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Congrats To The Great State Of Georgia!


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I would be remiss in not congratulating my home state of the last 16 years, Virginia, for coming in a solid 47th. Virginia's corruption is obviously a little more under the radar because it doesn't have that reputation at all, so good job VA.

By the way, it might surprise some to know that New Jersey came in as the least corrupt state government in the nation.

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Not that the City of Atlanta is any better . . .

Councilman’s plan runs off 1st choice for ATL ethics officer

By JIM WALLS

March 19, 2012 — Atlanta’s Board of Ethics has operated for six months now without an ethics officer. Now it’ll have to make do just a bit longer.

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Stacey Kalberman

Stacey Kalberman, the board’s unanimous choice for the job, withdrew her name from consideration Sunday as the City Council pondered a proposal to let it choose the ethics officer, rather than the ethics board.

“I frankly became disheartened when that happened,” Kalberman said today. “I became very skeptical after the last council meeting, not only because they held my appointment again but because Councilman [Lamar] Willis introduced legislation that would essentially allow the council to choose their own ethics officer.”

Willis’s idea, which would allow the council to choose from three finalists selected by the board, will be considered this morning by the Committee on Council. Currently, the board selects a single finalist who the council must confirm.

The proposal “strips the position of its independence,” Kalberman said. “The entire reason it was set up that way was to insure independence.”

Willis, one of five council members fined during the tenure of former ethics officer Ginny Looney, contends the position has too much power. He said his proposal has nothing to do with the $3,500 ethics fine he got last year after complaining that the board was “piling on.”

Kalberman said she’s accepted another job as a lawyer in the insurance industry, where she worked before becoming executive secretary of the State Ethics Commission in 2010. She left that position last year after the commission cut her pay by nearly 30 percent.

“I think she was disappointed in the way this appointment has been dealt with, and so are we,” board chair Caroline Tanner said, “but we understand she has to make decisions that are in her and her family’s best interests.”

Kalberman said it’s time to move on.

“I’m going back to make the world safe for insurance companies,” she said. “It seems making the world safe for insurance companies is less dangerous for me.”

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Georgia officially has the most corrupt government in the nation!! Woo hooo, go Georgia!!!!

http://www.iwatchnew...t-score-country

Spending cuts prompted the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission to eliminate nearly all its investigative jobs and focus on clerical duties as the repository of financial disclosures from candidates and lobbyists. Ultimately, the agency’s top two staffers were forced out in June 2011 just as they were seeking subpoenas for campaign and personal records of newly elected Gov. Nathan Deal; commission members said the timing was coincidental.

It is also a coincidence that Patrick Millsaps, the Comissioner who fired (I mean slashed the salary the insisted that a non resignation was a resignation) the investigator who sought the dubpoenas, was selected "out of the blue" to be Newt Gingrich's campaign chiefl of staff. Gingrich's attorney, RANDY EVANS said that Millspas is one of the finest and hardest working lawyers in the country! EVANS is also . . . . . Governor Deal's personal attorney.

COINCIDENCES!!!!

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Well you guys are thinking of these states that are catching and imprisoning the corrupt people as corrupt states, where the people who did this survey are giving those states points for at least catching and prosecuting the corrupt people.

That's why Georgia finished first. Not only is it horribly corrupt, but there is apparently nobody in the government that remotely cares. And if they do care, somebody higher up makes them go away.

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All I'll say is that a LOT of money is exchanged under the table between big time personal injury firm CEOs and lawyers in Atlanta, big time Democrats in Georgia(Roy Barnes I saw myself), doctors and "chiropractors," and people on the inside of insurance companies. Several millions and personal favors get tossed around, and it's VERY cut-throat(death threats aplenty).

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All I'll say is that a LOT of money is exchanged under the table between big time personal injury firm CEOs and lawyers in Atlanta, big time Democrats in Georgia(Roy Barnes I saw myself), doctors and "chiropractors," and people on the inside of insurance companies. Several millions and personal favors get tossed around, and it's VERY cut-throat(death threats aplenty).

I really don't know which I hate more: professional politicians or insurance companies.

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I really don't know which I hate more: professional politicians or insurance companies.

Despite the stuff I've seen first hand going on with politicians and personal injury lawyers, the stuff I've seen insurance companies pull on a few clients for the firm I have an inside track on makes all of it look peachy.

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