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  • March 20

    March 20, 2011 --

    HOPE funding for private schools draws ire Suit points to Silverton Bank’s ex-CEO EMC group kicks off petition drive to oust president Effingham County Commission censures chairman

    March 19

    March 19, 2011 --

    Nuclear plant Vogtle budget burden debated Retiree sues SunTrust over high fees, low return of 401(k) Angel Food Ministries sued over breach of contract Planned Gwinnett hotel’s executive indicted Lucas, Brown disclosures missing

    March 18

    March 18, 2011 --

    Commissioners question DeKalb top cop’s days out of office FTC upholds subpoenas filed against Albany hospital merger House passes bill allowing landfills to accept yard waste

    March 17

    March 18, 2011 --

    DA: Clayton commissioners’ action could be a felony ATL to audit every water meter to address billing complaints Members try to take back Cobb electric co-op

    Panel needs $420K to $1M to enforce campaign finance law

    March 17, 2011 --

    Complying with new campaign finance requirements next year could cost state overseers $420,000 to $1 million that they do not have, Senate budget writers learned today. Without more funding needed to notify violators, the state can’t properly enforce the law, one official said: “People will catch on fairly quickly that they do not have to pay late fees and do not have to comply with the act.”

    March 16

    March 16, 2011 --

    DEA seizes Ga.’s supply of execution drug Beazer directors sued over compensation Deal signs law reversing ruling on who’s a lobbyist Clayton Co. DA: Commissioners broke law 30,000 water bill complaints filed with ATL Bibb pays ex-magistrate $50K to settle whistleblower claim Lilburn police chief resigns, collects severance, after complaints Coca-Cola shareholders to have ‘say on […]

    March 15

    March 16, 2011 --

    Georgia Power’s reactor plans questioned Mistake costs ATL schools $48M, delays projects Legislation could enhance, restrict access UGA’s Richt punished over Crowell violation Certification agency takes no action against Warner Robins chief

    Legislators reduce transparency, burden ethics commission

    March 15, 2011 --

    Georgia lawmakers Monday gave voters less access to information on local candidates’ finances, reversing part of a 2010 reform bill that became law just two months ago. The legislators’ action could also cost the cash-strapped Campaign Finance Commission $130,000 — which it doesn’t have — to notify candidates of possible violations. If the commission can’t afford to send those notices, it can’t enforce the law.

    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