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Henry Co. lawmaker fined $300 for non-disclosures

Henry Co. lawmaker fined $300 for non-disclosures
February 29, 2012 --

Rep. Steve Davis has agreed to pay a $300 fine for failing to include two businesses on his state-mandated financial disclosure.

Ex-Cobb judicial candidate disbarred

Ex-Cobb judicial candidate disbarred
February 27, 2012 --

A Marietta attorney who won 105,000 votes in a 2008 race for a Cobb County judgeship was disbarred today by the Georgia Supreme Court. In a 10-page ruling, the court said Joan Palmer Davis failed to show up in court on behalf of a client who was seeking to terminate his child-support obligations, then tried to resign from the case without telling him.

Feb. 23

February 23, 2012 --

DFCS acknowledges wrongdoing in child’s death Group: APS scandal cost taxpayers $10 million Court clerks’ passport profit examined Defense: Cobb DA outsourced prosecution to Glock Advocates seek lobbyist spending bill Bill would allow charging legal fees for Open Records requests Dozens of day care providers overcharging the state Dunwoody probes city council leak Wilcox Co. […]

Feb. 19

February 19, 2012 --

Affluent students benefit most from Georgia’s full scholarship Tax dollars boost top salaries at scholarship funds Teachers named in cheating case may get another 1-year contract Inmates at NW Ga. prison settle lawsuit against guards Analysis: Salary savings marginal from Augist government reorganization DFCS confirms recent upswing in kids’ deaths Wilcox Co. sheriff indicted for […]

Feb. 17

February 17, 2012 --

Senate Rules Committee: The road to kill the ethics bill? Legislators level mismanagement claims at ethics commission Panel investigating 6 to 8 Georgia judges on ‘very serious charges’ More pets died on Delta than any other airline Tenants claim N. Ga. pastor is a slumlord Rural phone subsidy on the block Opinion: Breathtakingly bad approach […]

Little back-up found for waste charges leveled at ethics panel

Little back-up found for waste charges leveled at ethics panel
February 17, 2012 --

Rep. Ed Rynders charged the state ethics commission last week with wasteful spending even though he and House budget officials knew little or nothing about some of the details, interviews with state officials show. Nevertheless, the agency’s critics did not retreat, while acknowledging that they really didn’t know enough in some cases to render an opinion. “Until you have the detail, it’s kinda hard to say whether it was a good or bad management decision,” House Budget Director Martha Wigton said.

Feb. 14

February 14, 2012 --

Muscogee prison investigation finds gross misconduct, abuse, sexual relationships Infection rate too high in 7 Georgia hospitals Line between megachurch and Eddie Long’s estate is murky PARKatlanta writing fraudulent tickets Lobbyist handouts not fully disclosed Atlanta Housing Authority commissioners investigated Construction industry unaffected by illegal immigration law More APS educators barred from classroom Advocates push […]

Teen: Guards incited fights at Rome youth detention center

Teen: Guards incited fights at Rome youth detention center
February 13, 2012 --

Haley Bonds says she did everything she could think of to protect her 16-year-old daughter from the beatdown she was expecting at a youth jail in Northwest Georgia. Yet, just 20 minutes after a supervisor assured her Whitney Bonds would be safe, another officer called Haley to say her daughter was “bleeding out” and being rushed to the emergency room. Two months later, Whitney says guards at the Rome RYDC used bribes of food to set one youth against another. “It’s like they’re dogfighting these kids,” her mother said.

Lawmakers, docs debate oversight for kids’ meds

February 10, 2012 --

Georgia’s foster children are being over-medicated, often to sedate them or control their behavior rather than treat a medical condition, a new study confirms. The question is: What should Georgia do about it? State legislators are considering oversight that would include written standards for dosages and independent reviews of prescriptions twice a year. But some child psychiatrists, worried about second-guessing and potentially lengthy delays in treatment, object to pre-authorization of certain medications and a requirement that children 14 and older give their informed consent.

Feb. 7

February 7, 2012 --

Diverted funds aid Perdue projects Corporal punishment legal in Georgia schools Karen Handel resigns from Komen after Planned Parenthood flap 9 protests filed over airport vending contracts Columbus senator backs bill to cap lobbyist gifts at $100 High court: Atlanta violated Open Meetings law ‘People still suffering’ four years after Imperial Sugar disaster Fulton tax […]

Spotlight on Don Balfour’s $29K condo, 123 committee days

Spotlight on Don Balfour's $29K condo, 123 committee days
February 6, 2012 --

Sen. Don Balfour in 2011 spent more than $29,000 given to him by political supporters to rent a downtown Atlanta condo that he could use year-round. For eight-plus months of the year, though, records indicate he drove home to Snellville, rather than stay in the condo, on each of the 103 days that he worked on public business. Most of those days were charged to a committee — Rules — that never met.

Feb. 4

February 4, 2012 --

No-bid airport shuttle business given to friend of ATL mayor Local non-profit hospitals doing business in Cayman Islands Report: DeKalb animal shelter disgraceful Activists partially satisfied with Republican ethics bill Bill would give water polluters option to avoid state fines Georgia National Guard’s No. 2 doesn’t meet state requirements Ex-Talbotton police chief pleads guilty to […]