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Balfour’s fund-raising plummets with GBI probe pending

Balfour's fund-raising plummets with GBI probe pending
July 8, 2013 --

July 8, 2013 — Sen. Don Balfour has learned — the hard way — what a difference a year can make. Balfour today reported collecting just $2,000 in political donations for the first six months of 2013, following his demotion to chairing the Senate Reapportionment Committee. For the same period in each of the previous two years, he pulled in $137,000.

Balfour, Murphy lose key Senate chairs

Balfour, Murphy lose key Senate chairs
January 15, 2013 --

Jack Murphy lost his chairmanship of the Senate Banking Committee on Monday, two years after the feds sued him for his alleged role in a quarter-billion-dollar bank failure. At least Murphy got a new committee — Regulated Industries — with something to do. Don Balfour, as expected, was also removed as chair of the powerful Rules committee after paying a $5,000 ethics fine. Now he’ll chair one of the least significant, at least until the 2020 Census — Reapportionment.

Balfour lawyers up as GBI wraps $$$ probe

Balfour lawyers up as GBI wraps $$$ probe
January 10, 2013 --

Jan. 10, 2013 — The GBI has completed an investigation of state payments to soon-to-be-deposed Senate Rules chairman Don Balfour, but there’s no word yet as to its findings. Attorney General Sam Olens won’t say what the next step might be, if any. Balfour, meanwhile, appears to have retained Andersen, Tate & Carr, a Gwinnett County law firm that is defending ex-Gwinnett Commissioner Kevin Kenerly against bribery charges.

McKoon: Censure Balfour, remove him as Rules chair

McKoon: Censure Balfour, remove him as Rules chair
August 21, 2012 --

Aug. 20, 2012 — Josh McKoon has called on his Senate colleagues to censure Don Balfour and remove him as chairman of that chamber’s Rules Committee for filing false expense reports.

Ethics panel: ‘Substantial’ belief that Balfour broke rules

June 1, 2012 --

The Senate Ethics Committee said today there’s “substantial cause” to believe Rules Chairman Don Balfour violated rules for expense reimbursements. The next step: A settlement with Balfour on public meetings that would air the details of the case.

Juvenile code revision dead for 2012

March 27, 2012 --

Juvenile justice reform in Georgia is dead, at least for 2012. Lingering questions about the state’s cost for prosecutors and public defenders in juvenile courts scuttled the bill Monday at the 11th hour.

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 […]

Burkhalter tops Richardson in campaign fund-raising

Burkhalter tops Richardson in campaign fund-raising
July 8, 2009 --

Rep. Mark Burkhalter, not House Speaker Glenn Richardson, appears to be the Georgia Legislature’s top campaign fund-raiser for 2009. The Johns Creek Republican, who serves as speaker pro tem, collected $94,250 in campaign funds for the first six months of 2009. Richardson reported raising $88,150 in the same period.

Senate Rules chairman collects $85K with no opposition

Senate Rules chairman collects $85K with no opposition
July 6, 2009 --

Everyone wants to be your friend when you’re chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. Just ask Don Balfour. The Snellville Republican’s campaign fund has collected nearly $85,000 since Jan. 1, for a total of $683,000 since January 2006. No one’s even run against him in that period. The Rules Committee places bills on the Legislature’s calendar, unless it chooses not to — which means the Senate will never, ever vote on your bill. That’s why Don has so many friends.