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I’m an ink-stained wretch. Or a reporter’s editor. Or clunky and unpolished. More likely, all three and then some. I won’t even tell you what my reporters used to call me. Ask them if you run into them.
I was a print journalist for 38 years, the last 28 at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, primarily as an editor. I ran the Gwinnett County bureau and the suburban, city and night desks at various times. I was privileged to work with a team of very talented investigative reporters for my last 12 years at the AJC.When the newspaper trimmed its staff in 2008, I took a buyout and prepared to change careers. But plans changed as I watched the newspaper business implode along with the public service journalism that I devoted my career to. So Atlanta Unfiltered was born to support and promote investigative journalism in Georgia.
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By Jim Walls:
Controversial bonuses paid to Georgia Lottery employees could be whacked by 90 percent or more under Georgia’s new HOPE scholarship law. But there’s nothing to stop the lottery board from jacking up executives’ base salaries to make up the difference. In fact, the board did so just last year, giving CEO Margaret DeFrancisco a $67,000 raise… Read on
Picture a few Georgia legislators in a karaoke bar, swaying back and forth and belting out the Stone’s “Under My Thumb.” Or maybe a little Cee Lo.
That should give you a good sense of the message that lawmakers sent last week to the State Campaign Finance Commission.
Last year, House Speaker David Ralston’s
staff cooked up an ethics “reform” bill in the back room that cruised through the General Assembly under a process that precluded any annoying attempts to amend it.