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September 16, 2011 --

Gainesville hospital refused rape-kit request Opinion: Cobb EMC campaign confirms for mail-in voting reformers’ fears Macon industrial site added to Superfund priority list

Supremes: Cobb EMC violated deal with disgruntled members

Supremes: Cobb EMC violated deal with disgruntled members
June 13, 2011 --

Cobb Electric Membership Corp. violated a 2008 settlement with unhappy members who accused some co-op leaders of enriching themselves at members’ expense, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today. Dissident members hoped to unseat board members in a scheduled 2009 election that was never held after the EMC’s leadership voted in secret to allow proxy voting by mail. The high court ruled the board may not unilaterally change the method by which its members are chosen.

Legislators reduce transparency, burden ethics commission

March 15, 2011 --

Georgia lawmakers Monday gave voters less access to information on local candidates’ finances, reversing part of a 2010 reform bill that became law just two months ago. The legislators’ action could also cost the cash-strapped Campaign Finance Commission $130,000 — which it doesn’t have — to notify candidates of possible violations. If the commission can’t afford to send those notices, it can’t enforce the law.

Fulton judge to sheriff: Reopen closed courthouse doors now

Fulton judge to sheriff: Reopen closed courthouse doors now
May 4, 2010 --

Sheriff Ted Jackson must re-open two entrances to the Fulton County Courthouse this month to alleviate tediously long lines for potential jurors and other members of the public, a judge has ordered. If he doesn’t, Superior Court Judge Doris L. Downs has set a May 28 hearing for Jackson to explain himself.

Fulton judge orders hearing to open courthouse access

Fulton judge orders hearing to open courthouse access
April 27, 2010 --

Fulton County’s top judge, Doris L. Downs, has had enough of the tediously long lines to get into the courthouse, and she’s ordered the sheriff to explain why he can’t fix it.

Fulton admits ‘meltdown’ over 2008 absentee ballots

Fulton admits 'meltdown' over 2008 absentee ballots
August 12, 2009 --

Fulton County officials admit serious violations of election rules for mishandling thousands of absentee ballots in 2008, attorneys said today. Hundreds of voters may have been disenfranchised because Fulton screwed up requests for mail-in ballots, state investigators found, and vote-counters ignored security and accuracy guidelines. Former judge Norman Underwood: Fulton’s 2008 performance was “unacceptable, unsatisfactory and embarrassing.”