State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Jim Beck has been indicted on 38 counts alleging wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering, according to Fox5 News. U.S. Attorney BJay Pak will hold a news conference to discuss the indictment at a 3:30 p.m. news conference at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building in downtown Atlanta.
Over at FloridaPolitics.com, Noah Pransky noticed an odd expenditure in former Congressman Tom Price’s FEC disclosures -a $19,500 payment to Public Opinion Strategies for polling. This single fact, coupled with the absence of any evidence or comments, led Pransky to speculate that Price, who briefly headed the Department of Health and Human Services, “may be
Contrary to what a lot of people believe, the work of the Georgia Legislature doesn’t begin in January. Complex issues are given to study committees, where the issues get some pre-session consideration. House Speaker David Ralston’s office announced the appointed members of a joint commission, a House study committee and a joint study committee. From
There’s a $13.6 billion package of disaster relief money sitting on some shelf in a Congressional conference room, waiting to be passed. It includes hundreds of millions of aid money for farmers in south Georgia, as well as residents in north Florida, and Americans from Puerto Rico to Hawaii. But it’s been six months since
The list of silly things to come out of Georgia’s Legislature is long (see proposed “Constitutional Tender Act;” the 2001 edition of the State flag; Mitchell Kaye; etc.) but the silliest of 2019 has to be the idea of a “State Journalism Ethics Board.” Outgoing State Rep. Andy Welch, a Republican from McDonough, thinks the
The matter before the voters in Gwinnett County come March 19 is a simple “yes” or “no” on a contract to approve transit services provided by MARTA (and soon to be under the auspices of the Atlanta Region Transit Link Authority, or ATL). Early voting has begun, and the contract approval is the only County-wide
David Ralston is getting another thrashing for being both an attorney and Georgia’s Speaker of the House. Under Georgia law, legislators who are also attorneys will notify Judges that their legislative duties take precedence over trials and other judicial proceedings. (Nota bene that phrase, ‘under Georgia law.’) It was noted in the original article in
Newly-elected U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA) has admitted in writing to a constituent that she doesn't know what she's doing. A constituent named "Michael" (no relation) apparently wrote a letter to the congresswoman. On January 23, Rep. McBath sent a response saying, in part, "We thank for your patience as we develop our mail system
The crack sleuths at WXIA (a TV station where I sometimes says wise and clever things) set out for State Representative David Stover, but couldn’t seem to find him. The story from reporter Kaitlyn Ross can be viewed at this link. But there’s a twist!
The following is a guest post from my friend and colleague, Fredrick Hicks, a political consultant and founder of the non-partisan firm HEG, LLC. He is a frequent television and radio commentator and his work has been published in numerous outlets. Fredrick can be found on social media @hicksreport. The midterm elections delivered on everything—drama, the