Politics

PTC Judge Stephen Ott throws hat in ring for state court judge

Stephen Ott, city court judge for Peachtree City. File photo.

Local attorney Stephen Ott has announced he will seek election as Fayette County State Court Judge in the July 2012 non-partisan election.

New State Court Judge Carla Wong McMillian will be facing her first election then, as she was appointed to the bench in August 2010 by Gov. Sonny Perdue after her predecessor, Fletcher Sams, was appointed to an open slot as superior court judge for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette. Read More»

After 1st cuts, Fayette in line for $320 million in T-SPLOST

Based on the first cut of a smorgasbord of proposed transportation projects announced July 7, Fayette County looks to be in line for about $320 million Read More»

Qualifying time ahead for candidates in F’ville, PTC and Tyrone

Time is approaching for those interested in throwing their hat in the ring for local political office. Qualifying for seats in Fayetteville, Peachtree City and Tyrone for the Nov. 8 municipal elections will begin in just over two months. Read More»

I-85/Hwy. 74 junction, East Bypass on 1st list for regional SPLOST funding

Having recently released a list of transportation projects for potential funding from a regional sales tax, area officials are hoping for feedback from local residents.

On Monday, June 20 at 6 p.m. a special “telephone town hall meeting” on the topic will be conducted by phone.

Several thousand residents will be called randomly and invited to join, but any citizen can participate by calling 1-888-886-6603 and entering PIN code 16723. The meeting is set to last one hour. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey expects tough immigrant law to survive court review

A lawsuit has been filed in hopes of nullifying the recent sweeping immigration reform law passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed last month by Gov. Nathan Deal.

The suit was filed in federal court on behalf of a handful of civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, the Service Employees International Union and others. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey: ‘We have to do due diligence’ in redistricting hearings

Legislators are knee-deep in getting public input on how to handle the redistricting process.

This summer, the Georgia Legislature will convene in a special session to redraw district lines based on the latest population figures from the U.S. Census. The changes will affect all Georgia House and Senate seats as well as the state’s congressional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More»

Fayette GOP breakfast Saturday, June 4

The Fayette County GOP Breakfast will take place June 4 at 9 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes in Fayetteville. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9 a.m. Speakers will be Dr. Bob Todd, Chair of the Fayette County Board of Education and Marion Key, Vice Chair of Fayette County Board of Education. Be part of the solution - stay informed and become active in your community. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information, please call 770-716-1545 or go to FCGOP website for more details.

Israel, foreign policy, deficits draw Rep. Westmoreland’s attention

3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-Grantville) speaks to the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-3rd District) had a foreign policy question for members of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in Fayetteville May 20.

“How do others look at us?” Westmoreland asked, narrowing the focus of the international perspective to Israel in conjunction with the statements by President Obama that Israel’s borders be set like they were prior to the 1967 war.

“Will we be a strong ally for Israel, our most reliable ally? The Golan Heights (the high ground in the West Bank) provide a clear view of Israel,” the Grantville congressman said. Read More»

Fayette GOP censures Hearn, wants new appointee to elections board

Fayette County Commissioner Lee Hearn.

Displeasure with an apparent ethical misstep by Fayette County Commissioner Lee Hearn has stretched beyond giving ammunition to his political opponents.

Now the Fayette County Republican Party is weighing in on the matter, asking the entire commission to rescind the appointment of John Addison Lester III, Hearn’s second cousin, to the Fayette County Board of Elections. All five commissioners are Republicans. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey gets his illegal immigrant bill signed into law

Rep. Matt Ramsey looks on as Gov. Nathan Deal (center) affixes his signature to the nationally controversial illegal immigration legislation authored by Ramsey. Photo/Governor’s Office.

WIth several swift flicks of a pen, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal May 13 approved the immigration reforms negotiated in an eleventh-hour deal between the two chambers of the Georgia Legislature.

The measure is aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from gaining employment, and it also allows law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of persons being investigated for misdemeanor crimes and traffic stops. Read More»