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F'ville Mayor Steele: ‘Not committed to regional tax — yet’

Fayetteville Mayor Kenneth Steele.

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele said last week he is not ready to support a proposed 1 percent Regional Transportation sales tax, but if the project list has enough bang for Fayette’s buck, he would support it.

That project list will be voted on by a 21-member Regional Transportation Roundtable which includes Steele along with Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady.

“I will support it if there is regional equity, and there is a project list that has direct benefits to the citizens of Fayette County,” Steele said. Read More»

Brown: veto power for elections board will die in legislature

A bid to give the Fayette County Commission veto power over political parties’ appointees to the county elections board will not go forward in the Georgia legislature, effectively halting the controversial move in its tracks, according to Commissioner Steve Brown.

Brown in a news release Thursday said he has received three confirmations that the legislation will not advance during the legislative session. Read More»

Only lawyers allowed to run for this local office?

One local elected office will be reserved exclusively for attorneys from here on out, if Fayette officials get their wish. The office of Fayette County Magistrate, of which there are four part-time judges here, would require any candidate to have either practiced law for seven years or been a magistrate for seven years. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey of PTC introduces bill allowing out-of-state health insurance options

Georgia House Majority Caucus Vice-Chairman Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) on Thursday introduced House Bill 47 aimed at providing Georgians with additional health insurance options. Read More»

Fayette GOP to hold precinct mass meetings in Feb.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 10 a.m., the Fayette County Republican Party will convene precinct mass meetings to elect delegates and alternates to the Fayette County Republican Party Convention.

All Fayette County residents who are legally registered to vote and believe in the principles of the Republican Party are urged to participate in this process.

Registration is without charge and will open at 9 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2011 and the precinct meetings will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at the Harvest Community Christian Center, located at 383 North Glynn Street, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214. Read More»

Chance to chair Senate economic development committee

State Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has been appointed chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee for the 2011-2012 legislative term.

Chance was also named to the Banking, Ethics, Finance, Higher Education and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees.

In addition to his committee assignments, Chance is the Senate Floor Leader for Governor Nathan Deal. Read More»

Brown wants controversial elections board change rescinded

New Commissioner Steve Brown (R) makes a point before the full county commission at the first meeting of the new year. Looking on are (L-R) Lee Hearn, Chairman Herb Frady and Robert Horgan. Commissioner Alllen McCarty was present but is not shown in this picture. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown is hoping to rescind a controversial resolution passed by the commission last month that would give the county commission the ability to veto any appointee made by either political party to the Fayette County Board of Elections.

The final say, however, may rest with state legislators who have the ability to either change the law or leave it as is.

Currently, the county commission appoints one member of the elections board, while the Republican and Democratic parties also appoint one member each of their own choosing. Read More»

Sen. Chance: HOPE scholarship funding on the line

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone)

The state budget will be the dominant issue of this year’s legislative session, by far, according to Ga. Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone).

December’s state revenue figures came in about 10 percent above last year, about three times more than expected, Chance said. Still, the state is looking at having to make a budget cut between $1 billion and $1.5 billion, he added. Read More»

Outgoing commissioners presented with rocking chairs

Outgoing commissioners Eric Maxwell (L) and Jack Smith. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The tradition continued at the last meeting of the 2010 Fayette County Commission when county staff presented outgoing Chairman Jack Smith and Commission Eric Maxwell with working rocking chairs. The chairs are a going-away present symbolizing future relaxation for ex-commissioners. Smith and Maxwell were defeated for reelection in the July Republican Primary by Steve Brown and Allen McCarty. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Rep. Ramsey: Fair Tax in Ga.’s future?

Rep. Ramsey: Fair Tax in Ga.’s future?

Sees move from ‘counter-productive’ income taxes to consumption-based tax

As the 2011 session of the General Assembly begins next week, Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) expects legislators will be grappling with the state economy, alternatives for taxation, immigration and the future of the HOPE scholarship.

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) was also contacted for this report, but Chance did not return phone calls or respond to emails. Read More»

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