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Dec. 30

December 30, 2011 --

Lawyers: Brunswick judge Williams presided through fear Grand jury calls for investigation into DeKalb school board Gingrich divorce records pose question for Carroll County court clerk Lobbying: Where right and rules can clash Feds scrutinize Georgia’s early Race to the Top work Outgoing DNR board member criticizes Deal

Dec. 28

December 28, 2011 --

Ethics reform effort won’t get help from House speaker On state DNR board, no future for a ‘green conservative’ Airport concession winners linked to city officials Common Cause: Airport bids need more time for review Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich’s version of first divorce Ga. among states where workers can pad pensions […]

Dec. 22

December 23, 2011 --

State to cut staff for HIV prevention City of ATL employee claims retaliation after investigation of mayor’s brother Fulton County attorney: Shifting tax funds violated state law Ex-teacher of the year among accused cheaters in Dougherty County schools Special prosecutor may review charges against retiring Brunswick judge AG seeks details on possible Macon meetings violations

Senator dislikes Agnes Scott study of feces-flinging chimps

Senator dislikes Agnes Scott study of feces-flinging chimps
December 22, 2011 --

An Agnes Scott College researcher has found that chimpanzees that are good at throwing feces have better communications skills than those who aren’t. Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, however, thinks taxpayers shouldn’t have footed the bill to find that out.

Ex-Sen. Ronnie Chance: Undisclosed condo, non-profits

Ex-Sen. Ronnie Chance: Undisclosed condo, non-profits
December 21, 2011 --

Ronnie Chance has neglected to disclose several aspects of his personal finances in recent years, most notably a condo in downtown Atlanta that he purchased from lobbyist Christina Searles Tai. Chance also omitted his service on the boards of directors of three local non-profit groups. (After the Transparency Project asked him about the omissions, Chance corrected several years’ disclosures to include the condo and his board memberships.)

The curious case of the underwater condo

The curious case of the underwater condo
December 21, 2011 --

Four years ago, a lobbyist and a state senator completed a casual real estate deal at an iconic Atlanta-area restaurant. No money appeared to change hands, suggesting a gift worth tens of thousands of dollars, and the senator did not disclose he had acquired a condo in the deal. Both parties now say the paperwork was incorrect. The circumstances illustrate the frequently close relationships between the lobbyists and the lobbied and underscore the importance of fully understanding the information conveyed in public records.

Dec. 20

December 20, 2011 --

Accused Brunswick judge to step down from bench 49 implicated in Dougherty County cheating scandal Group accuses Gingrich of illegally profiting from campaign Olens travel tab paid by tobacco lobbyist Open meetings complaints filed against 2 Macon councilmen

Dec. 18

December 18, 2011 --

Legislators’ dash for cash begins Lawmakers’ expenses top $1.3 million

Dec. 17

December 17, 2011 --

State agrees to bolster public defender system Report: Evidence in DeKalb marching band suspensions credible State investigating Forsyth mayor’s race

Emails suggest Ohio’s new GOP-friendly maps save the party ‘millions’

Emails suggest Ohio’s new GOP-friendly maps save the party ‘millions’
December 16, 2011 --

Political parties and other powerful players use the once-a-decade redistricting process to advance their own goals — often at the expense of voters. A recently released trove of email messages from Ohio offers a rare inside glimpse into how it works. The messages, sent from June to September, show collaboration between the national GOP and state Republicans to redraw Ohio’s maps and thus cement control of both the statehouse and a majority of congressional districts.

Dec. 16

December 16, 2011 --

Report: Georgia Power contaminating Coweta County groundwater with coal ash Monroe County magistrate reprimanded for DUI

Linda Schrenko wants her money (and her health) back

Linda Schrenko wants her money (and her health) back
December 15, 2011 --

Dec. 15, 2011 — Linda Schrenko, Georgia’s disgraced ex-school superintendent, says the feds owe her $195,000 taken as partial restitution for the money she stole from deaf kids. The Justice Department took the money in an illegal garnishment of her $4,500 monthly pension, said her attorney, former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr. Schrenko also complains that inadequate medical care in prison for her sleep apnea has left her in “a severely debilitated state of health.”