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Despite the law, DeKalb school minutes vanish without a trace

February 28, 2011 --

Local governments in Georgia can use paper or computer software to comply with Georgia’s Open Meetings Act, which requires that government agencies keep records of official meetings. DeKalb County schools are in the education business, but they haven’t learned to adhere to that basic principle. School officials can’t produce minutes of two meetings where a controversial salary audit was discussed, nor the audit’s executive summary that was supposedly kept in the official file of a third meeting.

Supremes disbar convicted Judges Blitch, Camp

Supremes disbar convicted Judges Blitch, Camp
February 28, 2011 --

A judge who shared drugs with his stripper girlfriend, along with a second jurist who freed criminal defendants without telling prosecutors, both lost their law licenses today. The Georgia Supreme Court disbarred former Superior Court Judge Brooks Blitch and accepted the voluntary surrender of former federal judge Jack Camp‘s license to practice law.

Feb. 28

February 28, 2011 --

‘Rocket docket’s’ dismissal rate raises questions With earmarks ban, UGA may miss funds DOT audit: Some problems fixed, others persist

Feb. 27

February 27, 2011 --

ATL principal’s demotion called retaliation Broker: Deal had panel name old friend as real estate commissioner

Feb. 26

February 26, 2011 --

SunTrust reports issues in 4,000 foreclosure cases Indian state to hear claims against Coke No charges filed against ex-DOT treasurer APS official believes she’s a scapegoat Hall’s contract may face outside review Legislator claims ethics violation by DeKalb school board member

Feb. 25

February 25, 2011 --

APS principal salaries far outpace neighboring districts’ Recommended lottery payments for HOPE not being met Indian state allows claims against Coca-Cola Attorney general pledges to strengthen sunshine laws Pharmacy ruling shields Regents Bill would allow utilities to back political races

Feb. 24

February 24, 2011 --

Feds focus on deferred prosecutions under ex-Clayton DA How Dems & Repubs squandered Ga.’s unemployment tax reserve Roswell mortgage lander accused of $100M in bad loans Schools already spent millions on new math Audit questions ATL’s ability to manage federal grants Mayor Reed’s new SUVs draw criticism Commission to dismiss Cagle ethics complaint? Bibb magistrate […]

Feb. 23

February 23, 2011 --

Failed federal system freed suspect in child deaths Concern over high medication rate among foster kids Gwinnett judge billed county $1M+ Boy died during DFCS pursuit Audit: ATL mismanaged stimulus funds Senate Democrats on Sunday sales bill: ‘Rules? What rules?’ Cobb exceeded funds transfer limits Sherrod: Feds ignored warning about blogger’s video

Feb. 22

February 22, 2011 --

Commissioner seeks to fix Oxendine insurance waiver Plant Vogtle reactors lack wetland credits Higher qualifying fees to fund judicial oversight? Judge orders APS to halt investigation Millions in fees could revert to local 911 centers N. Ga. inn once connected to politicians faces foreclosure

Ethics official rejects bid to narrow lobbying rules

February 22, 2011 --

Business executives  pushing a bill in the Legislature would still have to register as lobbyists even if they’re not expressly paid to do so, under a proposed opinion from the State Campaign Finance Commission. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce had asked the commission for an exemption — a position that would allow business persons to buy meals, tickets or other gifts for public officials without disclosing them.

GBI charges 7 Macon State Prison guards in inmate beating

February 21, 2011 --

Seven guards at Macon State Prison have been charged in connection with an alleged inmate beating, the GBI announced today. The guards were accused of aggravated battery in connection with an assault that resulted in an extended hospitalization for one inmate.

Political spending by House, Senate caucuses murky

Political spending by House, Senate caucuses murky
February 21, 2011 --

Last month, the Senate Republican Caucus reported spending $22,000-plus to support Gwinnettian Garry Guan’s race for the state Senate. That would be a problem. Georgia law treats those expenditures as campaign contributions — capped at $2,400 per race. The remaining 20 grand would be illegal. Now, Republicans say that disclosure was a mistake, that the spending benefited other candidates as well. But that explanation only underscores other weaknesses in campaign finance practices.