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Joel Wernick, Phoebe Putney Health Systems CEO: $797,034

Joel Wernick, Phoebe Putney Health Systems CEO: $797,034
October 14, 2009 --

That’s how much Joel Wernick was paid in FY2008. That wasn’t even his best year. In FY2007, he collected $905,570, which included $249,758 in benefits and deferred pay.

MARTA hires lobbyist for 2010; Chambers accused of trying to force state takeover

MARTA hires lobbyist for 2010; Chambers accused of trying to force state takeover
October 13, 2009 --

MARTA hired a lobbyist Tuesday, moments after a union official accused state Rep. Jill Chambers of trying to force a state takeover of the agency. MARTA’s board fears a projected $80 million deficit will result in disastrous service cuts without state relief. “If we don’t get something done, a year from now we’re not going to be providing anything you could reasonably call transit service,” Chairman Michael Walls said. UPDATE: New lobbyist Bernard Reynolds will have to earn his keep, judging from Chambers’ latest e-mail today.

Cobb deportation drive: Enforcing the law, or isolating immigrants?

October 13, 2009 --

The Cobb County sheriff’s deportation efforts have undermined law enforcement work in immigrant communities and refocused police attention to traffic violations and other minor crimes, the ACLU says in a report issued Monday. Since it comes from the ACLU, many of you will automatically dismiss this report, titled “Terror and Isolation in Cobb.” I’m posting […]

FEC clears congressman, blogger of violating campaign laws

FEC clears congressman, blogger of violating campaign laws
October 12, 2009 --

The Federal Election Commission has issued a “no reason to believe” decision in a complaint against U.S. Rep. David Scott, political blogger Andre Walker and Scott’s campaign treasurer, Hammerin’ Hank Aaron. The complaint, filed in March, charges Walker blogged favorably about Scott’s re-election campaign without disclosing $2,950 in payments from the campaign. The FEC’s general counsel accepted Scott’s explanation that the money was for maintaining the campaign Web site and no other purpose.

Oct. 12

October 12, 2009 --

ACLU: Report documents racial profiling in Cobb Leadership PACS let some congressmen lead high life Driver’s ed funds diverted Forsyth County hired same expert as defense ‘Do No Harm’ to screen in Albany

Cobb lawmaker’s public, private transit interests overlap

Cobb lawmaker's public, private transit interests overlap
October 12, 2009 --

MARTA officials will meet Tuesday to talk about waiving the transit agency’s conflict-of-interest policy for a vendor that hired a state legislator earlier this year. But for the lawmaker, state Sen. Doug Stoner of Smyrna, his job with the vendor may be just one of the potential conflicts.

Chambers threatens MARTA board members over lobbyist vote

Chambers threatens MARTA board members over lobbyist vote
October 12, 2009 --

MARTA board members who vote to hire a $160,000-a-year lobbying firm could lose their seats come 2010. So says state Rep. Jill Chambers, the transit agency’s chief nemesis in the Georgia Legislature. As chairman of the MARTA Oversight Committee, she fired off an e-mail over the weekend threatening to eliminate the seat of any board member who supports the contract when the board meets Tuesday. Board chairman Michael Walls terms Chambers’ saber-rattling “outrageous.”

Oct. 11

October 11, 2009 --

Fulton County: 40 accused of murder but not in jail Blame for disaster might not determine outcome of Imperial Sugar lawsuits

Oct. 10

October 10, 2009 --

F-22 dead, but Georgia gets defense earmarks anyway Audit: Fulton County’s handling of 2008 election was ‘back room debacle’ Ethics panel members report neglect in DeKalb Opinion: Marietta bonds raise debt — and questions EPD to give UGA approval on incinerating medical waste Lawsuit says Augusta inconsistent on bids rules

Marietta chiropractors charged with $11 million insurance scam

October 9, 2009 --

Two Marietta chiropractors allegedly tried to scam insurers for $11 million by billing for physical therapy when they actually were providing massages and other services. Andrew Sokol, 41, and his wife, Julie Weisberg, 35, were arraigned on fraud charges today in federal court. The couple’s WellnessOne clinics allegedly drummed up business by waiving co-pays and giving patients gift cards, frozen turkeys, gift bags and catered lunches. All this resulted in “the patients being compensated … while paying nothing for the massages and chiropractic adjustments they received.”


Oct. 9

October 9, 2009 --

MCG takes oversight of mental health hospitals Deal’s partner says they ditched state business over safety, moral concerns Broun bill would let hunters import polar bear trophies Georgia DOT drops federal stimulus road signs Judge, DA claim immunity from suit by man jailed for 6 months past release date Defense: Evidence withheld in ex-Forsyth County […]

Contractors in Iraq are hidden casualties of war

Contractors in Iraq are hidden casualties of war
October 9, 2009 --

By T. CHRISTIAN MILLER/ProPublica Reporting from Central Point, Ore. – A nurse rocked him awake as pale dawn light crept into the room. “C’mon now, c’mon,” the nurse murmured. “Time to get up.” Reggie Lane was once a hulking man of 260 pounds. Friends called him “Big Dad.” Now, he weighed less than 200 pounds […]