Georgia Ethics Commission Calls For Special Attorney General

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility ??:?? | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Related Stories Share Georgia’s ethics commission voted Monday to request a special attorney general for an investigation.  It comes amid two separate lawsuits related to governor Deal’s 2010 campaign. The commission did not provide details about the cases or the personnel matters it wants the special attorney general to investigate.??:??But calls for the investigation come as the commission is being sued in two separate lawsuits by its former executive secretary and her former assistant. Both claim they were retaliated against for investigating ethics complaints filed against Governor Nathan Deal stemming from his 2010 campaign. And recently, former and current commission staff members told the Atlanta Journal Constitution the current head of the ethics commission ordered documents in the ethics investigation involving Governor Deal removed from state files and also allegedly met with top Deal aides during the probe.William Perry was at the meeting. He’s the head of Common Cause Georgia, a government watchdog organization.“It’s great there’s a special attorney general being called, and you assume that’s to have an independent watchdog investigation, but into what you don’t know…It leaves a lot of questions to be answered.”If a special attorney general is appointed, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Steven Henson wants that person to examine a number of the accusations.“Whether or not there was any improprieties by the executive director, any retaliatory actions against other employees and I would also like the investigation, more substantively in the body, where they were investigating the governor to be looked.”Last month, Henson also called for a special investigation.WABE contacted the head of the commission, commission members and Governor Deal’s office but did not hear back by deadline. The Georgia attorney general’s office says it has not received the commission’s request and is not commenting on the matter.In July, the commission cleared Governor Deal of any major wrongdoing. Instead, Governor Deal had to pay $3,350 related to “technical defects” in campaign finance disclosure reports. last_img read more

New Fixie Porteur Project Bike from Fast Boy Cycles

first_imgWe didn’t steal all of Ezra’s thunder, there are a few more pics to drool over on his site, along with his explanation of the design. Check it out, and if you’re not sure what his Cancer comment was, listen to our podcast interview with Ezra for the scoop (Episode #2). 53cm center to center (but a high bb and relatively fat tires! so 31.5″ standover +/-)columbus spirit for lugs tubes (with s bend stays)custom stainless platform rackflashlight mountnitto 65 seat postnitto pearl stemsugino 75 cranksformula k18 hydraulic disc brakeopen pro rims laced to white industries hubsphil BBchris king headsetpanaracer ribmo tiresnitto promenade bars$3250 without saddle or pedals From Ezra, founder and builder of Fast Boy Cycles:Just writing you all a quick one to let you know about a few updates on the Fast Boy Cycles website.FIRST! There’s finally a new project bike.It’s a fixed gear porteur bike, complete with front platform rack and flashlight mount. The front end geometry is designed particularly to lessen the ill effects of having a bunch of weight over the front wheel. The back end is tight and quick with s-bend stays. It can fit tires up to 35mm. I’ve spent some time riding it over the summer, and it’s great! Best of all, it’s priced about $1250 under what I’d charge to build it for you, AND it’s ready to ship.NEXT! The site has been restructured a little to make the ordering info easier to find, and there are some new bikes up in the gallery.It was a good, busy summer. Being cancer-free and married is everything I’d hoped it would be!As always, feel free to email any time with questions or orders. I am afraid that I am STILL not offering bars, fenders, or racks on their own. I am so much more interested in the WHOLE bike than I am in the individual details. As long as I’ve got enough work building whole bikes to keep me busy, that’s how I’ll be spending my time. Hope you understand!Ride safe!All the best,EzraMore pics and specs on the project bike after the break…last_img read more

BOA adopts resolution opposing LNG

first_img Share RelatedWITHDRAWN: School board rejects Annova LNG tax breakBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] On Tuesday, the Point Isabel School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to withdraw an application for a tax valuation limitation submitted by Annova LNG. In June, the Houston-based company submitted an application for the tax abatement under Chapter 313, known as the…September 19, 2015In “News”Letters to the Editor for 9/10/2015Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, Cameron County Commissioners ask for Tax Increase to support LNG Tax Abatement? The Cameron County Commissioners are slated to vote on a tax increase for its residents while considering tax abatement to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) companies that are Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs).  On Thursday,…September 11, 2015In “News”Laguna Madre towns oppose LNGBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Citing overwhelming input from residents expressing concern, the Laguna Vista Town Council and the South Padre Island City Council voted unanimously to adopt resolutions opposing the construction of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals along the Brownsville Ship Channel. With the end of…September 4, 2015In “News” By ALLEY COWGILLPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] South Padre Island Business Owners Association (BOA), which includes between 120-130 members of strictly Island business owners, held a meeting on Wednesday to adopt a resolution opposing the development of several proposed Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities along the Brownsville Ship Channel.BOA President Kerry Schwartz led the meeting speaking out against allowing LNG. “It’s important to keep in mind the only industry that drives our economy is tourism,” he said. “We are a one industry town.”Narrowing in on the effects of LNG to the economy Schwartz said, “It will do nothing to drive tourism. Actually it will have a negative effect on tourism. People do not want to see industry. They come to the Island for the clean water, and the nice and pristine beaches.”Clayton Brashear, owner of Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill voiced his support of LNG, “The Port sits on 80,000 acres of land, and someone wants to invest in that land and create jobs. I don’t see a problem. It’s more likely that a Space X rocket will fly into this building and explode than an explosion occurring from an LNG plant.” He said.  “We are pro business and a new business is moving to our part and we have a problem with it. We just want our piece of the pie. It’s not a dangerous thing. There are a lot more dangerous things going on. Like the burning on the ships that creates the smoke/haze which covers Highway 48 in the morning,” Brashear said.Joni Montover, owner of Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, echoed Schwartz statements, “I do business on the Island. I ask my customers, ‘Why do you come here, Corpus (Christi) is closer, why do you make the extra three hour drive?’ and they tell me because they want to get away from the 14 story high tanks. If I did business at the Port maybe my thoughts would be different but I do business here, on the Island.”Brashear retorted, “If the tourists don’t come, then the Valley people will come. If we give our locals jobs they will come and support our business.”Schwartz spoke about the potential harms LNG would cause not only to the local economy but ecology, as well. “Sea Turtle Inc. brings in an outstanding number of tourists, and from what I understand all of the effects from the LNG would be very negative. Sea Turtle Inc. is very concerned, and will more than likely oppose LNG at tonight’s meeting.”Similarly, concerns regarding the Bahia Grande Wetlands also came into discussion. “The Bahia Grande Wetlands expand from about Laguna Vista to the ship channel, and right in the middle of that wetland is where a proposed LNG plant is. That is going to make an impact!”Owner of Padre Rita Grill, Michael Lafferty, made a motion to adopt a resolution opposing LNG and to send the resolution to FERC. The motion was passed.A brief discussion emphasizing the importance of participating in upcoming elections was also held at the start of the meeting.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more