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  • Jim Walls

    Contributing Writer

    Jim Walls has been a print journalist since 1972, including 28 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a web journalist since 2009, when he launched AtlantaUnfiltered.com.

    Walls supervised investigative projects for 12 years at the AJC, including series examining cotton subsidies to millionaires, child prostitution, inequities in Georgia death sentences, and abuses in government programs to resettle refugees, protect foster children and care for disabled adults. The Center for Public Integrity, based on Walls’ reporting, ranked Georgia as having the nation’s weakest transparency and accountability laws and practices. His February 2012 article led to the indictment of State Senator Don Balfour. Walls lives in DeKalb with his wife and two daughters.

 

Cobb waiting for official approval of stadium bond financing

Judge Robert Leonard presided over a six-hour hearing on Monday

Cobb County officials went into extra innings Monday trying to get bond financing approved for the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium. But it’ll be weeks before they know if they won. Read more...

The role of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in luring the Braves away from Atlanta

“They touch everything,” says a critic of the business group’s cozy relationship with the County Commission.

It would be difficult to overstate the role the Cobb Chamber, a 2,500-member business organization, played in bringing the Braves to Cobb, whether as public cheerleaders or private decision-makers. Read more...

In case you’re curious, here’s what dissenters wanted to discuss at the Cobb Commission meeting on the Braves stadium

Plus, a little more detail on how pro-Braves folks got all the speaking slots

Before Tuesday’s vote on bond financing agreements for the new Atlanta Braves stadium, Cobb County commissioners refused to let critics voice concerns. A brief standoff ensued, as several members of the advocacy group Cobb Citizens for Governmental Transparency (CGT) stood to protest before police escorted them from the room. We were curious to hear what CGT might have said if given the chance, so we asked representatives of the group whether they’d come to the Cobb chambers with talking points in hand. As it turns out, they had. Read more...

With one ethics charge against the Cobb Commission dismissed, critics file a second

Long-shot filings with the Cobb Board of Ethics have generated media coverage but little else

Critics of Cobb County's $314 million deal with the Atlanta Braves moved on to round two on Wednesday, filing a new ethics complaint against Cobb commissioners just hours before their first such complaint was summarily dismissed. Read more...

Do financial projections for the new Braves stadium add up?

Cobb commissioners tout a consultant’s rosy economic forecast—and downplay costs to the county.

If the new Atlanta Braves stadium becomes the economic engine that boosters predict, it would be as likely as seeing Julio Teheran throw a perfect game. Economists say they know of no major league ballparks that justify their public subsidies. "Study after study after study agrees with this finding," said sports economist J.C. Bradbury of Kennesaw State University. "People don’t even study it any more, it’s so non-controversial." Read more...