Former Gov. Roy Barnes’ law firm has appeared at least 37 times before judges he named, winning clients hundreds of millions of dollars.
In one such case, decided last month, the Democratic governor hopeful’s firm helped win a $459 million judgment.
Barnes didn’t appear personally at the trial, but he appointed Marvin Arrington, one of the judges in the case. Official records show Arrington, a Superior Court judge in Atlanta, has contributed $2,000 to Barnes’ current campaign.
Arrington also gave $10,000 to Barnes’ 2002 campaign on Dec. 3, 2001, records show. Barnes named him to the Fulton County Superior Court on Jan. 17, 2002….
Barnes spokesman Emil Runge did not dispute the accuracy of a Georgia Republican Party document describing the cases.
Runge didn’t answer questions about them, but denounced Deal.
“As a fellow lawyer,” Runge said, “Nathan Deal knows better than to recklessly call into question the integrity of judges across this state.”
Heretofore, the campaign of Republican nominee Nathan Deal had pressed reporters to count how many times Barnes had personally appeared before judges he’d appointed. The former governor had said he could only find one instance – in an insurance case in which the jury’s decision was not appealed.
Click here to see the handout from the state GOP.
Republicans did not address how many of these judges should be disciplined for whatever ethical lapses may be involved here. But it’s an interesting question.
The Republican Governors Association is dipping into Barnes-Deal contest and 26 other races for governor with the help of $1 million from News Corp., the parent company of Fox News. From Politico:
News Corp.’s $1 million gift to the Republican Governors Association was the result of Rupert Murdoch’s personal friendship with former Fox News host and Ohio gubernatorial hopeful John Kasich, Murdoch [said] Wednesday night.
Murdoch, who was in Washington to receive an award from The Media Institute, brushed aside concerns that the gift, which was unusually large and one-sided for a media company, might hurt Fox’s credibility as a news organization that reports on politics.
“It doesn’t reflect on Fox News,” he said. “It had nothing to do with Fox News. The RGA [gift] was actually [a result of] my friendship with John Kasich.”
Take one large cup of Friday night football, remove prayer – and stir. Pardon the religious pun, but some issues are just predestined to become October political topics. From WALB-TV in Albany:
Leesburg, Ga. – Prayer before Lee County High School football games has been silenced after someone complained to the school system.
Local ministers offered prayers over the stadium’s public address system before two home games this year, but that violates the Georgia High School Association’s rules, so the school will stop.
That’s not sitting well with some Christians who say one person’s complaint shouldn’t affect the masses….
There is no truth to the rumor now circulating in the Lee County area that tomorrow’s stadium crowd will be handed individual rubber mats for a mass yoga session.
CBS Atlanta has been working a Henry County school board election involving the young son of state Rep. Steve Davis, R-McDonough. The TV station has a tape of 21-year-old Ryan Davis demanding the withdrawal of rival Rodney Christopher:
That recording includes Davis telling Christopher that if he didn’t drop out, information about child abuse charges would be made public.
“I find it hard for someone with child abuse charges to run for school board,” said Davis on the tape.
But Christopher was never charged with child abuse. A letter from Henry County police shows a judge refused to charge Christopher with child abuse for lack of probable cause. The allegations stem from an incident in which Christopher said he disciplined his son and voluntarily went to police to avoid any accusations.
“I have an ex-wife that loves to start drama,” said Christopher. “So I didn’t want anything fabricated.”
During the call, when Christopher confronted Davis about the lack of charges Davis responded, “I think you’ll be explaining it for the next 28 days.”
CBS Atlanta contacted Davis by phone, and he said the calls weren’t threats. He said he was giving Christopher a chance to “save his dignity.”
PeachPundit has pointed us to an account of the DeKalb County race for district attorney, which features former solicitor general Robert James against Constance Pinson Heard, a family law attorney who has served two six-months suspensions of her license – the latest when she was fighting a bout of depression.
The Fulton County Daily Report produced this glimpse of an unorthodox candidate:
Heard said she knows a variety of taxpayers of different races and hears their concerns. “My family is not all black. I don’t know if you know it, but I am,” she said, explaining that she has traveled and her circle of acquaintances is wide.
“I hear so many people, particularly white people, who are frustrated. … Not that I’m the Great White Hope, but that frustration of having to pay taxes and seeing the kinds of corrupt things that happen,” she said, citing issues during former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell’s reign and issues within the educational systems in Clayton, Fulton and DeKalb Counties. “I think I can make a change.”
Gov. Sonny Perdue was in southwest Georgia on Wednesday to launch a pair of multi-lane mega-ramps near Bainbridge, just in time for a series of fishing tournaments – part of his Go Fish program. Who knew they made HOV lanes for bass boats?
Perdue said the new multi-lane boat ramps and associated amenities will give Bainbridge and Decatur County an even better opportunity to showcase the natural beauty of the Flint River and Lake Seminole to fishers from all over the United States. While the river and lake offer beautiful water and good fishing, it will be local citizens’ “great Southern hospitality” that visiting anglers will remember and spread the word about.
“[The mega-ramps are] a gift that keeps on giving,” Perdue said. “With three major tournaments lined up in October, this is kind of like the Super Bowl for Bainbridge and Decatur County. People who fish here will keep coming back.”