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Spotlight on Don Balfour’s $29K condo, 123 committee days

Spotlight on Don Balfour's $29K condo, 123 committee days
February 6, 2012 --

Sen. Don Balfour in 2011 spent more than $29,000 given to him by political supporters to rent a downtown Atlanta condo that he could use year-round. For eight-plus months of the year, though, records indicate he drove home to Snellville, rather than stay in the condo, on each of the 103 days that he worked on public business. Most of those days were charged to a committee — Rules — that never met.

Jan. 20

January 20, 2012 --

Loophole allows big tobacco’s $40K gift to Cagle’s PAC to go undisclosed in Georgia Georgia gets low marks in fighting tobacco Report: DeKalb schools have too many administrators Tapes show ex-superintendent bullying state official over cheating investigation Judge: ATL must turn over more documents to losing airport bidders Two new suits filed against ATL over […]

We all want tax credits, but who are THESE guys?

December 12, 2011 --

A blog about public records …

Tracking down the investors who want Georgia to give them $125 million in tax credits isn’t as easy as it should be. A walk through online disclosures identifies some of the suits who hope to be getting some of that.

March 25

March 25, 2011 --

Fired Clayton sheriff’s employee: ‘I wouldn’t participate in sex’ House chair tells one legislator: No amendments for you! Medicaid smart card idea raises questions State infrastructure bank has $30M sitting idle Ga. has no plan to repay $670M unemployment debt Investigators still question Richmond Co.’s 2009 CRCT tests

Feb. 26

February 26, 2011 --

SunTrust reports issues in 4,000 foreclosure cases Indian state to hear claims against Coke No charges filed against ex-DOT treasurer APS official believes she’s a scapegoat Hall’s contract may face outside review Legislator claims ethics violation by DeKalb school board member

Jan. 12

January 12, 2011 --

County resources used to clear legislator’s driveway Savannah hospital CEO’s ouster to cost $900K Bibb property taxes to become more unfair under new state law, some say Audit: Medicaid companies improving

Nov. 6

November 6, 2010 --

Infighting at ATL public schools may jeopardize millions Business accused of charging Fulton Co. to bus dead people Did legislator’s wife try to derail murder trial? Worker sent pornographic e-mails on gov’t server Governor to appoint panel to review Kenerly indictment

Oct. 26

October 26, 2010 --

Gwinnett grand jury: Bannister resigned to avoid indictment More DeKalb school board candidates have arrest records Henry County says legislator owes taxpayers $25K DeKalb County faces $1.9M legal bill

July 12

July 12, 2010 --

Lawsuit: Legislator sought mortgage break for brother Sewage in the Hooch costs Douglas Co. 1.5 cents per gallon Candidates spar over ethics at GOP debate Ga. developing new day-care improvement system

Lobbyists treat lawmakers’ spouses, don’t always report it

Lobbyists treat lawmakers' spouses, don't always report it
July 5, 2010 --

Each year, lobbyists organize and pay for lunches at hot spots like The 191 Club, day trips and other events – some costing thousands of dollars — to entertain the spouses of Georgia legislators. No one knows the total price tag. Or, at least, the ones who know aren’t always saying.

July 3

July 4, 2010 --

Are Cobb top cop’s Vietnam medals real? NewTown hires Macon legislator to consult on SPLOST vote GBI will investigate Gwinnett chairman’s arrest DeKalb CEO visited HQ of ambulance firm hired by county Clayton candidate says ethics case ‘non-issue’

John Douglas, Public Service Commission candidate: $113,136

John Douglas, Public Service Commission candidate: $113,136
June 22, 2010 --

John F. Douglas, a three-term state senator from Social Circle, says he made $113,000 and change last year. That includes his salaries as a legislator ($31,741, including per diem) and as a field rep for the Peace Officers Association of Georgia, military retirement and his wife’s salary.