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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.

July 1

July 1, 2011 --

UGA Athletic Association drops scholarship to give Adams a raise Sentencing Commission sets retroactive crack guidelines As athletics rakes in money, UGA students still pay 8 arrested in alleged drug scandal at Fulton Co. jail APS cheating report goes to governor Ralston failed to disclose property, will amend records Bob Barr: Ethics & Ga. politics […]

May 13

May 13, 2011 --

Deal campaign paid $90K to daughter’s firm Ralston: Punish lawmakers who owe late fees Ex-Glynn Co. superintendent suspended Malpractice disclosure becomes law Columbus councilors question marshal’s spending Appeals court upholds $17M verdict against Savannah

April 11

April 11, 2011 --

Lobbyist ‘loophole’ tests Ralston Bill would increase pressure on ATL school board

Feb. 18

February 18, 2011 --

State: ATL schools protecting those who would intimidate whistleblowers Fulton development deals labeled ‘corporate welfare’ Delta fined $2M for treatment of disabled passengers ATL councilman Willis gets ethics fine UGA prez: Harassment policy may be expanded Ralston non-committal on changes to open-government laws Proposed Warner Robins ethics code aimed at leaks

Feb. 8

February 8, 2011 --

Deal, Ralston relatives get jobs with nursing home lobby APD disbands Red Dog unit Morris Brown campus police under investigation Two Savannah hospitals settle Medicaid probe for $2.7M Police officers resign after bar brawl Feds threaten to revoke $7M from DeKalb Three indicted in Columbus Parks & Rec scandal Ethics complaint lodged over House speaker’s European […]

Jan. 22

January 22, 2011 --

Ralston, staff & families took $17K lobbyist-funded trip to Germany Clarence Thomas failed to report wife’s income ATL Thrashers sue King & Spalding Cobb water authority seizes homeowners’ land Georgia budget-cutting plans hit social services Bishop: Black farmers’ settlement written to detect fraud 7 prison guards suspended after alleged inmate abuse

3rd mountain judge resigns; Ralston’s law partner appointed

3rd mountain judge resigns; Ralston's law partner appointed
April 19, 2010 --

They’re opening a new can of judges in the Georgia mountains, where three jurists have quit in four months. One of the new judges is House Speaker David Ralston’s law partner. Another will replace Mountain Circuit Superior Court Judge James Cornwell, who stepped down Friday. The governor reported Cornwell’s resignation to the state agency that looks into charges of judicial misconduct.

March 26

March 26, 2010 --

State high court rejects request to bar death penalty Opinion: Turn up the heat on ethics reform Opinion: Ralston sounds retreat on ethics reform & lobbyists Second arrest made in Henry County bribery case Opinion: Tammany Hall South thrives at Dougherty Co. school board

March 25

March 25, 2010 --

Ralston introduces ethics legislation Lawmakers cut deal that gives hospitals ‘veto’ over bills Deal won’t comment on ethics report Ex-DeKalb CEO denies denies racial bias against employees Former Fulton County detention officer indicted

March 24

March 24, 2010 --

Rant: ATL Council fiddles while city burns Law to punish elected tax cheats stalls Deal likely received independent ethics report before resignation ACLU accuses Gwinnett of racial profiling Jurors hear DeKalb discrimination testimony Ralston ethics bill coming soon Barrow Commission chairman censured for skipping anger management

Feb. 19

February 19, 2010 --

Acquitted of money laundering, Columbus attorney says case relied on fabricated evidence Budget balloons for buses in I-85 project by $87M Landfills want yard waste ban repealed Suit targets Alpha Bank directors Former HealthSouth executive lectures on failings Ralston spots a lobbyist in his house Collateral damage and the race for insurance commissioner Atlanta board […]