Political Notes – Thurmond returns to the private sector

Michael Thurmond steps down as DeKalb school superintendent to return to the practice of law; some clarifying remarks about the Confederate flag issue . . .

Tags: ajc , Bobby Kahn , Confederate flag , Greg Bluestein , Jim Galloway , Michael Thurmond , Nathan Deal

Ralston names study committee to look at casinos, horse racing

A House study committee will explore the feasibility of taxing casinos and horse wagering to raise money for the HOPE scholarship program . . .

Tags: casino gambling , David Ralston , HOPE scholarships , horse racing , House study committees

Consumer Protection office moves to Law Department

The state Office of Consumer Protection is transferred from the governor’s office to the Law Department . . .

Tags: John Sours , Office of Consumer Protection , Sam Olens

Political Notes – Obama aide Jarrett adds Atlanta to her family leave tour

Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to President Obama, will drop by Atlanta City Hall next week to discuss family leave issues with Mayor Kasim Reed . . .

Tags: Columbus State , family leave , Kasim Reed , Nathan Deal appointments , Valerie Jarrett

Georgia’s newest government agency is officially born

The Department of Community Supervision, which will handle parole supervision of criminal offenders, is now an official part of state government . . .

Tags: Catherine Bernard , Department of Community Supervision , Michael Nail , Nathan Deal , paroled offenders

Black wins Vidalia onion case at appeals court level

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has the sole authority to set the packing date for Georgia’s sweet Vidalia onions, the Court of Appeals rules . . .

Tags: Court of Appeals , Gary Black , Vidalia onions packing date

Ellis convicted on perjury, extortion charges

A DeKalb Superior Court jury convicts suspended CEO Burrell Ellis on three counts of perjury, one count of extortion . . .

Tags: Burrell Ellis , criminal charges , DeKalb County CEO , extortion , perjury

Political Notes – Doesn’t anybody want to serve anymore?

Ben Harbin and Barbara Sims are the latest legislators to announce they will leave office, joining a large number of their colleagues . . .

Tags: Barbara Sims , Ben Harbin , gay marriages , Georgia legislators , GMA president , recreational marijuana , Sam Olens

This year, those 4th of July fireworks will be legal

The new laws taking effect July 1 will legalize fireworks and impose a higher motor fuel tax on the gasoline you buy at the pump . . .

Tags: New laws take effect

Olens joins lawsuit fighting clean water rule

Sam Olens has joined eight other state attorneys general to sue the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over the “Waters of the United States” rule . . .

Tags: EPA , Sam Olens , water regulation , Waters of the United States