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Ethics panel’s woes rooted in poor hiring, oversight

Ethics panel’s woes rooted in poor hiring, oversight

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When the state ethics commissioners gathered earlier this month to fire their executive secretary they didn’t gather at all.

Instead, staff attorneys set up a speakerphone, which the media dutifully encircled with microphones and waited for the appointed board members to dial in remotely.

The farcical scene was too apt. For more than a year, the board of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission has seemed lost and disconnected, saying little and doing less while staff members fought and filed lawsuits.

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Georgia ethics commission dismisses complaint against Carter campaign

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The state ethics commission has dismissed a complaint filed by a former Republican lawmaker who claimed a star-studded fundraiser boosting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter is “grossly unethical and illegal.”

The ethics agency said in its two-page rejection letter, which Carter’s campaign received Monday, that the event didn’t violate transparency rules because it was soliciting campaign donations for the state Democratic Party and not directly benefiting Carter’s campaign.



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Interactive:  The AJC is proud is to offer readers this new tool to track legislation and meet those in power at the Gold Dome. All bills in the tool are categorized by topic, and the AJC staff highlighted legislation with the most significant impact on the general public. Links to lawmakers will show bill sponsorship, recent votes, committee assignments and top campaign donors. The bills and votes reflected are from both sessions of the assembly. Even if a bill was submitted but not voted on before the 2013 session closed, it is technically still active. Information in the tool will be updated daily during the 40-day legislative session.

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A first TV ad in Casey Cagle’s bid for a third term

Updated 30 mins ago — 

Republican incumbent Casey Cagle is out with his first TV ad this afternoon in his bid for a third term as lieutenant governor:

Cagle’s topic is education – an emphasis that Democrat Jason Carter has been exploring in his bid for governor. But note that Cagle pairs himself and his dialogue with Katy Arrowood, CEO of the Athens Community Career Academy.


Gun bill analysis: Felons could claim ‘stand your ground’ defense

Felons could use the state’s “stand your ground” legislation to claim self-defense if they feel threatened and kill somebody in Georgia, according to a state analysis obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirming the effects of a gun bill passed last month by the state Legislature.  |  Read the Senate office's full analysis

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