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Georgia Pays Millions for Private Lawyers

Georgia has spent more than $100 million during the past three years on private lawyers hired by the attorney general to perform state legal work — one of the largest programs of its kind among the 50 states. An exhaustive review of that program by The News Enterprise and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found […]

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Rogers Played Larger Role in Promoting Casino, Handicappers

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, while serving as a freshman legislator, regularly oversaw production of promotional mailings that advertised over-the-phone sports handicapping services and an offshore casino. Two Atlanta-area printing companies worked closely with Rogers between 1998 and 2004 to produce the promotional booklets, called Schedules USA, according to the former owner of one printer […]

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Playing The Odds: The Rise of Sen. Chip Rogers

Years before Chip Rogers became majority leader in the Georgia Senate, the Woodstock Republican was “Will ‘The Winner’” Rogers, advising callers for a fee how to bet against the pointspread on pro and college football. Once billed as one of the nation’s “premier handicappers,” Rogers says today he was nothing more than on-air “talent” reading […]

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Leaders Ignore Gift Ban

  This article grew out of a joint project between The News Enterprise and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The investigation began in early 2012 with a broad analysis of state lobbying records and eventually focused on lobbyist gifts to the executive branch. It appeared on page A1 of the AJC on May 6, 2012. By Chris Joyner […]

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Governor to Review Lobbyists’ Gift Ban

This story ran as a sidebar to the article, “Leaders Ignore Gift Ban,” produced by The News Enterprise in partnership with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It appeared in the AJC on May 6, 2012. By Chris Joyner (AJC) and Aaron Gregg (News Enterprise) The language in Gov. Nathan Deal’s order is crystal clear on how the state […]

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Don Balfour: Georgia’s $100K Senator

News Enterprise reporter Elizabeth Weinstein contributed research to this Atlanta Unfiltered report on Sen. Don Balfour’s travel reimbursements, campaign expenses and gift’s he accepted from lobbyists. Balfour subsequently faced ethics complaints that he had billed the state for mileage expenses to the Capitol at times he was out of town on lobbyist funded trips. The […]

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Rep. Ed Lindsey: Charter School Point-Man

Reporter Nick Bradley of the News Enterprise provided primary research for this profile of Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta), a leading figure in […]

House Appropriations Chair Terry England

News Enterprise reporter Chelsea Cariker contributed research for this profile of Rep. Terry England (R-Auburn), chair of the powerful House […]

News Enterprise Investigation Featured on Evening News

In response to the joint News Enterprise/Atlanta Unfiltered investigation of Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers’ sports handicapping career, Atlanta’s […]