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Third whistleblower suit filed against state ethics agency

  • 9:05 am Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

It appears that the troubles surrounding the panel once known as the State Ethics Commission will continue to plague us. From the Fulton County Daily Report:

A man who has testified that he was ordered to alter and hide documents relating to a probe of Gov. Nathan Deal before being fired by the chief of Georgia’s ethics agency has filed a whistleblower suit against the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission and its executive secretary, Holly LaBerge.

The suit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court last week by the commission’s former media specialist, John Hair, is the third whistleblower action stemming [More]

Nathan Deal: Tighten access to hospital emergency rooms

  • 10:02 am Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Gov. Nathan Deal has often called on Congress to reconsider the Affordable Care Act. But on Monday evening, he pushed his former Washington colleagues to revisit a separate health care law that fewer politicians openly critique.

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act is a 1986 law that requires hospitals to provide emergency health care treatment to anyone who needs it, regardless of citizenship or their ability to pay. It’s provided life-saving care to countless people, but it’s also strained hospital resources and turned emergency rooms into the first stop, instead of a last resort, for some.

“If they really want [More]

Buzz over a Coke ad: Multi-lingual ‘America’ and two gay dads

  • 11:25 am Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

This 60-second Coca Cola ad, unveiled last night, is creating some buzz – both because of its multi-lingual rendition of “America the Beautiful” and a glimpse of two gay dads on an ice rink with their kid:

This is an interesting piece of video by the Atlanta company — particular that three-second glimpse of a same-sex couple.  Certainly, it will be considered the company’s soft response to criticism that Coke has received from gay America for its sponsorship of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Some background from the Huffington Post:

Coca-Cola has been forced into the closet regarding its sponsorship of [More]