Once again, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Do you remember when Kemp’s office accidentally released private information, including social security numbers, of all six million Georgia voters last year? Now Brian Kemp has made another sloppy mistake that could have alarming implications for Georgia. The… [Read More]
Have you heard of the Judicial Qualifications Commission? If not, you’re about to. The JQC is the watchdog agency that makes sure Georgia judges aren’t overstepping their authority. Thanks to House and Senate Republicans (and quite a few Democrats), it might have its legs cut out from under it. If the Governor signs the legislation passed… [Read More]
Better Georgia learned today that Secretary of State Brian Kemp has abandoned his attempt to hire Nathan Deal’s former press secretary through a no-bid contract.
Kemp’s decision to cancel the contract follows a formal protest filed by Better Georgia with the state’s Department of Administrative Services.
Brian Kemp is clearly in crisis mode from a massive data breach of Social Security numbers that he shared with a “no compromise” gun lobby, a neo-Confederate political party and others. But crisis or no crises, Georgia’s no-bid contract law is clear.
We finally have our first hint at why Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp released the social security numbers of every Georgia voter. Kemp responded to a request from Georgia’s tax agency, the Georgia Department of Revenue. That leaves us asking a new questions: Why does Georgia’s tax office need social security numbers, driver’s license… [Read More]
That was fast. Just last week, we told you that when it comes to Georgia’s lax pay-to-play laws, the once-fierce ethics watchdog, Sen. Josh McKoon, has turned into a disappointing lap dog who isn’t even willing to say that the practice should be illegal. Instead, he told the newspaper that he wanted to protect politicians…. [Read More]
It’s amazing what happens when someone like Sen. Josh McKoon decides to run for statewide office. McKoon once had a well-earned reputation as a fierce ethics watchdog. But now he’s turned into a lap dog when it comes to Georgia’s lax pay-to-play laws that allow companies that do business with the state to contribute to… [Read More]
Yesterday was a victory for good government. In Atlanta, Democratic Mayor Kasim Reed lost his bid to appoint a failed politician who has been disbarred by the State Bar of Georgia for taking $30,000 intended for an injured child to a position of public trust. AJC: Atlanta council votes down Reed appointment of disbarred councilman For… [Read More]
Last week, when The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that yet another whistleblower lawsuit had been filed against one of Gov. Deal’s cronies, hardly anyone was surprised. How could we be? Within the last year, the state has already spent millions of taxpayer dollars settling at least five whistleblower lawsuits against Deal’s appointees and allies. And, it’s no… [Read More]
We know that Gov. Nathan Deal has taken Georgia straight to the bottom. Georgia’s unemployment rate is now THE WORST in the nation. Deal’s ethics scandals have cost taxpayers $3.1 million in legal fees. He’s slashed education funding by $1 billion every, single year and broken the HOPE Scholarship. Four rural hospitals have closed on… [Read More]