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Tea Party & Tax Day — Tea Partiers hear calls for action

Addressing the more than 100 in attendance were (from left) Fayette County businessman Marty Harbin, USAF veteran T.C. Meuninck, radio talk show host Dr. Jody Hice and former Lamar County Board of Education member Ryan Christopher. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The South Atlanta Tea Party Patriots (SATP) for the past two years held large outdoor rallies. This year “Tax Day” took on a different form. The SATP on April 15 hosted its first American Liberty Summit at the Fayette Family Church on Ga. Highway 54 West. The audience of approximately 100 residents from Fayette and Coweta counties heard remarks from four speakers. Read More»

PTC's Rep. Ramsey reviews his immigration bill success

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has said he will sign the controversial immigration reform bill that was carried through the legislature by Republican Rep. Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City.

The bill was in a bit of tug-and-war before it was ultimately passed by the House and the Senate April 14, the last day of the legislative session.

In that process, the bill received a few minor changes, but Ramsey said the most important elements remained in place. Read More»

Hearn apologizes for his silence on vote for cousin to elections board

After enduring criticism from a handful of residents Thursday night, Fayette County Commissioner Lee Hearn apologized for not previously disclosing that the commission’s appointee to the Fayette County Elections Board was in fact his second cousin. Read More»

Immigration revamp passes House, Senate

Ramsey happy with results; next trick is getting Governor's signature

Georgia is now one step away from having a very aggressive immigration law.

In the last day of the legislative session Thursday, the Georgia House and Senate agreed to the legislation pushed by Peachtree City Republican Rep. Matt Ramsey. Read More»

South Atlanta Tea Party to host “Tax Day” family event Friday evening

The South Atlanta Tea Party (SATP) will host its customary “Tax Day” event in a different format this year. SATP on April 15 will host its first American Liberty Summit at the Fayette Family Church at 1729 Ga. Highway 54 West between Peachtree City and Fayetteville. The free Friday evening program begins at 6:30 p.m. and pre-registration is requested.

Organizers said there will be a variety of speakers to discuss aspects of the core values of the Tea Party, which include limited government, fiscal responsibility, free market systems and the preservation of American heritage. Read More»

Commissioner Hearn’s vote for relative draws criticism

Put on the hot seat by fellow Commissioner Steve Brown at the April 6 commission meeting, Fayette County Commissioner Lee Hearn acknowledged that a recent appointee to the county’s elections board is “a distant cousin” of his. Read More»

DOT to sift through regional tax projects

Final project decisions up to 21-member ‘Roundtable’

Now that Fayette County and its cities have nominated projects for the proposed regional transportation sales tax, the waiting game begins. Read More»

Fayette Commission backs off elections board power struggle

Thursday night, the Fayette County Commission officially backed off of its previous move to have the final say on all appointees to the county’s three-member elections board. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey: Census data in, redistricting to start

Immigration bill in limbo awaiting ‘push’ vote to Senate; tax reform off table this year

With the new raw Census data now available for Georgia, legislators will be looking forward in coming months to the process of redistricting, and Peachtree City Rep. Matt Ramsey, a Republican, will play a key role in the process, chairing the subcommittee for House and Senate Legislative Districts. Read More»

Fayette’s road ‘wish list’ compiled, subject to regional sales tax OK

The wish list of future regional transportation projects for Fayette County has been vetted by local government officials and is about to be sent to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The list represents the county’s request for regional funding through a proposed region-wide 1 percent sales tax that will be voted on in June 2012.

Among the large-scale road projects are the East Fayetteville Bypass, the widening of Ga. Highway 54 east of Fayetteville into Clayton County, and improvements to Tyrone/Palmetto Road. Read More»

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