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Speaker Ralston's Bad Toupee Bill

February 8, 0013

"More of a sun visor than a cap," is how Georgia House Speaker David Ralston described the Senate';s Rule limiting gifts from lobbyists to $100. He is so critical because of the exceptions the rule allows. He pledged to write … Continue reading

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Please Don't Bluff Mr. Blank

February 1, 0013

This week Mayor Kasim Reed reportedly indicated to members of the Atlanta City Council that Arthur Blank implied that the Atlanta Falcons might consider a move to Los Angeles. If Arthur Blank or the Falcons are using a whispered threat … Continue reading

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Ralston's Reform Too Good to Be True

January 30, 0013

How wonderful it would be for Georgia';s ethics commission to be able to write rules again. It would be a marvelous thing for lobbyists to lose their ability to give unlimited gifts to government officials in this state. The two … Continue reading

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Atlanta Fails for Spending Transparency

January 25, 0013

A recent report from the�Georgia Public Interest Research Group Education Fund�found that the City of Atlanta's spending transparency is not up to par with current standards. The report analyzed thirty of the country's largest cities' transparency practices. Atlanta was ranked … Continue reading

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