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Valarie Wilson for superintendent: Late, missing disclosures

Valarie Wilson for superintendent: Late, missing disclosures
July 16, 2014 --

July 16, 2014 — Wilson’s Democratic opponent for state school superintendent omitted information from personal financial disclosures, but Wilson didn’t file a disclosure at all in 2012. Her 2014 disclosure, due in March, was filed July 13 after Atlanta Unfiltered contacted her campaign to ask where it was. A staffer indicated Wilson had tried to file the 2014 report twice previously but did not respond to telephone messages seeking more information.

As of July 2014, Wilson owed the state ethics commission $250 in late filing fees. Wilson’s campaign manager said she paid $325 in late fees on Wilson’s behalf July 18 when ethics staffers told her that was all that she owed. (The remaining unpaid fees can be found under a different spelling of Wilson’s name.) The commission, for logistical and cost reasons, does not notify candidates when they owe late filing fees.

Supremes: Fulton Co. whistleblowers deserve day in court

November 18, 2013 --

Nov. 18, 2013 — Two Fulton County whistleblowers may proceed with legal claims that they lost their jobs in retaliation for reporting misuse of taxpayers’ funds, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today. The decision strengthens the state’s whistleblower law by holding that the law protects all public employees, not just those who work in state-funded programs, and dismissing Fulton County’s defense of sovereign immunity.

Rashad Taylor reports some undisclosed donations ($15K+ to go)

Rashad Taylor reports some undisclosed donations ($15K+ to go)
July 24, 2012 --

July 24, 2012 — For a guy who votes to pass laws, Rep. Rashad Taylor sure has a hard time obeying them. Under Georgia law, Taylor’s disclosure of personal finances was due June 9. Six weeks later, he hadn’t filed it. (UPDATE: He filed it July 25, a day after this article was posted.) He’s filed just two of seven disclosures of campaign finances due since June 2010. Neither reports any contributions, even though registered donors reported giving him $15,000-plus in that time. Nor do Taylor’s disclosures report any expenditures, so the public has no clue what he may have done with the money that he hasn’t reported collecting.

Whistleblower: Ex-ethics deputy denied interview for new job

Whistleblower: Ex-ethics deputy denied interview for new job
June 14, 2012 --

By JIM WALLS Sherry Streicker was told her job at the state ethics commission went away last year because of budget issues, not her performance. But when a new position opened there with nearly identical duties, she says in a new whistleblower suit, she couldn’t even get in the door for an interview. Streicker and […]

Feb. 17

February 17, 2012 --

Senate Rules Committee: The road to kill the ethics bill? Legislators level mismanagement claims at ethics commission Panel investigating 6 to 8 Georgia judges on ‘very serious charges’ More pets died on Delta than any other airline Tenants claim N. Ga. pastor is a slumlord Rural phone subsidy on the block Opinion: Breathtakingly bad approach […]

Jan. 15

January 16, 2012 --

Ga. failure not the only ethanol misadventure ‘Disadvantaged’ businesses won airport contracts Mayor Reed disclosure report shows airport bid refunds 3 losing airport bidders file suit Opinion: Limit dollar distraction with ethics legislation Efforts intensify to curb Fulton County’s tax lien sales Police arrest state representative for DUI

Jan. 12

January 12, 2012 --

Airport manager asked for names of disqualified bidders Fulton County not quite as bloated as detractors claim DA investigating MARTA cop who shot teen Homeless lived along downtown ledge cleared out on short notice Cobb EMC’s pursuit cools on coal-fired power plant EPA: Georgia plant is biggest greenhouse gas producer Wilkinson Co. tax commissioner facing […]

Dec. 22

December 23, 2011 --

State to cut staff for HIV prevention City of ATL employee claims retaliation after investigation of mayor’s brother Fulton County attorney: Shifting tax funds violated state law Ex-teacher of the year among accused cheaters in Dougherty County schools Special prosecutor may review charges against retiring Brunswick judge AG seeks details on possible Macon meetings violations

We all want tax credits, but who are THESE guys?

December 12, 2011 --

A blog about public records …

Tracking down the investors who want Georgia to give them $125 million in tax credits isn’t as easy as it should be. A walk through online disclosures identifies some of the suits who hope to be getting some of that.

Sept. 28

September 28, 2011 --

Two senators named in Senate’s secret bias settlement Opinion: Polluted politics in Ogeechee River settlement Ga. could cut jobless benefits to repay feds Isakson’s Peace Corps bill passes Senate Bitter feud over Fulton County contract ATL to pay $120K more in bar raid settlement Muscogee Co. prison warden says he retired ‘under duress’

Supremes strike down Ga. charter school law

Supremes strike down Ga. charter school law
May 16, 2011 --

Georgia’s charter school law unconstitutionally breached local school boards’ exclusive control over public education in their districts, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today. In a 4-3 decision, the court said the state Constitution did not allow the Legislature to create a state agency creating public charter schools. Read a thorough summary of the issues and the full decision.

Fulton County: Whistleblowers cannot sue us

Fulton County: Whistleblowers cannot sue us
January 12, 2011 --

Two Fulton County employees who lost their jobs are not whistleblowers, attorneys for the county say, but even if they were, they can’t sue the county. The workers say they were caught up in a backlash against a politically sensitive probe of the misuse of county funds. Now the county contends it is immune from claims under Georgia’s whistleblower law — an argument that could undermine such suits across the state.