By Jessica Szilagyi

Morning Reads – Thursday, January 7, 2016

On this date in 1959, the US government recognized Fidel Castro’s new government in Cuba

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State Rep. plans to file bill halting executive appointments of legislators

Representative David Stover has announced his plans to file legislation that would prohibit members of the Georgia General Assembly from being appointed by the Governor to any position as a state employee while they are serving in the legislature – and for the one year following their departure from the General Assembly.

The bill seeks to curtail the continued appointments by the Governor of members of the Georgia General Assembly. The process has long been scrutinized as suspicion grows that some elected officials serve for the purpose of appointments -be it to the Court of Appeals or as a well-compensated head of a state governmental agency – instead of to be a voice of The People. Legislators who oppose the appointments have long claimed political favors and votes are exchanged for the coveted positions, but little can be done when the Governor exercises his executive authority.

Additionally, when an appointment is made in the middle of a term, tax payers are saddled with the bill of a special election to fill the vacant seat.

The forthcoming legislation would halt all appointments of legislators effective immediately.

The legislation is expected to be filed some time Wednesday. Whether or not it will make it out of committee chaired by legislators who would lose the benefit of appointments remains to be seen.

Morning Reads – Thursday, December 31, 2015

On this date in 1955, General Motors became the first U.S. corporation to earn more than one billion dollars in a single year.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Eve!

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Morning Reads – Thursday, December 17, 2015

On this date in 1953, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to approve RCA’s color television specifications.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, December 10, 2015

On this date in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, December 3, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the tragedy in San Bernardino.

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Former Sen. Chip Rogers cashing in on campaign donations?

Atlanta Unfiltered is reporting that former Senator Chip Rogers is ‘laying the groundwork to write himself checks for more than $84,000 from two dormant campaign accounts.’ Or maybe, just maybe, he already did.

Jim Walls, in his December 2 piece, admits there’s no way to know for sure whether or not the former Senator has cashed out the hefty campaign accounts because Rogers is two years behind on filing disclosures for his campaign accounts. Since 2013, the only disclosures filed are those pertaining to the thousands ‘undisclosed debt’ he previously filed for out-of-pocket expenses.

This isn’t the first financial snafu by Rogers to draw attention. His political career, dating back to the early 2000’s, was plagued with undisclosed debts and personal loans that were repaid to him over the years by campaign accounts, well over $50,000. He also raised eyebrows after filing nearly $25,000 in mileage reimbursements from his campaign account and a reported $66,458 still owed to him personally when he left office.

Walls reports that $217,000 in campaign funds are unaccounted for because of the missed financial disclosure deadlines. Four have been missed since 2013.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Peach Pundit!

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump. May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize, and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs.

Morning Reads – Thursday, November 19, 2015

On this day in 1863, President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, November 12, 2015

On this date in 1933, the first Sunday football game was played in Philadelphia.

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Georgia legislators struggle with term ‘Conflict of Interest’

Our friends over at Atlanta Unfiltered have been doing some digging only to discover what many of us already know: our legislators may be using their roles in the General Assembly to benefit their own private businesses.

Atlanta Unfiltered discovered the following:

  • Representative James Beverly has collected over $132,000 in taxpayer dollars in his optometry office out of Macon for eye exams.
  • Senator John Albers is part of a consulting firm that received $284,000 in funds to reorganize a state agency.
  • Representative Jimmy Pruett has charged various state institutions upwards of $419,000 over two years in his air conditioning business.

They aren’t the only ones, though. Down here in my neck of the woods, a South Georgia legislator funneled nearly 50% of his campaign donations to his own printing company, and now does various print contracts for General Assembly members. And on the local level, the outgoing mayor for the city of Claxton holds the contracts for all of the HVAC units in all the city buildings.

Often times, constituents don’t know this is happening because they don’t know where to look. Personal financial disclosures don’t show these receipts, either, since the law is unclear and a campaign finance attorney could easily argue -under current law – that the disclosures aren’t required.

Regardless, the public’s tolerance of what smells funny and what is ethically acceptable seems to be dwindling. As my favorite saying goes, “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

Morning Reads – Thursday, November 5, 2015

On this date in 1935, the game “Monopoly” was introduced by Parker Brothers Company.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, October 29, 2015

On this date in 1929, America’s Great Depression began with the crash of the Wall Street stock market.

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Morning Reads – Thursday, October 22, 2015

This date in 1844 was day recognized as “The Great Disappointment” among those who practiced Millerism. The world was expected to come to an end according to the followers of William Miller.

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