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High court suspends Twiggs judge WITH pay

May 14, 2010 --

Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler was suspended with pay this morning by the Georgia Supreme Court. A state oversight panel pushed for Fowler’s removal last month after he removed two probation officers from his courtroom. Fowler said the two men, who had testified about his courtroom behavior, seemed to have a “vendetta” against him. Overseers argued he was trying to intimidate the men in case they were required to testify in any future proceedings regarding his status as a judge.

May 14

May 14, 2010 --

DeKalb may have let too many retirees go Controversial shelter accuses ATL of discriminatory housing practices Panel votes to punish ex-Bibb superintendent, 3 others Metro ATL playgrounds fail safety checks Buildings sit empty as taxpayers foot bill Tax group sues to freeze assessments 11 face possible sanctions in CRCT cheating probe Bibb principal reported for […]

Floyd County’s chief magistrate latest to resign under a cloud

Floyd County's chief magistrate latest to resign under a cloud
May 13, 2010 --

Chris Mathis, the elected chief magistrate of Floyd County, today queued up in the lengthening line of Georgia judges who have resigned while under investigation for misconduct. He reportedly stepped down after meeting with Richard Hyde, investigator for the state Judicial Qualifications Commission.

May 13

May 13, 2010 --

Sheriff obtains warrant for illegal KSU student Ga. chancellor resists call to check students’ immigrant status Homeowners sue to halt Fulton property tax bills DeKalb school offices include $2,000 chairs DeKalb investigating ambulance delays Fayette schools awarded technology sale to highest bidder Judge reinstates $3.6M libel judgment against former Forsyth sheriff Acquitted kindergarten teacher’s lawyers pushing […]

May 12

May 12, 2010 --

School sells diploma for $99 to dog Undocumented Kennesaw State student subject of scrutiny Supreme Court asked to decide whether Ga. can afford death penalty Lax oversight, bad loans doomed American United Bank Airport manager chastised for take-home vehicles ‘Special’ election in DeKalb is especially pointless Testing violations found in at least 5 school systems […]

Judge reprimanded for cussing out GBI agents, prosecutors

May 11, 2010 --

A North Georgia judge today acknowledged trying to intimidate prosecutors who were investigating another judge in her circuit for alleged election fraud. Lookout Mountain Superior Court Judge Kristina Cook Connelly Graham received a public reprimand in court today for two unrelated incidents in 2008 and 2009. The reprimand said Graham had admitted her actions.

Loophole lets legislators pocket $343K despite session ban

Loophole lets legislators pocket $343K despite session ban
May 11, 2010 --

Georgia legislators cannot accept campaign contributions while they are in session. Except when they can. Four lawmakers running for Congress collected more than $343,000 in campaign funds between them while the General Assembly was in session this year, federal campaign filings show. Rep. Clay Cox, seeking the seat being vacated by Congressman John Linder, led the pack with $114,712.

May 11

May 11, 2010 --

DOT project benefits lifelong friend of governor Last-minute bill gives governor more redistricting power 6 groups file legal challenge to proposed coal-fired power plant Bus stops near sex offenders Azziz to review Medical College admin pay Groups urge Perdue to veto bill eliminating tax credit for poor

May 10

May 10, 2010 --

Gov. Perdue took hand in moving DOT project through his property Barr ghostwriter finds promoting liberty doesn’t pay ATL jail staffing levels under fire SCLC members ousted during ongoing strife

Lawmaker’s campaign cash pays the rent, all year long

Lawmaker's campaign cash pays the rent, all year long
May 10, 2010 --

Elected officials, under Georgia law, can use campaign money for the “ordinary and necessary” expenses of holding office. So is it “necessary” for a south Georgia lawmaker — Rep. Bob Hanner — to drop nearly $100,000 on renting an Atlanta apartment year-round? That, it seems, depends on who you ask. Read on …

May 9

May 9, 2010 --

Stimulus aids few GA bridges Conflict in DeKalb school role, exec post? Roswell rescinds DUI arrest quota Most Cobb school candidates favor ending vacation-day perk Ethics complaint filed against Forsyth commissioner

May 8

May 8, 2010 --

Judge rules state-authorized charter schools are constitutional Doraville officers’ long commute costs taxpayers ATL high school cited for chaining doors Another ethics complaint filed against Judson Hill Arbiter: Suspend Twiggs judge with pay Closing tax loopholes tops chamber’s agenda Milledgeville trees create stimulus squabble