Nice to know that the State of Georgia has $3,000,000 laying around.
By Aaron Gould Sheinin
State government on Friday will announce it has settled two remaining lawsuits against its ethics commission as well as one that had yet to be filed, the AJC has learned.
A person with direct knowledge of the settlements told the newspaper that the state will pay more than $1.8 million to settle lawsuits filed by former commission deputy director Sherilyn Streicker and former computer specialist John Hair as well as a threatened lawsuit by former commission attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein.
The state in May agreed to pay former commission director Stacey Kalberman $1.3 million after a Fulton County jury agreed with her claim that she was forced from office.
More to come.
As our friend Joel points out.
Joel Mendelson @JPMendelson 15m
$3 million in taxpayer $ to settle ethics claims would fund nearly 130 students through UGA for one year.
DISTRICT 38 state Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell) has written interim Cobb school Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and the school board asking it to investigate one of its members, David Morgan, for violating the board’s Code of Ethics by lobbying at the state Capitol in favor of school vouchers. Morgan is a paid lobbyist for school-choice group American Federation for Children.
“It deeply troubled me when I saw a Cobb County School Board member lobbying at the state capitol by advocating for additional state funds to be used for private school scholarships, rather than helping close the budget shortfalls that we were facing at the time,” Wilkerson writes.
“While the actions by this board member do not appear to violate any conflicts of interest as outlined by Cobb County Schools, I fully believe that this is a violation of the Code of Ethics. …
“When students were facing fewer days at school, reduced bus service, and other draconian cuts, it was clear to me that it was the responsibility of every board member to fight for every dollar they can to protect the students in their school system, not ensuring that additional state dollars go to private schools.”
Wilkerson also noted to AT that the American Federation for Children had plowed $20,000 in donations into Connie Taylor’s primary race against him. But Wilkerson was the winner with 61 percent of the vote.
I added the links to the organizations, since the MDJ failed to do so.
Board Member Morgan’s contact information at the Cobb County School Board just in case you’d like to reach out.
David Morgan – Post 3
firstname.lastname@example.org | 404-702-1857
David Morgan’s other job is just as interesting * cough *
DMorganforschools@gmail.com | 404-803-9975
By this point, most of you know that I have moved out of state to pursue an LL.M. in Bankruptcy Law. Earlier this morning, I sent this letter out to the Georgia Democratic Masses, informing them I am going the way of Trevor Southerland, and thus stepping down from my responsibilities as President of Young Democrats of Georgia.
I’m excited to be passing the reins to my good friend Corey T. Boone, and will continue to blog here, when I can, especially now that I am far less restricted in what I can say.
My letter after the jump.
Most of the dust has settled, and it looks like we know where everyone will be. Here’s what the field looks like:
In a result that shocked literally nobody, Michelle Nunn is the Democratic nominee, with over 75% of the vote. At present, Steen Miles is in second, with Todd Robinson in third, though that could change. What won’t change, though, is that Dr. Rad came in last with less than 4% of the vote.
Based on recent polls, nobody should be shocked that the Republican runoff will be between David Perdue and Jack Kingston. My Republican sources tell me that most institutional support will go behind Jack Kingston. Evidently, many Republicans don’t like an individual perpetuating the narrative that he’s a successful businessman when he’s, well, not.
John Barge Wins! Nah, there’s nothing to see here. Moving along…
On the Democratic side, as expected, the race is between Valarie Wilson and Alisha Thomas Morgan. Based off what I hear, I’d expect most, if not all, of the unsuccessful candidates to back Wilson, given that more than a few of them reportedly entered the race to provide a contrast to Rep. Morgan. What that means for the runoff, I do not know.
On the Republican side, the only important thing to note is that Ashley Bell lost. Mike Buck and Richard Woods, neither of whom I know a damned thing about, will be in the runoff. I can only expect that they both are terrible.
The Rest of the Democratic Ballot
Doreen Carter will be the SOS nominee, Liz Johnson will be the Insurance Commissioner nominee, and the rest were unopposed.
The Rest of the Republican Ballot
Is terrible. Moving on…
In CD-01, the Republican runoff will be between Buddy Carter and Bob Johnson. Democrats will choose between Amy Tavio and Brian Reese. Interestingly, the Democratic candidates each got nearly the same amount of votes, which I wish I could analyze, but I have no idea what it means.
In CD-02, Republican Greg Duke beat carpetbagger Vivian Childs for the right to be walloped by Sanford Bishop in November.
In CD-04, Hank Johnson fended off an ugly challenge from Tom Brown, who most recently could be found lying.
In CD-05, John Lewis is still awesome.
In CD-10, Jody Hice will face Mike Collins in the runoff. Jody Hice, for those of you wondering, is a total douchebag.
In CD-11, the Republican runoff will pit Barry Loudermilk against Bob Barr (not again). Democrats didn’t field a candidate.
In CD-12, Rick Allen will face John Barrow in November. Can anyone say “outside spending?”
Don Balfour, thankfully, has failed to make the runoff in SD-09. Mike Beaudreau will face P.K. Martin in the runoff, to take on Democrat Tim Swiney in November.
John F. Kennedy will be the next State Senator from District 18. Except he’s a Republican. This is the part where I make a joke about how he’s no Jack Kennedy.
In SD-33, Michael Rhett took out longtime Senator Steve Thompson.
Valencia Seay easily fended off a challenge in SD-34, as did Horacena Tate in SD-38 and Gail Davenport in SD-44.
Nan Orrock stomped on her opponent in SD-36, and you’re damn right if you guessed that I voted for her. And had a yard sign. And Nanvassed.
In SD-42, Elena Parent emerged from a bruising primary. She’ll have the pleasure of taking on some dude in November.
David Ralston won. Anyone shocked?
With nearly all precincts reporting, Sam is no Moore. Wes Cantrell and Meagan Biello will face each other to figure out who gets to represent HD-22.
In a victory for the concept of sanity, Bert Reeves also defeated Charles Gregory in HD-34. No word on how Matt feels about this victory.
Our good friend David Wilkerson took out an opponent who was funded by out of state Republican interests, who evidently feel that his support of public schools just isn’t plain capitalist enough.
Simone Bell defeated her opponent in HD-58. <Insert joke about Ralph Long threatening Simone Bell here>.
Mike Jacobs lives to fight another day. Drat.
Michele Henson and Coach Williams fended off their primary challengers, as did Dee Dawkins-Haigler.
In District 105, Tim Hur was not victorious. I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear about this race.
In Middle Georgia, Nikki Randall and James Beverly defeated their challengers.
In HD-147, incumbent Willie Talton fell to Heath Clark. I really don’t know what to make of this race; Willie Talton was the only African-American Republican in the State House, and Heath Clark is white.
Incumbent Rep. Carol Fullerton is in a runoff with Darrel Ealum in HD-153. I’m wondering if this is the same Darrel Ealum that ran as a “Conservative Republican” for State House in the past.
Other Notable Races
Jane Barwick wins her race for Superior Court Judge in the Atlanta Circuit.
Teresa Tomlinson wins re-election as Mayor of Columbus.
Ex-Sen. Hardie Davis wins the Augusta Mayor’s race.
The results may not be in, but that doesn’t mean it’s not bedtime. So here’s where we’re at:
US Senate (D): Michelle Nunn won. But I still lost, because I said she’d take over 80% of the vote. She seems to be hovering only around 75%. Rude. However Dr. Rad’s incredible showing just goes to prove that when you’re running for statewide office, it pays to go to county party meetings, troll Facebook, and complain relentlessly. Because that, my friends, is how you get 3.5% of the vote.
US Senate (The Bad Guys): Not shockingly, it’s a three way race, between “Successful Businessman” David Perdue (no, not the chicken guy), Jack “Comic Sans” Kingston, and Karen “Why Am I Still Relevant?” Handel. It looks like Handel won’t make the runoff, but I’m withholding calling this one because Fulton is still outstanding, and she performs better there.
School Super (D): Almost assuredly, this race will be between Valarie Wilson and Alisha Thomas Morgan, with Valarie in the lead handily. Hopefully, the other candidates will rally behind Valarie, given that most of them ran because they actually value public schools.
CD-01 (D): This might be the first time I’ve seen a three way race where the candidates almost literally split the vote in thirds.
CD-04 (D): Hank’s held the lead the whole night. I’d think he’ll pull this out.
SD-36 (D): Nan is stomping her opponent into the ground. Good riddance to annoying people.
SD-42 (D): I honestly thought this race would be closer. Congrats to Elena Parent, and good job to Kyle Williams. We all knew it would get ugly, don’t lie.
HD-22 (R): Sam Moore might not even make the runoff. Must be lonely in Stupidville.
HD-34 (R): The other resident of Stupidville, Charles Gregory, is losing to Ernie’s “roommate” (or so that robocall would have you believe). Let’s keep it that way.
There are a few races that I can’t even predict, because I can’t tell if turnout is low or if counties take forever to report. Either one is possible. But based on current results, David Wilkerson is winning (YES!), Simone Bell is winning (TAKE THAT, RALPH!), Valencia Stovall is winning (CRAP!), and Tim Hur is losing (NO!).
We’ll have some real analysis when the real results are in.