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Speaker’s Bill would turn his $17K trip to Europe into a $13K trip – that’s not a gimmick?

I get accused of not praising the steps the House Leadership has taken toward ethics reform. While I have praised them for offering to restore the rulemaking authority for what use to be known as the State Ethics Commission, requiring disclosure … Continue reading

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Speaker Ralston’s Bad Toupee Bill

“More of a sun visor than a cap,” is how Georgia House Speaker David Ralston described the Senate’s Rule limiting gifts from lobbyists to $100. He is so critical because of the exceptions the rule allows. He pledged to write … Continue reading

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Ralston’s Reform Too Good to Be True

How wonderful it would be for Georgia’s ethics commission to be able to write rules again. It would be a marvelous thing for lobbyists to lose their ability to give unlimited gifts to government officials in this state. The two … Continue reading

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The Gift Ban: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Late last week, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston announced that in response to the overwhelming support for a cap on lobbyist spending, he will propose a “full ban” on lobbyist spending in the 2013 legislative session. I am extremely pleased … 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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