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Don’t kill the messenger — just fix it

Don't kill the messenger -- just fix it
March 19, 2012 --

Georgians can no longer fall back on “Thank god for Alabama!” We  trail the pack in a 50-state survey of government accountability laws and practices. Detractors, predictably, complain that bottom-of-the-barrel ranking is unfair and accuse me — the project’s Georgia reporter — of bias. As Sophocles observed 2,450 years ago, “No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.”

Georgia has nation’s longest waiting list for HIV drugs

January 25, 2012 --

Georgia has the longest waiting list in the nation — 1,348 — for people with HIV to get government drug assistance. Most of those on the waiting list are getting help from pharmaceutical company’s low-income assistance programs, one advocate said, but “there are a lot of concerns that people are falling through the cracks.’’

Jan. 5

January 5, 2012 --

Georgians on the hook for failed ethanol facility Grand jury will hear corruption charges against ex-Clayton Co. sheriff ATL airport contracts still stirring protest 2 resign, 2 fired in Albany CRCT scandal

Nov. 3

November 3, 2011 --

Five ATL schools placed under state direction Company slammed for giving jobs to inmates serving life Lawmakers grill TSA over Atlanta airport security breach Audit: PSC does little to protect Georgians from bogus movers Third worker says Cain harassed her Albany mayor looks into chase policy after death East Point auditing to ensure sewer charges […]

June 13

June 13, 2011 --

Georgians kept in dark on hospital infections

Deal vetoes bill barring Medicaid audit contractors

May 19, 2011 --

Gov. Nathan Deal this week vetoed a bill that would have barred the state from paying a contingency fee to a contractor to recover Medicaid overpayments. Doctors’ groups had resisted paying auditors on a contingency basis as “perverse” and “burdensome,” but Deal said the state needs every tool available to identify Medicaid fraud.

State HIV funds sought as waiting list grows

State HIV funds sought as waiting list grows
March 24, 2011 --

The state’s waiting list for people with HIV to get government drug assistance is steadily growing — intensifying concerns that patients won’t get needed medications. More than 1,100 Georgians are on the waiting list — the second-longest in the country behind Florida’s. The program, which needs about $5 million more in state money, instead faces a $600,000 budget cut.

Supremes uphold Ga.’s voter ID law

Supremes uphold Ga.'s voter ID law
March 7, 2011 --

Georgians must show valid photo identification before casting a ballot, the Georgia Supreme Court said today in a 6-1 decision. The court’s majority held that a 2006 Georgia law is a reasonable safeguard to protect the integrity of elections without disenfranchising voters. Justice Robert Benham, in a written dissent, argued the state had not proven the photo ID requirement was necessary.

Ga. lobbyists unite, but some want out of club

February 14, 2011 --

What, exactly, is a lobbyist? That’s the common thread in countless conversations around the Capitol these days. Full-time lobbyists are organizing a trade group so they can hang out more and project a more professional image to the public. And two other groups — smaller public-interest groups and business executives and sales representatives — say they’d rather not have to register as lobbyists, thank you very much.

Jan. 26

January 26, 2011 --

Judge affirms $17.5M judgment in airport billboard case Developer in Gwinnett bribery case may have immunity State takes back tax refunds, leaves Georgians with overdraft fees Financial problems plague DeKalb school board member DeKalb: ‘Human error’ was behind suspect’s mistaken release Police: Allegedly drunk prosecutor fled from officers

ADA agrees to fine for political spending, but AHA may fight

ADA agrees to fine for political spending, but AHA may fight
December 8, 2010 --

Catching up with the State Ethics Commission: The Atlanta Development Authority has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for promoting passage of a 2008 ballot question, but attorney Randy Evans said the city’s public housing agency disputes a similar complaint. Also last week, the commission backed down from requiring more financial reporting by so-called independent committees, demonstrating yet again the limits on its powers.

Who could say ‘no’ to more jobs for Georgia?

Who could say 'no' to more jobs for Georgia?
October 31, 2010 --

Just as the National Lampoon twisted arms in 1973, state lawmakers are asking voters Tuesday to amend the state Constitution to bring jobs to Georgia. When they ask that way, who could say no? Evidently, lawmakers fretted that Georgians could. The legislative history shows they tweaked and prodded the ballot question for Amendment 1 until limitations on competition, which are generally barred by the Georgia Constitution, now appear to make the state more competitive.