Among the consequences of Georgia’s new ethics law: It will require more reporting by lobbyists and will probably thin out their herd, at least at the state level. It will relieve hundreds of the new governor’s appointees of the need to disclose even a smidgen about their personal finances. And, combined with budget problems, it will require the state ethics commission for the next several months to set aside one of its core missions, says its chairman, Patrick Millsaps.
Prosecutors: Cobb EMC saga began with broken promise UPS, FedEx are subjects of antitrust investigation Federal lawsuit claims discrimination in DeKalb Fire Department New panel formed to examine issues around church finances Cobb Co. manager answers grand jury’s questions Bed of Athens stream tainted
Legislative leaders are in discussions to hire a prominent lobbying firm to help redraw district lines for the Georgia House and Senate this year. Under the proposal, Troutman Sanders Strategies would work on reapportionment maps for the Legislature and the state’s delegation to Congress. The firm recently hired former House Majority Leader Jerry Keen, and chairman Pete Robinson serves on Gov.-elect Nathan Deal’s transition team.
Cobb EMC chief indicted for racketeering, theft Deal sets up payment plan for debt Editorial: Transparency missing in tax reform panel
GBI to investigate allegations of inmate abuse Signature bonds under review following trooper shooting Former Gwinnett judge charged with felony forgeries Hall Co. commissioners force 4 top officials to resign Tea party enters ethics alliance aimed at Legislature Judges reverse rehiring of ‘love offering’ magistrate
The site of the Oaky Woods wildlife area sold for such a sweet price in 2004 that the sale cannot be used to determine a value today, state appraisers say. The state last week forked over $2,860 an acre — 75 percent more than the ’04 price — for a portion of the tract. A subsidiary of Synovus Financial, the Columbus-based banking giant that’s lost a pile on bad real-estate loans, pocketed about a third of the proceeds.
Prisoners report beatings in retaliation for Dec. protests Fulton to put elected judge in charge of ‘rocket docket’ Bibb rehires judge who quit in ‘love offering’ scandal Gwinnett dispute stops police use of radar guns
Everyone should make resolutions for the New Year, if only to have new goals. In that spirit, we offer 10 suggestions for Georgia legislators to strengthen government ethics in 2011. Among them: Let’s make ex-Speaker Glenn Richardson the last legislator to transfer all his leftover campaign cash to a committee where he can spend it any way he wishes.
Fulton judge defends handling of trooper shooting suspect Ex-candidate for governor asked to list sexual partners Lawrenceville faces $2.5M in fines for safety violations Ex-Villa Rica bank official banned fom banking Winder settles harassment suit for $250K
A Fulton County judge had no choice last month but to release the man who allegedly shot and killed State Trooper Chadwick LeCroy a couple weeks later, the county’s chief judge said tonight. Gregory Favors was freed on a signature bond not because of “judicial whim or an adherence to some arbitrary self-imposed rule,” but because judges “have a duty to uphold the rule of law,” Judge Cynthia D. Wright wrote in a letter to Fulton County citizens.
Complaints against judges outpace investigation funds
Perdue pushed pet projects