Senate, was reported favorably by the State and Local Government Operations Cmte on February 03, 2011, according to the legislature's website. This is a good sign that this may actually be the year that t...

APN Editor Submits Questions to Beltline Inc. via CD/HR Cmte (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE: Beltline CEO Brian Leary confirms receipt of questions; I also sent the questions to him. Today, I, as the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News and as a citizen, presented a three-page series of written questions regarding the Beltline ...

1075 Peachtree to Use Electric Vehicles

1075 Peachtree, a new office tower in the development at Peachtree and 12th in Midtown, has contracted with Thurso Power Systems, a South Carolina-based company, to provide two electric vehicles for use by its employees, according to a press relea...

AGL Seeks Universal Service Fund funds for Compressed Natural Gas Fuel Stations

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, Atlanta Gas Light company is seeking ten million dollars from the Universal Service Fund, to fund compressed natural gas fueled stations.  APN previously reported that the USF is supposed to...

This Thursday APS Ethics Commission to Hear New Complaint on Courtney English

This Thursday the APS Ethics Commission will hold a meeting to determine whether to initiative an investigation into School Board Member Courtney English having defrauded the public regarding his misuse of a credit card.  APN received the followin...

APN Obtains Alisias Statement on Role in APS Debacle

APN obtained the following statement that Alisias sent to some media outlets regarding his role in the APS debacle.  Questions had been raised by SACS regarding El's improper procurement of Alisias. #### Our firm prides itself on the principles we...

Reed, Council Considering APS Takeover

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution newspaper reported that at a recent meeting of the Finance/Executive Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta, Peter Aman got into a discussion with Council Members regarding the possibility of the City of Atlanta takin...

HB 9, Kathryn Johnston's Law, Introduced

State Rep. Bobby Franklin has introduced a bill in honor of Kathryn Johnson, 92, who was murdered by Atlanta Police Department officers.  The bill would prohibit forced entry in the execution of a search warrant.

SB 10 Would Permit Local Referendums on Sunday Alcohol Sales

SB 10 was introduced on January 25, 2011.  Co-sponsors included State Sens. John Bulloch, Chip Rogers, Don Balfour, Doug Stoner, Freddie Powell Sims, and Johnny Grant. Rogers is Senate Majority Leader.  "Perhaps it has a greater chance of passing ...

Two Men Claim APD Red Dog Officers Groped, Cavity Searched Them during Traffic Stop (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE: StephanieRamage.com is reporting that according to sources, Chief Turner is considering renaming the Red Dog unit, an elite special-forces style unit, and roll it into the department’s new community policing division.  She notes that in ad...

Mike Berlon New DPG Chair for 2011-15, Nikema Williams Vice Chair (UPDATE 1)

The Democratic Party of Georgia has elected new leadership.  Mike Berlon has been elected Chair.  Nikema Williams has been elected Vice Chair. RJ Hadley has been elected Vice Chair of County Parties.  This is nice recognition for Hadley, who was t...

Obama Threatens Community Action Agencies in SOTU

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed a three year freeze on federal spending.  He suggested only a couple of specific cuts, however.  One was to defense spending.  The other was to community action agencies, such...

HB 43 Would Ban Use of Mountaintop Removal Coal in Georgia

HB 43 was introduced January 25, 2011.  It is co-sponsored by State Reps. Mary Margaret Oliver, Elly Dobbs, Pat Gardner, Kathy Ashe, Stephanie Benfield, and Michele Henson. The bill would prohibit the purchase or use of coal extracted by mountaint...

Former State Sen. Regina Thomas Running for Savannah Mayor

Former State Sen. Regina Thomas, who twice challenged US Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) for the Democratic nomination for US Congress, has announced she is running for Mayor of Savannah. Here is what she posted on Facebook: "Are you ready Savannah to be ...

Democratic Party of GA Selecting New Leadership

The Democratic Party of Georgia is currently in the process of selecting new leadership. For the position of Chair, to replace the controversial Jane Kidd, there are two candidates: Mike Berlon and Darryl Hicks.  Hicks previously worked for Fulton...

Newt Gingrich Plans to Run for President in 2012

Former US Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA) has told Georgia Republicans that he plans to run for the Republican nomination for President of the US in 2012, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper's Political Insider blog.

CRB Recommends Suspension for Officers, Reprimand for Supervisors

The Atlanta Citizens Review Board recommended on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, that more than 20 officers involved in the Atlanta Eagle raid be given a three-day suspension, a written reprimand, and training on the Fourth Amendment.The Board furthe...

Melissa Conrad Apparently Leaves Georgia STAND-UP

According to her Facebook page, Melissa Conrad, is now the former Associate Director of Georgia STAND-UP.  She lists the job as ending in December 2010.  She also appears to have formed a consulting firm called MAC Consulting.

Prof. Oakley Releases Data on AHA Evictions

Since APN's most recent article on Councilman Ivory Young (District 3) requesting data from the Atlanta Housing Authority regarding their most recent round of mass evictions of families and seniors, Deirdre Oakley, Associate Professor of Sociology...

CREW: Nathan Deal Could Still Be Indicted

Citizens for Responsibilty and Ethics in Washington reminded Georgia citizens that our newly-inaugurated governor, Republican Nathan Deal, may still be indicted from pending investigations. "The former congressman has a well documented histor...

GPJC Marches for Bradley Manning in MLK March this Year

The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition (GPJC) marched in the annual King March for the freedom of PFC Bradley Manning, to end the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, to bring all the troops hom,e and to bring to justice the US perpetrat...

Gov. Deal Addresses Drug Policy Reform in Inaugural Speech

The AJC's Political Insider blog noted a second Republican politician, Gov. Nathan Deal, speaking about drug policy reform this year, and he says something must be up.  The first was House Speaker David Ralston. Deal said:  “Presently, one out of...

Mountaintop Removal Victory in West Virginia

The Sierra Club is declaring victory after the US Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will veto Spruce Mine No. 1, one of the largest mountaintop removal mines ever proposed for Appalachia. "Since 1998, Sierra Club along with Coal R...

Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Info on Whooping Cranes Shot in Albany, Georgia

Endangered whooping cranes were found killed by gunshot near Albany, Georgia, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  The Agency is offering a reward of 12,500 dollars for information on the shooting.

Georgia Power Nuclear Construction Fees to Rise Earlier than Promised

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, Georgia Power will raise the nuclear power expansion fee earlier than it promised the Georgia legislature when the company had lobbied for the right to charge the fee. In papers filed Fri...

Early Provisions of Obamacare Are Increasing Small Business Health Coverage

According to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, major health insurers around the country are reporting significant increases in the number of small businesses who offer coverage to their employees, since one of the earlier provisions of the health c...

Lopez: City of Atlanta Reviewing my Claim

Chris Lopez, the former Atlanta Eagle bartender who filed his own claim against the City of Atlanta concerning the September 2009 Eagle raid, has received a letter from the City's Law Department stating that they are investigating his claim. ...

Stephanieramage.com Launches

Stephanie Ramage has launched her new website, Stephanieramage.com, where she vows to continue reporting on Atlanta City Hall.  The website bills itself as "Atlanta's well-informed commentary on policy and politics." So far, there are a ...

Rep. Rusty Kidd Plans to Introduce Ballot Access Reform Again

State Rep. Rusty Kidd, Georgia's only independent state legislator, told Atlanta Progressive News that he plans to introduce ballot access reform legislation again this Session, probably in early February 2011. He said he expects that the leg...

New Sunday Paper Website Launches, Apparently Online-only

The Sunday Paper website launched as promised and it seems apparent that in addition to there being no more news, there will be no more print edition.  The website's logo now says Sundaypaper.com, and the About Us page makes numerous references to...

SACS Reviewing Board Conflict, Alisias Ties

APN spoke with a representative from SACS, the school accreditation agency which is investigating Atlanta Public Schools, shortly before the holiday break.  And they revealed that they are investigating both the board conflict, and the ties betwee...

House Speaker Ralston: Maybe We Should Rethink Drug Policy

Speaker of the Georgia House, David Ralston, told Morris News Service that perhaps its time that Georgia rethink its drug policies:  "We're going to have to start a discussion, I believe, about our policy in terms of how we incarcerate people...

US Reps. Gingrey, Woodall (R-GA) Support Changing Birthright Citizenship

US Reps. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Rob Woodall (R-GA) have announced their support for federal legislation to deny birthright citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants.  APN reported yesterday on how similar legislation is also expecte...

2010's SOAW Sunday Protesters Get Six Months in Prison

School of the Americas Watch protesters, who commited civil disobedience the 2010 SOAW protest on Sunday, have been sentenced to six months in federal prison.  This is separate from those who were arrested in Saturday in a separate action that end...

Tharon Johnson Leaves City Job to Become Lobbyist

Tharon Johnson, who managed the campaigns of US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in 2008 and then-Mayoral candidate Kasim Reed in 2009, has left his job as a senior advisor to Mayor Reed, to become a lobbyist for Piedmont Public Affairs, a governmental affa...

Liz Carter, former Congressional candidate, Launches Radio Show

Liz Carter, the Republican nominee who challenged US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) in the 2010 General Election, has launched a radio program. The show is part of an internet radio channel called Future Movement Radio (FMR) and will also air on We...

Former APN Senior Staff Writer Gets New Writing Gig

Congratulations to Jonathan Springston, former Senior Staff Writer for Atlanta Progressive News, who served from early 2006 to early 2010. Last month, in December 2010, he joined the Asian Media & Marketing Group, located in Norcross, Georgia,...

East Decatur Station Gets Fancy Solar Panels

According to Southeast Green, East Decatur Station, a live/work/play community in Decatur, has installed new solar panels, designed by Radiance Solar. East Decatur Station's creators are Jack Honderd, Pat Murphy, and Chuck Bosserman.  They have in...

NLC Announces 2011 Atlanta Fellows

The New Leaders Council, a group which seeks to train the next generation of progressive social entrepreneurs, has announced its 2011 Fellows. The 2011 Fellows include Michael Brewer, an assistant to State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan.  Supporters of...

Bond's Eagle Apology Resolution Passes Full Council

As previously reported by APN, Councilman Michael Julian Bond's (Post 1-at-large) resolution apologizing for the Atlanta Eagle raid of September 2009, was amended in Community Development/Human Resources Committee to limit the apology only to the ...

Sheperd Appointed Council President Pro Tempore

Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd (District 12) has been appointed President Pro Tempore of the City Council of Atlanta, which means she will preside over meetings in Council President Ceasar Mitchell's absence. Foris Webb III, Deputy Clerk, explained to...

Film Review: Inside Job Playing at Plaza Theatre

If you, like me, knew we were robbed by Wall Street and the US government in 2008 but are not sure how they did it, then go see Inside Job.  Inside Job the eye-opening, jaw-dropping documentary by Charles Ferguson is now playing at the Plaza T...

Angel Poventud Discusses Political Aspirations

Angel Poventud, a pro-Beltline activist who lives in District 6 and is openly homosexual, tells Georgia Voice magazine he seriously considered running for District 6 Councilman in 2009.  Now, he says he's thinking about running for Mayor.

Urban Farm to Open in Historic Fourth Ward, Was Public Housing

The Truly Living Well Center has partnered with the Wheat Street Baptist Church to lease four acres of land for an urban farm in the Historic Fourth Ward.  A groundbreaking was held on December 05, 2010. The site used to be a housing project, but ...

EPA Responds to Reports on Chromium 6 in Water Supplies

Recently, an organization called the Environmental Working Group released a study testing water supplies in 35 cities, including Atlanta, showing varying levels of Chromium 6 in the water.  Atlanta's water had 0.2 parts per billion. The chemical i...

Pigford II Settlement Funding Finally Approved

The President has signed the Pigford II settlement funding bill after the US Senate finally approved a bill by unanimous consent.  As previously reported by APN, the second opportunity for Black farmers to participate in the Pigford settlement was...

Don't Ask Don't Tell Passes US Senate, Signed by President

Several Republicans joined in repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, thus allowing soldiers who are homosexual to serve openly and without fear of being discharged.  US Sen. Manchin (D-WV), who had not supported the policy in previous votes, was conspicu...

US Senate Ratifies New START with Russia, Georgia WAND Celebrates

As previously reported by APN, Georgia Women's Action for New Directions had lobbied US Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to support the new START Treaty between the US and Russia.  Isakson supported the bill in Cmte, spoke eloquently in support of the b...

Activist Delegation Releases Statement on Macon State Prison Visit

As previously reported by APN, after prisoners across Georgia held a week-long strike over the conditions in Georgia prisons, a coalition of advocates sent a delegation to investigate at Macon State Prison. “The corrections department made th...

Largest Solar Panel on Office Building Rooftop in Atlanta is Installed

From our partners at Southeast Green: "Hannah Solar has completed the largest solar array on any office building in Atlanta's history. Partnering with Atlanta Property Group's ten-story Peachtree 25th Building located at 1720 Peachtree Street...

Most Productive US Congess in Decades

From Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office, a listing of the accomplishments of the 2008 - 2010 US Congress.  I removed items which were only passed by the US House.  Included are items that are now law, or are awaiting signature by President Obama...

Dave Walker is Back at Council

After telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper that he was going on hiatus, frequent public commenter at the City Council of Atlanta, Dave Walker, has returned to making public comment. Walker showed up at the recent Public Safety/Legal ...

Arizona Passes Medical Marijuana Law

Marijuana legalization advocates claimed a big victory in the recent election results in Arizona, where the state finally approved a medical marijuana bill.  Marijuana Policy Project helped draft and lobby for the bill.  Arizona is now the 15th US...

WAND Pushes US Senate to Consider New START Treaty by Year-End

Georgia Women's Action for New Directions is pushing for the US Senate to consider the new US-Russia START Treaty ratification by the end of the year during the remainder of the "lame duck" Session.  Some activists worry it will be more difficult ...

Former AJC Reporter, Maria Saporta, Criticizes AJC

Former AJC reporter Maria Saporta criticized the AJC on her blog for abandoning its downtown office location and moving to North Fulton, as well as its increasing Right-wing slant. Here are some of my favorite parts: #### It is no secret that lead...

Black Farmer "Pigford II" Settlement Funding Passes US Senate

After several times passing the US House but never quite coming up for a vote in the US Senate, the US Senate has passed the funding for the Pigford II settlement.  According to an email from the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, "Two years af...

Fulton GOP Chair to Run for State GOP Chair

According to the Beacon Newspaper, Shawn Hanley, Chairman of the Fulton County Republican Party is challenging the current Chair, Sue Everhart.  The Beacon reported: "He [Hanley] says the state GOP apparatus rode a sea-wave to victory without b...

3 State House Democrats Defect to the Republican Party

Three Democrats in the Georgia House of Representatives have switched to the Republican Party, including State Reps. Gerald Greene, Bob Hanner, and Alan Powell.  Greene and Hanner's defections were first reported by Blog for Democracy.  State Rep....

Robertson Remains in Run-off with Lee after Recount Complete

The Fulton County Superior Court Judge Run-off still includes Kelly Amanda Lee and Shelitha Robertson.  Third place challenger, Clarence Johnson, had sought a recount, because he was only a few votes behind Robertson.  According to the Atlanta Jou...

Atlanta Public Schools Considering PR Contract with Alisias

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper's Metro section today, the Atlanta Public Schools is considering a public relations and marketing contract with crisis communications firm, Alisias, who previously assisted such clients as...

US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) Supports Pelosi for Minority Leader

US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) announced his support for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in her bid for US House Minority Leader, now that Democrats have lost the majority going into next Session. "Nancy's Pelosi's tenure as Speaker contin...

Tom Coffin Lawsuit Update

Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger has denied the City of Atlanta's Motion for Summary Judgment in former arborist Tom Coffin's lawsuit against the City for wrongfully terminating him for blowing the whistle on the City's failure to uph...

Joe Beasley to Undergo Surgery

Joe Beasley, a veteran activist of the Civil Rights Movement, will be undergoing surgery for prostate cancer, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

Pay as You Go Plans Available from Gas South for Low-Income Households

According to a press release from Gas South, over 12,000 Georgia households have enrolled in the Pay as You Go program, or pre-paid plan. The program is designed to help low-income or credit-challenged households obtain gas service in their home, ...

What are these strange chemtrails I see in the sky?

Look up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's chemtrails. What are chemtrails? What in the world are they spraying in the sky over Atlanta? Who is spraying stuff in the atmosphere and why? These are some of the questions t...

VoterGA Questions Tammy Adkins Showing in Supreme Court Race

VoterGA is questioning how a Georgia Supreme Court Justice candidate could've ended up in a run-off despite barely campaigning, comparing the situation of Alvin Greene's victory in the Democratic Primary in South Carolina this year. "In that case,...

Keith Olbermann Back on MSNBC

After the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) sent over 300,000 petitions to MSNBC's president, the network decided to reinstate Keith Olbermann.  He had been suspended indefinitely after the network learned that he had made three campaig...

Municipal Campaign Finance Disclosures Will Appear on State's Website in January

Good news for transparency in elections and government.  According to Rhonda Dauphin Johnson, Municipal Clerk for the City of Atlanta, the State of Georgia's website beginning in January 2011 will begin accepting and making public campaign disclos...

More Bad News for Troy Davis

More bad news for Troy Davis, as the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied his request to appeal the August ruling against him from Judge William Moore in the Savannah-based Federal Court. Previously, the Supreme Court of the US granted Davis...

Libertarian Party of Georgia Pleased with General Election Results

The Libertarian Party of Georgia claims to have set new records in terms of the proportion of statewide support received by its candidates. All ten of LPG's statewide candidates got the support of more than one percent of registered voters, thus g...

Metro Atlanta DSA Hosts 4th Annual Dinner

The Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America hosted their 4th annual Frederick Douglass-Eugene V. Debs Dinner at Paschal's Restaurant.  Kim Bobo, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, spoke about various forms of wage theft in her...

Perdue to deliver final “State of the State” Wednesday

Gov. Sonny Perdue will deliver his annual “State of the State” address to the Georgia General Assembly on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in House chambers. It will be Perdue’s final State of the State as governor. Topics are expected to include education...

New leadership under the Gold Dome

Members of the Georgia House elected a new speaker and speaker pro tem on the first full day of the 2010 session of the Georgia General Assembly on Monday. New Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) - Photo by House Communications For speaker, la...

More on Monday's Swearing-in Ceremony

APN has reported on the swearing in of Mayor Kasim Reed, which took place Monday.  But swearing in a new mayor wasn’t the only piece of business Monday at the Atlanta Civic Center. Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham administered the oat...

Reed reorganizes APD command structure

Mayor Kasim Reed announced promotions and lateral reassignments within the Atlanta Police Department (APD) during his first press conference as mayor at City Hall on Tuesday. “We hope that it will improve the morale,” Acting Chief George Turner ...

Full text: Mayor Reed's Inaugural Address

ATLANTA: A CITY ON A HILL Thank you for allowing me the privilege of standing before you today as the 59th Mayor of the great City of Atlanta. This is truly the single most important moment of my life, and the gratitude I feel toward all of you ...

APS, ACLU Settle CEP Lawsuit

The Atlanta Independent School System (AISS) agreed this week to implement a number of improvements at its alternative school as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit brought last year by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACL...

New Coal Plant Proposed, Opposed in Ben Hill County

Power4Georgians, a consortium of electric cooperatives, announced plans to construct yet another coal-fired plant in south-central Ben Hill County. The 850-megawatt plant would be located on the Ocmulgee River near Fitzgerald and north of the p...

More funds for clean energy manufacturing

Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday the release of $5 billion in additional funding for the Advanced Energy Tax Credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This tax credit supports the building and equipping of new, ...

Biden announces ARRA funds for broadband

Vice President Joe Biden announced the launch of $7.2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for a broadband grant and loan program during an appearance Thursday in Dawsonville, Ga. with Gov. Sonny Perdue. There will be ...

Community, CEO get candid on Grady

Grady Health System CEO Michael Young and staff paid a visit to the First Iconium Baptist Church in East Atlanta Monday night to speak to members of the Grady Coalition and other concerned citizens. Young promised earlier this summer to make qua...

More new sentences for the Cuban Five

A federal court handed down new sentences on Monday for two members of the so-called “Cuban Five,” a group of Cuban intelligence agents accused of spying in the United States. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida sentenc...

Suit against Ga. cites lack of indigent defense

A group of lawyers on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia for failing to provide legal counsel to 200 convicted indigent defendants who do not have representation for their appeals. The suit, filed in Fulton County Superior Cour...

Kasim Reed Victory Election Night Photos

Reed speaks to the press in the Hyatt Regency lobby as he arrives to watch election results. Mayor Shirley Franklin (second from left) greeted friends and supporters early in the evening. Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council President Charli...

Full Text: Obama's Speech on Afghanistan

Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on the Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan Eisenhower Hall Theatre, United States Military Academy at West Point, West Point, New York 8:01 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  To the United...

Atlantans to protest Afghan escalation

The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition will lead a rally today to protest sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Protesters will gather at the corner of Moreland Avenue and Freedom Parkway from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Organizers are encouraging...

Analyzing Obama's New Afghan Approach

President Obama announced Tuesday night he is sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to neutralize al-Qaeda and provide stability in the region. Photo by Pete Souza. Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace group, expressed disappointme...

Compensating the Exonerated

The Innocence Project is out with a new report that finds of the 240 inmates exonerated through DNA evidence, 40 percent have received no assistance. Of the 60 percent who have received compensation, only half received it under state compensati...

Atlanta Developer Gives Big Gift to Children's Hospital

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announced Monday it has received $1 million from the family of Atlanta developer Herman J. Russell, founder of the H.J. Russell & Company, a real estate and construction firm and the largest minority-owned d...

Barnes backs Watson in Post 2 At-Large run-off

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes announced Monday his endorsement of Aaron Watson over Amir Farokhi in the Atlanta City Council Post 2 At-Large Dec. 1 run-off. “I feel very enthusiastic about endorsing Aaron Watson for Atlanta City Council At-Lar...

Coalition Wants Full Disclosure on Torture

A coalition of 25 regional and national organizations on Tuesday called on the Obama administration to reconsider its decision not to disclose evidence of torture of detainees held by the United States. The coalition sent a letter to the preside...

Lambda Legal sues Atlanta over Eagle raid

Lambda Legal filed a federal civil rights suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Tuesday in the aftermath of the Atlanta Police Department’s September raid on the Atlanta Eagle, a Midtown gay bar. Lambda Legal, ...

Take action against US escalation in Afghanistan — and how the US occupation is affecting Afghan women

All indications are that the Obama administration is going to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan, creating even more death and destruction in the region. The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition is calling for stepped-up vocal an...

IBPO statement on Reed endorsement

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) Local 623 announced Monday its endorsement of Kasim Reed for mayor of Atlanta. Sgt. Scott Kreher, president of the local chapter, issued this statement: After careful consideration the memb...

Aerospace bringing jobs, investment to Georgia

Three aerospace companies announced Monday the launch of Georgia-based projects that will bring jobs and investment to the state. Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. will establish its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta. Its $1 million investment is e...

Is House-Passed Reform Bill Better than Nothing?

Is H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act passed recently by the House of Representatives, better than nothing?  It’s clearly a far cry from the type of affordable, quality, universal health care found in every other rich country.  ...

Mayoral run-off “even” two weeks out

A new poll shows Atlanta City Councilmember Mary Norwood and Former State Sen. Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta) in a tight race for mayor with only two weeks before the Dec. 1 runoff. A SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WXIA-TV and V103 FM shows Re...

Knapp backs Watson in Post 2 At-Large runoff [UPDATE]

Weslee Knapp, an Atlanta real estate broker and former candidate for the Post 2 At-Large Atlanta City Council seat, announced Wednesday he is backing former opponent Aaron Watson over Amir Farokhi in the December 1 runoff for the seat. In an e-...

Excerpt of BLOCS Letter to Candidates

Now on APN you can check out our latest story about a group of community organizations calling for more accountability and transparency in the Atlanta Police Department. On Oct. 26, a group called Building Locally to Organize for Community Safety...

Kyle Keyser Unlikely to Endorse in Run-off

Will Kyle Keyser endorse Mary Norwood or Kasim Reed in the Mayoral Run-off?  Not likely, Keyser tells APN in an email. “I… most likely not endorse a candidate.  I’m not 100% sure but I’m leaning that way.  I have unfinished business with the city...

A. Reginald Eaves Seeks Recount in Council District 11 Race

APN received the following from someone purporting to be with the A Reginald Eaves campaign: “Atlanta City Council Candidate A. Reginald Eaves has filled a request for a recount of the November 3rd election results due to voting irregularities...

“Reed declares war on gangs” [UPDATE]

So declares a missive from the Kasim Reed for Mayor campaign. According to the e-mail, Reed is expected to call for the creation of “Gang Safety Zones” around schools and recreation centers around Atlanta during a 4:30 p.m. press conference at h...

Groups file federal appeal against Plant Vogtle expansion

Five environmental groups filed a federal appeal Wednesday that calls for a review of the site permit and work authorization issued to the Southern Company by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that allows work to begin on two new nuc...

Top US Foreign Service officer, ex-Marine resigns in protest of US war in Afghanistan

U.S. official resigns over Afghan war: Foreign Service officer and former Marine captain says he no longer knows why his nation is fighting By Karen DeYoung Washington Post — Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Text of Hoh’s 4-page letter of resignation, a ...

Blue Dog Fundraising Plummets

Just three months after reporting record fundraising totals, the Blue Dog Political Action Committee disclosed three donations for all of September totaling $12,500, the smallest amount this year. The conservative Blue Dog Democrats brought in $1....

Georgia to Receive Millions to Upgrade Energy Grid

President Obama announced the release of $3.4 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help modernize the nation’s energy grid on Tuesday during a speech in DeSoto, Florida. See a map of where the grants are headed. T...

Georgia STAND UP Releases 2009 Candidate Scorecard

The Georgia STAND-UP Alliance, a think and work tank for working families, released its scorecard for candidates running for Atlanta offices on Thursday. The Alliance held two candidate forums, one in September for city council candidates and on...

Moveon Gwinnett Hosts Johnny Isakson Puppet Show

A group of health reform advocates on Tuesday brought attention to Sen. Johnny Isakson’s (R-Ga.) opposition to the public option and his wealth of health industry campaign contributions. Records reveal Johnny Isakson has taken over $946,000 fro...

USDOJ issues new medical marijuana guidelines

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a three-page memo Monday containing formal guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The memo argues federal prosecutors would...

Vigils across Georgia to protest McClain’s execution

Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) is holding nine rallies across Georgia on Tuesday to protest the scheduled execution of Mark McClain. McClain is on death row for the 1994 murder of a manager of an Augusta Domino’s Pizza,...

Utne Reader Names Three Atlantans “Visionaries” in List of 50

Utne Magazine named three Atlantans as part of their 50 US visionaries. Learn more about them here: http://www.utne.com/Visionaries #### ATLANTA (Oct. 14, 2009) — Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, names Lance Ledbetter, Rosemarie G...

Obama urges extended aid for seniors, vets

President Obama announced his support for a $250 economic recovery payment to seniors, veterans, and disabled Americans who are struggling to make ends meet in the first year of the recession. Here’s how it would work: 57 million people would be...

USDA to provide rural health assistance

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday the release of $30 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds that will help 36 communities facilities projects. Rural areas like Dooly County in South...

New Sentence for One of Cuban Five

A federal judge in Miami on Tuesday handed down a new sentence for one of the so-called Cuban Five, a group of Cuban intelligence agents accused of spying in the United States. U.S. Federal District Court Judge Joan Lenard imposed a 21 year, 10 ...

Mayor, Finance Present Five-Year Fiscal Projection

Representatives from Mayor Shirley Franklin’s office, along with the city’s finance department, presented its Five Year Financial Plan for the City of Atlanta to the council’s Finance/Executive Committee on Wednesday. The report estimates General ...

Local group to call out Isakson on public option opposition [UPDATE]

A local council of MoveOn.org is staging an event tomorrow, weather permitting, designed to call attention to the hundreds of thousands of dollars from the health insurance and HMO lobbies that have gone to Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA). MoveOnGwi...

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize [UPDATE]

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Friday that President Obama has been awaded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” President Obama watches Israel...

State Energy Program Awarded Full Stimulus Funding

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Wednesday Georgia has received all of the State Energy Program funding allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Georgia received an additional $41 million from the Department of ...

Reed tops in campaign cash [UPDATE]

Atlanta mayoral candidate Kasim Reed announced Wednesday that his campaign brought in $446,087.09 in cash donations for the three month period ending Sept. 30, better than Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders’ $402,502.50. See the full r...

Stimulus funds to help Atlanta Downpayment Assistance

The City of Atlanta announced Wednesday that it is receiving $1.1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to address foreclosures in the hardest hit areas. The Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) will administer the downp...

Georgia STAND UP candidate forum tonight

The Georgia STAND UP Alliance will host a forum tonight for Atlanta mayoral, city council president, and District 11 candidates at the IBEW Auditorium (501 Pulliam Street SW). This forum is a followup to a Sept. 1 event that brought together 23 ...

USSF 2010 planning meeting in Atlanta

The national planning committee will meet from Oct. 21 to Oct. 29 in Atlanta to continue making arrangements for next year’s U.S. Social Forum (USSF), to be held June 22-26 in Detroit. The national planning committee is comprised of over 40 soci...

Coalition Launches 2010 Census PSA Campaign

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) launched a series of public service announcements on Atlanta buses Monday to raise awareness of the upcoming 2010 census. “The census shapes our lives in ways most people never th...

Peace activists allege Secret Service brutality

A group of 23 peace activists calling for an end to the war in Afghanistan allege they were violently pushed and dragged away from a White House gate on Monday by Secret Service agents. The activists, part of a larger group of 300 organized by t...

Kendall Richardson Drops Out of District 3 Race

HIV activist Kendall Richardson has dropped out of the District 3 race against incumbent Councilman Ivory Young. Richardson told Atlanta Progressive News it was due to health reasons and the timing not being right. He says he is preparing to ...

Two Reed Campaign Staffers Car-jacked

Two members of the Kasim Reed for Mayor campaign were carjacked at gunpoint Monday night outside the Reed campaign headquarters on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in the West End. According to a campaign press release, Deputy Field Director Tyle...

Voter Registration Deadline on Monday

If you live in the City of Atlanta, are not registered to vote, and want to participate in the city elections on Nov. 3, then you need to register by Monday Oct. 5. Absentee and early voting begins Oct. 13 and runs through Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. - ...

Carter Library Museum Grand Reopening

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum reopened Thursday after a 5-month, $10 million renovation. The event coincided with the president’s 85th birthday. "The Medicine Men" entertained the crowd with mostly country tunes, including "...

Big Business Weighs in on Atlanta Races

A city-wide business coalition called Committee For a Better Atlanta released its candidate scores for the Atlanta mayoral, Atlanta City Council president, and city council contests on Tuesday. The scores are based on a number of criteria: visio...

GRTA gets $8.7 million in stimulus funds

The Obama administration on Monday announced $8.7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for transit improvements in Georgia. The Georgia Regional Transit Authority (GRTA) will use the money to purchase one 45-foot commu...

Police union endorses Hoffman over Winslow in District 4

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 623 announced Monday that it will endorse LaShawn Hoffman over Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4), chair of the council’s public safety committee. “The women and men of th...

Former Grady Board Consents to Dialysis Closure

The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) announced Monday that it has consented to the planned closure of the Grady Health System Outpatient Dialysis Clinic on October 3. “We feel that the [FDHA] and the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation a...

GA Supreme Court upholds lower ruling on touch screen voting

The Georgia Supreme Court announced Monday that it has unanimously affirmed a Fulton County Superior Court decision handed down in September 2008 that upheld the use of touch screen voting machines. Read the court’s full opinion. A 2006 lawsuit ...

Reactions to US Sen. Ted Kennedy's Passing

President Obama mourned the loss of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) Wednesday morning in remarks from Martha’s Vineyard. Obama’s eulogy came less than one month after he bestowed the prestigious Medal of Freedom on the late senator. Other elected...

BREAKING: Grady dialysis clinic to close Oct. 3

We just learned that the Grady Health System Outpatient Dialysis Clinic will close Saturday Oct. 3. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville handed down an 11-page ruling Friday that rescinds his Sept. 16 temporary restraining order aga...

Atlanta's Flood Damage - $61 million at least

Or at least that’s the initial damage assessment. Atlanta Fire Rescue began surveying the flood damage on Wednesday and submitted an initial estimate to GEMA, which will in turn transmit the information to the federal government. From a City of ...

Obama Signs Flood Aid as Calls for Help Grow

President Obama signed a disaster declaration Thursday for Carroll, Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas, and Paulding Counties in the wake of this week’s flooding that has left nine people dead and caused at least $250 million damage. The declaration paves ...

Attorneys make arguments in Grady dialysis case [UPDATE]

Attorneys representing the Grady Health System and anonymous patients who use the Grady Health System Outpatient Dialysis Clinic appeared before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville Wednesday to argue for and against upholding a te...

CFO Tries to Clarify the Record on City's Finances

We just received a letter written by Atlanta Chief Financial Officer Jim Glass that is circulating to members of the Atlanta City Council and all the Atlanta mayoral candidates. The four-page letter, dated Sept. 18, appears to be an attempt on ...

MARTA receives substantial federal transit grant

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood awarded MARTA a $10.8 million grant under the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Grant Program during a ceremony Monday at the Five Points MARTA Station. Pictured wi...

Gallegos Chief of Staff Apparently Attempts to Deceive APN

Now this is just bizarre. As you all know, we recently published our results from the District 6 candidate questionnaire, where Bahareh Azizi, Steve Brodie, and Liz Coyle responded, while the other 3 candidates–including Miguel Gallegos–didn’t....

Local Minister Launches Nonprofit Transit for Disabled

A local minister has formed a non-profit company to offer public transportation services to disabled and elderly riders in Metro Atlanta. Dr. Penny Brown, along with husband Anthony, founded Kairos Paratransit Mobility Service in light of recent...

Court Issues Restraining Order against Grady

A Fulton County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday against the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation [GMHC] to prevent it from closing the Grady Health System Outpatient Dialysis Clinic. “Based on the Plaintiffs’ ...

Atlanta Named "Place of a Lifetime"

The October issue of National Geographic Traveler includes Atlanta on its list of “50 Places of a Lifetime,” one of only seven U.S. cities on the list. Photo by Jonathan Springston, Senior Staff Writer, Atlanta Progressive News Here’s what the m...

Georgia Equality Endorses Borders, Mitchell

Georgia Equality, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group, announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders for mayor and Councilmember Ceasar Mitchell for council president. Here is what Georgia Equality Execut...

More on First Televised Mayoral Debate

As a supplement to APN's recent news article, here is more on the first televised Mayoral debate: On improving police moral, each of the candidates agreed they would not support a policy that would force Atlanta police officers to pay for parkin...

Public Safety Community Torn over Mayoral Race

With less than two months before Atlanta’s mayoral election, crime and public safety continue to dominate debates and forums but the public safety community appears no closer to a consensus on which candidate is best-suited to keep the city saf...

Poll: Americans agree on certain key healthcare issues

A new poll from Zogby International/O’Leary Report released Monday reveals a strong majority of Americans agree on eight key issues surrounding healthcare reform. A quick glance shows those polled believe healthcare should be portable from one-...

Former prez, first lady at Carter Center tonight

Former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are appearing at The Carter Center tonight at 7 p.m. to kick off the 2009-2010 season of “Conversations at The Carter Center.” It’s a town-hall style meeting where the Carters will be dis...

Showdown Looms over Grady Dialysis Clinic

APN recently reported on the situation revolving around the Grady Health System Outpatient Dialysis Clinic, which could close as early as Sept. 19. A coalition of activists rallied outside Grady Memorial Hospital on Thursday calling on the Grady...

Stimulus Funds for MARTA Buses

MARTA is set to receive $55.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced Thursday. The agency will use the funds to purchase 18 40-foot buses, perform preventative maintenanc...

New on APN: Developing... Gay Bar Raided

So APN broke the story in the middle of last night (Thursday night) about the raid on the Atlanta Eagle. I have numerous questions about this story, but one that’s come to me as I’ve reflected on the situation as a former victim of a violent cri...

UPDATE on Atlanta Eagle Raid

I just posted a correction and several updates to the news story on Atlanta Progressive News regarding last night’s raid. So far, Southern Voice has posted a quick item referring to our report; and national glbt blogs are picking up the story.  I...

More Eagle Atlanta Patrons Speak Out on Raid

As other media outlets begin to cover this story–and thankfully, many our crediting APN for breaking it–other Eagle patrons are beginning to speak out about what they witnessed. Nick Kopserki said the following on Creative Loafing Atlanta’s Fres...

Full Text: Obama Remarks on Health Care Reform

Below is the text of the address on healthcare reform President Obama delivered Wednesday night before a joint session of Congress.   REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS ON HEALTH CARE   U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 8:16 P.M....

What will it take?

I was startled to hear this week that the German government was thrown on the defensive by public and parliamentary outrage about the killing of Afghan civilians in a bombing of oil tankers ordered by a German NATO commander.  No outrage here, ...

Georgia Legislators Back Reed for Mayor

Former State Sen. Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta), a 2009 candidate for Atlanta mayor, received the endorsement of several former colleagues from the Georgia General Assembly during a press conference Thursday. Here is a list of the six senators and six ...

Full Text: Obama Speech on Education

President Obama will deliver a speech on education today during an event at a school in Arlington, Va. Below is the text of that speech. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Prepared Remarks of President Barack ObamaBac...

EVENT: Live viewing of Obama’s healthcare address

President Obama is set to address a joint session of Congress Wednesday night in order to talk about his vision of healthcare reform. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is hosting a live, outdoor viewing of the speech. The event ...

What's a Co-pay? Health Care in Canada

What’s a co-pay?  Canadians Talk About Their Healthcare System   Of course, Canada’s healthcare system has its problems (which have been greatly exaggerated by opponents of healthcare reform in this country).  There are waiting lists for non-e...

Candidates Endorse Georgia STAND-UP Community Platform 2009

Candidates listen to the rules before the start of Tuesday's forum. - Photo by Jonathan Springston, Senior Staff Writer, Atlanta Progressive News The recent article by APN regarding the Georgia STAND-UP Candidates' Forum story notes a seven-pl...

More Photos of Health Care Rally at Capitol

(All photos by Jonathan Springston, Senior Staff Writer, Atlanta Progressive News)

Angela Moore Running for Secretary of State in 2010

Breaking news.  I’m pretty sure you heard it here first.  Angela Moore, elections integrity advocate, will run for Secretary of State in 2010.  According to Moore, she expects former 2006 candidates, State Sen. Gail Bucker and Fulton Commission...

The Real Death Panels

The right-wingers who disrupted town-hall meetings were wrong about the death panels.  The pending legislation would not create them.  In fact, they already exist, already dominate our healthcare nonsystem, and are laughing all the way to the b...

Glenn Thomas Withdraws Mayoral Bid

Glenn Thomas–who some believed was the most progressive candidate in the race amongst the top 5 contenders–has withdrawn from the race.  It isn’t clear whether the email from Glenn is real or whether it is “a hack” again (see incident a couple ...

Daryl Graham Withdraws from Post 2-at-large Race

Daryl Graham, a spokesman for the GA NAACP, has withdrawn from the Post 2 at large race.  Remaining in that race: Amir Farokhi, Aaron Waton formerly of AHA Board of Commissioners, and Weslee Knapp. Daryl had entered the race early, but hasn’t be...

More Candidates Drop Off in Qualifying

Qualifying in local races ended today and the big list is available online. As of right now, it looks like several candidates dropped out of the Mayoral race in addition to Glenn Thomas.  Left in the race are Borders, Brownlowe, Norwood, Reed, S...

New IA Poll Shows Norwood Gaining, at 42%

A new poll by Insider Advantage conducted for WSB-TV shows Mary Norwood has gained to 42%. Lisa Borders is in second place at 34%.  Kasim Reed is trailing at 9%.  Jesse Spikes has 2%.  1% supported other candidates. It looks like the undecideds ar...

State Rep. Ralph Long Endorses Mary Norwood

I attended the Rep. Long endorsement press conference yesterday.  Afterwards, I got Mary to do a surprise call in to Adam Shapiro’s show on 89.3 FM WRFG during APN’s normal Thursday interview slot- if you didn’t hear it, you missed out! The pre...

Lisa Borders Attacking Mary Norwood

And just comes off sounding nasty. This from WABE- check out their website for the audio. BORDERS: The question has come up in the city, what will you do when people don’t do their jobs? And my response has been, I will fire them. I don’t have t...

Poll Shows Reed Gaining, by Firm Doing Consulting for Reed

State Sen. Kasim Reed’s campaign sent out new poll numbers showing Reed has gained, and that Borders does not have as much support as shown in other polls.  While the numbers are by a former leading pollster for the Democratic National Cmte, Re...

Beverly Hall, ATL School Superintendent Makes $350K+/ Yr.

A reader sent us a report listing the salaries for all officials at Atlanta Public Schools.  According to the report, Superintendent Beverly Hall made $353,710.95 in the 2008 Fiscal Year.  I think that’s a lot, don’t you?  That’s over a third o...

Whole Foods Boycott

People are boycotting Whole Foods because the CEO had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal advocating for a free market system for health care.  The op-ed was very problematic; I joined the boycott on Facebook but haven’t completely kept with it....

Rally for REAL Health Care Reform - Medicare for All

Do you believe health care is a basic human right, not a commodity to be bought and sold by profiteering, parasitic health insurance companies?  Then join HealthcareNOW-GA at what is being billed as “the biggest rally of the year [in Georgia] f...

ATAC Founder Announces Mayoral Bid

Atlantans Together Against Crime (ATAC) founder Kyle Keyser announced Tuesday in an open letter that he is running for mayor of Atlanta. Here’s what he said: Over the past two weeks, as the mayoral race has heated up and I continue to talk with ...

Events: Mayoral, Council Candidate Forums

There are two forums taking place this evening in Atlanta: one for Atlanta City Council candidates and another for mayoral candidates. At 6 p.m. at the IBEW Auditorium (501 Pulliam St. SW), the Georgia STAND-UP Alliance will ask council candidat...

Councilman Jim Maddox Retiring, No More Sleeping Through Meetings

Thank God.  Out of the 5 Councilmemebers on my “defeat in November” hit list, 2 are retiring (Fauver and Maddox)- Yeay!  Plus Cleta’s in danger.  This is wonderful, full of wonder.  That jerk threatened to have me arrested during CDHR, was cons...

Death Panelists at Work

“The key difference [between health insurance companies in the US and in other rich countries] is that foreign health insurance plans exist only to pay people’s medical bills, not to make a profit.  The United States is the only developed count...

South Dekalb Clinic to Stay Open

The Grady South DeKalb Health Center, one of the health system’s neighborhood clinics, will remain open and there will be an increased focus on marketing the clinic, officials said recently. A story from Crossroads News dated Aug. 14 has this: ...

Clarence Turner Drops Out of Post 1-at-large Race

Hey everybody.  I just spoke with Clarence Turner today and he says due to some personal family issues that he has to spend some time out of town and that he has decided it is best to drop out of the race for Council post 1 at large.  Turner al...

Eason Loses Creative Loafing, Now Owned by Atalaya

Creative Loafing Atlanta and the other five newsweeklies owned by the company were auctioned off to the highest bidder, and that bidder was Atalaya, the firm that had lent CL a lot of money.  Eason had also bid and lost. Creative Loafing Atlant...

Drama at Sevanandah Continues

According to Brian Sherman, major drama is still going down at Sevanandah natural foods market.  The store and co-op in Little Five Points almost started carrying meat a few months ago, which upset a lot of the paid members of the co-op.  Appar...

APN broke major story yesterday, now a national sensation

Not that anyone gave us credit (besides WABE radio), but our readers know where they read it first.  Yes, APN was the first to report on the scandal of some in the Black activist community saying that Black voters should unite around Lisa Borde...

Sen. Reed’s Non-answer to my question

So as I was saying I went to the Reed press conference yesteday, where he made numerous statements in response to the Black Leadership Forum memo (see below for his comments on that). After Reed spoke, the floor was opened up for questions.  As ...

Sunday Paper Endorses Reed

Sunday Paper’s Stephanie Ramage also announced this week that she was endorsing State Sen. Kasim Reed.  As far as I know, it’s the first editorial endorsement in the Mayoral race. I could’ve guessed this would happen.  From the first articles Ra...

Responses to Black Leadership Forum Memo

Atlanta mayoral candidate Kasim Reed issued a statement Thursday in response to a comment made by Aaron Turpeau, a surrogate for City Council President and mayoral candidate Lisa Borders, in a position paper circulated by the Black Leadership F...

Davis Hearing Could Start in November

Chief U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore issued a three-page order Wednesday directing attorneys in the Troy Anthony Davis case to give their opinions as to whether a “free standing actual innocence claim” is recognized in the U.S. Cons...

Obama on Death of US Sen. Ted Kennedy

President Obama released the following statement this morning on the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 77: Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, S...

GFADP to Launch "Tuesdays for Troy"

Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP), who along with Amnesty International have worked hard to bring attention to the case of Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, is launching a new event called “Tuesdays for Troy” in...

Young Formally Endorses Reed for Mayor

Former U.S. ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is set to formally endorse State Sen. Kasim Reed for mayor on Wednesday at 10 a.m. during a joint press conference. The announcement follows the debut last week of a 60 second radio ad featu...

NRC Grants Early Site Permit for Vogtle

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday issued an Early Site Permit (ESP) and Limited Work Authorization (LWA) to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, giving the company the green light to begin preliminary work on two new nuclear pow...

Judge Selected for Davis Hearing

An upcoming evidentiary hearing for Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis has a judge. From the AJC: Chief U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. of Savannah has been assigned to preside over the evidentiary hearing for Troy Anthony Dav...

Georgia SATs Down for a Third Year

A new report from The College Board, which administers the SAT to prospective college students, reveals the average Georgia score dropped to 1,460, down six points from 2008 and 12 points from 2007. Georgia’s 1,460 is below the national average ...

What can we learn about health care from other countries?

What Americans Can Learn About Healthcare from Other Countries:  Article by T. R. Reid “Socialized Medicine? Not Quite – 5 Myths About Health Care Around the World”  Looking Overseas for the healing of America Terry Gross interviews T. R. Reid on ...

Event: Atlanta to Host National Action Network

The National Action Network, a group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, will hold its third annual summer conference in Atlanta from Aug. 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel 265 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, Ga. 30303. The conference will put a speci...

Seminar: What's Happening in Iran?

If you’d like a better understanding of what’s happening in Iran, this seminar organized by local Iranian students looks promising.  In addition to a video message from Noam Chomsky, live speakers include Juan Cole, one of (if not THE) leading ...

BREAKING: SCOTUS orders evidentiary hearing for Troy Davis [UPDATE]

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, ordered a federal judge in Georgia on Monday to consider and rule on innocence claims brought by Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis. The majority opinion, written by Justice John Paul Stevens,...

NORML: State Rep. Benton Supports Caning Marijuana Users

According to the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), State Rep. Tommy Benton responded to a constituent email regarding marijuana law reform, by stating his support for caning–that is, corporal punishment–for marijuana u...

Norwood Endorsed by Firefighters' Union

Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood was endorsed last week by the local firefighters’ union.  Norwood told APN it had to do with her voting record in City Council as well as her presentation before the union. “I am honored to receive the endorsement ...

US House Dems to Hold Ground on Public Option, including US Rep. Johnson

According to Democracy for America (the organization that came out of Howard Dean’s former Presidential campaign in 2004), 64 US House Democrats will not support a health care reform bill that does not have a public option for health insurance ...

Bob and Raine's Healthcarereformmyths.org

A few months ago, Atlanta activists and APN readers Bob Rouse and Raine Equality Koch started a website called Health Care Reform Myths at www.healthcarereformmyths.org. Koch tells APN she has been contacted by the Obama and the Pelosi people i...

Jane Kidd for US Senate? Draft Jane Website Appears

According to a tip from a reader, Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Jane Kidd is being encouraged by some anonymous people to run for US Senate against US Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) in 2010.  The Draft Jane website appears at draftjanekidd....

Kucinich: BOA Ends Mandatory Arbitration

According to US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Bank of America sent a letter notifying him of its intent to abandon the practice of mandatory arbitrati...

Council Candidate Farokhi Nets Labor Endorsement

The Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council AFL-CIO announced Thursday it is endorsing Amir Farokhi in his bid for the Atlanta City Council Post 2 At-Large. “Atlanta’s working families need another strong advocate in the city council, and Amir Faro...

Handel to USDOJ: Reconsider voter verification processes

Secretary of State Karen Hanel announced Wednesday the state of Georgia has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to reconsider its May 2009 objection of preclearance for two voter verification processes, a decision Handel “strongly disagreed wi...

Lowery Receives Medal of Freedom

Civil rights pioneer and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Rev. Joseph Lowery received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, along with 15 others at a ceremony at the White House Wednesda...

Healthcare: Public Option or Single-payer?

Why Obama’s Public Option is Defective, and Why We Need Single-Payer   Are liberal netroots groups helping Obama fail?   Dennis Kucinich:  Stay the course for universal, single-payer Medicare for All

Event: Top Officials to Call for Immigration Reform

Religious, law enforcement, and elected officials will hold a press conference Tuesday to speak on the need for immigration reform. The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) passed a resolution at their national confe...

More Details of NAN Mayoral Debate 2009

Now on APN you can read a report about what went down Thursday night at the Auburn Avenue Research Library when nine candidates for Atlanta mayor crowded on stage to discuss important issues. Duvwon Robinson (standing), a relative unknown mayor...

Human Events: ObamaCare Kills Grandmas, Grandpas, Babies

I’m on a lot of email lists. Here’s something really special I received from Human Events, a right-wing publication: #### Grandmas and Unborn Babies Face Extermination by Obama’s “Health” Care Plan Investors Business Daily has just exposed the Ac...

Pelosi Responds to Death Tribunal Nonsense

Health insurance reform opponents, recently joined by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, continue to spread myths about components of America’s Affordable Health Choices Act. The facts, however, disprove ...

Activist Dianne Mathiowetz Loses Pinky Finger in Cuba

On July 28, 2009, friends of Dianne Mathiowetz, activist with International Action Center Atlanta, received the following news: #### Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. At the beginning of today´s VB work session, Dianne M. had a serious accident...

Seeds of Peace at the Carter Center

Anti-nuclear activists gathered this week in the Carter Center gardens to celebrate the annual “Seeds of Peace” observance, an event that marks the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9.  About 60 attendees...

Obama Releases State-by-state Health Reform Benefits

As Congress approaches its August recess and the rhetoric at town hall meetings across the nation heats up, the Department of Health and Human Services released some statistics Friday about how they estimate health reform will benefit each stat...

Events: Health Care Forums around Atlanta

There will be three important healthcare events happening next week: one hosted by Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment (ABLE), another by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), and a third by Emory University. On Monday, ABLE, along with members of...

US Senate confirms Cochran to lead U.S. Fire Administration

The Senate on Friday confirmed Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Kelvin Cochran as the new administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration. “As the Chief of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department as well as the former chief in Shreveport, La., Chief...

US Senate Confirms Sotomayor to SCOTUS

The U.S. Senate just voted 68-31 to make Judge Sonia Sotomayor the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She becomes the first Hispanic on the Court and will fill outgoing Justice David Souter’s seat when the Court reconvenes this f...

Healthcare: Canada v. US

Defending Canada’s Health Care: Truths and Lies.   A Canadian doctor diagnoses US healthcare.

Big investment in next gen batteries, electric vehicles

During a visit to Elkhart, Ind. on Wednesday, President Obama announced $2.4 billion in grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to facilitate the construction and deployment of next generation U.S. batteries and electric ...

Outside Magazine Names Atlanta 3rd Best City

In its August issue, Outside Magazine names Atlanta the third best city in the United States, just behind Colorado Springs, Colorado and Seattle, Washington. Photo by Jonathan Springston, Senior Staff Writer, Atlanta Progressive News Here’s ho...

Events: Mayoral Debate Season Heats Up

Atlanta is 84 days from Election Day (November 3) and there are several key mayoral debates coming up that are worth your attention. The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History along with the Atlanta Chapter of the...

Shirley Franklin on Public Safety

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington held a joint press conference Thursday to discuss public safety. Below is Franklin’s full statement from that event. Read it and share your thoughts below. #### There i...

ACLU Drops CEP from Federal Lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced Thursday that it is dropping Community Education Partners, Inc. (CEP) from its federal lawsuit after the Atlanta Independent School System (AISS) declined this week to renew a $7 million contra...

First-world healthcare in other first-world countries; third-world healthcare in Virginia

First-world health care:  A Canadian responds to right-wing bashing of Canada’s single-payer, Medicare for All system.  (I heard a Canadian speaker say recently that Canadians travel in the US with some anxiety.  They know that if they have a me...

Perdue wants Florida, Alabama back at water negotiations

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Thursday he sent a letter to the governors of Alabama (Bob Riley) and Florida (Charlie Crist) to join him in resuming water negotiations. Perdue offered to hold a meeting in Atlanta or “another mutually agree...

Healthcare “reform” or a huge, unsustainable bonanza for profiteering health insurance and drug companies?

So why are 46,000,000 people uninsured and millions more under-insured?  Because our healthcare nonsystem is run by profiteering, parasitic, blood-sucking insurance companies whose main goal is ALWAYS to maximize profit for their shareholders a...

Reed to unveil comprehensive public safety plan

State Sen. Kasim Reed, a candidate for Atlanta mayor, will unveil his comprehensive public safety blueprint later today at the Chevron station on Whitehall Street where former professional boxer Vernon Forrest was killed this weekend. This is w...

MARTA gets $685k for security improvements [UPDATE]

MARTA will receive $685,980 for security officers and equipment through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA) Transit Security Grant Program. “Securing our mass transit systems requires well-trained personnel on the ground to prot...

Former Obama doctor calls for single-payer healthcare

A physician who served as President Obama’s primary doctor for 22 years will appear at a Healthcare NOW! event this week in Washington as part of the group’s “D.C. Lobby Day and Rally.” Dr. David Scheiner, who served as Obama’s primary physician...

Stimulus to Benefit Local Law Enforcement

The Atlanta, Fulton County, DeKalb County, and other Georgia police departments will be able to hire more officers thanks to the release Tuesday of millions in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. Georgia will be able to hire 184 law en...

BREAKING: US Senate Cmte Approves Judge Sotomayor

The Senate Judiciary Committee just approved U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor by a vote of 13-6. All the Democrats on the panel voted for her while only one Republican (Lindsey Graham of South Carolina) joined them. Sotomayor no...

Heckman Volunteers to go back to Iraq

Doug Heckman, Norcross resident and 2008 Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 7th congressional district, announced Tuesday that he has volunteered to return to Iraq with the U.S. Army. “I came back from Iraq in 2007 determined to bring a problem...

Grady to Repay Medicaid Overpayments

Grady Health System CEO Michael Young on Tuesday said the facility must pay Georgia $20 million in Medicaid overpayments made to the system in 2004 and 2005, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports. From The AJC report: Grady CEO Michael Youn...

Georgia ACLU Applauds Head Coverings Policy

The Georgia Judicial Council, the policy-making body for Georgia courts, adopted a policy last week clarifying that religious head coverings can be worn in Georgia courthouses. “We are thrilled that the Georgia Judicial Council has decided to a...

Study: Life sentences quadruple in 25 years

A new study from The Sentencing Project finds that 1 out of every 11 inmates serving time in state and federal prisons have a life sentence.  “No Exit: The Expanding Use of Life Sentences in America” documents 140,610 persons serving a life term...

Pelosi: New CBO Estimates of House Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to questions by House Republicans, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today affirms that H.R. 3200, America`s Affordable Health Choices Act, would offer targeted assistance to those in need today and lead to an...

Boxer Killed, Atlanta Councilman Robbed, What Next?

Two high-profile crimes late Saturday night in Atlanta have once again sparked citizen outcry over public safety and how city officials react to it. State Sen. Kasim Reed, a candidate for Atlanta mayor, released the following statement late Mond...

Ceasar Mitchell Statement on Car Jacking

Early Saturday, July 25, morning, around midnight, Atlanta City Councilman Ceasar C. Mitchell (Post 1, At Large) was carjacked at gunpoint in front of his mother’s home in the Washington Park community of Northwest Atlanta. Councilman Mitchell ...

Federal Minimum Wage Increase on Friday

The federal minimum wage is set to increase Friday to $7.25 per hour. The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign said in a press release this week that the increase is good but not enough. Their campaign calls for a $10 minimum wage in 2010.  Ov...

Report: “Blue Dogs” reaping fundraising rewards

The coalition of conservative congressional Democrats known as the “Blue Dogs” are becoming a key voting bloc and are leveraging their growing strength for more campaign cash, according to a new report from The Center for Public Integrity. The B...

What's next for Georgia in ongoing water war?

Local and state officials in Georgia are scrambling for ideas after a federal judge ruled July 17 that the U.S. Corps of Engineers has been illegally rerouting water from Lake Lanier to meet the drinking water needs of Metro Atlanta. U.S. Distr...

Council Report Card: Who supported bars closing at 3am?

We’re beginning a project where we’re going to be compiling a Council Member report card for the last four years. One important vote, supported by all but 4 Members, has been putting a damper on our weekends, and has hurt small businesses!  For t...

Georgia Legislators Go on Furlough Too

On July 15, 2009, State House Speaker Glenn Richardson announced the Georgia House of Representatives will begin furloughs effective August 1, 2009. “As a result of the tough economic times and declining state revenues, we have made tremendous ...

VoterGA Believes GA Supreme Court Hearing Went Very Well

Below is an email obtained by Atlanta Progressive News concerning the recent presentation made by VoterGA to the Georgia Supreme Court: #### Hello all VoterGA Supporters, As you know the Georgia Supreme Court hearing was held yesterday morning a...

Task Force Pleading for Donations for Water Bills

The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless (Peachtree and Pine) appears to be keeping up with the latest payment plan on its water bill so far. On July 15, 2009, APN obtained a fundraising pitch from the Task Force where they were seeking $...

Atlanta is 4th Meanest City Towards Homeless

The Top Ten Meanest Cities by Dollars and Sense July 15, 2009 Read the full report

Franklin redoubles call for conservation as “water wars” heat up

The City of Atlanta issued a press release Monday in which Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin urges all Atlantans to continue conserving water even though the statewide drought declaration has been lifted. “Our water resources are not unlimited,” Fr...

A Victory for Single-payer health care

House committee approves Kucinich amendment which would allow states to create single-payer systems.

Georgia Colleges, VA Team Up to Improve GI Bill

Forty-five colleges, universities, and schools across Georgia have entered into Yellow Ribbon Program agreements with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve financial aid for veterans participating in the post-9/11 GI Bill program, ...

Report Questions Homeland Security Oversight

A new report from the Center for Public Integrity released Thursday finds that the Department of Homeland Security is still answering to more than 80 congressional panels and subcommittees five years after the 9/11 Commission recommended “a sin...

Kucinich Says Climate Bill Might Make Things Worse

“I oppose H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.  The reason is simple.  It won’t address the problem.  In fact, it might make the problem worse. “It sets targets that are too weak, especially in the short term, and sets...

Man spends year in jail for not paying for a child that’s not his

Cook County Superior Court Judge Dane Perkins agreed Wednesday to release Frank Hatley, 50, from an Adel, Ga. jail after he spent one year locked up for failing to pay back child support for a child who is not his. The Southern Center for Human...

Georgia Eligible for Energy Efficiency Rebates

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the release of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for state-run energy rebate program for consumer purchases of new ENERGY STAR qualified home appliances. “Appliances consume a huge...

Event: Protesting Lethal Injection Number 1,000

Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) is holding a Speak Out at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday July 21 to protest the U.S.’ 1,000th scheduled execution by lethal injection. The state of Ohio plans to execute Marva...

Apparent Break-in at Wonderroot Community Center

According to an email from the Wonderroot Community Center, someone broke in and stole their computers, thus causing them to temporarily close their digital lab.  APN previously ran a lovely feature on Wonderroot. “Due to a break-in at the Wond...

Rick Blalock, Verna Jennings Leave Borders Campaign

Two major staff changes have transpired at the Lisa Borders campaign, signaling discontent. Verna Jennings, who had previously been on Hillary Clinton’s Georgia team, is no longer working for the Borders campaign. Also, Rick Blalock, who had previ...

Maynard Eaton New Spokesman for Jesse Spikes

Meanwhile, Maynard Eaton has taken over media relations at the Jesse Spikes for Mayor campaign. He replaced Jennifer Thomas of Media Ready Consulting. Eaton has been involved in many things. He runs Newsmakers’ Live, he has been a columnist a...

Also Running for Council President, Dave Walker

Okay, this has got to get honorable mention. So far, there are actually 3 candidates running for City Council President: Ceasar Mitchell, Clair Muller, and Dave Walker. If you’ve ever been to a City Council meeting or watched footage on Channel 2...

City of Refuge, Women’s Shelter, gets Expansion Grant from ADA

The press release says it all, except that APN has covered in depth the lack of women’s shelters in Atlanta for years.  This should make a dent.###ATLANTA – The Atlanta Development Authority has awarded $620,000 to Phase II of City of Refuge’s Ede...

Update: Glenn Thomas's Disclosure

Btw, Glenn Thomas (who is running for Mayor) did get back to us.  Last quarter he raised about $22,000, he told APN in a Facebook message.

Obama revs up Cheney/Bush assault on the Constitution

The Obama Administration is not only continuing the Cheney/Bush clique’s assault on the Constitution, especially the right to habeas corpus; it is even breaking new ground.  Not even Cheney/Bush claimed they could indefinitely imprison people a...

Joan Baez, Jon Bon Jovi support Iranian struggle for democracy

Joan Baez adds a verse in Farsee for Iranians.   Bon Jovi joins Iranian superstar Andy Madadian.

Cobb and Gwinnett receive millions for transit improvements

Cobb and Gwinnett Counties are set to receive $18.5 million for transit improvements courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced Thursday. Cobb Community Transit (CCT) will use ...

E-vote Case Headed to Georgia Supreme Court

The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition will lead a rally today to protest sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Protesters will gather at the corner of Moreland Avenue and Freedom Parkway from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Organizers are encouraging...

Report: State Budget Woes Likely to Get Worse

The Center On Budget and Policy Priorities put out a massive report last month that details the fiscal woes states are experiencing as the recession drags on. The report found 48 states addressed or are facing budget shortfalls for the upcoming f...

White House, hospitals reach deal on Medicare, Medicaid

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and representatives of the hospital industry jointly announced Wednesday a deal on billions in Medicare and Medicaid payments over the next decade. To help pay ...

Big Endorsement for ATL Mayoral Candidate Reed

The North Georgia Labor Council AFL-CIO is set to endorse State Sen. Kasim Reed for Atlanta mayor during a press conference Thursday. From the Labor Council: A candidate screening panel comprised of members from the Atlanta Labor Council inter...

Teen freedom riders in Atlanta to discuss race relations

A group of 30 black and Jewish students representing Operation Understanding DC will be in Atlanta Wednesday through Friday to discuss race relations as part of a three-week journey to meet with movement leaders and visit places of importance t...

Reed leads Atlanta mayoral candidates in latest fundraising period

The top four candidates for Atlanta mayor (State Sen. Kasim Reed, Councilwoman Mary Norwood, City Council President Lisa Borders, and Atlanta attorney Jesse Spikes) filed campaign financial disclosure reports showing how each fared in fundraisi...

Atlanta Fire Chief Cochran Nominated to Top FEMA Post

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is nominating Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran to be the U.S. Fire Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As U.S. Fire Administrator, Cochran would be charged with ...

Energy funds to speed adoption of renewable technology

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Monday the release of $153 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for state energy programs in seven states, including Georgia.  “This funding will provide an important boost for s...

EPA Targets Diesel Emissions in Four States

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it is awarding American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to four southern states, including Georgia, in an effort to reduce diesel emissions, protect the health of citizens and...

See "Food Inc."

I highly recommend “Food Inc.,” a documentary film about the American food supply, and its domination by the agricultural-industrial complex.  Monsanto, ADM and a handful of other heavily-subsidized companies have gained near-total control over...

Protest Israeli piracy and kidnapping: Cynthia McKinney among 21 human rights workers kidnapped Tuesday on high seas

On Tuesday Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKi...

White House Releases 1st Round of Broadband Stimulus Funds

Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday the White House is releasing $4 billion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to expand broadband internet service to unserved and underserved areas. This is the first round of ARRA ...

Strange Bedfellows in Healthcare Reform Debate

On June 30, Center for American Progress President and CEO John Podesta, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern, and (wait for it) Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke sent a letter to President Obama noting “reforming health care ...

More Updates from Grady CEO

Over on APN is a story about a meeting held last week in East Atlanta at the First Iconium Baptist Church between Grady Health System CEO Michael Young, his staff, and about 30 activists, mainly representing the Grady Coalition. Below are some m...

GDOT Awards $57 Million in Stimulus Contracts

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced this week it has awarded 22 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contracts worth $56.7 million.  Construction will begin this month on projects such as the repaving of 20 miles ...

Report: State transit stimulus spending producing mixed results

A new report from Smart Growth America, a coalition of national, state, and local organizations working on better rural and urban planning, tracks how well the states are spending $26 billion in transportation funds allocated in the first 120 d...

Minnesota Top Court Declares Franken US Senate Race Winner

The New York Times reports this afternoon that Minnesota Democrat Al Franken has prevailed over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.  In a 32-page, per curiam opinion, the Minnesota Supreme Court found Coleman’s claims of voting and constitutional irre...

Reports: Israeli Military Kidnaps Cynthia McKinney, Others

According to press releases from the Green Party USA, the Free Gaza Movement, and other emails I’ve received through the day, McKinney and her fellow passengers have now been taken hostage by the Israeli military. #### GREEN PARTY USA PRESS REL...

BREAKING: SCOTUS holds Davis case until Sept. [UPDATE]

We just received word that the U.S. Supreme Court will delay any judgment on the case of Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis until September. Lawyers filed what many considered a long-shot habeas corpus petition with the Court in late Ma...

Community Health Centers get 3rd round of ARRA funds

Community Health Centers across the nation received a third boost in funds today courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grants will help address immediate and pressing health center facility and equipment needs and increase...

Mayoral Candidates’ Statements on Property Tax Increase

Today, the City Council of Atlanta narrowly approved a property tax increase proposed by Mayor Shirley Franklin. Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood voted against the increase, as she said she would do.  Others who voted no include Kwanza Hall, Clair ...

Creative Loafing Does Profile of Week on APN Editor

Creative Loafing magazine Atlanta did their profile of the week this week on yours truly, the News Editor who makes progressive news possible. I am very happy with this profile and I think Candace Wheeler, an intern who is a college student at ...

McKinney's Boat Departs After All

IN an update on a previous post, former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s second boat voyage to Palestine has set sail, according to a press release sent from the Green Party USA to Atlanta Progressive News. “The Free Gaza boat the ‘Spirit of Humanity’...

Honduran Coup Leader Claimed to be SOA Graduate

According to an email from SOA Watch, the leader of the Honduran military coup which just took place is a graduate of the former School of the Americas, now WHINSEC. I’m not sure how they would know he was a graduate, seeing as how they complai...

US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Was Here

US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), one of the most progressive members of US Congress, visited Atlanta this weekend as part of a function hosted by Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions. “After the horrific September 11th attacks, Congresswoman Bar...

Glenn Thomas Clarifies Position on Task Force for the Homeless

So I saw Michael Julian Bond posted photos from the Task Force water rally on Facebook and Mayoral candidate Glenn Thomas was there. So I commented on the photo because Thomas had told APN that he would not support funding the Task Foce for the ...

McKinney Takes Second Boat Trip to Gaza

ormer US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) made a second attempt to visit Gaza as part of the Free Gaza movement.  However, this time, she says the Israelis asked Cyprus not to let the ship depart.  Cyprus ultimately did not let the ship depart out ...

Glenn Thomas "Hacking" Issue

Speaking of Glenn Thomas, I got this bizarre email at 155am on June 16, 2009 (my birthday no less) from Glenn Thomas saying he had put a lot of thought into it but had decided to give up on running for Mayor.  I thought it was a bit strange, in...

Officials to break ground on Georgia’s first ARRA highway project

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari will join Gov. Sonny Perdue and new Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. to officially break ground on Georgia’s first highway project funded und...

Georgia Receives $50 Million in Stimulus Funds for Weatherization

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Friday Georgia will receive $50 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to expand weatherization assistance programs. The funds will be used to weatherize more than 13,600 hom...

BREAKING: House narrowly passes sweeping energy bill [UPDATE]

The House of Representatives just narrowly passed The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (HR 2454) by a vote of 219-212. The legislation, commonly known as the Waxman-Markey bill (named after its cosponsors Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif...

Killing democracy in Iran and the USA

Several cartoonists have noticed the difference in how Americans and Iranians respond to stolen elections.  Chris Hedges traces the history of US-Iranian relations from the time the US crushed Iranian democracy in 1953 to the present. “We rejec...

Identifying Potential Healthcare Savings

As the national healthcare debate heats up, the Center For American Progress (CAP) released a report this week identifying key strategies designed to potentially save the United States trillions of dollars in healthcare over the next decade. Fr...

Meet US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) this Saturday

Georgia WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions) invites you to a rare opportunity to see and hear Representative (D-CA9) Barbara Lee this Sunday, June 28. Representative Lee, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and past Co-Chair of the Cong...

Streamlined FAFSA forms aimed at low-, middle-income college-bound students

The Obama administration announced Wednesday a streamlined edition of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The shorter, simpler, and user-friendly form, the White House said, will make it easier for low- and middle-income ...

Detroit to Host Second US Social Forum in 2010

The second U.S. Social Forum (USSF) will take place June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit. Next year’s event is a follow up to the inaugural U.S. Social Forum, which attracted 12,000 attendees to Atlanta from June 27-July 1, 2007. Organizers say Detroit ...

MARTA approves fare increase, service changes

The MARTA board of directors Monday approved its budget for fiscal year 2010 that includes a combination of a fare increase and service changes to make up for a multi-million dollar operating budget gap.  Starting Oct. 1, fare will increase from...

Bad News on the Healthcare Front

If you’re depending on Democratic senators on the take from health insurance companies to provide “affordable, quality health care for ALL Americans”, the news is not very good.   If that phrase sounds familiar, it’s because President Obama has...

Kasim Reed Robocall

I received my Kasim Reed robocall last week.  Did you?  Except, it had already started speaking before I picked up, so by the time I picked up, I had missed most of it.  Later that day, the Reed Campaign sent me an unsolicited digital copy. Thi...

No More GONSO- Controversial Firm Folds, Cites Economy

GONSO apparently folds, issuing this announcement on their website.  They had been getting op-eds syndicated in local newspapers for free, but had been planning to start charging.  No newspaper went along with it, and so GONSO has signed off.  ...

North Anna Nuclear Plant’s Clear Water Act Ruling Upheld

According to the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, a Richmond Circuit Court has upheld its previous ruling against the North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia.  This ruling has implications for other nuclear power plants because it in...

GRTA Approves $25 Million for MARTA

The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) on Wednesday approved an Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) proposal to send MARTA $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. MARTA will use these funds, initially set ...

Two Progressives View Obama

Howard Zinn and Michael Lerner agree on this:  Obama is more likely to do the right thing if we step up the pressure on him.   Howard Zinn:  We are citizens; Obama is a politician. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/05/16-0   Michael Lerner:  O...

Report: Industry, foreign interests showered DoD personnel with free trips

The Center For Public Integrity recently completed a year-long analysis of thousands of travel disclosure records and found Department of Defense personnel regularly accepted free flights, accommodations, and hospitality from private and foreig...

USDOJ Blocks Georgia's Voter Verification

Dear Georgia voters, We have some great news!!  In a victory for Georgia voters. the Department of Justice has blocked discriminatory voting changes that would have disenfranchised thousands of minority voters.   This case came out of the great ...

MARTA to Hold Public Hearings on Fare Increase, Service Changes

MARTA will hold public forums on June 16 and 17 on its proposed fiscal year 2010 budget, operating and capital funds budget, proposed service modifications for Aug. 15, and proposed parking and fare changes for Oct. 1. There will be two hearing...

US House Cmte to Examine Single-payer Health Care

According to an email from Unions for Single Payer: “The Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee of the House Education & Labor Committee will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Single Payer Health Care Option” this Wednesday,...

Laura Moye Moving to DC to be AIUSA DP Director

So… Amnesty International’s Southern Regional Office let go of Laura Moye as Deputy Director as part of their budget cuts. Meanwhile, Moye went ahead and applied for a national DC-based position with AIUSA as their Death Penalty campaign director...

White House Releases More Unemployment Insurance as Jobless Rate Ticks Up

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday the economy lost another 345,000 jobs in May and sent the national unemployment rate to 9.4 percent, the highest rate since 1983. Also Friday, the Labor Department released $7 billion in American Rec...

US Sen. Landrieu (D-LA), New Orleanians Tour Dutch Levees

Four years after Hurricane Katrina, still no Category 5 levees protecting Louisiana, particularly, New Orleans. Well, US Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and delegates including Sandy Rosenthal of Levees.org recently visited Holland to learn about th...

Bowen Homes Demolition

Today, protesters from the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless are holding a demonstration at the Bowen Homes rental office to oppose Atlanta Housing Authority’s Orwellian demolition kick-off party. This is terribly sad, but we at Atlanta ...

VoterGA Files Brief in GA Supreme Court

The following press release was received yesterday from VoterGA: #### ATLANTA, GA – Citizens involved in an electronic voting rights lawsuit, filed a brief today that will be heard by the Georgia Supreme Court. The brief appeals a ruling on a 13...

Former Gov. Barnes to Run Again for Governor

As predicted here on APB, former Gov. Roy Barnes announced his plans to run for Governor in 2010, according to Insider Advantage and AJC.com’s Political Insider blog. Three other Democrats are already in the race: Attorney General Thurbert Bake...

Single-payer Advocates: Let's Attend Healthcare Meetings This Saturday

The Obama campaign, which continues under the moniker of “Organizing for America,” will be holding community meetings around the country this Saturday, June 6, to begin organizing a push for healthcare reform.  The posted agenda for the meeting...

Poythress Criticizes Barnes for Entering Governor's Race

Poythress issues statement really mean to Barnes; I think it does not reflect well on Poythress and makes him seem like a jerk. However, at the same time, Poythress says Barnes was wrong to try to end teachers’ tenure in Georgia and that’s pro...

Mayoral Candidates Diverge on Same-Sex Marriage

According to news reports of a recent glbt Mayoral candidate forum, on the question of supporting same-sex marriage: Yes: Lisa Borders, Jesse Spikes No: Kasim Reed Norwood, who left the forum early, also said she supported same-sex marriage in a ...

More People Running for Council Post 1-at-large

The gaggle of people running for City Council At-large Post 1 is growing, and now includes: Michael Julian Bond (see previous APN article) Clarence Turner (see forthcoming APN article) Neetta Black-Heart (as noted previously on this blog) Doug Bra...

NAACP Demands Media Access to Troy Davis

APN received an e-mail yesterday from Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) noting the media is being denied access to Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis by the Department of Corrections. Recent media inquiries from “60 Minute...

Progressive Coalition Mobilizes for Healthcare Reform

Progressive groups gathered in Washington D.C. Monday at the “America’s Future Now” conference and announced they will spend $82 million in 2009 to promote President Obama’s healthcare agenda. Coalition members include Health Care for America No...

More on Dekalb's Decision to not Pursue Marine Academy

Tim Franzen (left) of the American Friends Service Committee speaks to a crowd in front of Lakeside High School. To read the full resolution compiled in part by the Georgia ACLU, the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, and the American Friends...

Rally at Grady Brings Attention to Need for Single-Payer Health Care

(APN) ATLANTA – About two-dozen activists rallied in front of Grady Memorial Hospital last Wednesday to bring attention to the need for healthcare reform that includes the implementation of a single payer system.  Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), t...

EPA to Announce $1 Million for Brownfield Redev. in Atlanta along Beltline, other Dev. Corridors

Press release from the EPA: #### (ATLANTA – June 1, 2009) On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will announce $1 million in funding to the City of Atlanta, Ga., to support the clean up of sites...

Alex Wan Enters Council District 6 Race

Alex Wan, a businessman in Council District 6, will be running against Steve Brodie, for the seat being vacated by Anne Fauver, who is retiring. Both Wan and Brodie seem pretty corporate to me, although there are some pretty concerning things a...

Man who Allegedly Threatened McKinney Calls APN

So, last week we reported on this blog that a man named Steven had allegedly called US Rep. Hank Johnson’s (D-GA) and made statements that McKinney and someone she was traveling with in Canada might be in danger. This was according to an email...

NAACP Files Amicus in Davis Case

The NAACP filed an amicus brief this week in support of Troy Anthony Davis’ appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the brief here.

Ellen Brown: But Governor, you can create money; form your own bank

IN my recent phone chat with author Ellen Brown, she explained that the Bank of North Dakota run by the State of North Dakota makes it one of the only states to have a surplus right now instead of a deficit. Recently, I wrote an article for IPS ...

CAP: Start a National Green Bank

Along the same lines of the last post, the Center for American Progress distributed a report authored by CAP people John Podesta (who was part of the Obama Transition Team) and Karen Kornbluh. They argue the government should use its authority t...

Breaking: Dekalb Cancels Plan for Marine Academy

The DeKalb County school system announced this afternoon that it has canceled plans to open a military academy this fall.The Associated Press reports:    The school district was unable to reach an agreement with the Marines for opening the state’s...

Presidential Pardon for Troy Davis?

Georgia Democratic Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson visited Friday with death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis at the Georgia Diagnostic & Classifications Prison in Jackson.Lewis and Johnson, along with NAACP President Ben Jealous, held a press ...

Mary Norwood Repsonds to APN

MN returned APN’s phonecall concerning our analysis of the 2009 Atlanta Mayoral election. In that article, I asserted that in terms of progressive issues, Mary Norwood had strengths and weaknesses, as did Kasim Reed. On the balance, though, I’l...

Opponents of Patagonia Dam Target Home Depot Shareholder Meeting

According to a press release from International Rivers about an action that occurred Thursday, May 28, 2009: #### (Atlanta, GA — Thursday, May 28, 2009) — Early this morning the nonprofit environmental organization International Rivers flew a gia...

Erik Underwood Running for Council Post 1-at-large

Someone named Erik Underwood is running for Council Post 1, according to an email sent by Underwood to APN. Apparently, he challenged State Sen. Nan Orrock in the last election (not cool). So now there are multiple candidates. MJB, Clarence Tu...

Obama Marks 100 Days, 100 Projects

President Obama visited the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas yesterday to highlight a report from Vice President Biden that marks the progress that has been made as a result of the first 100 days of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ...

US Reps. Lewis, Johnson to Meet with Troy Davis Friday

Georgia Democratic Reps. Hank Johnson and John Lewis, along with NAACP President Ben Jealous, will be visiting with death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis tomorrow in Jackson at the Georgia Diagnostics & Classifications Prison. The delegation ...

Sebelius Announces Releases of More $ for Community Health Centers

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services (HHA), announced today the release of about $1.4 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support health services offered in Georgia. In March, the state rece...

MARTA Cmte Approves Fare Increase, Service Cuts

Despite news yesterday that the Atlanta Regional Commission agreed to send $25 million in stimulus funds to MARTA, a committee of the transit agency approved a package of changes Thursday to help offset a $109 million budget shortfall. The Atla...

Grady Officials Mull Closing Dialysis Center

Officials at Grady Memorial Hospital are considering closing its outpatient dialysis clinic. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today: The outpatient dialysis clinic serves about 90 people, most of whom are poor and cannot pay for care. Ab...

US Rep. Conyers's (D-MI) Top Ten Reasons to Support Single-payer

Everybody in, nobody out. Universal means access to healthcare for everyone, period - the desire of 81 percent of all Californians, as reported in a January 2007 Field Poll. Portability. Even if you are unemployed, or lose or change your job, yo...

Photos: US Rep. Conyers (D-MI) Soaks Up Southern Hospitality

Conyers with State Sen. Nan Orrock and State Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield.   Conyers chats with APN contributor Bob Goodman.   Former Georgia lawmaker Bob Holmes (center) speaks to the media as Conyers and Rev. Tim McDonald (right) listen....

MARTA Receives $25 Million ARC Lifeline

Creative Loafing’s “Fresh Loaf” reports the following:   In a packed meeting at its downtown headquarters, the Atlanta Regional Commission threw cash-strapped MARTA a life preserver today, approving a reallocation of $25 million in federal sti...

Obama Nominates Sotomayor

President Obama today nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 54, to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Sotomayor, a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, would become the first Hispanic and t...

US Rep. Conyers to Speak in Atlanta Wednesday

Rep. Conyers, the author of House Resolution 676, will speak on the need for a single-payer healthcare system which will provide improved Medicare for all!    Wednesday, May 27,  6:30-8:30 pm   IBEW Auditorium   501 Pulliam St. SW, Atlanta 30312 ...

Reactions to Sotomayor Nomination to SCOTUS

First from Mary G. Wilson, president of the League of Women voters: “The League of Women Voters is pleased by President Obama’s announcement this morning that he will nominate the first Latina, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, to serve on the nation’s hi...

What happened when Obama met Netanyahu?

So what really happened when Obama met Netanyahu last week?   You’d never know from reading The New York Times‘ account.  The Times (like much of the corporate media) is often a mouthpiece for pro-Israeli propaganda and David Bromwich explains ho...

Details of Credit Card Reform (CARD Act)

FACT SHEET: REFORMS TO PROTECT AMERICAN CREDIT CARD HOLDERSPresident Obama signs Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama signs the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosu...

McKinney Claims Johnson Failed to Act on Threatening Phonecall

UPDATE: US Rep. Johnson’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a voice message left by APN. This is the second time his office has failed to respond to APN on an issue. Also, APN attempted to call the person who allegedly made the thre...

Davis SCOTUS Writ of Habeas Corpus, Amicus Briefs Filed

APN just received a copy of the writ of habeas corpus filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis.  Additionally, we received an an amicus brief signed by 27 former judges and prosecutors. The list in...

Photos: Atlantans Rally For Troy Davis

                    Hip hop performer staHHr tha f.e.m.c.e.e.     Hip hop performer "Killer" Mike.                                                          Troy Davis' mother Virginia (at left) turned 64 Tuesday. The NAACP's Edward DuBos...

Two Arrested after Dekalb Schools Insist Herrera Not Bullied

The DeKalb County school district released an internal review today of alleged bullying of 11-year-old Jaheem Herrera, who hanged himself last month. The report found Herrera was not specifically targeted for bullying. The Atlanta Journal-Const...

Obama Announces New National Fuel Standards

At a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday, President Obama, flanked by state and congressional lawmakers, Cabinet secretaries, and auto executives, announced a new national fuel efficiency policy. The program covers auto model yea...

More on American Clean Energy and Security Act

APN just received an e-mail from the Center for American Progress that contains a host of numbers on what the American Clean Energy and Security Act could mean for Georgia and the rest of the United States. The map below shows how many green jobs...

Event: Lawyers to Report on Visit to Gaza

Onslaught: Israel’s Attack on Gaza and the Rule of Law  During its 22 day offensive, Israeli forces killed more than 1400 Palestinians, including at least 288 children, and injured over 5300, of which at least 1606 were children. The majority o...

Event: Global Day of Action for Troy Davis, Rally at Capitol Tuesday

Join Amnesty International, Human Rights Atlanta and many others in a    GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION FOR TROY DAVIS -NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.  NO MURDER WEAPON.  -ANOTHER MAN IMPLICATED.-NO COURT WILLING TO HEAR THE NEW EVIDENCE.     -EXECUTION DATE COULD B...

GBPI Pleased with Governor's Veto of Tax Cuts

From the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, regarding HB 481, which was previously covered on APN and APB: #### “Governor Perdue chose the fiscally conservative path and vetoed House Bill 481, preventing changes to Georgia’s tax code from erodi...

State Rep. Graves Displeased with Governor's Veto

And here is Rep. Graves’s take on the matter: #### “While I understand the Governor’s concern and questions about economic theories, the type of tax cuts in HB 481 have been tested and proven to work both on the state and federal level. I remai...

Tennessee Man Exonerated, Would Troy Davis Be Too?

Alana Salzberg of the Georgia Innocence Project notified APN of recent developments in the case of a Tennessee man who was exonerated after serving time on death row. “In short, Paul House went to the Supreme Court just as Troy Davis is – seeki...

Obama Meets Netanyahu

As President Obama prepares to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israel has just celebrated its founding in 1948.  Palestinians have also marked this event, which they call al-Nakba – the catastrophe – a catastrophe which continues to...

US Senate Defeats Interest Rate Cap on Credit Cards

As previously reported exclusively on Atlanta Progressive News, the US House failed to even consider a national credit card interest rate cap at 18% that had been proposed by US Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and others, as the amendment was skirt...

Upcoming public hearings on Atlanta's budget

The Atlanta City Council is holding three public hearings on the new city budget. Today (May 14) at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers (55 Trinity Avenue Atlanta, GA 30303). Thursday June 4 at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers. Thursday June 11 at 6 p.m. in...

Secretary Duncan Names Perdue to National Education Board

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who will serve until Sept. 30, 2012. In his capacity, Perdue will work with the board to set policy for the National Assess...

Report: Modernizing Health Care Would Save Billions over Decade

A new report from the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Democratic Leadership Council argues modernizing the nation’s health system could save the federal government $600 billion over 10 years and $9 trillion over the next 25 yea...

Grady Clinic in South Dekalb to Remain Open

Officials at Grady Memorial Hospital announced last week that it was closing three neighborhood health centers as part of a restructuring plan: The South DeKalb Grady Clinic on Rainbow Drive in Decatur, The Lindbergh Women & Children’s Heal...

Perdue Busy as Deadlines for Bills and Resolutions Nears

By midnight Wednesday, Gov. Sonny Perdue must make a final decision on bills and resolutions sent to him from the Georgia General Assembly, which wrapped up the 2009 session in early April. Perdue took action on several bills of note Monday, sig...

Attention: Sevanandah Members, your vote is needed

Sevananda is now holding its annual Board of Directors election (thru next Sunday, May 10).  Altho I have been a Sev member-owner for 2 or 3 decades, I have never voted in the annual elections before because there never seemed to be any big iss...

AJC: Ponds at Power Plant Pose Risk

According to Rhonda Cook at the AJC, records of the Environmental Protection Agency show that ponds at coal power plants in Georgia pose serious health risks. #### The AJC reported: “Eleven coal waste and ash dumps in seven Georgia counties, incl...

AJC: Reed, Borders Split Big Developer Support

Another gem, this time in the AJC’s business section.  Lisa Borders and Kasim Reed are splitting big developer support.  In terms of funding, Mary Norwood appears to be the grassroots, independent candidate, which is ironic given her supportfro...

Security! Activists Request Security at NPU-R Meeting

Activist Ben Howard has some serious concerns over the recent elections at NPU-R, which he circulated in a recent email to the YMCA requesting additional security.  Apparently, things have gotten so heated, citizens feel their safety is in jeop...

Karen Handel Conflict of Interest?

According to an email sent to supporters of VoterGA, obtained by APN, the organization is raising questions about the conflict of interest posed by Karen Handel serving a Secretary of State during an election where she is also running for Gover...

Will Afghanistipakistan be Obama's Vietnam?

Will Afghanipakistan be Obama’s Vietnam?  Willl his administration go the way of Lyndon Johnson’s, an earlier president with a bold domestic agenda which was crushed by an expanding war? McGovern warns Obama of LBJ legacy (3-minute video) http:/...

White House Identifies Billions in Cuts for 2010

The Obama administration announced today that it has identified 121 terminations, reductions, or other areas of savings designed to save $17 billion in 2010. “I want to be clear: there are many, many people doing valuable work for our governmen...

Event: People's Press Conference on MARTA

One month after some progressive state lawmakers and activists held a press conference to denounce the lack of support for MARTA, a coalition of MARTA riders and advocates are holding another press conference Wednesday May 6 at 5 p.m. give an u...

Forsyth Republican Chair: Homosexuality a Congenital Condition?

Oh my! Some fascinating tidbits sent to me by a reader at the CDC who questions the statistics, as cited in Forsyth Republican Party Chairman Ethan Underwood’s letter to the editor of the Forsyth News: #### The problem is, homosexuality is a dan...

Obama Seeks to Tax Multinational Corporations

Huey Long did a very similar thing to Obama in Louisiana when he became governor.  He passed a 25cent per barrel tax on all oil refined in Louisiana when Standard Oil of New Jersey had huge investments in oil refineries in Louisiana. It created...

Norwood: Not Supporting Franklin's Property Tax Increase

The following email was received from Mayoral candidate, Councilwoman Mary Norwood, opposing Mayor Shirley Franklin’s proposed property tax increase.  (A call placed to State Sen. Kasim Reed’s spokeswoman was not immediately returned.) ### A ne...

Some US Senate Dems Fail to Support Foreclosure Bill

Next time the DSCC asks you for a contribution, remember that 14 Democrats failed to support the Helping Families Save their Homes Act (Durbin amendment).  Oh look, and newly fashioned Democrat Specter voted no.  Lieberman and Sanders voted yea...

Reed Tells APN He's Undecided on Property Tax

“Raising taxes on already hard-pressed Atlanta taxpayers must always be our last resort,” State Sen. Kasim Reed said in a statement issued to Atlanta Progressive News. “I will review the mayor’s budget proposal in detail prior to making any jud...

Dems Caved on Interest Rate Cap

My sources on Capitol Hill tell me that, indeed, the Rules Cmte would not agree to a vote on the Hinchey 18% interest rate cap amendment.  Democrats were worried that either (A) Democrats would vote for the amendment, leading the full bill to p...

Fmr. Lewis Staffer to Manage Reed's Mayoral Bid

Tharon Johnson has signed on as campaign manager for State Sen. Kasim Reed’s campaign for Mayor of Atlanta. According to a press release obtained by APN: “As former District Director to Congressman John Lewis, Tharon successfully managed the Con...

Credit Card Legislation Passes US House with Compromises, Amendments

Well, the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights passed the US House today.  However, an amendment by US Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL), approved by the majority of the House, would make the rules not go into effect until one year after the law’s passage.  ...

Obama's First 100 Days and the Constitution: An assessment

Here’s a pretty balanced assessment by the Center for Constitutional Rights on Obama’s record to date on restoring the Constitution, civil liberties, torture, the imperial presidency & related issues: http://ccrjustice.org/100daysassessment...

US Sen. Arlen Specter Leaves GOP for Democrats

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter announced today that he has left the Republican Party to join the Democratic Party. The senator issued the following statement on his 2010 reelection Web site: I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been wor...

Independent, Bartell, Suspends Campaign for Council President

Independent politician, Al Bartell, has suspended his campaign for Atlanta City Council President.  APN obtained the following statement: “A team of medical surgeons in Atlanta, GA have recommended that I undergo surgery to replace my right jaw b...

Action alert: Proposed Dekalb Marine Academy

The proposed DeKalb Marine school is based on the military public school model pioneered in Chicago by Arne Duncan, who is now Obama’s Secretary of Education.  After you read Tim’s post below, check out Andy Kroll’s report on the Chicago school...

Tell Congress: Aid, Not Wars

2 items in this post: 1.  Tell Congress to provide aid, not fund wars 2.  Hillary Clinton & Ron Paul discuss military budget, US foreign policy ****************** 1. Tell Congress to Provide Aid, Not Fund Wars United for Peace and Justicehttp:...

Vincent Fort Definitely Not Running for Council President

State Sen. Vincent Fort has decided to stay in the State Senate for now, instead of pursuing a Council President race, a source familiar with the matter told Atlanta Progressive News. In addition to wanting to continue to help local colleges by ...

Pelosi Urges Passage of Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) office released the following statement on the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, which has passed the Financial Services Cmte and will be considered in full by the US House next week.  US Rep. Carolyn Ma...

Obama's Decision to Release Torture Memos

I agree with Glenn Greenwald on all counts:   1.  Obama deserves considerable credit for releasing the torture memos.  He  courageously stood up against ferocious CIA-neocon-national security  pressure to suppress them, in a marked departure from ...

WRFG Progressive News Hour Monday Gets New Format

“Know the World” by Brian Sherman is now Radio Free Activist Collective.  There are still 4 15-minute interviews; however, they are now done by a collective including Brian Sherman, Darci Rodenhi, Michael Vosburg-Casey, and Paris Hatcher, a bun...

Another Blog Bites Dust

First, Georgia Politics Unfiltered, now Atlanta Public Affairs. Wow. Another Atlanta political commentator closes shop. Reprinted in full for informational purposes: #### My very first post on this blog was on January 7, 2005. It was a post abo...

Action alert: Picket Wachovia Tuesday

Momentum for the Picket and Rally on Tuesday, April 21, from 10am to 11am at Wachovia Bank, 999 Peachtree Street (corner of 10th) continues to build. Three more labor organizations have joined the Coalition and will be bringing union members to Tu...

You are being lied to about pirates

This breathtaking article appears in the Independent (UK): Johann Hari: You are being lied to about pirates Who imagined that in 2009, the world’s governments would be declaring a new War on Pirates? As you read this, the British Royal Navy – ba...

Breaking: Court denies Davis's Appeal

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision today denying more appeals for Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis. In 1991, a Savannah jury convicted Davis of the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. Since ...

Source: Sen. Fort Run for Council Prez Unlikely

A source familiar with the matter tells Atlanta Progressive News that State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) is unlikely to run for Atlanta City Council President. There are many reasons, the source said, adding that Fort had not made a final deci...

How the rich have shifted the tax burden to the middle class

IPS Tax Day Report: Reversing the Great Tax Shift Institute for Policy Studieshttp://www.ips-dc.org/ Download the report: http://www.ips-dc.org/reports/#1207 REPORT DOCUMENTS SHIFT FROM THE RICH TO REST OF US: IDENTIFIES $450 BILLION IN HIKES TO F...

Oppose Obama's Record Military Budget

(From Voters for Peace) President Obama has put forward a military budget that is $21 billion larger than the Bush military budget. His Defense Secretary, Bush holdover Robert Gates, has called for cutting some no-longer-needed and very expensi...

The best way to rob a bank is to own one

1.  “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  - Albert Einstein.   2.  “The best way to rob a bank is to own one.”  Bill Moyers interviews William K. Black, a regulator during the savings and loan...

Single-payer Health Care Bill Now Also in US Senate

Good ol’ US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has gone ahead and introduced S. 703 in the US Senate, which, like HR 676, calls for single-payer universal health care.  Sanders had previously been a co-sponsor in the Congressional bills for the last 2 ...

ACLU of Georgia Moves Offices

The ACLU of Georgia is apparently no longer operating out of downtown’s Citizen’s Trust Bank building. According to auto-reply messages received last week by APN, their new address is: 1900 The Exchange, Suite 425, Atlanta, GA 30339

Transit Group Statement on MARTA Crisis

The Atlanta Transit Riders Union just sent APN the following statement on the MARTA crisis.  Layoffs, budget cuts, and foreclosures are all signs of a deepening economic crisis that is affecting every sector of our society. While trillions of d...

CDC: US Food Safety No Longer Improving

This is simply unacceptable. How long before the Obama administration and Congress put this issue on their priority lists? From The New York Times: After decades of steady progress, the safety of the nation’s food supply is no longer improving. ...

Stimulus Dollars Released for Child Care, Disease Prevention

Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday the release $2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for child care and disease prevention. This money will help health and human services programs targeted to children.  “Par...

Federal Government to Purchase Fuel-Efficient Cars, Boost Auto Industry

The General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that it will use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to purchase 17,600 new vehicles for the federal government. The vehicles will be fuel efficient hybrids, each produce...

Report: MARTA May Get Stimulus Money

A committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission recommended today that the Commission send $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) money, currently earmarked for long-term transit projects in Atlanta, to MARTA to help the Author...

Electronic Health Records for Veterans

The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced today they are creating a joint electronic medical system in order for the two departments to share veterans’ medical information, according to a report from CNETNews.co...

Beth Farokhi Pondering Run for State School Superintendent

Dr. Beth Farokhi, a progressive, is considering a run for State Education Superintendent in 2010, she tells APN.   “I’m in the throes of trying to make a firm decision,” she said.  The position is still held by Kathy Cox.  In 2006, APN supporte...

Moore versus Moore in District 9?

Councilwoman Felicia Moore recently told me in a phone conversation that she is expecting some opposition this year from someone named Darryl Moore.  Felicia worried the same last name thing might be confusing.  She did not know much about Darr...

Vermont Becomes Second State in One Week to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Vermont became the second state in one week to legalize same-sex marriage after its Legislature voted to override Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill allowing same-sex couples to wed. Nine years ago, Vermont became the first state to allow civil un...

Report: Mitchell Leaves Mayoral Race, Runs for Council President

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this afternoon that Atlanta City Councilman Ceasar Mitchell has decided not to run for mayor and is instead running for Atlanta City Council president. Mitchell filed the proper forms Tuesday. From the AJ...

DC Council Approves Same-Sex Marriages

The City Council of Washington, DC, has approved recognition of same-sex couples who get married in other states where it is already legal.  According to the Washington Post newspaper’s website, the Council will have to finalize their vote by vot...

Franken Gains after Court Rules More Absentee Ballots Opened

Doesn’t former US Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) feel crunchy now? Four months later, Minnesota has only one US Senator; Coleman has dragged out this process through first a recount and then a court challenge; and now, with the court ruling that more a...

Exclusive: McKinney Pondering Green Run for US Congress

Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) told Atlanta Progressive News in a recent instant message conversation that people seem to be expecting that she is going to run for US Congress as a Green Party candidate, possibly in California.   MC: My q...

Source: AHA Evictions Pushed Resident to Suicidal Thoughts

An employee for a nonprofit agency that responds to crisis calls on behalf of the State of Georgia to people who are suicidal, told Atlanta Progressive News about their recent visit to Bankhead Courts.  Bankhead Courts is one of the public housin...

Council District 6: Brodie v. Fauver Rematch 2009

Southern Voice magazine has details on some changes in the race for City Council District 6, which includes Midtown.  Councilwoman Anne Fauver is now being challenged by Steve Brodie.  Both candidates are openly homosexual.   Previously, Charlie ...

Muller Running for Council President

APB recently reported Councilwoman Clair Muller was not expected to run for her Council seat again. But now we know she’s planning to run for Council President, out-going Lisa Borders’s former seat (Borders is now running for Mayor).  Creative Lo...

MARTA Meeting to Discuss Service Cuts

According to Georgia STAND UP, the MARTA Board is meeting today (Monday) to discuss service cuts.  These cuts could possibly include cutting service one day a week.

GA Assembly Approves Capital Gains Tax Break, Other Tax Breaks

The Republican-led Georgia Assembly was very proud of their two tax cut bills, which are supposed to create jobs.  While some small businesses in GA, like Atlanta Progressive News, will benefit a little bit from these bills, the majority of the b...

VoterGA Files Notice of Appeal, Heads to GA Supreme Court

APN has been following the VoterGA lawsuit against electronic voting in Georgia for the last 3 years.  After a lengthy lawsuit and discovery process, VoterGA lost its most recent ruling. Now, the group has filed a notice of appeal to the Georgia ...

MARTA urges top state leaders to call special session of General Assembly

The Georgia General Assembly just wrapped up its 40 day 2009 session on Friday but the MARTA Board of Directors on Monday asked Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) to bring lawmakers back f...

Amnesty Intl: Why were tons of US weapons just delivered to a serious human rights violator?

 New information obtained by Amnesty researchers this week confirmed a massive shipment of U.S. weapons was delivered to Israel on March 22nd. The administration allowed the delivery, despite clear evidence of Israeli human rights violations, som...

Report: Georgia House, Senate Reach Budget Deal

On the final day of the 2009 session of the Georgia General Assembly, lawmakers in both chambers have agreed on a compromise on an $18.6 billion budget for 2010. The budget uses federal stimulus dollars to fill gaps in the state Medicaid program ...

Iowa Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of Iowa on Friday unanimously ruled that a 1998 state law that defines marriage between one man and one woman is unconstitutional. The decision effectively makes gay marriage legal in Iowa. Read the Iowa Supreme Court’s opinio...

Congress Passes Obama's 2010 Budget without Republican Support

The House and Senate passed President Obama’s $3.5 trillion 2010 budget proposal Thursday night without one Republican in either chamber supporting it.  The Los Angeles Times presented this analysis: Voting along party lines, the House and Sen...

US House Passes Federal Shield Law for Journalists

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed by voice vote the Free Flow of Information Act of 2009 (HR 985), legislation that would protect the public’s right to know by setting reasonable standards for when journalists can be compelled...

Borders officially back in race for Atlanta mayor

You knew it was just a matter of time. After being in then out, Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders today officially reentered the race for mayor of Atlanta - and it looks like she’s staying this time. Borders now has an official Web si...

Lower Paycheck Withholdings to Benefit Millions of Americans

President Obama in February signed the Making Work Pay tax credit, a law aimed at helping working Americans. This week, many are beginning to reap the benefits. The IRS set April 1 as the deadline for employers to institute lower withholdings f...

Exclusive: Michael Julian Bond Running for Council Post 1-at-large Seat

BREAKING: Michael Julian Bond tells Atlanta Progressive News in an email that he’s running for Atlanta City Council-at-large seat 1, which is being vacated by Ceasar Mitchell. MJB promises more details soon. Bond previously served as Councilman ...

USDA Releases ARRA Funds for Rural, Single-family Housing

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced the release of $10 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in guaranteed housing loans designed to jump start economic and homeownership...

CL: Clair Muller to Run for Council Prez

According to Creative Loafing’s Fresh Loaf blog, Clair Muller plans to run for City Council President, the seat which would be vacated by Lisa Borders. Other possible candidates for this seat include Ceasar Mitchell (see previous blog posts) and...

Event: Fighting Foreclosure, a Call to Action

JOIN: Vincent Fort, Georgia State Senator  Rev. Timothy McDonald, III, Senior Pastor, First Iconium Baptist Church  William J. Brennan, Program Director, Atlanta Legal Aid Society Home Defense Program   11 a.m. Saturday, April 4 First Iconium Bapt...

Reed to Kick off Atlanta Mayoral Campaign at Gold Dome

Just received this press release from the Kasim Reed for Mayor campaign: WHAT: Meet Me on the Steps at Midnight! As the 2009 Georgia Legislative Session comes to a close, State Senator Kasim Reed has invited supporters and friends to join him o...

House Dems Unveil American Clean Energy and Security Act

Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the important House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee, on Tuesday unveiled The American Clean Energy and Security Act...

Georgia coalition urges lawmakers to “cross the finish line” on transit funding

As the Georgia General Assembly entered the final week of the 2009 session on Monday, a broad coalition of business leaders, government leaders, transit advocates, road builders, and environmentalists called on lawmakers to reach a compromise o...

Event: Special Showing of "Sick Around America" Tuesday Night

Worried About Healthcare?  What Can You Do? We are patients, not profits!    A Special LIVE Screening of SICK AROUND AMERICA Honoring Our Supportive National and Local Representatives!     Representative Stephanie Stuckey Benfield and Senator ...

Tipster: Labor Department of Georgia Prohibits Watching Inauguration

This reporter received a complaint from an employee of Adjudication Claims division of Disability which would warrant some comment by readers. On January 20th employees of the Social Security Disability Claims wanted to use their lunch break to ...

Nipponzan Myohoji-Atlanta Dojo Presents Award to Colony Square Peace Vigil and Georgia WAND

On Saturday, March 28, the Nipponzan Myohoji-Atlanta Dojo held a Flower Festival Ceremony, celebrating the birth of Lord Buddha and the arrival of spring. The ceremony concluded with the 6th annual presentation of the Lil & Bill Corrigan Pe...

Continuing Documentation of Israeli War Crimes in Gaza

  Israeli war crimes during the Gaza massacre, widely reported at the time, are now being investigated and confirmed by many independent sources, including the testimony of Israeli soldiers themselves.  Here is a sampling of the many new disclo...

Georgia Organizations Join National Campaign to Support Obama Budget

Environmental Georgia, Georgia Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Georgia Rural Urban Summit, and Health Care for America joined together Friday with a national campaign that urges Congress to support and pass President Obama’s 2010 budget....

Peace groups react to Obama’s new Afghan strategy

President Obama announced Friday that the United States will send 20,000 additional troops into Afghanistan to fight Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces.  In February, Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace and disarmament organization, bound together...

Report: More Georgia Students Eligible for College Aid

A new report from Campaign for America’s Future reveals 8,722 more Georgia students would receive Pell Grants if excessive lender subsidies are cut. Such a change would provide an average Pell Grant of $3,010 to 181,580 students across Georgia...

HHS Releases Millions for Community Health Centers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday the release of millions more in aid for community health centers across the nation as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Georgia is set to receive $7 milli...

Mayoral Race Drama and Madness

So, Lisa Borders apparently back in the race, according to the ATL Business Chronicle. Jonathan Springston at APN told me she seemed to be acting very candidate-like at the recent FIBC crime forum. This is not good. Why: Borders worked for Cousi...

Ceasar Mitchell Replyz to APN Txt Msg

APN: cm is true no more mayoral run? runng 4 counc prez? matt apn CM:That’s the speculation, eh? Let’s talk first of next week?

Super Speeder Bill Headed to Gov. Perdue's Desk

The Georgia Senate passed HB 160 on Wednesday 42-10 and sent it to Gov. Sonny Perdue, who is expected to sign. HB 160 is better known as the “super speeder” legislation that Perdue supported in previous sessions and wanted it to pass this year....

Millions More for Energy Efficiency Heading to Georgia

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday it is set to release $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Native American tribes. Of that total, Georgia is set to receive...

Atlanta's "The Story" No Longer Online

Remember the Atlanta Story? I do. It was a community paper started by the original founder of Creative Loafing in Atlanta, Debbie Eason. APN did a story about The Story when it stopped printing and went online-only. But apparently, now the Story...

Third Round of Staff Cuts at the AJC

From the AJC (reprinted for informational purposes): The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Wednesday it will cut its full-time news staff by about 90 people, or nearly 30 percent, to lower costs as it tries to regain profitability amid a severe ...

US Rep. Deal (R-GA) Also Backs Auditing the Fed

As previously reported on APB, three Georgia Republicans in the US House–Broun, Kingston, and Price–had supported a bill by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to audit the Federal Reserve. US Rep. Deal added himself as a cosponsor on March 23, 2009. This b...

Another Candidate for Mayor, Glenn Thomas

APN received an email from Glenn Thomas, who is running for Mayor of Atlanta.  We hope to bring you more information about him soon in our ongoing series with Mayoral candidates.  So far we’ve interviewed Caesar Mitchell, Kasim Reed, and Mary N...

Atlanta Unfiltered: Another New Online News Service in Atlanta

Wow, guess what? Another new online news service by a veteran AJC reporter and editor of investigations, Jim Wallis. He’s going after public corruption stories- awesome! Apparently, he used to write these kinds of stories for the AJC; you know,...

John Monds, Libertarian, to Run for Georgia Governor

Tomorrow, John Monds, who ran for Public Service Commission in 2008, will announce tomorrow his Libertarian candidacy for Georgia Governor. “During his campaign for Public Service Commission (District 1) in 2008, Monds became the first Libertar...

Mary Norwood's 12 point Plan on Crime

Councilwoman and Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood has released her 12 point plan to tackle crime in Atlanta. Here’s what it is: #### Fix today’s crisis! End the furloughs of our police and firefighters. Keep precincts and fire stations open and st...

US Sen. Feingold (D-WI) Introduces Death Penalty Abolition Bill

US Sen. Feingold (D-WI) has introduced a bill to abolish the federal death penalty, S. 650.  The bill has no-cosponsors. “Feingold’s Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act of 2009 would put an immediate halt to federal executions and forbid the use...

IA Poll Shows Fmr. Gov. Barnes Competitive in 2010

A recent poll conducted by Insider Advantage shows former Gov. Roy Barnes–who a source tells APN is considering a 2010 run for governor–would be competitive against two out of 3 possible leading Republican candidates.  Based on the current poll...

Heads, Wall Street wins; tails, taxpayers lose: Obama/Geithner continue Bush/Paulson bank bailout plan

Progressive economists (Krugman, Reich, Baker, Stiglitz) warn that time is running out on the Paulson/Geithner approach of trying to bribe the Lords of Finance who destroyed the economy with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to fix it.  ...

Web of Debt: New Book Calls for Nationalized Banking

A new book by Ellen Hodgson Brown, Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free, explores why the private banking system in the US is causing our current economic troubles, including massive debt to private b...

US Reps. Broun, Kingston, Price (R-GA) Support Auditing the Fed

Libertarian US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has introduced a bill demanding transparency at the Federal Reserve.  Most of Ron Paul’s bills are not economically progressive in any way.  Also, most don’t get more than one or two cosponsors. However, this...

My Response to President Obama's Invitation

I have just emailed the White House to let the President know that I cannot accept his invitation to canvass for passage of his budget this weekend. While I support his budget items for universal healthcare, green energy and other forward-looki...

Life without Parole Bill Yanked from Georgia House

SB 13, sponsored by Georgia State Sen. Preston Smith (R-Rome), would allow district attorneys to seek life without parole for murder without having to ask for the death penalty first to obtain such a ruling.  But the bill is now in danger of dy...

Congresspersons Tell Obama to Reconsider Afghan Surge

Eight Democrats and six Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday cautioning the new president against escalating the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. (Text of letter at end of this post) “More Mem...

Report: US to Support UN Homosexual Rights Text

Yahoo! News reports today that the United States is formally endorsing a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality.  Former President Bush refused to sign the declaration and the United States was the only wes...

US HHS Releases Funds for Senior Nutrition Programs

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Obama administration announced Wednesday the Department of Health and Human Services will provide $65 million for congregate nutrition programs to be provided at senior centers a...

Atlantans to mark 6th year of Iraq occupation with march, speakers and sneakers

Atlantans will commemorate six years of death and destruction, and demand an end to occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine, this Thursday, March 19. Activities will include an educational forum at 3 p.m. at Georgia State University; and ...