Archive for June, 2010

Property disclosure requirements not always clear

AJC’s Christopher Quinn reports the State Ethics Commission is scratching its head over whether two north metro Atlanta political candidates have complied with disclosure requirements in listing their real property.

“What is ‘beneficial ownership?” Stacey Kalberman, executive secretary of the State Ethics Commission, asked rhetorically. “I am trying to determine that. I can’t answer that right now.”

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DeKalb Board of Education candidate calls out rival’s campaign manager

Zepora RobertsIs a DeKalb school staffer improperly managing the campaign of a candidate who wants to unseat county Board of Education Vice Chair Zepora Roberts? That’s Roberts’ contention, and she wants the district to investigate, according to a report by AJC staff writer Megan Matteucci. Read the complete story.

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Ethics panel appears to have quorum in Oxendine case

Atlanta Unfiltered just reported that the state Ethics Commission now will have a quorum to hear accusations against GOP gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine with the addition of a Brunswick attorney to the panel.

House Speaker David Ralston named Hillary S. Stringfellow to the commission. She fills a vacant post on the panel. If the post had remained vacant and two sitting members had recused themselves from the Oxendine case, the panel would not have had a quorum to hear complaints.

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23-year-old takes on 2-term Athens-Clarke commissioner

Who says young people aren’t politically active? The Athens Banner-Herald reports a 23-year-old substitute teacher is taking on Athens-Clarke Commissioner George Maxwell in his bid for re-election to a third term.

Donald Norris Jr. promises to be an advocate for the poor. “I’ve grown up in poverty, and I’ve seen people struggle,” Norris tells reporter Blake Aued. “I’ve seen the issue firsthand.”

Maxwell said recently that the Athens-Clarke government is doing all it can to help the poor.  Read the complete story.

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Hall County winners will their have work cut out for them

Interesting story from Gainesville Times reporter Melissa Weinman on the challenges Hall County commission winners will face after the election. Chief among them: the county’s not-so-happy cities. Read the story.

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Palin arrives with jokes, but no GOP endorsements

sarah palinIf Georgia’s Republican candidates were expecting any endorsements from former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during her Tuesday visit to Gwinnett they were left hanging. The conservative powerhouse came with plenty of jokes and criticism of the White House, but that was just about it. Read more of AJC reporter Katie Leslie’s story.

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Two-term Cherokee commissioner withdraws

Two-term Commissioner Derek Good of Cherokee County withdrew suddenly from the July 20 Republican primary Tuesday afternoon over past inaccuracies about his military service.

Robert Trim, a political consultant who has helped Good campaign previously, responded to a call to Good from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Trim said that when Good first ran for office about nine years ago, he mentioned in an interview that he had served as an Army Ranger. That was not true, but it was printed.

Trim said Good had served in the Army and attended Ranger training, but did not graduate because of an injury and eventual honorable medical discharge. Good, however, never corrected himself.

“Over time, he went with it because it was easier to stick with what people already believed than correct it,” Trim said.

However, during a Tuesday interview with a county newspaper reporter, the interviewer was going over Good’s background and asked about his military service.

“It has been weighing on …

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Campaign fund-raising deadline midnight tonight

Candidates on the July 20 primary ballots are scrambling to find last-minute donors today as the midnight deadline for the second quarter of the year approaches.

Campaigns for statewide and legislative offices must file reports with the State Ethics Commission by July 8 showing how much money they raised in the past three months.

As such, candidates are making final pleas via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter, as well as through direct mail and personal calls.

The reports will be an important showing of strength — or weakness — just a few weeks out from the primaries.

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Secretary of State Kemp not amused by GOP rival

Brian KempGeorgia Secretary of  State Brian Kemp is bristling at GOP rival Doug MacGinnitie’s insinuation that he is not a true red-bloodied Republican. Athens Banner-Herald’s Blake Aued, however, suggests the indignation may be somewhat overblown. Read the complete post.

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Ex-Sheriff gets 18 months in federal prison for voter fraud

A 2004 election has caught up with a former Dodge County sheriff. Lawton Douglas, who was locked in a runoff at the time, conspired to pay off voters to cast ballots for him, a federal court found. Douglas, 38,  now must serve 18 months in federal  prison, reports Rodney Manley of the Macon Telegraph. Dodge County is southeast of Macon. Read the complete story.

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