Politics

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»

Sales tax negotiations at stalemate, court will decide portions

Unable to come to an agreement on the distribution formula for the county’s local option sales tax, government officials representing the county commission and the city councils of Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Tyrone are taking the matter to court.

In a joint petition filed Friday, all parties are seeking a final decision to be made by a Superior Court judge. Read More»

Commissioners-elect look at bypass questions, selection of new manager

Future issues

When Fayette County’s three new commissioners take office in January, they will face one looming issue that will give them a big opportunity to make their mark right off the bat.

That’s because they will be picking a replacement for interim County Administrator Jack Krakeel, who retired in July but is staying on until a new administrator is hired. Read More»

Ognio swamps incumbent Hearn, Barlow defeats Huddleston for 2 Fayette Commission posts

The 2013 Fayette County Commission. David Barlow (L) and Randy Ognio won big in the Aug. 21 runoff. Charles Oddo (center) defeated incumbent Robert Horgan July 31. Current commissioners Allen McCarty (2nd from R) and Steve Brown (R) pose with the commissioners-elect. Photo/Special.

The two men, Randy Ognio and David Barlow, ran their first political races this summer, but they have been familiar faces at the Fayette County Commission for the past two years. Both regularly criticized the incumbents for the West Fayetteville Bypass, lack of transparency to the public and what they considered the board majority’s lack of regard for the average taxpayer.

Tuesday, they overwhelmed their opponents in the Republican runoff, ousting incumbent Lee Hearn and stopping a political bid by Fayetteville attorney Sheila Huddleston. Read More»

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