Amid numerous investigations, Corinthian Colleges, a giant in the for-profit college industry, is likely headed for bankruptcy and closing or selling off its more than 100 campuses, including several in the Metro Atlanta area under its Everest brand.
More than a dozen states and three federal agencies have been looking into whether the company lied about its educational programs, job-placement rates and finances.
Separate federal and multi-state investigations have targeted other companies that operate ITT Tech, Argosy and Brown Mackie, American InterContinental University, Sanford-Brown and Le Cordon Bleu campuses in Georgia.
Throughout it all, the Georgia state agency responsible for regulating for-profit schools has sat on the sidelines.
Rather than join an investigation or open one itself, the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission gave each of these colleges and several others under investigation its stamp of approval, certifying they met state standards for educational and fiscal soundness.
Perry — Few folks were paying more attention to last month’s Senate runoff than the people of Houston County. The outcome meant that two of their most prominent families, both with enduring legacies in middle Georgia, are squaring off in a nationally watched contest for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Saxby Chambliss.
The family seats of Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue sit just a few miles from each other in Houston County, and though both live elsewhere, their families have left indelible imprints on the region. Residents here are both tickled and torn that their county is suddenly at the heart of the bitter November race.
From the museum celebrating the accomplishments of Michelle Nunn’s father, former Sen. Sam Nunn, in a stately Perry administration building to the elementary school named after Perdue’s father on the outskirts of Warner Robins, both families have bonds here so deep that many residents are deeply conflicted.
“I’m a mess down here with the ties we have to the Perdues and Nunns,” said Larry Walker, a Perry attorney who was once the Majority Leader of Georgia’s House. “It’s a big county now, a lot bigger when they were growing up. But their ties are still everywhere.”
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved a 17 percent property tax increase, defying a cap imposed last year by state legislators and setting up a possible confrontation in court.
By a 4-3 vote, commissioners approved a tax hike that will generate about $50 million for libraries, courts, social services and other programs. It’s the first time Fulton has raised its countywide tax rate since 1991.
“It means the continuation of services for Grady Hospital, for seniors, for youths,” said Chairman John Eaves, who supported the measure.
But critics say Fulton should be able to balance its budget without raising taxes.
“I don’t think we’ve made enough structural changes to our organization,” said Commissioner Liz Hausmann, who voted against the tax increase.
House Speaker David Ralston, who faces possible disbarment over a State Bar of Georgia complaint, on Wednesday said he violated no rules and urged the Georgia Supreme Court to dismiss the case.
Lawyers for Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, in their response to the complaint, said Ralston diligently represented his client and sought only to help him provide for his family.
“My actions were open, honest and sincere regarding my representation of this client and my efforts to help his family,” Ralston said.
Ralston is accused of violating nine State Bar rules and of allowing his duties as a legislator “to adversely affect his representation” of his client. The court has appointed a lawyer to continue the investigation and eventually present findings to the court, which has ultimate power to discipline a lawyer. Possible punishment ranges from acquittal to public reprimand to disbarment.
Your Georgia Desk
From The Washington Times
A linkage for leadership in cybersecurity
Georgia and Israel collaborate to defeat a shared threat
As an embattled Israel struggles to protect itself against Hamas rocket attacks and terrorist tunnels from the Gaza Strip, political ties between Washington and Jerusalem have reached an all-time low. President Obama has put Israel under unrelenting pressure to accept a nuclear Iran, to make dangerous concessions to Palestinian negotiators, and now to stop Operation Protective Edge before it can cripple the Hamas terrorist threat.
Moreover, many among America’s media, university and even religious elites increasingly condemn Israel’s effort to protect its growing population, calling for sanctions, boycotts and divestitures against U.S. firms doing business with Israel. This “BDS movement” does not merely criticize specific Israeli policies, such as Protective Edge, but instead attacks the very legitimacy of Israel itself. It often masks an ill-concealed anti-Semitism, a stain we had hoped was long ago erased from American political discourse. It is reminiscent of former President Jimmy Carter’s view of Israel as an “apartheid state.”
Fortunately, however, while the U.S.-Israel bilateral relationship sputters and even deteriorates further at the national level, our states, local institutions and businesses are actually forging ever-closer relations with key Israeli institutions. These rapidly expanding linkages, despite political disagreements between capitals, are mutually beneficial and represent strong testaments to the common sense of both the American and Israeli people.
The state of Georgia, which annually buys millions in Israeli bonds, is a prime example. On issues from antiterrorism and cybersecurity to trade and investment policy, Georgia is engaged in cooperation with Israel that would have been unimaginable decades ago.
Take cybersecurity. For much of the past decade, hostile states, hackers and opportunists have launched cyber-attacks against American military information-technology networks, private corporations, public infrastructure and even individual citizens. In the national security world, the integrity of the “C4” function (command, control, communications and computers) is critical to the success of our combat operations. (more…)
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From the Georgia Republican Party:
At their Summer Meeting in Chicago, the Republican National Committee added Georgia State Representative BJ Pak (R-108) and three other conservative leaders to the RNC Rising Stars program.
“I am proud and excited to welcome Will, BJ, Amanda, and Evelyn as the fourth installment to our Rising Stars program,” said Chairman Priebus. “These four individuals embody the GOP’s message of freedom and opportunity and I look forward to working with them as we grow and strengthen our party.”
“We can all learn from the diverse stories and perspective that this group has to offer,” said Co-Chair Day. “I am continually impressed by the incredible accomplishments and talent that each Rising Star class brings to the table.” (more…)
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Our August speaker will be Dan Peterson who will be making a presentation on “The Free Market – a Lesson in Economic Liberty”. Dan is a husband, father of four, and concerned inhabitant of the US of A. As a student of the Austrian School of Economics and monetary policy, Daniel strives to promote education in economic principles as the primary solution for an ailing economy. We are also working to get a representative from the GAGOP to go over…
After making two flights to Liberia to transport Ebola-infected aid workers, Phoenix Air’s Gulfstream III has returned home.
The plane landed at Cartersville Airport Tuesday afternoon and taxied to a hanger on the airport’s east side. Earlier in the day it carried Nancy Writebol, 59, from Monrovia, Liberia, to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, where she was later transported to Emory University Hospital by ambulance. While still overseas, Writebol agreed to take an experimental drug that has never been tested on humans. Emory doctors are expected to closely monitor Writebol to determine the drug’s effects.
On August 8, 1863, General Robert E. Lee offered his resignation in a letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, following the Battle of Gettysburg.
Herman E. Talmadge was born on August 9, 1913, son of Eugene Talmadge, who later served as Governor. Herman Talmadge himself served as Governor and United States Senator from Georgia.
The first Georgia state Motor Fuel Tax was enacted on August 10, 1921, when Governor Thomas Hardwick signed legislation imposing a one-cent per gallon tax.
On August 8, 1925, Georgia Governor Clifford Walker signed legislation outlawing the brazen act of dancing publicly on Sunday.
On August 8, 1929, Georgia Governor Lamartine Hardman signed legislation placing on the ballot for Fulton and Campbell County voters a merger of the two.
The old Campbell County Courthouse still stands in Fairburn, Georgia.
Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew were nominated for President and Vice President by the Republican National Convention on August 8, 1968.
On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned, effective at noon the next day.
On August 9, 1988, President Ronald Reagan announced his nomination of Dr. Lauro Cavazos as Secretary of Education, succeeding William Bennett. Cavazos was the first Hispanic to serve in a Presidential Cabinet position. Interestingly, he was born on the King Ranch.
On August 9, 1990, voters in the City of Athens and Clarke County chose to unify the two governments into Athens-Clarke County government.
Jerry Garcia died on August 9, 1995 of a heart attack in Forrest Knolls, California. I was in a record store in the Fan District of Richmond, Virginia after work when I heard of his death.
Department of Errata
The North Fulton GOP Breakfast is on hiatus for the summer, so there is no meeting this weekend. My bad.
As an apology, I will pay for the breakfast of the first five GaPundit readers tomorrow morning at the DeKalb County Republican Party meet-and-greet with Republican candidate for State School Superintendent Richard Woods. Tell them to put it on my tab.
Clint Hinton of Dacula, Ga was named a member of the Krieghoff All-American Sporting Clays Team, a position he has held every year since 2011; he is also a member of the 2014 NRA All American Shotgun Team – Gwinnett Daily Post.
Some Marietta residents are complaining that the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals is treating a City Council member more favorably than they treat others because of his position – Marietta Daily Journal.
Lady Antebellum has been selected for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and will be inducted on Oct. 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, with Georgia Public Broadcasting televising the ceremony live – Augusta Chronicle.
Augusta owns goats? Who knew. The six goats are currently undergoing veterinary care but will be “deployed” to maintain vegetation at a retention pond on Monday; Apparently, “goat herder” is now a legitimate government job description – Augusta Chronicle.
Chatham County Republican Party has 100 free tickets to the August 16th game between the 2013 South Atlantic League Champion Savannah Sand Gnats and the Greenville Drive, sponsored by Rep. Ron Stephens, Rep. Ben Watson, Sen. Buddy Carter, and Jesse Petrea – SavannahGOP.com.
State Ethics Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission might as well move to Cherokee County, as a new rounds of ethics allegations against former Canton TEA Party leader Carolyn Cosby has been filed – Cherokee Tribune.
Taxes and an incredible claim by John Eaves
After the Fulton County Commission voted to raise the millage rate by 17%, six members and one former member of the State House of Representatives filed two lawsuits claiming the tax hike is in contravention of state law.
“We regret having to take this action, but the Fulton County Commission voted to increase property taxes contrary to state law and property taxpayers’ best interests,” said Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton. “We’re committed to upholding state law and the Georgia Constitution and protecting Fulton County taxpayers.”
In addition, Atlanta resident Teresa Proctor filed a lawsuit Thursday in the same court. She also is challenging the whether commissioners had the legal authority to raise taxes and is seeking class-action status for the litigation on behalf of all Fulton County property owners.
County Commission Chairman John Eaves, who supported the tax increase, said he was disappointed the lawmakers sued Fulton “for doing what every other city and county in this state has been allowed to do, which is to do everything a local government can do to keep itself on sound financial footing as it strives to maintain a consistent level of service to the constituents it serves.”
Eaves said commissioners “listened to extensive input from residents and took their concerns into account when members cast their votes.”
“No other county should have its rights to govern its own affairs trampled upon by outside entities,” he said.
Last year, the General Assembly approved a tax cap for Fulton – part of a flurry of legislation inspired by concerns that the county spends too much money. Opponents of tax increases say the county should cut spending to balance its budget.
The cap prohibits Fulton from raising property tax rates until 2015. After that, it requires a super-majority of commissioners (five of seven members) to approve a tax increase.
Jones, the primary author, said the legislation is based on a 1951 local constitutional amendment that grants the General Assembly broad authority over Fulton property taxes.
Here comes the real craziness, from Chairman John Eaves, via mass email:
Long before the issue arose with the millage increase, Fulton County Commissioners repealed HB 604 as it represented an infringement upon its authority to govern its own affairs.
House Bill 604 was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed by Governor Deal. The claim by Fulton County Chairman that the Fulton County Commission has authority to repeal legislation passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor is patently absurd. It is clear that Eaves has taken a page from President Obama’s playbook.
Tag number 225 looks like some kind of a retriever mix with a good-looking red coat – maybe she’s got some Golden Retriever heritage. He is available for adoption from Columbus Animal Control & Care Center.
This young male, tag number 337, has a striking coat in multiple shades of brown and is available for adoption from Columbus Animal Control & Care Center.
Tag number 327 is a good-looking chocolate lab who available for adoption from Columbus Animal Control & Care Center.