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Feb. 28

February 28, 2010 --

Governor’s add-ons in lean budget year concern legislators DeKalb school board: Lewis’ leave helps remove distractions

Feb. 27

February 27, 2010 --

Food stamp bill raises conflict-of-interest questions Lawsuit alleges Delta, AirTran collusion on fees Dawson County suspends ex-Lakeside principal without pay Agreement signed over Dougherty superintendent lawsuit

Feb. 26

February 26, 2010 --

ATL nursing home chains pay $14M settlement Fulton County improves on elections Cobb EMC’s bylaw changes disputed Trial date set for former Dodge County sheriff

Opinion: Now is not the time for new GA corporate tax break

Opinion: Now is not the time for new GA corporate tax break
February 25, 2010 --

Why should Georgia give corporations — including many based in other states and countries — a special tax break during a recession when it cannot afford to pay for schools, parks, courts and child protection? That is just what two House bills would do, even though more than half of corporations pay the minimum for the corporate net worth tax — just 10 bucks.

Feb. 25

February 25, 2010 --

DeKalb superintendent temporarily steps down Fulton County grand jury to look into SCLC accounts Who’s to blame for GBI Crime Lab delays? High school tests to come under state scrutiny next Some DeKalb cops angry at county GA ethics panel gets name of tax deadbeat in House EPD, EPA get complaints of toxic wastes buried […]

Feb. 24

February 24, 2010 --

Adulterer elected to fill adulterer’s House seat State, feds resist own stormwater rules Judge puts Cobb schools’ artificial turf on hold Controversy builds over health insurance hikes House Judy chairman urges ‘reasonable’ gift ban

Fulton judge orders state to hire lawyers for indigents

Fulton judge orders state to hire lawyers for indigents
February 23, 2010 --

A judge Tuesday gave Gov. Sonny Perdue 30 days to hire attorneys for convicted felons who have gone as long as three years without them. The state is constitutionally required to provide the lawyers even if the responsible agency, the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, doesn’t have the cash to do so, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry W. Baxter ruled.

Budget cuts cripple ethics enforcement against non-filers

February 22, 2010 --

Hundreds of state officials — legislators, department heads, members of boards and commissions — haven’t submitted financial disclosures that were due last July. Countless politicians also failed to report campaign finances on time — or at all. But the State Ethics Commission, crippled by budget cuts, usually does nothing more than e-mail them a reminder. Says Tom Plank, interim executive secretary of the commission: “We can’t even mail them a letter.” Read my Ethics Watch column online here in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

DeKalb CEO pitches 1.08-mill tax hike to commission

DeKalb CEO pitches 1.08-mill tax hike to commission
February 21, 2010 --

DeKalb County still needs a tax increase this year, CEO Burrell Ellis said Sunday. But it doesn’t have to be as large as the one he pitched in December. Ellis announced a revised spending plan that calls for a 1.08-mill property tax hike — or about $75 more in taxes on a $200,000 home. His amended budget restores funding for court operations but eliminates merit pay raises for county employees.

Feb. 21

February 21, 2010 --

Huge DeKalb schools project altered, aiding spouse Failures to control stormwater made flooding more likely ‘Spy pen’ jolted talks between airport, Delta Bibb principal broke law with student ‘furloughs’ Farmer: Blacks deserve payment for denied claims Columbus judge resigned during 35-minute conversation with investigator Lobbyists pick up dining tabs with new Speaker Riverkeeper rails at […]

Feb. 20

February 20, 2010 --

Athens Navy school commander ousted over response to party Audit: Security Bank’s failure tied to risky loan unit Advocates: Consumers lack voice at PSC as big utility rate cases loom Macon TV station denies staging story of River Edge medical records An endless free feast fuels state lawmakers

Feb. 19

February 19, 2010 --

Acquitted of money laundering, Columbus attorney says case relied on fabricated evidence Budget balloons for buses in I-85 project by $87M Landfills want yard waste ban repealed Suit targets Alpha Bank directors Former HealthSouth executive lectures on failings Ralston spots a lobbyist in his house Collateral damage and the race for insurance commissioner Atlanta board […]