@andishehnouraee andishehnouraee At @AtlantaMagazine Atlanta mayors forum, Campbell says he left city better than he found it. 13 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone I messaged Andisheh late last night. What follows is a dramatization of our e-mail exchangin’. “Did he really say that?” He did. “Really?” Yep. “No.” Yes. “Bill Campbell, right? As in … Continue reading Bill Campbell said what?
First came the kickbacks. Now, the patronage. Gov. Nathan Deal’s choice to be the state’s mental health ombudsman is dating the governor’s chief spokesman and was chosen without following procedures outlined in state law, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Deal named Corinna Magelund to the position earlier this month at a salary $25,000 above what her … Continue reading Grifters never change (cont’d)
AT&T is lining up support for its acquisition of T-Mobile from a slew of liberal groups with no obvious interest in telecom deals — except that they’ve received big piles of AT&T’s cash. In recent weeks, the NAACP, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Education Association have each issued public statements … Continue reading Quid pro crock
Four years ago he couldn’t get elected lieutenant governor in his home state. Now Ralph Reed has re-emerged as a GOP power broker, attracting every Republican presidential candidate — except Newt — to his catchphrase-heavy Faith and Freedom Coalition conference. Let’s review his e-mails with convicted influence peddler Jack Abramoff. Among those e-mails was one … Continue reading Faith, freedom and a sleazeball
Sarah Palin or no — does anyone really think this is a system worth defending? The trip appears to be part vacation, part political rally and part reality show. Fuel, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by SarahPAC, Palin’s political committee, which is also soliciting donations online in connection with the journey. “You … Continue reading Donate to Sarah Palin’s vacay fund
How does a college professor obtain a $500,000 line of credit at Tiffany’s? Or a local sportscaster and her commercial fisherman husband afford a $1.7 million second home? It wouldn’t have happened without their political careers. We’ve come to accept the public servant as millionaire, despite the example of Harry Truman. When he retired from … Continue reading What’s changed in 60 years
Baby-faced influence peddler Ralph Reed, who secretly accepted payments from Jack Abramoff to lobby against Indian casino gambling, says he’s “intrigued” by Donald Trump’s candidacy. That Reed remains relevant on the political scene speaks volumes. Corruption is not vice in Washington.
A: Sonny Making money was Gov. H. Dumpty’s prime objective, and on that he delivered. He tripled his wealth while in office. Don’t say you weren’t informed. The local organ has doggedly reported on Sonny’s unethical conduct while governor, but no one seemed to care. Perdue ran his mid-Georgia grain and trucking businesses throughout his … Continue reading Q: Who’s the only person to profit from Sonny’s rule over Georgia?
Transocean Ltd. gave its top executives bonuses for achieving the “best year in safety performance in our company’s history” — despite the explosion of its oil rig that killed 11 people, including nine of its own employees, and spilled 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
In his last full day in office, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine issued himself several licenses to sell insurance and adjust claims, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Oxendine did not take the mandated classes or licensing tests, using his authority as insurance commissioner to waive requirements for himself that apply to other Georgians seeking to sell … Continue reading John Oxendine’s star power
It doesn’t happen much, so when a public official is held accountable for their misdeeds, we should cheer. Republicans would be wise to abandon Tom DeLay, an oily charlatan with no remorse and even less regard for clean democracy. He’ll spend the next three years in prison, barring a successful appeal. Related Articles DeLay sentenced … Continue reading Dancing with the felons
Are Georgians better off than they were 8 years ago? Only if they’re named Sonny Perdue. There’s a reason the governor refused to place his financial interests in a blind trust, bucking tradition. By the end of his first term, Perdue’s holdings had increased by more than one-third. You can bet his second term will … Continue reading Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s most corrupt politician
Gov.-elect Nathan Deal put his name on three earmarks in his last year in Congress, funneling $2.1 million in federal money to three Georgia recipients. All three are represented by lobbyists who are now serving on his newly-appointed transition team. Sonny must be proud.
Republican primary voters weren’t the only ones casting baffling votes. Rangel Easily Defeats Five Primary Rivals
It’s mere coincidence that ethically challenged House members Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters are black (or Democrats, for that matter). But combined they have spent 58 years in Congress. No coincidence there. Two years ago Nancy Pelosi claimed she’d “drain the swamp.” Republicans will say the same thing if they retake Congress in 2010. It’ll … Continue reading Not race, but time