Brown, Horgan differ on ‘settlement’ offered to NAACP in district voting case

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown contended this week that last year three county commissioners approved offering a settlement that would have enacted district voting in time for the November 2012 elections.

Brown contends the settlement, which he did not approve because he opposes district voting, was ultimately rejected by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which has advocated in a federal lawsuit for a district voting format to replace Fayette’s current at-large voting process. Read More»

Horgan vs. Brown: Ethics battle goes to court

Former Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan wants current County Commission Chairman Steve Brown to repay the $2,128 in legal fees he was reimbursed for relating to two ethics complaints Horgan filed against Brown. Read More»

Minority district map meanders to find 35 voters

Proposed new voting map would create a majority-minority District 5. Map source/Fayette County legal team.

Commission to challenge new 50.22% district that runs from Tyrone across N. Fayette down into F’ville

The Fayette County Commission is “pursuing an appeal” of a federal judge’s ruling that mandates an overhaul of how members are elected to the county commission and board of education.

Part of that overhaul is a remapping of the county’s voting districts.
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Ga. Chamber grades Coweta legislators

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has released its legislative scorecard for the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly, and Coweta’s legislative representation received wildly different grades for their voting on bills marked favorable to business by the Georgia Chamber. Read More»

Chance gets good marks from Ga. Chamber

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has received the highest ranking given on the Georgia Chamber’s Legislative Scorecard. The Chamber’s legislative scorecard recognizes legislators that supported strong business initiatives during the 2013 legislative session. Read More»

Former PTC Mayor Logsdon to try another run

Former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon has announced he will seek re-election to the office he held for one term.

And he’s running against a man he sued for libel.

Logsdon, who settled a libel suit against current Mayor Don Haddix last year, served as mayor from 2005 to 2009.

In his final year in office, the city eliminated a number of public works positions as landscaping services were cut and shifted to private landscaping companies via contract. The change was necessary at the time to provide a deep savings in the budget, Logsdon said at the time. Read More»

PTC mayor’s race now a party of 4; Bloom sets run for Post 4

If someone else enters the race for Peachtree City mayor, the new entrant might as well starting handing out racing silks, helmets and jockey’s whips, because it could turn out to be a horse race.

Tuesday night, Councilman George Dienhart announced his candidacy for the mayor’s post, joining fellow council member Vanessa Fleisch and sitting mayor Don Haddix. When you add already-announced businessman Ryan Jolly to the list, that puts the field at four, and there’s still time for another horse or two to make their entry in the crowded field before qualifying in August. Read More»

Topic for this debate: District voting in Fayette

Wayne Kendall (L) and Bob Ross debate district voting. Photo/John Munford.

Both sides of the district voting debate aired their differences in a “debate” March 19 at the Harvest Community Christian Church.

Attorney Wayne Kendall told the crowd that district voting is necessary because history has shown that black candidates have been thwarted by their white counterparts in races for seats on the county commission and the county board of education. Read More»

Reps. Mabra, Fludd talk state budget, juvenile justice

Representatives Ronnie Mabra (L) and Virgil Fludd at town hall meeting in Tyrone. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Tyrone Elementary School was the setting March 23 for a legislative town hall meeting sponsored by Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-64) and freshman Rep. Ronnie Mabra (D-63). The general thrust of the town hall meeting was to provide an overview of some of the legislation under consideration before the session ends later this week. A sampling of those topics included the budget, juvenile justice reform, ethics reform and the updated gun carry bill. Read More»

Ex-Commissioner Horgan’s ethics charge against Brown goes down, 2-1

An ethics complaint filed by former Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan against commission Chairman Steve Brown over an investigation into former county attorney’s missing computer was dismissed last week by the Fayette County Ethics Commission on a 2-1 vote. Read More»