Politics

ARC makes pitch about regional transportation sales tax

A proposed $8.5 billion 10-year regional transportation sales tax for the Atlanta area, including Fayette County, would address a number of bottlenecks that have made Atlanta’s traffic problem a negative mark for companies wishing to locate here, a representative of the Atlanta Regional Commission told the Fayette County Commission last week.

Some local residents were skeptical about the purported benefits. Read More»

Coweta assist. solicitor to run for top job

Coweta County Assistant Solicitor Sandra Wisenbaker has announced that she will run for the office of Solicitor General of Coweta County currently held by Robert Stokely. Stokely recently announced that he will be running for the District 71 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

“Having worked in the Coweta Solicitor’s Office for the past nine years I believe I am the most qualified person to take over this job once Robert Stokely’s term ends later this year. I am an experienced trial attorney who has prosecuted countless cases,” Wisenbaker said. Read More»

Time crunch as Fayette map awaits OK

If redrawn district map isn’t fast-tracked by Justice Dept., it can’t be used in July primaries

A big question mark hangs over three Fayette County Commission elections this year, including the shapes and sizes of the districts and whether current qualifying dates will hold. Read More»

Copeland to seek District 63 House post

T.J. Copeland at a news conference last week. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayetteville native and Fulton County school teacher T.J. Copeland has thrown his hat in the ring as a Democratic candidate to fill the new District 63 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. The district includes portions of Fayette, Clayton and south Fulton counties.

A former Fayette resident, Copeland said what he brings to the table and to the voters is someone who has spent time on the ground in the communities he wants to continue to serve in the House. Read More»

Judge OKs new Fayette Commission map

5-district plan may be in place for July election

The new five-district map for the upcoming Fayette County Commission election might be back in play after all. A federal court judge signed a consent order Tuesday that gives the county another shot at having five population-balanced districts in place for the May qualifying period. Read More»

Tax law will end ‘birthday tax’ for autos, help married couples

State Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City).

Starting March 1 of next year, Georgia residents buying an automobile will no longer pay an annual ad valorem tax or the one-time sales tax on the transaction.

Instead, they will pay a one-time 6.5 percent title fee that will increase Read More»

F’ville’s Mabra to run for new House Dist. 63

Fayetteville resident and attorney Ronnie Mabra last week announced his candidacy for the newly created Ga. House Dist. 63 seat. Mabra was joined by his wife Dawn (L) for the March 22 announcement at his campaign headquarters at the Fayette Pavilion. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Fayetteville resident and Atlanta attorney Ronnie Mabra the time has come to take on what he says is a new challenge.

The Fayette County High School graduate and Democratic candidate announced last week that he will be running for the new District 63 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives that includes portions of Fayette, Clayton and south Fulton counties.

Mabra spoke to supporters March 22 at his campaign headquarters at the Fayette Pavilion. Read More»

Stokely to run for Dist. 71 House seat

Coweta County Solicitor Robert Stokely announced Wednesday that he will be qualifying in May for the Dist. 71 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives currently held by Billy Horne (R-Sharpsburg). Horne will not be seeking re-election and Stokely believes this is the time to continue his public service. District 71 includes much of the east Coweta County area and a small portion of Fayette County. Read More»

Coweta voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales

The ability to have a glass of wine with dinner on Sunday or to purchase a six-pack on Sunday afternoon in unincorporated Coweta County is an idea whose time might have come. The Coweta County Commission on March 20 agreed to have those questions included on the July 31 ballot.

The unanimous vote to include Sunday package sales and consumption on the premises came after a brief discussion during which commissioners said voters should be the ones to make the decision on the issue. Read More»

Fayette’s new 5-district map dead for session; Rep. Fludd blames legal organ foul-up for bill’s demise

State Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone).

The new five-district map approved by the Fayette County Commission on Feb. 14 will not come to fruition this year.

Although the commission met a Feb. 15 deadline to submit the new commission district map to the Georgia legislature for consideration, the associated legislation couldn’t be introduced until after a public notice ad ran in the county’s legal organ, according to Rep. Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone.

That legal notice was not published until Feb. 29, which didn’t give enough time for the bill to be approved by both sides of the legislature, and be signed by the governor, Fludd said. Read More»