Political Notes — Kemp says more than 700,000 have already voted

[private]Secretary of State Brian Kemp reports that 700,041 ballots have already been voted in Georgia after a little more than one week of in-person advance voting.

That total includes 603,936 advance in-person ballots and 96,105 absentee ballots that have been mailed in to county election offices. There are 101,140 mail-in ballots still outstanding.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Kemp, the state’s chief elections officer. “The early voting system is working and we look forward to a smooth general election.”

Advance in-person voting began last Monday and will continue this week and the week of Oct. 31. All 159 counties are required to provide for advance voting on Saturday, Oct. 29. Some large counties such as Fulton and DeKalb are also providing for advance voting on Saturday, Oct. 22 and on Sunday as well.

Olens gets huge salary bump

Now we know why Attorney General Sam Olens so avidly wanted that presidency at Kennesaw State University — it will mean a tripling of his current $140,000 salary.

The University System disclosed that Olens’ compensation package will total $430,000, which includes $41,200 for housing, auto, and subsistence allowances. That’s nearly $12,000 more than the last president, Dan Papp, would have made is he had not resigned.

The controversy over the appointment of Olens, an attorney with no experience as a college instructor or academic administrator, shows no signs of dying down.

According to the Marietta Daily Journal, three female professors at KSU have filed a complaint over the Board of Regents’ selection process:

Susan Raines, KSU professor of conflict management, Valerie Dibble, a KSU art professor, and KSU English professor Anne Richards filed the complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Atlanta office on the grounds that no women and minorities were allowed to be considered for the job.

“Technically, a less-qualified, white male was hired over the applications of more-qualified females,” Raines said.

The complaint says Raines applied to become KSU’s president but was discriminated against because she is a female. At least three women applied for the job, Raines said.

She said no job qualifications and description were advertised for KSU’s top job, and Olens was chosen without other candidates being considered.

“The application process was done in secret,” she said.

Dwight Brown charges are dismissed

The remaining criminal charges against Dwight Brown, the former CEO of the Cobb EMC, were dismissed last week by Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Flournoy.

Brown was originally indicted in 2011 when a Cobb grand jury charged him with violations of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, theft by taking, false statements and conspiracy to defraud political subdivisions of the state. He was charged with the theft of millions of dollars from the Cobb EMC.

During years of lengthy appeals, four of the charges were dismissed in 2014 and 24 more were dropped by the district attorney in 2015. Flournoy said in a court hearing that the remaining seven charges would also be dismissed.

Brown’s attorney was former governor Roy Barnes — who appointed Flournoy to the bench while he was governor.

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