Tag Archives: lobbyists

New ethics law takes effect, but many questions still unanswered

Lobbyists and legislators are still a little unclear as to what the effects of the state’s new ethics law will be . . .

Tags: ethics law , Holly LaBerge , Jet Toney , lobbyists , Rick Thompson , State Ethics Commission

Ralston’s lobbyist bill is revised, fees are lowered

Lobbyist regulation bills are rewritten so that they ease up on volunteers who only engage in lobbying activities for a few days each session . . .

Tags: David Ralston , General Assembly , lobbyists , registration

Lawmakers prepare for a new session

Get ready for a new session of the General Assembly — a look at some of the major issues that will be in play . . .

Tags: 2013 session , budget , ethics , General Assembly , gun laws , healthcare , lobbyists

Political Notes – Deal fills five judicial vacancies

Gov. Nathan Deal takes full advantage of the opportunity to appoint five new judges; ACLU sues to block new abortion law . . .

Tags: aclu , Cecil Staton , Fulton County Commission , Georgia Southern , lobbyists , Nathan Deal , new abortion law , Rusty Kidd

On the campaign trail: Tight race in the 12th District

Lee Anderson has a one-point lead over John Barrow in a poll of the 12th Congressional District; Sen. Chip Rogers dines with lobbyists and picks up the tab himself . . .

Tags: 12th Congressional District , Chip Rogers , John Barrow , Lee Anderson , lobbyists

‘Honest graft’ and Georgia politics

For all of the focus on what lobbyists spend to entertain legislators, people are losing sight of where the real money is made in Georgia politics — campaign contributions . . .

Read Tom's Blog | Tags: campaign contributions , David Ralston , Don Balfour , George Washington Plunkitt , honest graft , lobbyists , Stan Wise

Ethics panel will reduce penalty fees for some late filers

The state ethics commission agrees to reduce some penalty fees in an effort to clear up a backlog of campaign disclosure reports that were not filed on time . . .

Tags: candidates , elected officials , Holly LaBerge , Kevin Abernethy , late filers , lobbyists , penalty fees , State Ethics Commission

Political Notes – Will Georgia primary be Gingrich’s last stand?

Gingrich could face the defining moment for his presidential campaign in the Georgia primary . . .

Tags: Georgia primary , guns on campus , Kevin Cooke , lobbyists , Lynn Smith , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Patrick Millsaps

The makeover of the DNR board is completed

The state Board of Natural Resources has evolved over the past decade from a commission that encompasses business and conservation interests to a business development agency . . .

Read Tom's Blog | Tags: conservationists , Department of Natural Resources , DNR board , Earl Barrs , Environmental Protection Division , Georgia Power , Jim Butler , Jud Turner , Kevin Greene , lobbyists , Rob Leebern , Sally Bethea , Troutman Sanders , Warren Budd

Coalition makes another try at ethics law revision

A coalition of ethics advocates is making another attempt to get legislation passed that will place limits on what lobbyists can spend to influence legislators . . .

Tags: Common Cause , David Ralston , Georgia Watch , Josh McKoon , league of women voters , legislative ethics , lobbyists , Tea Party , Tommy Smith