New Year, New Appointments

January 3, 2013 12:51 pm

by Nathan · 11 comments

With the new year comes newly announced appointments by Governor Nathan Deal.  There were 17 people that were appointed to various state boards in all.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • 4 to the Board of Regents (one of them is outgoing Senator George Hooks of the 14th District)
  • 1 to the State Board of Education
  • 4 to the State Board of Economic Development
  • 4 to the Board of Natural Resources
  • 1 to the Technical College System of Georgia Board
  • 1 to the Board of Governors of the George L. Smith II World Congress Center Authority
  • 1 reappointment to the Lottery Commission Board of Directors
  • 1 to the Consumer Advisory Board

Congratulations to those who received appointments.

Nonchalant January 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I hope the Regent’s appointments are of those who believe that the cultural direction of a society should be determined by that society at large, and not “guided” via the puppet strings of academia.

Sayeth the man not actually 100% in accord with the average Georgian, but of them nonetheless. It is not the job of Georgia’s institutes of higher education to “improve the breed” from some wayward state, as considered by the doctorate class. It is their job to transmit Western civilization in its highest forms to suceeding generations, so that it might be preserved.

Dave Bearse January 4, 2013 at 1:06 am

But the end of change is the beginning of death.

LaFayette Underground January 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Nice to see Delos Yancey’s role with the DNR hasn’t ended now that the same agency has purchased millions of dollars of land from him.. Maybe he has a few more 3,000 acre lots somewhere they can buy from his family.

http://qpublic7.qpublic.net/ga_display.php?county=ga_walker&KEY=0393%20%20%20%20%20004

http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/Corp.asp?1056659

– LU

Dave Bearse January 4, 2013 at 1:11 am

Help me with the details. The state’s purchase price isn’t clear to me.

The LaFayette Underground January 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

In April 1998, Yancey (or one of the companies he controls) purchased at least 4,000 acres of Walker County land for right around $8 million from the Rollins family. ($8 million is the same amount he received as a “personal loan” from a bank another of his companies had just bought from an insurance concern he controls – That bank was later resold and the loan written off.) With that purchase, his combined total land ownership in the county crossed the 11,000 acre mark.

In 2006 he sold 1,800+ acres of that holding to DNR for $10.5 million. Some of the funding came from tax dollars, some from private foundations. GDOT also bought a huge tract, as did the Walker County government. He retained some property for housing development and a large quail preserve. http://www.tfponline.com/news/2008/oct/28/walker-county-land-protected/

In 2009, Rollins was profiled by the AJC for controlling ten different PACs that funneled $120,000 to the John Oxendine campaign for governor. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/oxendines-big-funder/nQGFz/ .

Rollins’ main source of wealth is the insurance businesses, which Oxendine regulated as state Insurance Commissioner. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/donor-tactics-not-new/nQG4X/ . He, like the Rollins family he has ties with, has never been stingy when it comes to funding political campaigns in Georgia or Alabama.

(As a side note, in 2010 John Oxendyne’s teenage son shot a Walker County employee on the Yancey-owned quail preserve land in a minor hunting accident, Dick-Cheney style: http://www.catwalkchatt.com/view/full_story/5624594/article-Oxendine’s-son-shoots-Chickamauga-man-in-hunting-incident .)

Putting him into a position of authority over DNR when he’s done tens of millions of dollars in business with them before, and still has huge land holdings they might buy in the future, seems like a huge conflict of interest – not to mention it’s just compensation for all his generosity towards various candidates over the years.

– LU

Dave Bearse January 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Thanks for the reply.

It seems to me as if the FDIC would be or have investigated an $8M uncollaterized loan made by a bank owned or controlled by the loan recipient that was later written off.

Was it a Georgia-chartered bank?

The LaFayette Underground January 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

It wasn’t a bank, it was actually an insurance company. My apologies. Should have looked at my notes before I typed all that. The Delos family has banking interests as well as insurance interests in Georgia and Alabama, primarily.

State Mutual Insurance, which is controlled by the Delos family and based out of Rome, bought Okalahoma-based Atlas Life Insurance in 1991. A completely Delos-owned company bought Atlas for much less money than State Mutual paid for it, using loans from State Mutual, then took out personal loans from Atlas (roughly the same amount used to buy those tracts the state purchased later) and sold Atlas to another company for a huge profit, with the personal loans still withstanding.

Here’s the gist of it: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=MqwvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QTUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3937%2C5190921

They apparently use companies they control but don’t own outright to buy assets, then sell them at a loss to other companies they DO own outright, help themselves to some cash, and then resell the companies again for a profit beyond what they paid for them, roughly what they should have been worth in the first place.

Good honest folks to have supervising state agencies.

– LU

The LaFayette Underground January 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Erm Yancey family, not Delos family, sorry.

SallyForth January 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Good to see that George Hooks is not fading from the state political scene. We need more people like him in positions of responsibility.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 5, 2013 at 7:49 am

+100,000,000…Yes we absolutely, desperately, seriously, critically do need more people like him in positions of responsibility…SERIOUSLY.

jbgotcha January 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

I wonder how many of these appointees are related to/used to work for/donated to Gov. Deal…

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