Politics

Fayette tells legislature to back off on T-SPLOST penalty

The regional 1-cent sales tax for transportation (TSPLOST) projects referendum was handily defeated last year by voters in the 10-county Atlanta Regional Commission area.

But because the vote failed, it triggered a penalty provision in the law that requires an increase in the local share for transportation projects that also receive state dollars.

The Fayette County Commission on March 15 voted unanimously to support having the penalty rescinded by the state legislature. Read More»

Mabra, Fludd hold legislative town hall meeting

State Representatives Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone and Ronnie Mabra, D-Fayetteville, will host a town hall meeting at Tyrone Elementary School Saturday, March 23.

The two will present updates from the Georgia General Assembly, which is winding down rapidly to its final days of the 2013 session. One hot topic is expected to be ethics reform as the two halves of the legislature have to meet in the middle if they plan to pass any restrictions or an outright ban on most gifts, meals and tickets from lobbyists. Read More»

Newcomers oust old guard remnants at Fayette GOP convention

Delegates listen to a speaker at the Fayette County Republican Convention. Photo/Ben Nelms.

When it comes to local politics, nothing in memory can compare to the action March 9 at the Fayette County Republican Party convention held at Peachtree Christian Church.

The convention produced a sea-change in leadership as the longtime local Republican establishment was replaced by the relative newcomers who began to take an active role in local politics in 2009 with the birth of the Tea Party movement. Read More»

McIntosh grad to seek mayor’s office

Ryan Jolly, candidate for Peachtree City mayor. Photo/John Munford.

Jolly wants to bring civility back to council meetings

Local businessman Ryan Jolly has announced he will seek the mayor’s office in Peachtree City this November.

At 34, Jolly is on the young side but he has seen enough council meetings first-hand to know what one of his top goals would be if elected: to bring credibility to council.

“My major goal is to bring respect back to the office of mayor,” Jolly said, noting that by definition the mayor’s major role is to lead city council meetings. “... The mayors, what they say and do is reflective on the whole city.” Read More»

Stover wins runoff election, takes vacant PTC/east Coweta House seat

The District 71 runoff election is over and David Stover will represent part of east Coweta County and portions of the west side of Peachtree City in the Ga. House of Representatives. The business owner defeated Sharpsburg general contractor Thomas Crymes in the March 5 election that saw Stover win 61 percent of the vote.

Both Republicans, Stover and Crymes were the top two vote-getters in the Feb. 5 special election that saw a field of six candidates facing off to fill the seat vacated by Robert Stokely. Read More»

D-71 House seat to be settled Tues.

It has been some time in the making, but the winner of the District 71 seat in the Ga. House of Representatives will finally be decided next week. Voters in the March 5 runoff will send either Thomas Crymes or David Stover to the Gold Dome to represent much of east Coweta County and portions of Peachtree City’s west side.

Both Republicans, Stover and Crymes were the top two vote-getters in the Feb. 5 special election that saw a field of six candidates facing off to fill the seat vacated by Robert Stokely. Read More»

Legislators’ gift ban passes House

A bill that would almost completely ban lobbyists’ gifts to Georgia legislators has a slightly unpleasant side effect: anyone attempting to speak on behalf of another group of people more than five times a year — even if they are unpaid — would be classified as a lobbyist and will be required to register with the state and pay a $25 fee.

Despite that hindrance, House Bill 142 was approved Monday by the Georgia House of Representatives and will be taken up by the Senate later this session, most likely at the committee level first. Read More»

Ramsey named to national committee

State Representative Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, has been appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) law and criminal justice committee by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge).

“I am honored by this appointment,” said Rep. Ramsey. “I look forward to working with representatives from other states to tackle important issues dealing with public safety.” Read More»

New rules coming just to lobby your councilman or commissioner

A bill that would almost completely ban lobbyist gifts to any Georgia legislator, save for certain specific circumstances, would also limit any citizen’s ability to advocate for or against legislation on behalf of any group with most elected officials across the state, even down to the town council.

The bill does contain language protecting the rights of citizens to express their individual views, however. Read More»

Stover, Crymes to face off in runoff election

The results of the special election to fill the District 71 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives that includes a large part of east Coweta County and a portion of Peachtree City’s west side are in. Republican candidates David Stover and Thomas Crymes garnered the largest percentage of votes in the six-person race and will face off in the March 5 runoff election. Read More»

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