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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.

Fulton judge rejects Dems’ challenge to voter ID law

Fulton judge rejects Dems' challenge to voter ID law
April 20, 2010 --

A Fulton County judge has dismissed an effort by Georgia Democrats to upend a 2006 law requiring voters to produce a photo ID before they cast a ballot. Democrats contended the law was an unconstitutional infringement on the right to vote. ‘Tain’t so, says Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell.

No rules apply to spending by ex-speaker’s political fund

No rules apply to spending by ex-speaker's political fund
January 5, 2010 --

Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson‘s political fund, enriched last week with nearly $220,000 from a separate campaign account, can legally spend the money almost any way it wishes. “He could spend it on anything he wants to,” said Rick Thompson, former executive secretary of the State Ethics Commission. “If he wanted to pay his rent or buy an automobile through the MMV PAC fund, there’s no restrictions on what he can do … under the Ethics in Government Act.”

PSC member seeks opinion on legality of chairmanship

PSC member seeks opinion on legality of chairmanship
May 6, 2009 --

A Georgia Public Service Commission member asked Attorney General Thurbert Baker today whether the commission’s vote for a two-year term for its new chairman was legal. Georgia law says PSC chairmen serve for one-year terms, but the PSC voted 3-2 Tuesday to name Stan Wise as new chair for two years. Another member — Doug […]