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Damon Evans, UGA athletic director: $550,000

February 5, 2010 --

UGA President Michael Adams on Thursday defended a $90,000-a-year raise awarded to athletic director Damon Evans. With automatic annual raises and a retention bonus, Evans could earn $3.2 million under the five-year deal.

Richardson’s PAC files as tax-exempt, but is it in time?

Richardson's PAC files as tax-exempt, but is it in time?
February 4, 2010 --

Glenn Richardson‘s political action committee registered as tax-exempt Tuesday, but it’s not clear whether that will defuse an investigation into his transfer of $219,915 in leftover campaign cash to the committee. The State Ethics Commission is looking into the payment of that money from Richardson’s campaign account to the MMV Alliance Fund on New Year’s Eve. The question is: Would a tax-exempt filing in February allow MMV to accept a couple hundred thousand dollars in campaign money five weeks earlier?

Feb. 4

February 4, 2010 --

Bibb investigator accused of perjury; some cases to be thrown out UGA athetic director gets $90K pay hike ATL Council digs deeper into ‘unorthodox’ construction funding DeKalb educators take $382K Hollywood retreat Georgia gets ‘D’ from voter rights group Former Clayton police chief back at work DeKalb fires 5th firefighter for response to fatal blaze […]

Feb. 3

February 3, 2010 --

Congressman: Not sure of his role, still collected $1,500 per meeting by defunct insurer Ga. mental health agency warns of ‘quagmire’ if taken over DeKalb superintendent’s spending questioned Carrollton mayor amends disclosures following complaint Recording details firefighters’ response to deadly blaze Ethics panel’s tough task: Reconcile reality, idealism Dougherty school board violated law, attorney says

Ethics agency probing ex-speaker’s $220K fund transfer

Ethics agency probing ex-speaker's $220K fund transfer
February 2, 2010 --

Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson’s transfer of nearly $220,000 to the MMV Alliance Fund, a political committee under his control, is now the focus of a state investigation. The State Ethics Commission opened the inquiry Jan. 27 because MMV does not appear to be among the groups allowed to accept excess campaign funds.

Three lawyers named as finalists for top ethics job

February 2, 2010 --

Three lawyers — including one who used to prosecute other lawyers for ethics breaches — are finalists for the top job at the State Ethics Commission. They are Gene Chapman, 52, former discipline counsel for the State Bar of Georgia; Bryce Farbstein, 37, who manages the Judicial Election Reform Campaign for Common Cause of Georgia; and Stacey Kalberman, a specialist in insurance regulatory law.

Was ID theft to blame for DeKalb commissioner’s fraud charges?

Was ID theft to blame for DeKalb commissioner's fraud charges?
February 2, 2010 --

DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton says identity theft might be the cause of her recent troubles over bad checks in Gwinnett County. But signatures on the four bounced checks look quite similar to Sutton’s signature on campaign disclosure documents on file at the Georgia secretary of state’s office. See for yourself …

Feb. 2

February 2, 2010 --

Columbus attorney says prosecutors had vendetta to ruin him The curious case of Ken Hodges, Part II Did Oxendine use investigation to influence Westmoreland? UGA journalism professor cleared of all charges Democrats want ethics panel member suspended Ex-APD chief of staff gets probation for smuggling phone to son in jail DeKalb fire chief resigns after […]

Feb. 1

February 1, 2010 --

The curious case of Ken Hodges, Democratic candidate for attorney general Educators question school restraint practices Ethics panelist says 2004 lobbyist fine invalid Grady Hospital CEO rethinks firing after objection Gwinnett cuts pay rate for defending indigents Macon State president’s medical records sought in lawsuit

Don’t ask, don’t tell: Why Ga. won’t survey teens on sex

Don't ask, don't tell: Why Ga. won't survey teens on sex
February 1, 2010 --

Every two years, U.S. high school students answer questions in a CDC-sponsored survey that helps guide policy on sex education and teen pregnancy. But not in Georgia. The omission impedes public health officials trying to lower some of the nation’s highest teen-pregnancy rates, says advocate Michele Ozumba. It’s “a huge gap,” she says. “To do effective prevention, you have to have solid information.”

Dan Graveline, World Congress Center executive director: $434,733

February 1, 2010 --

Dan Graveline, who retired Dec. 31 after 33 years at the Congress Center, earned more than $434,000 in the last fiscal year. He will stay on as a consultant in 2010, helping his yet-to-be-named replacement in a variety of roles.