Author Archives: Kari Storla

Going Beyond the Obvious

Alright everyone, pack up and go home! We don’t need to worry about campaign donations influencing legislators anymore, not after an opinion article in the Online Athens Banner-Herald by Walter Jones claimed that there’s not really much of a connection … Continue reading

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Semantics, Caps, Limits, and Bans

Want to dismiss what someone’s saying? It’s easy: tell them they’re, “just arguing semantics.” That handful of words can serve to completely disregard someone’s argument based on the fact that they’re saying word choice is important. But what words we … Continue reading

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The Ethics Reform Georgia Needed

Common Cause Georgia and I would like to express our sincere gratitude toward former representative McCracken Poston and lobbyist Jim Kulstad for speaking with me about their involvement in passing Georgia’s Ethics in Government Act of 1992. Without their contributions … Continue reading

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Legislator Lunches and Student Suppers

Ask a college student or recent grad if someone can be bought for a meal. My guess is they’ll say no. Because one of the first things a college freshman learns is that the easiest way to get free food, … Continue reading

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Lobbyist Caps Cause Corruption? Not Quite

A few weeks ago, state Representative Lynn Smith (R – Newnan) spoke at length about lobbyists, influence, and the need for ethics reform after newspapers called attention to the fact that she had asked for sponsors to buy dinner for … Continue reading

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One European trip for Ralston = One Year of Waiting on Complaint

Note: Our original version of this blog post said “absolutely nothing” has been done about the case and “we have heard nothing about its status”. We should have said “after a full year, our case has not been resolved”. The … Continue reading

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Dear Georgia Legislators

Here’s the deal: You know why HB 798, the ethics reform bill, is good for yourconstituents. It helps limit lobbyist spending by capping expenditures at $100.It makes it so the people of Georgia can actually remember what that group that used to … Continue reading

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Peacocks, Politics, and Persuasion

Why Name-Calling and Insults Just Aren’t Worth It Name-calling and insults aren’t just a part of politics: they’re an artform dating back to the earliest years of US politics. Rosemarie Ostler, who uses the knowledge gained from her PhD in linguistics to … Continue reading

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