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Cobb EMC insider elected chair of state vo-tech board

Cobb EMC insider elected chair of state vo-tech board
May 8, 2009 --

Duly noted: Former state Rep. Dean Alford (right), who earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock dividends from a for-profit affiliate of a non-profit Cobb County utility, was elected chairman of the board of the Technical College System of Georgia on Thursday. Court records show Alford paid $750,000 in 2001 for stock in the […]

DeKalb County was DC lobbyist’s highest-paying client

DeKalb County was DC lobbyist's highest-paying client
May 7, 2009 --

DeKalb County was already lobbyist Patricia Daley’s best client when county commissioners voted last week to raise her pay. Daley’s firm charged $80,000 a year for her services when she started working Capitol Hill for DeKalb in 2001, federal records show. Her annual fee climbed to $120,000 in mid-2006, more than any of her other […]

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 […]

DeKalb legislator told to pay $635,000 for legal malpractice

DeKalb legislator told to pay $635,000 for legal malpractice
May 6, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS State Rep. Randal Mangham (right) should pay $625,000 in damages for legal malpractice, a DeKalb County jury concluded today. The jury awarded $435,000 in compensatory damages to plaintiff Karen Smith, a former client of Mangham’s, and $190,000 to her lawyers for attorney’s fees. That’s more than double the $293,000 Smith was awarded […]

PSC may try again for new process to pick chairman

May 5, 2009 --

The Georgia Public Service Commission, which could not get legislative approval this year for a new method of selecting its chairman, may try to do it another way today. Doug Everett, who took over Jan. 1 as chairman of the utility-regulating agency, sent this note out Monday: I plan to resign my Chairmanship effective July […]

PSC picks new chairman for 2-year term, but was it legal?

PSC picks new chairman for 2-year term, but was it legal?
May 5, 2009 --

The Georgia Public Service Commission chose Stan Wise as its new chairman for a two-year term Tuesday, but one member wants a second opinion. State law specifies that the PSC chairman serves a one-year term, using a rotation system based on seniority. But the commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to name Wise as chairman for the […]

DeKalb jury enters 2nd day in legislator malpractice case

May 5, 2009 --

A DeKalb County jury deliberated for 2 1/2 hours Tuesday in a case alleging legal malpractice by state Rep. Randal Mangham. The jury is considering three days of testimony regarding Mangham’s handling of a personal injury case stemming from a 1995 car wreck. Mangham’s former client, Karen Smith, claimed she suffered two herniated discs when […]

Bob Barr Leadership Fund out of gas?

Bob Barr Leadership Fund out of gas?
May 4, 2009 --

The Bob Barr Leadership Fund, once among the largest political action committees in Georgia, appears to be just about out of cash. Looks may be deceiving, though. The committee’s fate, treasurer Paul Kilgore said Tuesday, is “to be determined. … I think they want to keep their options open.” Barr (right), a former U.S. attorney […]

Missouri developer’s PAC made $123,000 in political donations with no disclosure

Missouri developer's PAC made $123,000 in political donations with no disclosure
May 4, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS May 4, 2009 — A Georgia-based political action committee gave $123,000 in political donations in the 2008 election cycle without reporting them, Atlanta Unfiltered has learned. The PAC is funded primarily by a Missouri developer, Jeffrey E. Smith (right), whose companies receive state and federal tax credits to build low-income housing in […]

Atlanta sitting on $4 million in refunds to water customers

May 4, 2009 --

Atlanta’s water department has illegally kept $4 million that should have been refunded to 29,000 customers who closed their accounts, a city audit shows. Apparently, part of the problem is that no one ever told customer-service reps in the water department about changes last year in the city code. Auditors said employees who handle refunds […]