DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, one of metro Atlanta’s most powerful leaders, finally told jurors and the public his side of the story Wednesday, testifying in his corruption trial that he never retaliated against county contractors who refused to give campaign contributions.
It happened in 2012. Georgia won the SEC East and played Alabama for the conference title. Georgia Tech tied Miami and North Carolina for first in the ACC Coastal but, since the Tar Heels were ineligible and the Hurricanes chose in late November to remove themselves from postseason play, the Yellow Jackets advanced to meet Florida State in the league championship game.
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But the presence of key House Democrats at his Wednesday and Thursday events, including House Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley and House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, shows that Carter has emerged as the go-to spokesman for his party in the Legislature.
Expect a slow roll-out of other legislative priorities he’ll propose to draw a contrast with Deal. Carter said the proposals involve lottery-funded programs, rural economic development and problems plaguing the child welfare system. He also hinted that a tax overhaul plan is in the works.
“I would like to see much broader tax reform than there was before,” said Carter. “I don’t think taxes should be raised, but we need an honest discussion about tax reform.”