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  • 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