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AG seeks sunnier open records law, admits clouds remain

August 5, 2011 --

Hearings will start this month on an overhaul of Georgia’s sunshine law that would open more meetings to the public and pull hidden public records out of private databases. Attorney General Sam Olens predicts House Bill 397 can pass the state Legislature next year, though he admitted the law doesn’t go as far as he would like.

Press Club likes me, they really like me

Press Club likes me, they really like me
May 21, 2010 --

The Atlanta Press Club last night honored Jim Walls (that would be me) with an Award of Excellence in the online/multimedia category for my work on Atlanta Unfiltered. Yay for me. Other winners for investigative work were Dale Russell of WAGA-TV and Jaye Watson of WXIA.

McDonald paid 20K in 2008 — but to whom?

McDonald paid 20K in 2008 -- but to whom?
March 30, 2009 --

Georgia Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr., facing a possible five-figure fine for breaking election finance laws in 2002, filed campaign finance reports with similar discrepancies in 2008, state records show. McDonald last week admitted dozens of violations in reporting the finances for his 2002 campaign. He blamed the mistakes on his campaign staff […]