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State auditor, not Olens, to review Deal investigation

State auditor, not Olens, to review Deal investigation
October 22, 2013 --

Oct. 22, 2013 — State Auditor Greg Griffin, rather than the attorney general’s office, will try to sort out charges that a 2012 ethics investigation of Gov. Nathan Deal was compromised. Griffin agreed to investigate allegations that the director of the state ethics commission, after talks with key staffers in Deal’s office, ordered the case closed with a minimal penalty. The commission, which announced Griffin’s role late today, had voted last month to ask Attorney General Sam Olens to name a special assistant to review its handling of the case.

Olens, as it happened, had been mentioned as one possible factor in Deal’s resolve to settle the case in 2012 rather than let it reach a public hearing. A commission attorney has testified she was told that the governor didn’t want Olens, a potential rival in the 2014 governor’s race, to play any role in the proceedings.

Lobbyists, candidates get little reprieve from $3.5M in late fees

April 11, 2012 --

April 11, 2012 — Dozens of Georgia lobbyists and political candidates may get relief from fines assessed for filing their financial disclosures late. Thousands more, the state Campaign Finance Commission decided today, will get no such reprieve.

Oct. 12

October 12, 2011 --

ATL fire dep’t issued grim warning in seeking federal grant Report: Georgia’s mental health overhaul significant First punishments coming in APS cheating scandal 3rd Madison Co. police dog dies Twiggs commission chairman held in contempt for church work Winder asks state to monitor election

Feb. 1

February 1, 2011 --

DeKalb judge quits amid probe Immigration enforcement program catches mainly misdemeanants, traffic offenders Hall Co. Commission chairman cleared of allegations

Oct. 12

October 12, 2010 --

Gwinnett commission chairman avoids indictment Ga. Perimeter College violated policy for years on non-paying students Cash-strapped MARTA spent $2,600 on food for meeting Suit alleges Bishop Long defaulted on property loan

Oct. 8

October 8, 2010 --

Bannister resigns as Gwinnett commission chairman E-mails: Ag secretary decided hastily to fire Ga. official over racial remarks Attorney general says ATL school board change was wrong Truth-o-meter: House candidate said rival took money meant for schoolchildren

Sept. 5

September 5, 2010 --

Ethics probe of lawmaker Seabaugh quietly vanishes Report claims administrator ‘bloat’ at UGA Cobb officials bend rules on dump trucks Carroll Co. hospital pays commission chairman $170K+ Chatham Co. DA faces harassment, bias complaints

Eaves wins, Norwood loses in Fulton ballot access dispute

Eaves wins, Norwood loses in Fulton ballot access dispute
July 1, 2010 --

A  judge today dealt a setback to Mary Norwood‘s quest to be elected chair of the Fulton County Commission. The judge’s ruling means Norwood must collect 3,000 signatures more than before to be assured a place on the general election ballot in November.

June 26

June 26, 2010 --

Fayette judge’s indiscretions recounted in court; subpoenaed ex-judge a no-show Grand jury meets, ex-judge Oxendine appears Marietta mayor pushes for transparency Cobb Commission chairman candidate’s 1995 bankruptcy becomes an issue Attorney says Columbus park & rec probe is vendetta by mayor

April 8

April 8, 2010 --

Supreme Court asked to reconsider death penalty ruling Houston case highlights debate on racial disparity in school discipline Columbus judge who retired amid JQC probe still filling in on bench Fired DeKalb firefighter reinstated Monroe assessor thinks he was fired over commission chairman’s appraisals Groups lobby against English-only driver’s license test Judges weigh ex-players’ suit […]

March 27

March 27, 2010 --

Critics: Investors scooping up Omni homes undercuts stabilization plans State sued for failing to serve deaf with mental health care FDIC shaking up oversight team in Atlanta region? Papers filed to oust Gwinnett commission chairman

March 24

March 24, 2010 --

Rant: ATL Council fiddles while city burns Law to punish elected tax cheats stalls Deal likely received independent ethics report before resignation ACLU accuses Gwinnett of racial profiling Jurors hear DeKalb discrimination testimony Ralston ethics bill coming soon Barrow Commission chairman censured for skipping anger management