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ATL auditors: Too many cops downtown?

May 15, 2009 --

Atlanta police may be overstaffed on downtown patrol beats and understaffed in south and west Atlanta, a recent city audit suggests. Auditors looked at patrols in each of the department’s six zones and compared the length of “blackout” periods — the times when all patrol officers are tied up on a call — to assess […]

State board details Fulton elections violations

May 14, 2009 --

Fulton County elections officials mishandled thousands of absentee ballot applications last fall and failed to secure voting equipment at several precincts, state investigators say. The State Elections Board voted Tuesday to forward the findings to Attorney General Thurbert Baker’s office, which has opened a case file on the incidents outlined in the investigative report. That […]

Update: Judge rolls back clock, ethics fine

Update: Judge rolls back clock, ethics fine
May 13, 2009 --

Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. (right) should pay a sharply reduced fine for campaign disclosure violations, a judge has recommended. The judge ruled that McDonald’s campaign committed 169 violations of disclosure requirements after his losing 2002 campaign for the PSC, as investigators for the State Ethics Commission had contended. But administrative law judge […]

Judge lobbied legislator who was defendant in his court

Judge lobbied legislator who was defendant in his court
May 13, 2009 --

An interesting sidebar to last week’s legal malpractice trial of state Rep. Randal Mangham: The judge who gave Mangham a new trial in 2008 had to drop the case because he’d been lobbying the legislator to fund a program in his court. A DeKalb County State Court jury on May 6 awarded $625,000 in damages […]

Oxendine: Who knew $120,000 came from same source?

Oxendine: Who knew $120,000 came from same source?
May 12, 2009 --

On New Year’s Eve last year, Georgia gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine pocketed $100,000 in campaign contributions from donors in Alabama. Of that, $70,000 came from political action committees that listed the same Birmingham post office box as their address. Committees listing the same street address in Birmingham chipped in the other $30,000. Three months earlier, […]

Developer’s PAC reports gift to speaker, silent on other donations

May 11, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS May 11, 2009 — A Georgia-based political fund has amended a disclosure report to include a $1,000 gift last year to the campaign account of House Speaker Glenn Richardson. But the fund, registered as The Funds for Georgia’s Future, still has not reported another $72,000 given to lawmakers and other political causes […]

Congressman’s daughter omitted income from court program

	  Congressman's daughter omitted income from court program
May 11, 2009 --

May 11 — Congressman Sanford Bishop’s stepdaughter did not report income that is the subject of a GBI investigation in Columbus, DeKalb County court records show. Aayesha Owens Reese and her husband were paid a total of $14,850 since 2007 by the Junior Marshal program of Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman, according to published reports. […]