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Pat Toomey, ex-Club for Growth president: $680,094

Pat Toomey, ex-Club for Growth president: $680,094
May 25, 2010 --

This Washington-based advocacy group made its name by endorsing a handful of candidates, primarily in House and Senate races, and serving as a conduit for donors across the country to support them financially. It’s put more than $300,000 into Georgia’s 9th Congressional District race on behalf of former state Rep. Tom Graves. It’s also worked out well financially for Pat Toomey, a former three-term congressman from Pennsylvania who became president of the Club for Growth in 2005.

May 25

May 25, 2010 --

Eric Johnson didn’t disclose $289K in state payments Imperial Sugar agrees to fines for fatal refinery blast Acquitted kindergarten teacher files $25M lawsuit Should Ga. taxpayers subsidize Tenn. hospital’s helicopter? Union: New ATL garbage trucks dangerous Civil rights coalition targets voter verification Tybee police apologetic for ‘Tasing’ autistic teen Tybee ethics commission OKs restaurant deal

May 24

May 24, 2010 --

Ga. murder case shines spotlight on nation’s indigent defense systems Cherokee County teacher resigns in CRCT cheating probe Superintendents retain huge salaries Off-duty cop investigated in East Atlanta road rage Tybee hires lawyer in secret Opinion: Will ATL ever fix its antique sewer system?

Outside groups funnel cash into 9th District race

Outside groups funnel cash into 9th District race
May 24, 2010 --

What do a homemaker from Charlotte, a manufacturer from Wisconsin and a retiree from San Diego have in common? None can vote for Tom Graves, but all want him in Congress. With the help of the Washington-based Club for Growth, hundreds of non-Georgians are bankrolling Graves’ run for the U.S. House, while the American Dental Association has stepped up for his opponent. Those groups have funneled more than $400,000 into the 9th District, raising the question: Why should a voter from Minnesota or Texas have anything to say about who North Georgia sends to Congress? Read on…

May 23

May 23, 2010 --

Ga. leads nation in criminal punishment: Billion-dollar burden or justice? School central offices costly Despite bank failures, Ga. sheds bank examiners

APD ignored key Kathryn Johnston witness for 9 days

APD ignored key Kathryn Johnston witness for 9 days
May 23, 2010 --

Atlanta police inexplicably waited nine days to question a key witness to officers’ misconduct in the 2006 killing of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston, according to a new investigative report. Instead, they put on a full-court press to track down an informant who corrupt officers wanted to use as their alibi. Cris Beamud, director of a city oversight panel created after the Johnston shooting, says police should find out why it took so long.

Investigation: 2 more APD cops should be fired

May 23, 2010 --

The report says Atlanta should fire two more cops over truthiness issues.

May 22

May 22, 2010 --

Controversial N.Ga. highway project could soon move forward Caught on tape: Canton officers’ convenience store rant Insurance audit upsets faculty, staff A former ATL cop speaks out against flawed Citizen review Board

EPA weighing sanctions against BP’s U.S. operations

May 22, 2010 --

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields. Over the past 10 years, BP has paid tens of millions of dollars in fines and been implicated in four separate instances of criminal misconduct that could have prompted this far more serious action. Until now, the company’s executives and their lawyers have fended off such a penalty by promising that BP would change its ways. That strategy may no longer work.

Press Club likes me, they really like me

Press Club likes me, they really like me
May 21, 2010 --

The Atlanta Press Club last night honored Jim Walls (that would be me) with an Award of Excellence in the online/multimedia category for my work on Atlanta Unfiltered. Yay for me. Other winners for investigative work were Dale Russell of WAGA-TV and Jaye Watson of WXIA.

May 21

May 21, 2010 --

Former Dome GM: There’s zero need for a new stadium Ethics Commission issues subpoenas in Oxendine probe Vital tax data disappears from Fulton County Web site Rep. Gingrey admits campaign spending ‘error’ Peachtree City fire marshal demoted Cumberland man sues U.S. Interior secretary over access Atlanta Gas Light surcharge prevails in court Medical College external […]

Budget geeks: Perdue should veto latest tax breaks

Budget geeks: Perdue should veto latest tax breaks
May 20, 2010 --

The 2010 Georgia Legislature took some positive steps to address the state’s $5 billion budget deficit, such as passing bills to raise almost $375 million in new revenues and to improve tax collections and transparency. But it also approved long-term tax cuts ($624 million a year when fully implemented) that will shift the cost of government services onto middle-class and low-income Georgians, says the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.