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State board details Fulton elections violations

May 14, 2009 --

Fulton County elections officials mishandled thousands of absentee ballot applications last fall and failed to secure voting equipment at several precincts, state investigators say. The State Elections Board voted Tuesday to forward the findings to Attorney General Thurbert Baker’s office, which has opened a case file on the incidents outlined in the investigative report. That […]

Update: Judge rolls back clock, ethics fine

Update: Judge rolls back clock, ethics fine
May 13, 2009 --

Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. (right) should pay a sharply reduced fine for campaign disclosure violations, a judge has recommended. The judge ruled that McDonald’s campaign committed 169 violations of disclosure requirements after his losing 2002 campaign for the PSC, as investigators for the State Ethics Commission had contended. But administrative law judge […]

Judge lobbied legislator who was defendant in his court

Judge lobbied legislator who was defendant in his court
May 13, 2009 --

An interesting sidebar to last week’s legal malpractice trial of state Rep. Randal Mangham: The judge who gave Mangham a new trial in 2008 had to drop the case because he’d been lobbying the legislator to fund a program in his court. A DeKalb County State Court jury on May 6 awarded $625,000 in damages […]

Oxendine: Who knew $120,000 came from same source?

Oxendine: Who knew $120,000 came from same source?
May 12, 2009 --

On New Year’s Eve last year, Georgia gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine pocketed $100,000 in campaign contributions from donors in Alabama. Of that, $70,000 came from political action committees that listed the same Birmingham post office box as their address. Committees listing the same street address in Birmingham chipped in the other $30,000. Three months earlier, […]

Developer’s PAC reports gift to speaker, silent on other donations

May 11, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS May 11, 2009 — A Georgia-based political fund has amended a disclosure report to include a $1,000 gift last year to the campaign account of House Speaker Glenn Richardson. But the fund, registered as The Funds for Georgia’s Future, still has not reported another $72,000 given to lawmakers and other political causes […]

Congressman’s daughter omitted income from court program

	  Congressman's daughter omitted income from court program
May 11, 2009 --

May 11 — Congressman Sanford Bishop’s stepdaughter did not report income that is the subject of a GBI investigation in Columbus, DeKalb County court records show. Aayesha Owens Reese and her husband were paid a total of $14,850 since 2007 by the Junior Marshal program of Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman, according to published reports. […]

Cobb EMC insider elected chair of state vo-tech board

Cobb EMC insider elected chair of state vo-tech board
May 8, 2009 --

Duly noted: Former state Rep. Dean Alford (right), who earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock dividends from a for-profit affiliate of a non-profit Cobb County utility, was elected chairman of the board of the Technical College System of Georgia on Thursday. Court records show Alford paid $750,000 in 2001 for stock in the […]

DeKalb County was DC lobbyist’s highest-paying client

DeKalb County was DC lobbyist's highest-paying client
May 7, 2009 --

DeKalb County was already lobbyist Patricia Daley’s best client when county commissioners voted last week to raise her pay. Daley’s firm charged $80,000 a year for her services when she started working Capitol Hill for DeKalb in 2001, federal records show. Her annual fee climbed to $120,000 in mid-2006, more than any of her other […]

PSC member seeks opinion on legality of chairmanship

PSC member seeks opinion on legality of chairmanship
May 6, 2009 --

A Georgia Public Service Commission member asked Attorney General Thurbert Baker today whether the commission’s vote for a two-year term for its new chairman was legal. Georgia law says PSC chairmen serve for one-year terms, but the PSC voted 3-2 Tuesday to name Stan Wise as new chair for two years. Another member — Doug […]

DeKalb legislator told to pay $635,000 for legal malpractice

DeKalb legislator told to pay $635,000 for legal malpractice
May 6, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS State Rep. Randal Mangham (right) should pay $625,000 in damages for legal malpractice, a DeKalb County jury concluded today. The jury awarded $435,000 in compensatory damages to plaintiff Karen Smith, a former client of Mangham’s, and $190,000 to her lawyers for attorney’s fees. That’s more than double the $293,000 Smith was awarded […]

PSC may try again for new process to pick chairman

May 5, 2009 --

The Georgia Public Service Commission, which could not get legislative approval this year for a new method of selecting its chairman, may try to do it another way today. Doug Everett, who took over Jan. 1 as chairman of the utility-regulating agency, sent this note out Monday: I plan to resign my Chairmanship effective July […]

PSC picks new chairman for 2-year term, but was it legal?

PSC picks new chairman for 2-year term, but was it legal?
May 5, 2009 --

The Georgia Public Service Commission chose Stan Wise as its new chairman for a two-year term Tuesday, but one member wants a second opinion. State law specifies that the PSC chairman serves a one-year term, using a rotation system based on seniority. But the commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to name Wise as chairman for the […]