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December 21, 2010 --

Gov.-elect speaks out on Ga. 400 tolls DeKalb school corruption trial could face more delay City credit card bills under review United Egg Producers accused of price-fixing

Deal on CREW’s ‘most embarrassing’ list for 2010

Deal on CREW's 'most embarrassing' list for 2010
December 16, 2010 --

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal left Congress this year but still made the list of 2010’s “most embarrassing re-elects” compiled by a Washington advocacy group. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which filed the 2009 complaint that led to a congressional ethics investigation of Deal, described him as a “new governor to watch” in a just-released report.

Gary Black, agriculture commissioner-elect: $154,000

Gary Black, agriculture commissioner-elect: $154,000
November 3, 2010 --

Georgia’s new agriculture commissioner, Gary Black, reported income of $154,000 in 2009 from his cattle farm in Jackson County and his job at the Georgia Agribusiness Council. He’ll earn about $120,000 as ag commissioner.

ATL council member fined for campaigning with city funds

ATL council member fined for campaigning with city funds
October 22, 2010 --

Longtime Atlanta City Council member Cleta Winslow will pay a $1,500 fine and $5,420 restitution for using city funds to print campaign literature and pay campaign workers to hand it out, under terms of a consent order OK’d Thursday. The order has no effect on the outcome of the November 2009 election. Winslow squeaked by to win a fifth term, avoiding a runoff by about 120 votes.

Should ‘incumbent protection’ help Dems defeat other Dems?

Should 'incumbent protection' help Dems defeat other Dems?
August 2, 2010 --

Literature denouncing candidate Graham Balch greeted voters as they opened their mailboxes in recent weeks in Georgia’s 39th Senate District. Voters were told Balch is a Republican, that he called Atlanta’s Grady High a “ghetto” school and deserved an “F” for his positions on education. In the fine print: Re-elect Sen. Vincent Fort. Tactics like these are common, if not predictable, before a contested election. The difference: Balch ran as a Democrat, and a state Democratic organization paid for the attack ads. Continue reading my Ethics Watch column in the AJC…