Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as agricultural news. She has a background in Political Science, with a focus in local government, and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
She's a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."
Local government meetings are supposed to be a forum where citizens can observe official business of governing bodies, petition for reprieve, air grievances, and ask questions, but observations of public comment practices often show a trend toward censorship and eradication of public participation as a whole - unless citizens are offering support or compliments of the governing body.
A press release issued Monday by the state agency said the preliminary results of an autopsy conducted at the GBI Headquarters Crime Lab found that Sheriff Thomas Smith died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
#MapMonday: Not all states are created equal and some states are considerably more dangerous - for a number of reasons - for children, which is why there is a continued focus on the amount of underprivileged children in each state.
Like the other presenters, the DA’s office was questioned by committee members with regard to their current funding and services. A number of the statements the DA’s office made to the committee, however, did not match up with paperwork they self-reported to the state.