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3rd mountain judge resigns; Ralston’s law partner appointed

3rd mountain judge resigns; Ralston's law partner appointed
April 19, 2010 --

They’re opening a new can of judges in the Georgia mountains, where three jurists have quit in four months. One of the new judges is House Speaker David Ralston’s law partner. Another will replace Mountain Circuit Superior Court Judge James Cornwell, who stepped down Friday. The governor reported Cornwell’s resignation to the state agency that looks into charges of judicial misconduct.

April 18

April 18, 2010 --

Foster care fraught with private abuses, public excuses School finds undercounts in dropouts, discipline In SEC, UGA’s share of federal pork leaner Ga. teachers: A lifetime of job security changing? Angel Food Ministries’ work still in demand despite controversy Lobbyists, lawmakers hobnob days before Legislature convenes

April 17

April 17, 2010 --

DeKalb school exec Pope gave architecture firms the axe Police ties to Roethlisberger still in question Judge: Cobb SPLOST can fund artificial turf Augusta judge issues restraining order against probation company HUD to Bishop: Albany should give our money back

Feds: Nursing homes used patient-care money to buy luxury cars, $1.3M home

April 16, 2010 --

Managers of three nursing homes in Rome and Brunswick conspired to rip off Medicaid and Medicare for $30 million intended for patient care, federal prosecutors said today. Continuing food shortages were so severe that employees used their own money to buy groceries so patients could  eat, investigators said. George and Rhonda Houser, the couple that ran the homes, allegedly diverted cash to buy Mercedes-Benz cars for themselves and a $1.3 home in Atlanta for Houser’s ex-wife. The homes were ordered closed in 2007.

Lobbyists and lawmakers bond during Springsteen concerts

Lobbyists and lawmakers bond during Springsteen concerts
April 16, 2010 --

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Bruce Springsteen belted out his working-class anthems on the floor of the Verizon Center last May, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, was raising money in the privacy of a luxury suite overlooking the stage. Ten other members of Congress were also asking for cash that night. At least 19 congressional fundraisers were held at Springsteen’s two Washington concerts last year, almost half of them in boxes rented from companies or organizations with business before the committees of the lawmakers who used them.

NC attorney general refuses to sue feds over Obamacare

NC attorney general refuses to sue feds over Obamacare
April 16, 2010 --

North Carolina’s Roy Cooper joined Georgia’s Thurbert Baker today as two of the few attorneys general who’ve chosen not to sue the feds over Obamacare. Cooper said Congress probably acted within its authority in enacting health care legislation. He noted several benefits of the new law and said the courts are the wrong place to decide health care policy.

April 16

April 16, 2010 --

DeKalb terminates superintendent GBI: Accused claims Roethlisberger forced her to have sex SCLC accused of misspending more funds Senate panel removes review from death-penalty statute Ray McBerry saga: Victim’s mom’s story Lawyers in bias case want DeKalb to pay $2M in fees UGA research funding is drying up APD, Citizen Review Board continue to disagree […]

How La. senator battled EPA over formaldehyde-cancer link

How La. senator battled EPA over formaldehyde-cancer link
April 16, 2010 --

When Sen. David Vitter persuaded the EPA to agree to yet another review of its long-delayed assessment of the health risks of formaldehyde, he was praised by companies that use or manufacture a chemical found in everything from plywood to carpet. As long as the studies continue, the EPA will still list formaldehyde as a “probable” rather than a “known” carcinogen, even though three major scientific reviews now link it to leukemia and have strengthened its ties to other forms of cancer.

April 15

April 15, 2010 --

Ray McBerry’s victim speaks $22M in ATL water bills uncollected Ex-NBA star accuses Phipps restaurant of racial discrimination Appeals court: Cobb EMC broke deal with customers Is Fulton County overcharging to hold municipal elections? Macon attorney named to hear motion to remove Twiggs probate judge

Behind the financial reform push, worries of warring regulators

Behind the financial reform push, worries of warring regulators
April 15, 2010 --

Backers of financial regulatory reform are gearing up for the final stretch in a yearlong effort to construct a new, streamlined architecture. But recent reports and testimony about the financial crisis suggest a crucial ingredient in any new structure is in short supply: cooperation among the watchdogs.

GOOD NEWS! The recession’s over, so it’s time to cut taxes again

GOOD NEWS! The recession's over, so it's time to cut taxes again
April 14, 2010 --

This just in: There will never be a recession in Georgia again. After we weather this current economic storm, good days will be here again and never leave. That’s the stance legislative leadership took today by offering amendments to House Bill 1055 that carve additional holes into our revenue system. (Commentary from the bean-counters at the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute)

April 14

April 14, 2010 --

Did 911 put Lithonia woman on hold while house burned? Per diem a costly expense for General Assembly Lewd photos bill would block police dashboard cams, 911 calls DeKalb school closing task force loses credibility Hospital’s ex-CEO pleads not guilty $1.5M awarded for lost thumb after court lifts med-mal caps Hall County residents file ethics […]