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Dec. 13

December 13, 2009 --

DeKalb school official faces question of impropriety Is Cargill plant an environmental steward or neighborhood polluter? Ethics case stalks Eric Johnson’s campaign Complaints against insurers rise Law on honest student testing sought ‘Climate of fear’ at Macon City Hall?

Dec. 12

December 12, 2009 --

Thousands of stimulus fund reports missing Deerwood Academy’s principal under review after state sanction Warner Robins candidates received improper campaign contributions

Dec. 11

December 11, 2009 --

Democrats announce new ethics legislation Last chance for the House ‘old guard’? College Park loans $130,000 to restaurant filing for bankruptcy State taken to task on water goals Recall effort looks to unseat 3 Gwinnett commissioners Seven Atlanta, Fulton County educators banned in test cheating scandal Congressman Tom Price releases his list of worst federal […]

Election Board’s full steam ahead on citizenship checks for new voters

Election Board's full steam ahead on citizenship checks for new voters
December 10, 2009 --

Once again, Georgia is about to require that new voters prove their citizenship before casting a ballot. The State Election Board voted 3-1 today to approve a process for citizenship checks, which were mandated by the Georgia Legislature this year. Board member David Worley tried unsuccessfully to amend the new rules, or table them for further refinement, based on objections raised by immigrant and minority groups.

Dec. 10

December 10, 2009 --

Winner of multimillion-dollar contract hires Ga. corrections official Office Depot refunds $23,000 to Fulton schools for overcharges DeKalb superintendent’s pay proving divisive Coastal housing bust concerns environmentalists Ga. lawmaker calls for pledge to stop adultery

Dec. 9

December 9, 2009 --

Failed bank deviated from business plan Former peanut executives seek money for legal costs Financing of proposed coal-fired power plant questioned Report: Lawrenceville mayor violated ethics Former DeKalb principal pleads guilty in cheating scandal Interim APD chief’s son under investigation for ‘accidentally’ threatening wife CARE’s Helene Gayle wins GSU ethics award

White House gives agencies transparency to-do list

White House gives agencies transparency to-do list
December 8, 2009 --

Open government advocates got an early holiday gift from the White House today. The Office of Management and Budget released the detailed directive to federal agencies on transparency that President Barack Obama called for on his second day in office. The 11-page directive sets out specific tasks for agencies and gives them deadlines.

Dec. 8

December 8, 2009 --

Opinion: GA Legislature oddly incurious about bank failures Doraville political activist not guilty of assaulting workers Ex-Albany official’s wife surrenders, pleads guilty Augusta proposes restrictions on media Bibb superintendent to stay on job during ethics probe

Jekyll authority backs out of Linger Longer development deal

December 8, 2009 --

The Jekyll Island Authority is dropping out of a controversial beachfront development deal because its private partner could no longer guarantee a timeline for completion. The authority and Atlanta-based Linger Longer LLC had been renegotiating timing and financial terms of the package, which called for building two hotels, condominiums and time-share units, and up to 30,000 square feet of retail space. But the authority still wanted a firm timeline for completion of each component, a spokesman said, and Linger Longer couldn’t make it so.

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code
December 8, 2009 --


A combative Eugene Walker on Monday talked the DeKalb County school board into holding off on discussing a proposed ethics code for board members. State Rep. Kevin Levitas last month proposed a state law giving the DeKalb board “a clear set of principles” to follow. Walker, who resigned as chairman of the DeKalb Development Authority this year after controversy over his role there, said Levitas’ proosal “offended” him. “We oughta throw it in the trash,” he said. “I don’t want to hear anything about it.”

Ex-cop pleads not guilty to smuggling cellphone to son in jail

Ex-cop pleads not guilty to smuggling cellphone to son in jail
December 7, 2009 --

Pearlene Williams, retired chief of staff to Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington, pleaded not guilty today to smuggling a cellphone into the DeKalb County Jail. She faces felony charges of furnishing contraband to an inmate and violating her oath of office. Her son, Muhammad Kareem, was an inmate being held for the 2007 murder of a Covington Highway pawn shop manager. 

Dec. 7

December 7, 2009 --

ATL wastes $806K of homeland security money on unused water valves Douglas County BOE to terminate attorney’s contract