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»

Factions face off in Fayette GOP

The ongoing internal war for control of the Fayette County Republican Party is in full swing. And with the election of local convention delegates and alternates on Feb. 9 and the election of officers in early March, many of the long-time established group of local Republicans have come out swinging by rebranding themselves as the Fayette Citizens for an Independent Republican Party (FCIRP). Read More»

Voting Tues. for empty House D-71 seat

Tuesday is the last chance for Peachtree City and east Coweta residents to vote in the special election to fill the vacant District 71 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Although Coweta resident Robert Stokely won election last year, he withdrew from the position in December after being offered a full-time job in Coweta Magistrate Court. That has left the district, which encompasses much of east Coweta County and two small areas in northwest Peachtree City, without a representative as the general assembly cranked up several weeks ago. Read More»

Governor will pick replacement for Judge McMillian

With Gov. Nathan Deal appointing Fayette County State Court Judge Carla Wong McMillian to the state Court of Appeals, a vacancy will be left in a very busy court at the justice center in Fayetteville.

Arrangements are being made for a senior (retired) state or superior court judge to fill in until Deal can name a successor for Judge McMillian. She will be sworn in to her new office Thursday afternoon at the Capitol. Read More»

Brown ethics hearing, round two Wed. night

The Fayette County Ethics Board tonight (Wednesday) is expected to consider an ethics complaint filed against sitting County Commissioner Steve Brown that was filed last month by former County Commissioner Robert Horgan.

The complaint alleges that Brown violated three county ordinances by issuing an order to a county employee, disclosing information Read More»

Fayette judge picked for appeals court seat

Fayette County State Court Judge Carla McMillian. File photo.

No word yet on who Governor will pick to replace McMillian for Fayette State Court post

Fayette County State Court Judge Carla Wong McMillian has been appointed to a vacant seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals by Gov. Nathan Deal. Read More»

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