The Macon Telegraph this morning has a first look at those 2001 divorce records of Austin Scott.
Keep in mind that these papers were sealed not to keep Democrat Jim Marshall from peeking at them, but in the midst of a Republican primary challenge faced by Scott while he was still a member of the Legislature.
From the Telegraph:
Formerly sealed court records from Rep. Austin Scott’s 2001 divorce from Anna Leigh Jordan contain charges and countercharges but provide little evidence to confirm or support those claims.
Scott, R-Ga., who represents the 8th Congressional District, took office in January. Local Democratic party activist Amy Morton filed a request in September 2010 to unseal the documents during Scott’s successful campaign against former congressman Jim Marshall.
An initial review of the 268-page divorce file shows that Scott stated Jordan, referred to in the documents as Annette Leigh Scott, “abused prescription drugs and alcohol.”
A request for a psychiatric evaluation of Scott, filed on behalf of Jordan, lists as reasons “strange, erratic, inconsistent behavior, his severe mood swings, the use of alcohol as an escape device, and his involvement with pornographic materials.”
There were no allegations of misconduct or physical abuse toward either.
Reached Monday for comment, a spokesperson for Scott reaffirmed the congressman’s position that the divorce was a personal matter.
Certain members of the state Senate believe in local control. Not necessarily when it comes to the sale of alcohol on Sunday – but certainly when it comes to how quickly a city council or county commission or sheriff’s department must show poor, tax-paying schlubs a public document.
From Walter Jones and Morris News Service – with emphasis added:
Freshman state Sen. Frank Ginn has introduced legislation to repeal the state mandate for local governments to draft land-use plans.
Ginn said Monday he’ll be a leader in a Senate effort to repeal other mandates on local governments that a senior senator says serve no purpose and add costs to local taxpayers.
Among the mandates targeted for repeal are those that require local governments to publish official notices in the newspaper and to pay for audits after issuing bonds.
Legislators also aim to extend the deadline for government officials to respond to citizen requests to view public documents and files.
Ginn, R-Danielsville, introduced the first bill in the package Thursday.
It might be worth asking Attorney General Sam Olens what he thinks about letting local governments shield their paperwork a little longer.
The Newnan Times-Herald tells us of a bill winding its way through the House that could put bicycles on sidewalks:
House Bill 71 would give local governments the ability to allow bicycles to be ridden on sidewalks under their jurisdiction, by people of all ages.
Current law forbids bicycles on sidewalks, but gives local governments the discretion to pass ordinances allowing children 12 and under to ride bikes on sidewalks.
HB 71 would do away with the age restriction, thereby giving local governments the ability to allow, or prohibit, bicycles on sidewalks.
Now, why is this small initiative worth noting? It was the failure of this legislation last year that House Democratic Caucus Chairman Doug McKillip of Athens cited when declaring his shift to the Republican party. HB 71 is his renewed attempt at passage.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider