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March 7

March 7, 2011 --

DeKalb schools question construction manager’s methods DeKalb’s lawsuit tab: $15.5M and climbing More men come forward with Red Dog complaints Tire-fee bill advances

2nd DeKalb cop indicted; lawyers squabble over witness, V. Jones

March 7, 2011 --

Former DeKalb police Lt. Willie Daren Durrett was arraigned Monday for allegedly taking bribes from a small business owner, forcing a delay in the trial of co-defendant Donald Frank. Court filings, meanwhile, show Frank’s attorneys are hoping a jury never hears the name of Frank’s former boss, ex-DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones.

Ethics panel: If you’re getting paid, you’re a lobbyist

March 7, 2011 --

March 7, 2011 — Beginning today, lobbying takes on a whole new meaning in Georgia. In essence, anyone who’s seeking to influence legislation now must file papers as a lobbyist if they’re being paid while doing so. That includes corporate executives or school teachers visiting the Capitol, or witnesses at legislative hearings. Patrick Millsaps, chairman of the State Campaign Finance Commission, warned: “I think we are coming dangerously close to putting up barriers to prevent people from petitioning their government.”

Supremes uphold Ga.’s voter ID law

Supremes uphold Ga.'s voter ID law
March 7, 2011 --

Georgians must show valid photo identification before casting a ballot, the Georgia Supreme Court said today in a 6-1 decision. The court’s majority held that a 2006 Georgia law is a reasonable safeguard to protect the integrity of elections without disenfranchising voters. Justice Robert Benham, in a written dissent, argued the state had not proven the photo ID requirement was necessary.

March 6

March 6, 2011 --

Land flips sting Gwinnett taxpayers Hall County’s new attorneys are costing more

March 5

March 5, 2011 --

Feds: Money manager bought beach house with client funds Senate bill tackles sales of tax liens Senate bill would halt contingency-fee forfeiture prosecutions Why did governor purge state Board of Education? Cobb official out amid workplace complaints Sandy Springs prostitution busts questioned Jury awards MARTA lt. $700K APS ethics panel finds evidence against board member

ATL physician accused of $975K health care scam

March 5, 2011 --

An Atlanta physician scammed Medicaid and Medicare for $975,000 for group therapy for nursing home patients, many of whom were either dead or hospitalized, federal prosecutors say. Dr. Robert Williams, 72, was arraigned Friday in federal court on fraud charges that could cost him 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

March 4

March 4, 2011 --

SACS orders DeKalb schools to make changes Beazer CEO to make $6.5M SEC settlement ATL man settles SEC civil charges Intent of ‘trade secret’ bill is an open secret Barnes argues to quash case against ex-Cobb EMC CEO

Ethics panel: Caucuses must follow spending limits

Ethics panel: Caucuses must follow spending limits
March 4, 2011 --

Party caucuses in the Georgia Legislature are not exempt from limits on campaign spending, the State Campaign Finance Commission decided this week. The panel’s advisory opinion could curtail spending by the Democratic caucuses in the Georgia House and Senate, which paid more than $60,000 for mailings on behalf of Sen. Vincent Fort and Rep. Rashad Taylor against challengers in the party’s July 2010 primary.

Ex-N. Ga. prosecutor fined, reprimanded in election case

March 2, 2011 --

The State Election Board has fined a former north Georgia prosecutor for absentee-ballot violations, rejecting a judge’s recommendation to drop the charges for lack of evidence. Albert Palmour of Summerville, now an attorney in private practice, was fined $18,000 last week and given a public reprimand for his alleged role in a 2006 election fraud case in Chattooga County.

March 2

March 2, 2011 --

Proposed sunshine law gives GA lawmakers a pass ATL identifies antenna problem with water meters Pay cuts at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Opinion: Revamp of open gov’t rules a mixed bag

Ethics panel dismisses complaint over Cagle’s alleged affair

Ethics panel dismisses complaint over Cagle’s alleged affair
March 1, 2011 --

Allegations that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle overpaid a campaign aide with whom he was having an affair were dropped today by the State Campaign Finance Commission. Members said complainant Ray Boyd had no evidence to support his claim, which the chairman described as a “clear abuse” of the complaint process.