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  • July 31

    July 31, 2010 --

    City’s legal fees top $3M for ATL airport contract suit Controversy over gift to DeKalb housing board member Cobb public safety director resigns over disputed military record Woodruff Arts Center denies gender discrimination claim 4 ATL watershed workers fired over procurement violations Hice campaign comments on radio may violate IRS rules Ex-volunteer fire chief accused of […]

    July 30

    July 30, 2010 --

    Georgian Bank president awash in lawsuits Augusta school staff’s resort retreat under fire as too ritzy Condo loans made 6 weeks before feds closed Newnan bank UGA president, prof await result of tenure hearing Lawyer finds no one to accept Preston Smith ethics complaint Ousted USDA employee Sherrod plans to sue blogger MARTA: 10 employees […]

    Olens ‘raising the bar on ethics’ — with one notable exception

    Olens 'raising the bar on ethics' -- with one notable exception
    July 30, 2010 --

    The candidate who promises as attorney general to “aggressively raise the bar on ethics reform” is systematically skimping on reports of his own campaign expenditures. Sam Olens, former chairman of the Cobb County Commission, received more than $55,000 in unitemized reimbursements from campaign funds since January 2009, his disclosures show. But Olens’ reports do not reveal the end recipients of the spending, as required by the State Ethics Commission.

    July 29

    July 29, 2010 --

    Deal: Not target of federal probe Divorce records: AG candidate had affair with staffer Judge: Remove Warren Co. school board members Cobb public safety director: ‘I am not a fraud’ Big money spent on inmate GED classes Auditors question spending for Olde Town Morrow Clayton Co. commission goes after tax commissioner Columbus mayor rejects call […]

    July 28

    July 28, 2010 --

    Federal grand jury sought documents, interviews regarding Nathan Deal Some DeKalb elected officials gave staff raises Feds OK with campaign payments to family; others see a problem Departing Madison Co. superintendent gets $36K on way out Georgia may lose unused earmarks

    Whistleblower denies lying to State Ethics Commission

    July 27, 2010 --

    A whistleblower who accused state ethics lawyers of misconduct was herself fired over allegations of fraud and dishonesty. Jennifer L. Ward, budget and HR administrator for the State Ethics Commission, was dismissed in November for allegedly failing to drop an ex-employee from the payroll and stating that she fabricated salary figures to help her old boss get a pay raise. Ward denies wrongdoing and claims her new boss canned her for complaining to others about his private law practice.

    July 27

    July 27, 2010 --

    Delays in specials needs vouchers could limit choice, cost parents $$$ Ethics complaint alleges $13K in illegal payments to Handel staffers Madison Co. superintendent resigns over alleged affair Coleman holds off on concession until voter fraud inquiry is settled Panel to release ATL test cheating probe Monday

    July 26

    July 26, 2010 --

    Jury awards $17.5M for favoritism in ATL airport contract ESPN finds health violations at ATL arenas Judge rejects two permits for coal plant Ex-judge takes deal in teen drinking case DeKalb CEO looking into housing authority

    July 25

    July 26, 2010 --

    DeKalb schools probe sale of principal’s book Frequent-flier mileage awards a challenge Columbus mayor facing questions over battalion chief’s complaints Grading to change after Savannah high school allegations

    DeKalb spokesman resigns after calling N.J. cop shooting ‘murder’

    DeKalb spokesman resigns after calling N.J. cop shooting 'murder'
    July 26, 2010 --

    DeKalb County chief communications officer Shelia Trappier Edwards resigned today, a few days after making news by declaring a police shooting in Newark, N.J., to be “murder.”

    Incumbents thrive by donating their dollars

    Incumbents thrive by donating their dollars
    July 26, 2010 --

    The top three Republicans in the Georgia House — all now going or gone from their seats — held on to power in part by giving $1.4 million since 2005 to other GOP candidates and causes. Then scandal brought down Speaker Glenn Richardson. Several dozen Georgia legislators from both parties want to cap donations from one candidate to another, but they may have an uphill battle.

    Bogus ‘Obama mom’ grants lure students

    Bogus 'Obama mom' grants lure students
    July 25, 2010 --

    By SHARONA COUNTS/ProPublica After being laid off from her job as a high school teacher in Dayton, Ohio, Nicole Massey decided to go back to college. For months, she scoured the Web for ways to fund her tuition, while supporting her 10-year-old son, Tyler. So when ads turned up in Massey’s inbox claiming that President […]