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Dec. 6

December 6, 2009 --

Why you’re paying too much in property taxes The Capitol as frat house, and the 2010 race for governor Cobb EMC appeal will likely delay election further State to hear claims of Richmond County trial delays More politicians not filing reports of disclosure

Dec. 4

December 4, 2009 --

Richardson’s fall highlights gift-giving from lobbyists Bibb school ethics probe may take months

Fired police chief claims indigence, asks DeKalb to pay to transcribe appeal

Fired police chief claims indigence, asks DeKalb to pay to transcribe appeal
December 4, 2009 --

Terrell Bolton, formerly DeKalb County’s $162,000-a-year police chief, is claiming indigence as he tries to get his job back. Bolton says he can’t afford to pay a court reporter to transcribe the four-day hearing held on his appeal of his dismissal. Bolton was fired in February for insubordination and misuse of county vehicles, including a $32,000 Range Rover and a $55,000 Mercedes Benz assigned for his use.

Dec. 3

December 3, 2009 --

House speaker to resign effective Jan, 1 Bibb school superintendent under ethics investigation Base closure savings inflated Floyd County 911 took 22 minutes to dispatch police to 2nd location

Handel preparing new rules for voters to prove citizenship

Handel preparing new rules for voters to prove citizenship
December 3, 2009 --

The State Election Board may put the final touches next week on Georgia’s drive to require proof of citizenship when residents register to vote. The Justice Department last spring rejected Secretary of State Karen Handel‘s effort to purge non-citizens from the voting rolls as inaccurate and racially discriminatory. The board will vote Dec. 10 on new rules, subject to federal approval, outlining acceptable proof of citizenship and creating an appeal process.

Blitch, ex-Clinch County judge, fined $100K after fraud plea

Blitch, ex-Clinch County judge, fined $100K after fraud plea
December 2, 2009 --

Former Superior Court Judge Brooks E. Blitch III of Clinch County was sentenced Tuesday to three years’ probation and fined $100,000 after pleading guilty to fraud in federal court in Macon. Blitch’s crime was punishable by up to 20 years in prison but he avoided prison time under the plea agreement. Prosecutors dropped the remaining […]

DeKalb schools may pay $15 million to manage construction program

DeKalb schools may pay $15 million to manage construction program
December 2, 2009 --

DeKalb school officials want to pay Parsons Corp. and another firm $14.6 million to manage construction through 2012. The school board Monday may pony up the 2010 installment — $6.1 million. Parsons took control of the program in October when chief operating officer Pat Pope was reassigned as an investigation of construction contracts heated up. But the outsourcing would have cost the same regardless of Pope’s status, a school spokesman said today: “Their dollar figure would not have changed.”

Dec. 2

December 2, 2009 --

No jail time for ex-judge Blitch Wrongful death suit filed against Clayton sheriff Concern grows for Grady dialysis patients Vaccine cases spark interest — and an unusual move by plaintiffs Natural gas fight coming to head between cities, AGL

‘Delinquent dozen’ GA legislators still haven’t filed disclosures

'Delinquent dozen' GA legislators still haven't filed disclosures
December 1, 2009 --

A dozen Georgia legislators still haven’t filed financial disclosure statements for 2008 as required by state law, according to State Ethics Commission records. Four of them, including Rep. Roger Bruce of Atlanta, haven’t filed disclosures for 2007 either. As a practical matter, there’s not much of a penalty for failing to file a disclosure statement. The Ethics Commission routinely assesses a late fee of $75, but makes little effort to collect it.

Nov. 30

December 1, 2009 --

House speaker’s ex-wife alleges controlling relationship — even after divorce Bank failures more costly than S&L crisis

Pennington takes blame for 2006 Johnston shooting — or does he?

Pennington takes blame for 2006 Johnston shooting -- or does he?
November 30, 2009 --


One week ago, Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington apologized and shouldered the blame for the 2006 shooting death of Kathryn Johnston: “I take full responsibility for what happened.” But not so much in court. Detectives claim arrest quotas pressured them to cut corners in drug investigations. Pennington testified the department had performance standards, but no quotas. And he can’t be blamed, city attorneys contend, “for the illegal actions of a few rogue officers.”