Politics

With redistricting maps now law, Fayette delegation swings to GOP majority

It’s official: Fayette County’s legislative delegation in the Georgia House of Representatives will feature a majority Republican vote for the first time since Democrat Roy Barnes was governor, three governors ago.

That’s thanks to the new House and Senate district maps adopted by the legislature and signed last week by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Previously, Fayette’s delegation in the House had a Democratic majority between Rep. Virgil Fludd, who has a sizable chunk of northwest Fayette, and two other Democrats who had relatively small footprints here. Read More»

UPDATED — Regional SPLOST vote still to be next summer

UPDATED for print, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 — Despite the wishes of Gov. Nathan Deal, the referendum on a proposed 10-year, 1 percent regional transportation sales tax will not be moved to a November vote.

Instead the referendum will stay on the July primary ballot, which may give an edge to the prospects of defeating the tax. The November vote stood to have drawn more Democrats who might favor the tax. Read More»

Qualifying so far: 5 in F’ville, 4 in Tyrone, 0 in PTC

It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for municipal candidates in three Fayette cities this week. To be on the ballot this fall, candidates in Fayetteville, Tyrone and Peachtree City have to file official paperwork and pay qualifying fees this week. Read More»

PTC’s Imker to run again; 2nd candidate announces for seat Sturbaum is vacating

With qualifying for two seats on the Peachtree City Council starting Monday at 8:30 a.m., the question on the minds of political observers is: “Who’s in?” Read More»

New Ga. House map brings changes to Coweta

Gov. Nathan Deal on Aug. 24 signed off on Georgia’s redistricting maps and, contingent of approval by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Coweta County will see some changes in the districts for the House of Representatives, with a portion of east Coweta going to Dist. 72 Rep. Matt Ramsey and a small part of Peachtree City going to Dist. 71 Rep. Billy Horne. Read More»

Transportation sales tax vote won't move to Nov.

Gov. Deal abandons switch after Tea Party cries foul; vote set for July 2012 primary

The referendum on a proposed 10-year, 1 percent regional transportation sales tax will stay right where it is on the calendar: on the July primary.

Gov. Nathan Deal has abandoned an attempt to convince the legislature to move the vote to the general election in November.

In a news release, Deal said he still believes the vote should be moved “to allow as many taxpayers as possible to participate in this important decision.” But he has relented on his request due to the lengthy amount of time it would take to win consensus on the matter. Read More»

New map shrinks footprint of 13th district

Would keep Tyrone, Fayetteville intact, not split as original map proposed

Under a new congressional district map passed today by a legislative committee, Fayette County won’t have as much of a footprint in the 13th district currently held by Democrat U.S. Rep. David Scott.

State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, told The Citizen today that the latest map gives Scott’s district about 15 percent of Fayette’s population. In contrast, the first version of the map had put about 35 percent of Fayette County in the U.S. 13th district. Read More»

Cochran to seek Post 2 on F’ville City Council

Qualifying time is fast approaching and so far two candidates have announced their intentions to run in Fayetteville. Incumbent Mayor Kenneth Steele announced last week his plan to seek re-election.

And this week, Cathy Cochran, a political newcomer, says she is running for City Council. Cochran, who has served for several years with Al Hovey-King on the Fayetteville Main Street board, is seeking the Post 2 council seat currently held by Hovey-King. Read More»

UPDATE: new map shrinks Fayette footprint of 13th district

Rep. David Scott’s redrawn 13th District is shown in yellow in the proposed redistricting map above. Graphic/Ga. General Assembly.

Under a new congressional district map passed today by a legislative committee, Fayette County won’t have as much of a footprint in the 13th district currently held by Democrat U.S. Rep. David Scott.

State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, told The Citizen today that the latest map gives Scott’s district about 15 percent of Fayette’s population. In contrast, the first version of the map had put about 35 percent of Fayette County in the U.S. 13th district. Read More»

4-year resident Dienhart announces run to fix PTC Council rancor

A single father of four is the first person to throw his hat in the ring for the Peachtree City Council election in November.

George Dienhart, 44, will seek the Post 2 council seat currently held by Doug Sturbaum.

The recent rancor among city council members actually spurred Dienhart to run for office, he said.

“It seems the council is blowing apart at the seams and doesn’t have the capacity to work together,” Dienhart said in an interview. “It’s giving our city a bad name.” Read More»

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