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March 13

March 13, 2011 --

Lawmakers eye tax breaks for business Ga. not prosecuting sunshine law cases Columbus assessment freeze creates tax disparities Federal agencies critique Savannah harbor plan

March 12

March 12, 2011 --

Law that pushes elderly into nursing homes under review Ex-judge Camp sentenced to 30 days in prison Disappointment of the week: Paul Hewitt’s contract Yarbrough: Tax council’s good work mangled by lawmakers

March 11

March 11, 2011 --

Arbitrators: Developer should pay $43M to FDIC, banks UGA professor scolded for failing to report harassment ATL superintendent’s personal e-mails subpoenaed Open gov’t law rewrite unlikely to pass this session House passes patients’ ‘right to know’ on malpractice insurance Forsyth County backs off ethics amendments 3 Columbus Parks & Rec defendants get no jail time

March 10

March 10, 2011 --

DA seeking indictment of Clayton Co. finance director Road builders en route to lowest possible environmental fines Gingrich: Love of country contributed to affair. Really.

Margaret DeFrancisco, Ga. Lottery CEO: $496,776

Margaret DeFrancisco, Ga. Lottery CEO: $496,776
March 10, 2011 --

The head of the Georgia Lottery made about a half-million dollars last year, but you wouldn’t know it if you checked salary data on the state auditor’s website. shows Margaret DeFrancisco was paid $353,500 in salary in FY2010. What it doesn’t tell you is that the lottery paid her a bonus of $143,276 last year. What’s up with that?

Ga. could become “asylum state” for juvenile delinquents

March 9, 2011 --

Georgia is set to become the go-to state for delinquent juveniles trying to escape the system, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports. Unless the Legislature acts, Georgia on July 1 would be dropped from a new interstate compact and could become a “dumping ground for out-of-state delinquent juveniles,” including violent and sex offenders, one official said.

March 9

March 9, 2011 --

Ex-Ga. Tech profs indicted for conspiracy to defraud state Ga. health plan in $250M hole Ch. 2 probes judge’s DUI backlog Proposed state tax break worth millions to Delta 11th Circuit reverses judge on nepotism law

Linder, Marshall paid big staff bonuses on way out the door

Linder, Marshall paid big staff bonuses on way out the door
March 9, 2011 --

Former Georgia Congressmen Jim Marshall and John Linder paid hefty, six-figure bonuses to their staffs before leaving Washington, a newly released analysis has found. Marshall, defeated last year for re-election, paid more than twice as much in staff salaries in the fourth quarter of 2010 as in the previous three, the analysis showed. Linder, who retired after nine terms, paid his staff 86 percent more. Those increased payments ranked fifth and seventh, respectively, in Congress.

March 8

March 8, 2011 --

Auditors uphold larger lottery payouts, note $2M in bonuses Senate ethics panel OKs political contributions by utilities DeKalb CEO, commissioners visit DC during budget crunch Students’ identities released in harassment files sent out by UGA Regional flights could lose subsidies

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.”