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Did taxpayers fund Ralston’s Europe trip?

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December 12, 2011 --

The funds used to fly House Speaker David Ralston’s family to Europe last Thanksgiving were not taxpayers’ dollars — but, quite possibly, they used to be. Chris Brady, the lobbyist who paid for the $17,279 trip, is also a Georgia DOT subcontractor whose firm has pocketed at least $458,000 since 2007 as part of a team studying a possible high-speed Atlanta-to-Chattanooga transit line.

Audit: Unexplained 911 delays cripple ATL fire’s response time

Audit: Unexplained 911 delays cripple ATL fire's response time
October 24, 2011 --

Atlanta firefighters take much longer than they should to respond to emergencies, measured against national standards, and the delays are getting worse. Training, more dispatchers and a 911 audit to ferret out the cause of extraordinary delays — not necessarily more firefighters — may be the best solution, city auditor Leslie Ward says.

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

What do wining-&-dining lobbyists really want?

What do wining-&-dining lobbyists really want?
January 31, 2011 --

About 180 times last year, state disclosures show, a lobbyist gave House Speaker David Ralston something: A meal, a drink, a round of golf, a family trip to Europe. We know these lobbyists spent about $35,000 on the speaker in 2010. What we don’t know is much more significant: What did they want from him? Most lobbyists never answer that question, and Georgia doesn’t really make them.