Fri., November 2, 2012 4:39pm
The race for Georgia State Senate District 9 will be one to watch: Senator Don Balfour, a veteran of the gold dome, who is currently under criminal investigation, is up against a political newcomer, Lawrenceville attorney Scott Drake.
Wed., September 12, 2012 4:00pm
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether state Senator Don Balfour committed any crimes when he falsely claimed official expense pay.
Tue., August 21, 2012 7:38am
Joshua McKoon, a Columbus Republican, said Monday that the $5,000 fine that Don Balfour negotiated with the Ethics Committee last week is insufficient. McKoon, the lone member to vote against the settlement, filed a minority report with the Senate.
Thu., August 16, 2012 5:12pm
The agreement came after Balfour and his attorney had a private meeting Thursday with the Senate Ethics Committee. The deal means Balfour will not face a public hearing on the accusations ahead of the general election in November.
Mon., June 4, 2012 5:06pm
There is “substantial cause” to believe State Senator Don Balfour of Snelville violated Senate rules regarding travel and per-diem payments. The Senate Ethics Committee ruling that may lead to a settlement.
Mon., May 28, 2012 8:00am
Two of Georgia’s most powerful politicians are pledging to co-sponsor an ethics bill to limit lobbyist gifts to lawmakers to $100. It’s a change of heart for the Republicans who have been part of the Senate majority against the gift cap.
Wed., April 27, 2011 2:44pm
Republicans in the state Senate are meeting today outside of Atlanta to discuss leadership issues. Senator Don Balfour of Snelling said the caucus would be meeting for much of today to discuss the issues.
Mon., April 25, 2011 7:42am
A review of records by The Associated Press shows lobbyists poured close to $1 million into meals, drinks, tickets and gifts for state legislators and bureaucrats during this year's legislative session.
Mon., March 28, 2011 1:14pm
A bill under consideration at the Capitol would allow utility companies to contribute to political campaigns. But it might not pass muster with state ethics laws.
Sun., March 20, 2011 7:01pm
State legislators on Monday embark on the final 10 days of this year’s legislative session. The House and Senate will spend this week reviewing the bills that have already passed one chamber.