Oct. 26, 2012 — Just this month, Walmart heiress Alice Walton and other out-of-state interests dumped more than $1.1 million into the campaign to allow more state-chartered public schools in Georgia, new campaign finance filings show. Atlanta’s Bernie Marcus also showed his support with a quarter-million-dollar contribution.
Georgia’s Code of Ethics does not apply to members of local school boards, the Supreme Court of Georgia said today in a unanimous decision. The high court ruled that former Gov. Sonny Perdue had no authority in August 2010 to remove three members of the Warren County Board of Education for alleged misconduct.
Two Fulton County employees who lost their jobs are not whistleblowers, attorneys for the county say, but even if they were, they can’t sue the county. The workers say they were caught up in a backlash against a politically sensitive probe of the misuse of county funds. Now the county contends it is immune from claims under Georgia’s whistleblower law — an argument that could undermine such suits across the state.
Just as the National Lampoon twisted arms in 1973, state lawmakers are asking voters Tuesday to amend the state Constitution to bring jobs to Georgia. When they ask that way, who could say no? Evidently, lawmakers fretted that Georgians could. The legislative history shows they tweaked and prodded the ballot question for Amendment 1 until limitations on competition, which are generally barred by the Georgia Constitution, now appear to make the state more competitive.
A judge Tuesday gave Gov. Sonny Perdue 30 days to hire attorneys for convicted felons who have gone as long as three years without them. The state is constitutionally required to provide the lawyers even if the responsible agency, the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, doesn’t have the cash to do so, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry W. Baxter ruled.
Atlanta voters can choose between two big-name tax delinquents this fall among a large field of candidates hoping to replace longtime City Council member James Maddox. Property records are littered with dozens of liens, cancellations and transfers of debt to private collection services naming former Fulton County Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves and former City Councilman Morris Finley. Many of the debts remain unpaid. Each has accumulated liens totaling more than $20,000 since 2004.
Three highway contractors reaped the proceeds as the Georgia Department of Transportation ran up billions of dollars in unconstitutional deficits, state auditors say. Between them, the three companies since 2002 made nearly $2.4 billion off state DOT contracts.
Attorney General Thurbert Baker ruled today that Georgia’s utility-regulating agency acted illegally last month when it chose a new chairman. Baker ruled that state law establishing the process for choosing a chairman is constitutional and the commission did not have the authority to rule otherwise. The PSC now must decide whether to abide by the […]
The Georgia Public Service Commission, which could not get legislative approval this year for a new method of selecting its chairman, may try to do it another way today. Doug Everett, who took over Jan. 1 as chairman of the utility-regulating agency, sent this note out Monday: I plan to resign my Chairmanship effective July […]
The Georgia Public Service Commission chose Stan Wise as its new chairman for a two-year term Tuesday, but one member wants a second opinion. State law specifies that the PSC chairman serves a one-year term, using a rotation system based on seniority. But the commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to name Wise as chairman for the […]