Someone who assumes public office should also assume that he or she will face criticism. Nevertheless, Superior Court Judge Eric Norris in Athens is facing a state ethics investigation after he summoned a local bail bondsman — who criticized him on Facebook– to his office and then intimidated him. The judge is accused of using the opportunity to “chastise and berate” Nathan Owens for blasting the judge for allowing a rape suspect to leave jail without bond. (Owens at one point thought he was being detained and needed a lawyer.) A state ethics panel has the authority to punish and even remove Norris, so his boat (and reputation) is SINKING…
Finally some good economic news from the state Capitol this week, as Gov. Brian Kemp announced that thanks to “reassuring signs of fiscal resilience,” upcoming cuts to the state budget will be lowered to 11 percent, down from the original 14 percent as originally anticipated. The news should help ease at least some of the burden placed on lawmakers as the try to find ways to cut the budget when they reconvene in Atlanta on June 15th. For Kemp and co. the reopening strategy appears to be paying dividends for the economy – we are not out of the woods yet but this good news has our economic boat RISING…
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