About 180 times last year, state disclosures show, a lobbyist gave House Speaker David Ralston something: A meal, a drink, a round of golf, a family trip to Europe. We know these lobbyists spent about $35,000 on the speaker in 2010. What we don’t know is much more significant: What did they want from him? Most lobbyists never answer that question, and Georgia doesn’t really make them.
Bishop Long tries to get members’ lost money back
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Key cards a clue in DeKalb cheating investigation Jury awards $1.4M for MARTA escalator injury APD chief: No decision yet to disband Red Dogs Roy Barnes on Citizens United decision: ‘What a crock’ DeKalb frees man mistakenly kept behind bars Atty General questions closed Savannah Council meeting Fired Forsyth Co. official files another appeal
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DNR board approves new water transfer rule Indicted ex-commissioner: Gwinnett DA violated my rights DeKalb school board’s size under legislative fire Taylor Co. judge reversed for 3rd time in 2 years for same reason State to cover overdraft fees caused by tax refund snafu Ethics chief: More money needed to handle new law
Judge affirms $17.5M judgment in airport billboard case Developer in Gwinnett bribery case may have immunity State takes back tax refunds, leaves Georgians with overdraft fees Financial problems plague DeKalb school board member DeKalb: ‘Human error’ was behind suspect’s mistaken release Police: Allegedly drunk prosecutor fled from officers
Mark Richt wrapped up UGA’s 2009 football season with a 8-5 season and a bowl victory over Texas A&M. For that, and for everything else he does, Richt made more than $3 million last year.
ATL school board castigated, accepts probation DOT Board hopeful denies ‘conflict of interest’ House Ethics chairman’s claim leaves out key detail
House Speaker David Ralston, staff and family enjoyed a $17,000 working holiday last Thanksgiving. So much for the idea of a $100 gift cap. Or for transparency. Lobbyist Chris Brady, representing Commonwealth Research Associates LLC, picked up the tab for hotels and airfare. A few weeks later, Brady took Ralston and staff to a $403 dinner. Other than that, official disclosures tell us nothing.
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