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Braves stadium critic: “Constitution … like a speed bump”

July 8, 2014 --
July 8, 2014 — A Cobb County judge will decide by the end of the month whether Cobb County can sell revenue bonds to finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves. Cobb’s lawyers say it’s all perfectly legal, while critics accuse the county of making an end-run around the Georgia Constitution. “We’ve treated the Constitution as an obstacle,” said one, software developer Chris Peters, “just like a speed bump that we can just climb over.”
Here are links to my latest story and my other recent posts on the topic for Atlanta Magazine’s Daily Agenda:

Olens ‘raising the bar on ethics’ — with one notable exception

Olens 'raising the bar on ethics' -- with one notable exception
July 30, 2010 --

The candidate who promises as attorney general to “aggressively raise the bar on ethics reform” is systematically skimping on reports of his own campaign expenditures. Sam Olens, former chairman of the Cobb County Commission, received more than $55,000 in unitemized reimbursements from campaign funds since January 2009, his disclosures show. But Olens’ reports do not reveal the end recipients of the spending, as required by the State Ethics Commission.