Politics

BoE candidates to answer questions at forum Tuesday

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum Tuesday so voters can learn more about the two people running for the Post 2 seat on the Fayette school board, the only contested race for the Board of Education remaining to be decided. Read More»

NAACP map splits 11 of 36 Fayette voting precincts

Fayette Co. asks court to rule against ‘racial gerrymandering’

In the legal battle over how citizens are elected to Fayette County’s board of education and county commission, both sides are now sparring over the map proposed by the plaintiffs including the Fayette County and national branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Read More»

Chance up for majority leader?

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) in a file photo.

Key leadership position could be given to Tyrone Senator

Word has circulated in and out of the Gold Dome that state Senator Ronnie Chance of Tyrone is in the running for the next Majority Leader of the Senate for the 2013 legislative session.

They are nothing but rumors at this point, as Chance has declined to comment on the matter. With experience serving as a floor leader for Gov. Nathan Deal and former Gov. Sonny Perdue for several years, Chance may well have the political chops to garner serious if not strong consideration for the position. Read More»

Tea Party hears push for charter vote OK

State Rep. Jan Jones (R-Milton). Photo/Ben Nelms.

State Rep. Jan Jones (R-Milton) at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Fayette County Local Issues Tea Party had her say on the upcoming Nov. 6 statewide referendum on the charter schools amendment. Jones is largely responsible for the having the proposed amendment included on the ballot. Read More»

Representative Bob Barr to speak at Republican breakfast

Bob Barr, who will be the guest speaker at the Fayette County Republican Party’s October First Saturday Breakfast, represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.  Prior to being elected to Congress, he was appointed by President Reagan as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 1986 and served in that capacity until 1990.  Barr then served as President of the Southeastern Legal Foundation during 1990 and 1991.  Representative Barr is Chairman of Liberty Guard, Inc. Read More»

Attorney: Emails prove collusion in redistrict suit

An attorney seeking to overturn the new five-district map for electing Fayette County commissioners claims to have found a smoking gun that proves two opposing attorneys colluded to file the federal lawsuit that enacted the map in March.

Attorney Wayne Kendall claims that prior to Peachtree City-based attorney Rick Lindsey filing the lawsuit, Fayette County Attorney Scott Bennett emailed a template for the complaint to Lindsey, who used that template to file a federal lawsuit against the commission seeking adoption of the five district map. Read More»

Haddix pay lawsuit won’t be ‘covered’

Taxpayers would be on hook for full bill if council fails to restore mayor’s pay

If Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix files a lawsuit seeking full restoration of his salary in coming weeks, city taxpayers will be on the hook for the end result. Read More»

Budget talk gets heated in PTC

Mayor attacked for not suggesting budget cuts

What should have been the routine approval of Peachtree City’s annual budget Thursday night turned into a cringeworthy event as council members attacked Mayor Don Haddix for not proposing specific budget cuts despite advocating for a property tax decrease. Read More»

PTC Council faces choice on Haddix pay lawsuit: Fight or fold

One of the most interesting decisions to be made by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night will likely occur in executive (closed) session as members ponder whether to restore the salary of Mayor Don Haddix or face a lawsuit that could cost more than the punitive pay cut enacted by council in May. Read More»

GOP’s Watts’ next stop: D.A. probe

Next up for embattled Fayette County Republican Party Chairman Lane Watts: A probe by the Fayette County district attorney for possible criminal charges related to Watts’ legal residence.

The Fayette County Board of Elections will turn the matter over to District Attorney Scott Ballard based on what it called an ethical obligation stemming from credible testimony that Watts did not reside at a Peachtree City residence from September 2011 through March 2012 as indicated on Watts’ voter registration form. Read More»

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