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  • 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.”

    Dec. 15

    December 15, 2011 --

    Clayton Co. school board member accused of downloading porn Marching bands in DeKalb suspended over FAMU ties

    Lawmakers to ethics panel: We don’t need no stinkin’ late fees

    December 14, 2011 --

    Dec. 14, 2011 — Remember the Georgia Legislature’s promise last year to impose tough new penalties for violators of campaign finance laws? Not gonna happen — at least not yet.

    Starting this year, candidates could be fined $1,375 for filing a financial disclosure 45 days late. But legislators didn’t provide the money to pay for late notices, so the maximum fine for now is just $125.

    Rep. Rashad Taylor: Unpaid taxes, missing disclosures

    Rep. Rashad Taylor: Unpaid taxes, missing disclosures
    December 14, 2011 --

    Taylor, a political consultant,  has stayed busy running other candidate’s campaigns, but he’s cut a few corners in running his own. Five times since 2008, Taylor failed to disclose his personal or campaign finances, neglecting to report receipt of at least $11,225 in campaign contributions as a consequence. “There’s really no excuse for not having filed my disclosures that are missing,” Taylor said. “I just haven’t gotten it done.” Taylor also fell behind on his state income taxes, incurring liens totaling $3,161 for 2008 and 2009.

    Dec. 13

    December 13, 2011 --

    Ex-officer, whistleblower sues Georgia National Guard Brunswick judge facing new charges of favoritism Thousands in Georgia getting probation again and again Ga. DOT, contractor to pay nearly $3M to settle EPA complaint Dougherty Co. school board calls for school lunch probe

    Did taxpayers fund Ralston’s Europe trip?

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    December 12, 2011 --

    The funds used to fly House Speaker David Ralston’s family to Europe last Thanksgiving were not taxpayers’ dollars — but, quite possibly, they used to be. Chris Brady, the lobbyist who paid for the $17,279 trip, is also a Georgia DOT subcontractor whose firm has pocketed at least $458,000 since 2007 as part of a team studying a possible high-speed Atlanta-to-Chattanooga transit line.

    Dec. 12

    December 12, 2011 --

    Report points to kaolin mine as likely Wilkinson Co. fish-kill source

    House Speaker David Ralston: Lingering tax Q’s, $1M loan

    House Speaker David Ralston: Lingering tax Q's, $1M loan
    December 12, 2011 --

    Rep. Ralston, who championed a 2010 law that he touted as ethics reform, accepted a $17,279 lobbyist-funded trip to Europe later that year for himself, his chief of staff and their families. Ralston has had recurring tax difficulties, facing state and federal tax liens of more than $500,000, and he’s needed a little help paying off those debts.