Politics

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»

UPDATED: ‘If you move this SPLOST, then move all SPLOST votes’

UPDATED: ‘If you move this SPLOST, then move all SPLOST votes’

UPDATED for print Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 — Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown has joined a chorus of local Tea Party voices hoping to influence a suggestion that the regional transportation sales tax referendum be moved to the general election in November. Read More»

Fayette gets $142 million for 10 projects on regional list

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele at an August 2011 City Council meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A project to fix the often-clogged interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85, the bane of many Fayette commuters, has survived another round of cuts for consideration in a push for a regional transportation sales tax.

The interchange fix, projected at $22.5 million, is on a list approved Monday by the five-member executive committee of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable.

The interchange fix, along with the 10 other projects OK’d for Fayette County, face on more hurdle: approval on Oct. 15 by the entire 21-member regional transportation roundtable. Read More»

Fayette to flip to GOP control

Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) at the podium of the Georgia House of Representatives in a file photo from March 2011.

Current Democrat 4-3 dominance of local delegation will reverse to 4-3 GOP; Fayette gets new ‘empty’ district

The first draft of a redistricting map creates a bit of a wildcard in Fayette County politics at the state legislature.

That’s because a brand-new district, the 63rd, was drawn without an incumbent in office who lives in that area. The district is split between Fayette County and parts of south Fulton and south Clayton counties. Read More»

NAACP’s district voting lawsuit may affect PTC, Tyrone

A federal lawsuit challenging the way elections are conducted for Fayette County’s board of commissioners and board of education could have a significant impact on next year’s election, and on voters in Peachtree City and Tyrone in particular. Read More»

Fayette may swap Democrats

Fayette may swap Democrats

First draft of redistricting maps released

New district for Fayetteville, NE Fayette Co. will have open seat up for grabs

Fayette County would still be split up into five different state house districts if a new map released Friday is adopted by the full legislature. Read More»

Delay coming for regional transportation sales tax vote?

Added to legislature's special session agenda by Gov. Deal

Map-making won’t be the only chore taken up by the Georgia Legislature during its special session starting Monday.

Gov. Nathan Deal also wants the legislature to consider moving the date of the referendum on a regional transportation sales tax vote. The legislation adopted earlier this year scheduled that vote for July 31, 2012, but Deal wants to push it to the November general election, a spokesman for his office has confirmed. Read More»

Westmoreland: Constitutional amendment needed to rein in runaway federal spending

3rd District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westsmoreland makes a point at a briefing Tuesday morning at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a conversation about debt and spending and what the future holds for the United States. Remarks by Congressman Lynn Westmoreland addressed those and other issues at an Aug. 9 meeting of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at the old courthouse in Fayetteville. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey, Sen. Chance to play lead roles in redistricting

In less than two weeks, the Georgia Legislature will convene in a special session called by Gov. Nathan Deal to begin the once-every-decade process of redistricting.

Fayette County is in a unique position to come out ahead in terms of the way maps are redrawn for the various districts in the state House of Representatives and Senate. That’s because Read More»

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