Tue., December 17, 2013 8:00am
Day two of state Senator Don Balfour’s trial begins Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court and jurors will likely hear more of the defense’s depiction of Balfour as a sloppy, harried, overworked executive who pays little attention to detail. His attorneys even hinted that he has attention deficit disorder. The state, for its part, will aim to show Balfour was a seasoned legislator who kept careful records and who knew what he was doing when he submitted erroneous expense reports.
Mon., December 16, 2013 6:52am
State Senator Don Balfour’s trial has begun in Fulton County Superior. He ‘s accused of defrauding the state. Prosecutors say Balfour sought reimbursements to which he wasn’t entitled. The Snellville Republican is charged with submitting false expense reports to claim reimbursements when he wasn't on official state duty. In one instance, he allegedly billed the state and his employer, the Waffle House, for the same item. Balfour’s attorneys say he didn’t intend to cheat, and plan to argue that he mistakenly claimed reimbursements when he wasn't on official state duty.
Tue., December 10, 2013 11:17am
The upcoming legislative session will pass in the blink of an eye as state lawmakers race to prepare for re-election campaigns. That’s because they can’t raise money while serving under the Gold Dome. And that means everyone from Governor Nathan Deal on down is looking for a quick exit to the 40-day session. They’ll also most likely be facing primary elections in May, giving some lawmakers a scant two months to fundraise and campaign. In a briefing for journalists Tuesday, experts from the Atlanta firm McKenna Long and Aldridge shared insights and predictions for the 2014 General Assembly session, which begins Jan. 13.
Tue., December 3, 2013 12:54pm
Educators want the state to give them more flexibility to make budget and classroom decisions. That has been one of the consistent requests Representative Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, and others on the joint education committee have received as they have toured the state over the last few months.
Thu., November 21, 2013 10:24am
People in Cobb County will now have their chance to give input on the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium deal. Commissioners have scheduled three town hall meetings for Monday, November 25, specifically for public input on the development. The Commission is set to vote on the issue Tuesday. County officials have been largely criticized for not seeking public input on the project. Before the town halls were scheduled, William Perry of Common Cause Georgia publicly called for Cobb leaders to delay their vote on the project to allow public comments.
Wed., November 13, 2013 8:19am
Gov. Nathan Deal suspended state Senator Don Balfour on Wednesday following his criminal indictment in September. Deal’s decision came at the recommendation of three fellow Republicans he appointed to sift through the charges. Balfour, a Snellville Republican, faces charges he illegally claimed reimbursements when he wasn't on official state duty. In a hearing Wednesday, Balfour’s attorney, Ken Hodges, argued the expense report errors were inadvertent. And he said a state Senate ethics committee has already determined just that.
Tue., November 12, 2013 1:45pm
The Braves are just three seasons and $672 million away from a brand new home in Cobb County. A portion of that money, however, is expected to come not from the team, but from Cobb taxpayers. That could prove problematic. Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed said keeping the Braves in Atlanta could cost city taxpayers millions. But what does the new stadium mean for taxpayers in Cobb County?
Thu., November 7, 2013 11:25am
State Senator Jason Carter’s announcement that he is running for governor in 2014 is already having a ripple effect on the ballot. Former state Senator Connie Stokes announced she will drop out of that race to make room for Carter’s campaign.
Tue., November 5, 2013 3:24pm
Voters across Georgia went to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections. In two special elections, they were there to elect two new state lawmakers. Both Representative Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, and Senator Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, stepped down from their positions earlier this fall to run for U.S. Congress.
Fri., September 27, 2013 10:13am
While the state Republican party holds all statewide offices, the GOP is expecting a grueling fund-raising year between now and the 2014 election. Chairman John Padgett says the Georgia GOP plans to get in touch with more than a million people during the next 12 months.