1-year delay for Fayette district voting?

1-year delay for Fayette district voting?

Although a federal court judge has ruled that Fayette County must adopt a district voting process to elect representatives to the county commission and the county board of education, the details have yet to be hammered out.

U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten issued an order July 12 for the plaintiffs in the case to respond to several legal arguments raised by the county, including a request to avoid a special election in 2013 using the new district voting format, which instead would be applied in 2014 when the current commission seats go up for re-election. Read More»

Judge denies voting appeal

A federal judge has denied a request to appeal his May 21 ruling to enact district voting for both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education.

Attorneys representing the county had sought to appeal the matter to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals prior to final conclusion of the case. Their argument, however, did not pass muster with U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. Read More»

Special prosecutor to probe former county attorney’s ‘data wipe’

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate claims that former Fayette County Attorney Scott Bennett had official public records wiped from the hard drives Read More»

Former PTC Police captain to run for spot on council

Terry Ernst, former captain with the Peachtree City Police Department, plans run for City Council.

Another political hopeful is entering the fray for one of three Peachtree City Council seats that will be up for grabs this November, and he has a familiar name.

Terry Ernst, who spent 19 years with the Peachtree City Police Department, said Friday he plans to run for the Post 4 seat currently held by Vanessa Fleisch, who is running for mayor.

Ernst, 62, is hoping he can change some of the culture at council meetings, which have been notorious lately for several heated disputes that left citizens dumbfounded and city staff doing their best to not squirm in their seats. Read More»

Judge steps into Watts-GOP spat

Longtime Fayette Republican Party mainstay and current member of the Fayette County Board of Elections Marilyn Watts had her say in Fayette County Superior Court June 28 and came away with a temporary restraining order that prevented the Fayette County Commission from honoring the request of the Fayette County Republican Party that she be removed from the elections board.

Watts’ court filing indicated that she had been improperly removed from the elections board by the Republican Party and that the move to do so should have been “for cause.” Read More»

Healthcare panel tries to ‘decode’ Obamacare for public

(Front, L-R) Rep. Virgil Fludd; Fayetteville Councilman Paul Oddo Jr.; Fayette Commissioner Charles Oddo; Commissioner David Barlow; Fayette Commissioner Randy Ognio; Peachtree City Councilman George Dienhart; Rep. Sandra Scott; Rep. Ronnie Mabra; and Fayetteville Mayor Greg Clifton. Behind them are panel members (L-R) Natalie Hernandez, moderator; Starla Hairston-Blanks; Amanda Ptashkin; and Bill Rencher. Photo/Special.

A panel of healthcare professionals met at the library in Fayetteville recently to inform 80 area residents about some of the aspects of the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The 2013 Issues Conference: Decoding the Affordable Care Act was sponsored by Democratic District 63 Rep. Ronnie Mabra and the Fayette County Democratic Committee. Read More»

GOP squabble turns physical

Friction between the two competing factions of the Fayette County Republican Party in a March incident has led to misdemeanor simple battery charges being levied last week against Peachtree City resident Jim Richter for “grabbing” longtime Republican mainstay Marilyn Watts.

The March incident occurred at the Fayette County Republican Party breakfast at the IHOP restaurant in Fayetteville.

The incident involved documents that Richter had produced. Watts picked up one or more of the documents and Richter is said to have grabbed her shoulders while retrieving the documents. Read More»

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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