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APD’s Kreher steps from batter’s box to lieutenant’s job

APD's Kreher steps from batter's box to lieutenant's job
December 19, 2009 --

Kasim Reed hasn’t even been sworn in as Atlanta’s next mayor, but one of his key supporters has already been promoted. Scott Kreher, the police sergeant who was on desk duty four months ago for talking about wanting to tenderize the mayor’s head with a baseball bat, is now a lieutenant. Kreher runs the Atlanta police union, which endorsed Reed two weeks before he won a Dec. 1 runoff election.

Dec. 19

December 19, 2009 --

Butler secretly taped talks with Univ. of West Ga. officials No charges in Lavonia pastor’s death in botched drug sting Former McIntosh sheriff: Records were there when I left Bannister main focus of Gwinnett recall effort

Rep. taped talks with university over job status of ex-girlfriend

Rep. taped talks with university over job status of ex-girlfriend
December 19, 2009 --

Rep. Mark Butler secretly taped conversations with University of West Georgia officials after they fired a lobbyist who was his former girlfriend, the Carrollton Times-Georgian reports. Butler later called the university to complain, telling a secretary that her boss “had just pissed off the whole political party firing Erin. This includes Speaker of the House, Rules Chairman and Senate.”

Dec. 18

December 18, 2009 --

Common Cause: Reform Georgia’s ethics laws now McIntosh County dismissed 100+ felonies over missing records North Oconee principal plans to resign

Ralston wins speaker vote, Richardson bids emotional farewell

December 17, 2009 --

House Republicans today chose Rep. David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) to replace Glenn Richardson as speaker. And Richardson, who will step down at the end of the month, made an emotional farewell, taking the blame for unspecified failures during his five-year tenure: “Wherever we may have failed, I take full responsibility for those failures. All of ’em. … When you leave here today, you leave all those behind. You leave them on my shoulders as I walk out of here. They’re mine.”

Dec. 17

December 17, 2009 --

IRS audited Perdue after land deal Vogtle monitor shut out of key meetings College Park mayor: Loan to bankrupt restaurant was risky Endangered ‘hawks’: Former speaker’s lieutenants Buford investigated over hotel tax use Atlanta, ACLU settle suit over Forrest Hill Academy

Dec. 16

December 16, 2009 --

Prominent lobbyist helped facilitate speaker’s affair Speaker candidate O’Neal: IRS audited tax deferral for governor Nathan Deal: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’ Atlanta CFO seeks explanation for $25K luncheon Ex-Albany official’s ‘love interest’ takes stand in corruption trial Augusta Commission rejects restrictions on media Accused Glynn County educators deny cheating DNA exonerates Georgia man after 2 […]

Lawyers sue state over gaps in indigent defense

December 15, 2009 --

Nearly 200 criminal defendants have no state-paid lawyer as required by Georgia law to handle their appeals, according to a civil suit filed today. More than half have waited more than a year without an attorney. Budget cuts and a 2008 Supreme Court decision lie at the heart of the problem. “When our system of criminal justice does not itself comply with the rule of law, its integrity is fairly questioned,” said attorney Michael A. Caplan. “That integrity is what is at issue in this case.”

Dec. 15

December 15, 2009 --

Questions raised over Oxendine’s trips with major donors ATL water dept. lunch sparks controversy Congressional ethics committees inquire about Deal’s business

Dec. 14

December 14, 2009 --

Questions over lobbyist’s relationship with Carrollton lawmaker PSC staffers criticize Georgia Power Findings of Forsyth County IT probe under review Albany official resigns to avoid possible indictment Ethics reform is likely this session due to one woman History of scandal at state Capitol

Four more legislators file 2008 financial disclosures — 5 months late

Four more legislators file 2008 financial disclosures -- 5 months late
December 14, 2009 --

Better late than never: Four Georgia legislators, including Rep. Sheila Jones of Atlanta, filed personal financial disclosures last week for 2008. Some, we’re told, even mentioned Atlanta Unfiltered when they made sure the state received their reports. That leaves 10 Democrats who still haven’t filed. UP NEXT: We’ll take a closer look at where the money’s flowing in the Legislature, and to whom. One hint: It ain’t to the Democrats.