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IRS files new lien against business owned by congressman, state senator

IRS files new lien against business owned by congressman, state senator
March 14, 2011 --

The IRS has slapped another tax lien on a business co-owned by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves and Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers. Graves said his accountant has cleared up the lien as well as a previous one over a total debt of $8,965.

Why do politicians give each other campaign cash?

Why do politicians give each other campaign cash?
March 14, 2011 --

March 14, 2011 — Georgia’s ethics reformers have a bill to push, but they’ll be pushing uphill if they want to restrict politicians giving large sums to each other, a practice sometimes described as “empire-building.” A case in point? Three top Senate Republicans, as they maneuvered to strip Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle last year of some of his power, donated $45,000 to 12 Senate freshmen. Caucus Chair Bill Cowsert said the contributions were part of his obligation as a party leader, not an effort to sway votes.

March 14

March 14, 2011 --

‘Pill mill pipeline’ creeping into rural Ga. Legal Aid cuts would hobble Ga. program for Spanish-speakers Editorial: House bill could ease lobbying rules too much Open Records request issues persist in Augusta

March 13

March 13, 2011 --

Lawmakers eye tax breaks for business Ga. not prosecuting sunshine law cases Columbus assessment freeze creates tax disparities Federal agencies critique Savannah harbor plan

March 12

March 12, 2011 --

Law that pushes elderly into nursing homes under review Ex-judge Camp sentenced to 30 days in prison Disappointment of the week: Paul Hewitt’s contract Yarbrough: Tax council’s good work mangled by lawmakers

March 11

March 11, 2011 --

Arbitrators: Developer should pay $43M to FDIC, banks UGA professor scolded for failing to report harassment ATL superintendent’s personal e-mails subpoenaed Open gov’t law rewrite unlikely to pass this session House passes patients’ ‘right to know’ on malpractice insurance Forsyth County backs off ethics amendments 3 Columbus Parks & Rec defendants get no jail time

March 10

March 10, 2011 --

DA seeking indictment of Clayton Co. finance director Road builders en route to lowest possible environmental fines Gingrich: Love of country contributed to affair. Really.

Margaret DeFrancisco, Ga. Lottery CEO: $496,776

Margaret DeFrancisco, Ga. Lottery CEO: $496,776
March 10, 2011 --

The head of the Georgia Lottery made about a half-million dollars last year, but you wouldn’t know it if you checked salary data on the state auditor’s website. Open.Georgia.gov shows Margaret DeFrancisco was paid $353,500 in salary in FY2010. What it doesn’t tell you is that the lottery paid her a bonus of $143,276 last year. What’s up with that?

Ga. could become “asylum state” for juvenile delinquents

March 9, 2011 --

Georgia is set to become the go-to state for delinquent juveniles trying to escape the system, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports. Unless the Legislature acts, Georgia on July 1 would be dropped from a new interstate compact and could become a “dumping ground for out-of-state delinquent juveniles,” including violent and sex offenders, one official said.

March 9

March 9, 2011 --

Ex-Ga. Tech profs indicted for conspiracy to defraud state Ga. health plan in $250M hole Ch. 2 probes judge’s DUI backlog Proposed state tax break worth millions to Delta 11th Circuit reverses judge on nepotism law

Linder, Marshall paid big staff bonuses on way out the door

Linder, Marshall paid big staff bonuses on way out the door
March 9, 2011 --

Former Georgia Congressmen Jim Marshall and John Linder paid hefty, six-figure bonuses to their staffs before leaving Washington, a newly released analysis has found. Marshall, defeated last year for re-election, paid more than twice as much in staff salaries in the fourth quarter of 2010 as in the previous three, the analysis showed. Linder, who retired after nine terms, paid his staff 86 percent more. Those increased payments ranked fifth and seventh, respectively, in Congress.

March 8

March 8, 2011 --

Auditors uphold larger lottery payouts, note $2M in bonuses Senate ethics panel OKs political contributions by utilities DeKalb CEO, commissioners visit DC during budget crunch Students’ identities released in harassment files sent out by UGA Regional flights could lose subsidies